Santana Moss gets elaborate tattoo celebrating Native American heritage

Thursday October 23rd, 2014

Longtime Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss is showing off a massive new leg tattoo he got to celebrate his own Native American ancestry.


S/o to my Boi @tattzbyd for coming up to bless me wth this Cherokee mural representing my ancestors ....

A photo posted by Santana Moss (@eighttodanine) on

Moss says he has been mulling over his recent ink for almost a decade, when one day the idea of representing his mother's Cherokee bloodline came to him. He then called tattoo artist TattzByD and had him get to work on the concept, according to an interview with 106.7 The Fan.

“You know, I’ve heard so much about my mom’s side — she [has] a lot of Cherokee Indians in the family, starting back with my grandmother and her mom and their mom — so I just wanted to do something honoring them. And it came about, and I told him what I wanted — look up some chiefs, look up this and that. And he just put a little mural together for me and he went to work on my leg.”

The Washington Post reports the tattoo was retweeted by @RedskinsFacts, a team-funded group that supports the Redskins wish to keep its current team name. However, Moss says the tattoo has nothing to do with the controversy and he was non-committal when asked about people who might make that connection.

“Don’t bother me; I won’t bother you,”

Despite the works' massive size, Moss had the entire piece completed within one week.


Brendan Maloy

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