Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire is an American-Israeli professional basketball coach and former player. He was drafted to the NBA in 2002 by the Phoenix Suns and won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award with them in 2003. He has been named to the NBA All-Star team five times and has also played in 6 All-Star Games. He also won a Bronze medal for the US at the 2004 Olympics and was named the 2020 Israeli Basketball Premier League Finals MVP.
Amar’e has many interesting inks covering his body. Let us take a look at them and the meanings behind them.
1. ‘Bible Verse’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The left side of the player’s chest has a bible verse tattooed on it. The bible verse reads, “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matthew 20:16”
Meaning: The tattoo on his chest comes from the bible verse, Matthew 20:16. The tattoo represents his faith. There is another line tattooed below the bible verse as well.
2. ‘Poverty and Prophecy’ Tattoos
Tattoo: The right pec of the coach has the word, “Prophecy” tattooed on it. The word, “Poverty” is also written on his right upper arm. There is a giant letter, “P” tattooed on his right shoulder that serves as the first letter to both words.
3. ‘Knowledge is Power’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a brick wall design tattooed on his right bicep with the words, “Knowledge is Power” tattooed in the middle of the wall. The quote on his right bicep is completed by the one on his left that reads, “Knowing is Knowledge”
Meaning: The two quotes together read, “Knowledge is Power. Knowing is Knowledge.” The tattoo of the quote on his arms represents his thought process and gives us an insight into his mindset.
4. ‘STAT’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The word, “STAT” is also tattooed on his right upper arm. There is also a pattern of flames that covers the rest of his upper arm.
Meaning: The tattoo of the word on his arm is a representation of his family name, Stoudemire. He is often seen referring to his late big brother as BigStat on social media.
5. ‘Man in Suit’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tattoo of a faceless man, wearing a suit and holding a basketball in his left hand on the upper side of his right forearm. There are buildings seen in the man’s background that cover the rest of his sleeve.
6. ‘Rose and Characters’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a rose flower tattooed on the inside of the player’s right forearm. Below the rose is a tattoo representing the 3rd World. There are also three Chinese characters tattooed on the inside of his right wrist.
Meaning: The tattoo of a rose flower is a popular design that represents beauty or love that has been won or lost. 3rd World is a term that was used to describe developing countries.
7. ‘Heart and Symbols’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tiny heart tattooed on Stoudemire’s left hand. There are little symbols and letters tattooed on each of his fingers.
Meaning: The tattoo of the heart on his hand is a symbol of love. This tattoo also covers up the previous tattoo of the Star of David he used to have.
8. ‘Jesus’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The left upper arm and shoulder of the player have a tattoo of Jesus Christ on them. The tattoo depicts Jesus standing and carrying a muscular man in his arms. The words, “NOBODY KNOWS MY SORROW” are also tattooed with the tattoo design.
Meaning: The tattoo of Jesus on his arm represents his religious views and faith in Jesus Christ and his blessings. Some people also get this tattoo to pay tribute to the sacrifice made by Jesus Christ for sake of humanity. The tattoo shows his reliance upon God and how only he can understand his sorrows.
9. ‘Hollywood and Quote’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tattoo of the word, “HOLLYWOOD” tattooed near his elbow in red ink. There is also a tattoo on his elbow of the words, “Proverbs 1:1-7 KJV“. The upper part of his left forearm has a scroll tattooed on it with a poem tattooed on it.
Meaning: The tattoo of the proverbs on his arm is the showcase of his love for his brother. As mentioned in The Holy Bible, the lines include, ‘”The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
He posted a photo on Instagram saying, “My brother told me to read the book of Proverbs before he passed away. #RIP #BigStat #MissYouHomie #WhatDoesTheBookSay 📜 “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:1-7 KJV #Yahoshaphat” explaining the proverb his tattoo refers to.
10. ‘Tear’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The coach’s right cheek has a teardrop tattooed on it, a little below his right eye.
Meaning: The tattoo of the tear on his cheek represents the loss of a family member, in this case, his brother. He got the tattoo before the game and wrote on Twitter, “That game was for u Bra, forever crying inside. Love you !!” The tattoo is a tribute tattoo for his brother, Hazell Stoudemire Jr who died in a car accident in 2012.
11. ‘Black Jesus’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The right side of his neck has the words, “Black Jesus” tattooed on it.
Meaning: The tattoo of the words on his neck represents the name of a 2013 American sitcom of the same name that depicted Jesus living in modern-day Compton, trying to spread love and kindness.
12. ”Lord Knows’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The left side of his neck has a tattoo of the words, “Lord Knows” on it.