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Happy Birthday LeBron James: Decoding ‘King James’ Tattoos and Their Meanings

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Wishing LeBron James, a very happy birthday, the basketball superstar turns 38th this year on 30 december. As many of you know he is a famous American basketball player playing under the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. But today we’re gonna be talking about his amazing body art. LeBron James has around 24 tattoos over his body with their own story. Let’s explore some of his best tattoos with their meaning-

LeBron James tattoos and their meanings

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Lebron James has one tattoo of CHOSEN1 inked in large on his upper back. He got it back in 2002 while he was in high school. He was featured on the cover of ‘Sports Illustrated’’ with the tagline  “The Chosen One”. The cover was dedicated to him, depicting his life journey and how he started playing. The cover was the motivation behind his tattoo. 

He has written ‘WITNESS’ on his calf. After having a successful playoff in 2006, he got this tattoo. The font style of the tattoo is in a running-down style inspired by Nike’s campaigns that were aired after the game session. 

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He also tattooed L and J on the left and right triceps of his arms. Well, these initials represent his name, LeBron James. His tattoo was first seen during the 2007 NBA playoffs.

He has one tattoo of a crowned lion on his right bicep. Earlier it was just lion but later he got ‘King’ inked on top of it after his first NBA session. It has also ‘James’ on the bottom inked along with it.

He has one tattoo dedicated to NBA legend Kobe Bryant who died in a fatal accident in 2020. His tattoo denotes a snake with a rose and a few numbers along with it. Snake i.e Black Mamba denotes Bryant’s nickname, the rose as a sign of love and a number that he used to wear while playing for the Lakers. 

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