Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant doesn’t just ink anybody onto his body. The NBA champion has finally caved in and talked about the meaning behind tattooing late music icon 2Pac on his leg.
According to KD, the tat is much deeper than Pac’s music-making ability or pop culture influence.
“Tupac was known for being woke, being politically incorrect, having a voice, and standing up for himself, standing up for what he believes is right. He expressed that in his music, he expressed that in interviews, he expressed that through his movies, through his artistic work. It’s way bigger than him being an artist or making a hot-ass song or having a No. 1 record. It’s that at that age, for you to be thinking about the stuff you were thinking about, at 22, 23 years old, and he died at 25, like … young people don’t think like that. So for him to have that type of mindset at that age where he’s projected to be around, today would’ve been like Gandhi, you know what I’m saying? Or like Nelson Mandela-type intelligence for our culture, our people, our voice as being from the neighborhood. He meant so much to having me just think a different way. From watching him, following his story, following every interview I can.” (Mercury News)
Back in July 2016, Durant briefly addressed his now-infamous 2Pac tat.
“Aw, man, you weren’t supposed to see that,” Durant said, sheepishly, as if he had hoped to keep the image hidden under tights and socks, or planned a grand unveiling at a later date. The next day, however, Durant left the tattoo exposed for anyone to see and even offered an explanation for how Shakur’s lyrics helped inspire the body art, even if the Notorious B.I.G. was his all-time favorite rapper. (Yahoo! Sports)
Earlier the same summer, a picture of KD’s huge 2Pac tat started to make its rounds across social media.
Durant is a huge Pac fan, I just learned. Biggie is his favorite but he is supremely impressed with Pac's mind at such a young age
— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) July 21, 2016
In the past, KD responded to criticism shot his way from former NBA legends Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller for leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Warriors.
“Those are two guys, you know? They’ve got a voice in our game, and a lot of people probably felt the same way, but they don’t have a voice so obviously what they say is translated through a megaphone so it feels like everybody else, you know? If Charles Barkley said it, it must be true. If Reggie Miller says it, it must be true. It just feels like it’s bigger than what it is. But they have such a big platform and people respect them so it feels bigger than what it is. But for the most part, I got the support around me. I’ve got the family that supports me no matter what, that love me no matter what I do. I could be playing tennis right now, and I could retire from the game of basketball and they’re still going to love me. So if I think about that, I’ll be fine.”
KD on the Charles Barkley/Reggie Miller comments pic.twitter.com/Xw8JO0es1E
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 18, 2016