Michael Jordan’s brief tenure as a baseball player has been memorialized in a tattoo.
People like getting tattoos relating to their favorite athletes and teams, as has been pretty thoroughly covered by this website and many others, and since Michael Jordan is one of the most popular athletes of all time, and he has his own equally well-known logo, he is a frequent subject of the fan homages.
Usually you would see His Airness dunking or celebrating a championship or maybe shrugging at how easily he dismantled Clyde Drexler and the Blazers, but one fan chose a less iconic moment of the legend’s career.
The artist, Steve Butcher, has experience inking NBA legends onto fans, as he recently shared a pair of stunningly detailed Kobe Bryant pieces he completed.
Got healed shot of this @kobebryant piece I did on @benji_dc5 this is the final time Kobe exited the @staplescenterla as a #laker @nba @nikebasketball @espn @sportscenter @lakers #lakers #kb24 #GOAT Done using @inkeeze @inkjecta @intenzetattooink @killerinktattoo @dermalizepro @electrumstencilproducts @mithraneedles @thelvxlight @sullenclothing #sullenclothing #inkedmag #tattooartistmagazine
Honoured to do this @kobebryant piece on @sullenclothing co owner @unclejeremy !! Took about 10-11 hours to complete. U know he used that #mambamentality to get through it! Thanks again buddy! @nba @espn @nbaonespn @nbahistory @sportscenter @bleacherreport @slamonline @lakers @lakersscene #lakersforlife #mamba #kobe #kb24 #nbatattoos #thebestpicofkobe @nikebasketball @nike Done using @inkjecta @inkeeze @intenzetattooink @killerinktattoo @dermalizepro @electrumstencilproducts @mithraneedles @thelvxlight @sullenclothing #inkedmag #tattooistartmag #tattooartistmagazine
Jordan’s brief baseball career is generally remembered pretty harshly, but to go from not playing baseball to hitting above the Mendoza line in Double A ball inside a year is actually a pretty amazing feat. Whether it deserves its own tattoo is certainly debatable.
Let’s just hope this fan pays for a Getty Images subscription, otherwise he may be in violation of copyright law every time he wears a tank top.