Tale of My Tattoo

November 27, 2006

DANIEL EWING

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EWING GOT hisfirst, a panther with the inscription king of the court on his right arm as ajunior, at Willowridge (Texas) High and hid it from his parents. Then hisfather saw it and got "so mad, he was at a loss for words," Ewingrecalls. His next tat was of praying hands with the words count your blessingsand his parents' names (Brenda and George)--which they only grudginglyaccepted. "They weren't happy," Daniel says, "but they said atleast this one had meaning."

CARLOS BOOZER

Jazz Forward

BOOZER HAS manytattoos, but his pi√®ces de résistance are on his right and left biceps. Hisleft shows a grizzly bear--an animal plentiful in Alaska, Boozer's homestate--that appears to be clawing through his skin; his right depicts abasketball player in front of a skyline and a mountain, a reference, Boozersays, to his hometown of Juneau. Says Boozer, who's averaging 20.5 points,"I wanted something symbolizing my coming from somewhere small and makingit somewhere big."

JOELPRZYBILLA

Trail BlazersCenter

THE 27-YEAR-OLDgot a tattoo a year from age 18 to 21, then quit inking. On his right armPrzybilla honors shot blocking: Next to not in my house a player wags afinger--"Like Mutombo," he says--after rejecting a shot. Przybilla haspraying hands on his left arm. His chest has a tat of a biblical message andanother of a heart, flowers and his wife's name, Noelle. "It's myfavorite." he says. "But the two on my chest are private. I'm gladthey're covered when I play."

THREE PHOTOSJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (EWING TATTOOS, EWING HEAD SHOT) THREE PHOTOSMANNY MILLAN (BOOZER TATTOOS, BOOZER HEAD SHOT) TWO PHOTOSSTEVE DIPAOLA/REUTERS (PRYZBILLA TATTOOS) PHOTOROB HOLT/ICON SMI (PRYZBILLA HEAD SHOT)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)