Bradley Beal’s 26 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Bradley Emmanuel Beal is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Before being selected as the player for Washington he played the college basketball for Florida Gators in the 2012 NBA draft. Bradley has been a two-time All-Star. The most astonishing thing about Beal is that, that his parents, as well as all his four brothers, were college athletes. In the session 2015-16, he had to miss 22 games due to a shoulder injury, lower right leg injury, and a sprained pelvis. Bradley, just like other Basketball players is a huge fan of getting his body inked by all those things which are important in his life. Let us see what surprise he holds for us to explore.

Bradley Beal

“Tattoos are addictive, I do not know why but maybe it is the aftermath of getting tattooed when you see it on your body, you are like oh, it was worth it. Especially when you see that the tattoo has come out the exact way you wanted it to be, then you are like, hmm.”

“If you’re about to get a tat, make sure you’re 110% sure it’s what you want. If you’re getting it in a different language make sure it is exactly what you want it to be because there is no going back,” Beal added.

1. Basketball Tattoo

Bradley Basket Ball Tattoo

Tattoo: Bradley’s left bicep is covered with a huge basketball tattoo and just above the basketball lies is own name, i.e ‘Brad’.

Meaning: Getting a Basketball inked on the body that too by a professional Basketball player we do not need reasons to verify the decision behind this tattoo. Isn’t it? We already know how big a fan of Basketball Bradley is.

“My first tattoo was when I was 14, it was a basketball and my name. My mother gave me permission rather she went along with me and I got a Basketball along with my name inked.”

2. Praying Hands Tattoo

Bradley Praying Hands Tattoo

Tattoo: Just below his basketball tattoo, Bradley got the praying hands inked. This was the second tattoo that he received on his left arm after the Basketball tattoo.

“As I grew older I got praying hands inked.”

3. Pair of Sparrows Tattoo

Bradley Sparrows Tattoo

Bradley Bird Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a pair of sparrows inked on his back such that they have their faces inked towards each other, one on the backside of his each arm.

Meaning: Sparrows are the symbol of conquered love and big accomplishments in life.

4. ‘Philippians 4:13’ Tattoo

Bradley Philippians 4 13 Tattoo

Tattoo: On the bottom of his praying hands tattoo there is a tiny banner that contains Philippians 4:13 inked.

Meaning: The bible verse Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” In an interview, Bradley claimed that he got this tattooed because it is his favorite verse.

5. Stars and Clouds Tattoo

Bradley Stars and Clouds Tattoo

Tattoo: Bradley’s left bicep is all covered in dark clouds and stars. Stars are the symbol of guidance whereas the clouds are considered to symbolize the home of Gods more specifically which is said to be the sky.

“After getting two tattoos on my left forearm, the stars and clouds were next. I got them all over my left upper arm, thus covering my existing two tattoos.”

6. Stars with Letters Tattoo

Bradley Stars with Alphabets Tattoo

Tattoo: On his right bicep Bradley has four huge stars inked with his own surname lettered into each one of them as ‘B-E-A-L’. By the left side of each star is the name of his four brothers tattooed in sequence vertically in descending stars. Thus, the first stars contain letter B and the name Brandon, the second one contains the letter E and name Bruce,  the third contains the letter A with the name Byron and the fourth has the letter L inked inside it along with the name Bryon — to the right of the star.

Meaning: This is the first tattoo which Bradley got as the dedication of his love for his four brothers and also to show how they are all each other’s support and guiding lights for each other.

“Here is my second tattoo, there are four stars with four letters, one inside each one of them, and see I have four brothers, so each one represents my brother, and thus, all four.”

7. Bible Verse on Stomach Tattoo

Bradley Stomach Tattoo

Tattoo: The whole of his stomach is tattooed with the lines from Galatians 2:20 which can be read as, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” On its background is a huge cross tattooed. It is another Bible Verse that Bradley adores and believes in.

8. ‘I Am My Brothers’ Keeper Tattoo

Bradley I am My Brothers Keeper Tattoo

Tattoo: On his right upper arm there is a badge like a tattoo which contains the words, ‘I Am My Brothers’ Keeper’.

Meaning: The tattoo is self-explanatory that how strong bond Bradley shares with his brothers. This is the second tattoo on his body which he has dedicated to his bond with his four brothers all of whose names begin with the letter B as, Brandon, Bruce, Byron, and Bryon Beal.

9. ‘Truly Blessed’ inside a rosary beads Tattoo

Bradley Truly Blessed Tattoo

Truly Blessed Tattoo

Rosary with a cross Tattoo

Tattoo: On the lowest part of his left bicep there is a tattoo that shows us the rosary beads with a cross locket and inside that beads necklace is the words written which can be seen as, ‘Truly Blessed’.

Meaning: Rosary beads and a cross locket tells us all about Bradley’s religious beliefs and thus, he is truly blessed to have this life.

