Dwight David Howard II is an American professional basketballer. He currently plays in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers. He won the NBA Championship 2020 and is also an eight-time NBA All-Star. He was drafted by Orlando Magic in 2004 and has since then represented Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, and Washington Wizards.
Dwight Howard got tattoos late in his career but they are one of the best tattoos in the NBA. Let us take a look at what they are and the meanings behind them.
1. ‘Anubis’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The entire right arm of the athlete is Egyptian-themed. His right shoulder and upper arm are covered by a large tattoo of Anubis. There is also an eye symbol and two more symbols tattooed near Anubis’ face on his shoulder.
Meaning: Anubis is known as the God of the Dead and the Underworld. He guided the souls of the dead into the Underworld and aiding in judging them. The tattoo is the symbol of protection. The symbol near his face on Dwight’s arm is the Eye of Ra, which represents health, knowledge, and power. Below the eye is a tattoo of the Egyptian Ankh, which represents life itself. There is also a snake next to the Ankh that represents the protective deity Wadjet.
2. Snake Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a snake tattooed on the side of his right elbow along with the sun. It goes along with the tattoo of Horus below it.
3. ‘Horus’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The upper part of his right forearm has a tattoo of a bird’s face on a human’s body, along with a huge necklace around the neck.
Meaning: The tattoo on his forearm is another Egyptian God. The tattoo is of the God, Horus who is depicted with the face of a falcon. His right eye had the sun and his left one had the moon. The tattoo represents power and healing.
4. Beast Tattoo
Tattoo: The inside of his right forearm has a tattoo of the upper body of a beast on it.
5. Lion Tattoo
Tattoo: The left shoulder of the athlete has a lion’s face tattooed on it. Below the lion is a tattoo of a cub, along with the scene of a jungle with mountains, trees, and silhouettes of different animals.
Meaning: The tattoo of the lion is a symbol of courage and strength. The tattoo might be a reflection of how he sees himself. One of the jungles below it represents life and serenity.
6. ‘Dragon’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The inside of his left forearm has a tattoo of a Dragon on it.
Meaning: The tattoo of the dragon is a popular design that represents passion, fearlessness, and wisdom.
7. Woman Tattoo
Tattoo: The upper part of Dwight’s left forearm has a tattoo of the face of a woman on it. The face of the woman is tattooed inside the mouth of a growling tiger.
8. Owl Tattoo
Tattoo: Dwight’s chest has one of the biggest tattoos on his body. It is a tattoo of an eagle with its wings spread across his chest. The eagle is also carrying a snake in its talons and there is an eye tattooed on the owl’s tail.
Meaning: The tattoo of the owl on his body represents wisdom and knowledge. The tattoo of the eye represents the Eye of Providence, also known as the All-Seeing Eye. The eye represents the eye of God watching over humanity.
9. King Kong Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a large tattoo of King Kong on Dwight’s stomach. Kong is seen standing in the middle of buildings, with helicopters flying above them.
Meaning: Dwight might have got this tattoo as he is a big fan of the film.