Tattoo artist incredibly recreates epic LeBron James-Dwyane Wade play
A tattoo artist recreated one of the most historical photos in NBA history featuring LeBron James and Dwyane Wade from their Miami Heat partnership.
Tattoo artist Steve Butcher recreated the epic James-Wade connection back in their South Beach days:
WADE TO LEBRON! @dwyanewade @kingjames ! Was cool seeing these two beasts play together. So much fun with this piece, about 21 hours work, this piece is huge! @nba @espn @sportscenter @miamiheat @tmz_tv #amazingnbamoments #wadetolebron Done using @inkjecta @intenzetattooink @inkeeze @killerinktattoo @dermalizepro @electrumstencilproducts @thelvxlightofficial @immortalprime @cheyenne_tattooequipment @tattoosocietymagazine @inkedmag @sullenclothing
Butcher, who has done a ton of sports-related tattoos as seen in his Instagram account, noted that it took 21 hours to finish the piece.
The photo was taken just a few months into the Big 3 era feating James, Wade and Chris Bosh. The photo is perhaps representative of the Heat’s run-and-gun style, which catapulted them to four straight Finals appearances, snagging two rings along the way.
Not only that, but the photo features James and Wade, forming probably one of the best one-two punch duos in NBA history.
Wade, in fact, has spoken about the photo recently. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Heat superstar says that once he retires, he’ll ask James to sign the photo and will hang it in his house.
Wade told me this is the one photo he will ask LeBron to sign that he’ll hang in his house when he’s retired. https://t.co/epRVYEONoU
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) May 21, 2018
Apart from Wade, Mario Chalmers — who was instrumental in the Heat championship run, also chimed in his thoughts on the photo. As observed by Heat Zone, Chalmers claimed that the photo was born out his steal:
He was probably joking since the fastbreak opportunity arose after the Bucks missed a shot. The ball got tipped around before Wade ended up with it. Chalmers, in fact, was on the bench cheering his teammates on.