Hornets' LaMelo Ball Reveals New, Massive Back Tattoo

Ball's new tattoo covers his entire back and arms.
Mar 1, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball practices before a
Mar 1, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball practices before a / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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LaMelo Ball got some new ink, and he did not shy away from going big.

The Charlotte Hornets point guard recently got a massive tattoo that completely covers his back and arms. It features the words "Rare One" with an alien face and "1 of 1" written at the bottom. A video posted to social media showed the process it took to create it, which featured six tattoo artists working together.

That is quite an intense transformation, as Ball's back and arms when from largely a blank canvas to completely filled. A debate is raging online whether his new tattoo is incredible or hideous. We'll leave that for you to decide.

Ball and the Hornets didn't have the season they were expecting, as they finished 21–61 and far from the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The 22-year-old point guard only played 22 games as he battled a right ankle injury all season. He was excellent when in the lineup, averaging 23.9 points, 8.0 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 32.3 minutes per game.

The Hornets and Ball will try to turn things around next season. The team has talent, led by Ball and Brandon Miller as centerpieces, plus an incoming lottery pick.

The 2024-25 season will be the first of the five-year, $204.5 million contract extension Ball agreed to in 2023. So we know he'll be able to afford that massive tattoo.

Ryan Phillips


Ryan Phillips is a Senior Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. Ryan has worked in digital media since 2009, spending eight years at The Big Lead before joining the SI team in 2024. He also co-hosts The Assembly Call Podcast about Indiana Hoosiers basketball and previously worked at Bleacher Report. Ryan is a proud San Diego native and a graduate of Indiana University’s journalism school.