10. Roses on Stomach Tattoo

Bradley Roses on Stomach Tattoo

“I have two roses on my torso, they represent my grandparents.”

11. Parents Names’ Tattoo

Parents Name

Tattoo: The top of his right shoulder is inked with the names of his parents as, Bobby and Besta, his father and mother’s first name, respectively. This tattoo shows that Bradley is very affectionate to his parents.

12. ‘Walk by faith’ Tattoo

Bradley Walk by faith Tattoo

Walk by faith tattooed around his left ankle.

“It is like walking to the gate of heaven.”

13. ‘The clock stopped at 3:30’ Tattoo

Clock Tattoo

Bradley Clock Tattoo

Tattoo: The front side of Bradley’s left leg is inked with a wall clock which is stopped at 3:30.

Meaning: 3:3O is the time of Bradley’s birth. He was on June 28, 1993, at St. Louis, Missouri.

14. ‘3’ Tattoo

Bradley 3 Tattoo

Tattoo: Just below his left knee he has got a huge tattoo of number 3.

Meaning: Bradley claims number 3 to be his lucky one and so this tattoo.

15. Rose on Arm

Bradley Roses on Arm

Rose inked on the left upper arm

16. ‘Brotherly Love’ on ankle Tattoo

Bradley Brotherly Love Tattoo

Tattoo: This is Bradley Beal’s third tattoo dedicated to his love and bond that he shares with his brothers. The tattoo says, Brotherly LOVE, and is inked just above his left ankle.

17. Chest Tattoo

Bradley Chest Tattoo

18. Dreamcatcher Tattoo

Bradley Dreamcatcher Tattoo

Dreamcatcher Tattoo


Tattoo: There is a big dreamcatcher tattooed on the left side of his stomach.

Meaning: Dreamcatcher is the symbol of positivity and is a means to erode the negative thoughts out of one’s mind and life.

19. Leg Tattoo

Bradley Leg Tattoo

Tattoo: The whole of his left leg is inked with piano keys pattern.

20. Anniversary Date Tattoo

Though no picture has ever been captured about this tattoo, in an interview, Bradley had made the revelation about the anniversary date being inked around his left ankle.

Ambigram Tattoo on arms

On the inner side of both his biceps, Bradley has got Ambigram tattoos (tattoos whose words can be flipped, inverted, or mirrored’). The one on left arm says, Faith but when turned upside down it says, Hope. Whereas on the right arm there is a word, ‘Family’ inked which can be read as ‘Forever’ when turned upside down.

Many of his tattoos have been designed by himself.

“It takes a long time for me to just say ‘I’m going to get a tat.’ I really do my homework on it and make sure that it’s perfect and the way I want it and make sure there’s always meaning because I never get anything without meaning,” Beal said

21. ‘FAITH’ Tattoo

Bradley FAITH TattooHOPE Tattoo

Tattoo: On the inner side of his left bicep, there is an ambigram tattoo that shows us the word, ‘Faith’. It also has some designs inked on all its sides. When turned upside down it is read as ‘Hope’.

22. ‘Family’ Tattoo

Bradley Family TattooBradley Forever Tattoo

Tattoo: On the inner side of his right bicep there is ‘Family’ written which when turned upside down can be read as, ‘Forever’.

Meaning: The choice of word tattoos here is enough for us to understand that Bradley is totally a family guy and loves his family a lot and wishes that bond stays forever.

23. ‘314’ Tattoo

Bradley 314 Tattoo

Tattoo: To the base of the St. Louis Cardinals tattoo, Bradley has got the number 314 inked. 314 is the street lane number where Bradley used to live in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.

‘My old street lane!”

24. St. Louis Cardinals Tattoo

Bradley St Louis Cathedrals - Copy

Tattoo: Above the Gateway Arch tattoo, Bradley has got a huge tattoo of St Louis cardinal logo. The St. Louis Cardinals is an American professional baseball team based in St. Louis, Missouri and Bradley had played as a pitcher for Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2005–2010. The logo shows us a pink magenta-colored woodpecker.

25. Gateway Arch Tattoo

Bradley Gateway Arch Tattoo

Tattoo: His right bicep is tattooed with The Gateway Arch which is a 630-foot monument in St. Louis, and also known as St. Louis Arch.

26. ‘DEUCE’ Tattoo

Bradley Deuce Tattoo

Tattoo: On the inner side of his left forearm there is a word tattooed as ‘DEUCE’ and right below it there is a large pair of hands inked.

Meaning: Deuce hands is the name of a non-profit organization that is directed towards helping the homeless and less fortunate..

“If you’re about to get a tat, make sure you’re 110% sure it’s what you want. If you’re getting it in a different language make sure it is exactly what you want it to be because there is no going back,” Beal added.

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