Marco Stefano Belinelli is an Italian professional basketball player. He plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. He joined the NBA as a part of Golden State Warriors in 2007 and won the NBA Championship in 2014 with the Spurs. He has also represented the Italian National Basketball Team. Marco has a huge number of tiny tattoos on his body, most of them being limited to his left arm. Let us take a look at the tattoos he has on his body and explore the meanings behind them.
1. Number Tattoo
Tattoo: The left shoulder of the player has the number, “40017” tattooed on it.
Meaning: The number 40017 is the postal code of San Giovanni, Persiceto. The tattoo represents his love for his hometown and from where he came from.
2. ‘Helmet’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tattoo of the helmet of a Gladiator on his upper left arm.
Meaning: The tattoo represents his time with the Golden State Warriors, the team he debuted with, in 2007.
3. ‘Feather’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is also a feather, tattooed on Belinelli’s left bicep, just beside his helmet tattoo.
Meaning: The feather on his arm represents honor and wisdom.
4. ‘Boxing Gloves’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tattoo of a pair of boxing gloves tattooed on the backside of his left upper arm.
5. ‘Diamond’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tattoo of a diamond on his upper left arm too, done in red ink. The diamond is also surrounded by three little stars.
6. ‘Hat and Basketball’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tattoo of a hat on his upper arm, with a little feather on it. There is also a tattoo of a little basketball, just above the hat.
Meaning: The hat is a fedora and represents a tattoo very close to his heart as it is the type of hat that his grandfather used to wear most of the time. The basketball represents the love that Marco has for the sport his plays.
7. ‘Dice’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Below the boxing gloves on the back of his left arm, there is a tattoo of a pair of dice, showing the numbers, “2” and “5”
8. ‘Date’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There are two dates tattooed on the inner side of his left elbow. The dates are, “12-12-1950” and “10-23-1954”
Meaning: The date tattoos are important for him and represent his love for his parents, Daniele Belinelli and Iole Maccaferri as they are the dates on which they were born.
9. Quote Tattoo
Tattoo: The outer side of his upper left arm contains the quote, “THE WILL MUST BE STRONGER THAN THE SKILL” tattooed on it.
10. ‘Trophy’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The left bicep of the basketball player contains one of his most special tattoos. It contains a tattoo of the NBA Championship trophy tattooed on it, along with the date, 14 June 2014.
Meaning: The tattoo represents the date when Marco won the NBA Championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2014. Marco is also the first Italian player to win the trophy.
11. ‘Anchor and Letter’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tattoo of the letter, “B” near his left elbow. There is also a tattoo of an anchor on the upper side of his left forearm.
Meaning: The anchor tattoo on his arm is a symbol of hope and safety. The letter, B represents his family name, Belinelli.
12. ‘Dinosaur’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The inner side of his left forearm contains a tattoo of the head of a dinosaur with two olive branches tattooed below it to complete the design.
13. Thigh Tattoo
Tattoo: There is another tattoo of the right thigh of the player but it has not been fully revealed which makes it difficult to see what the design really is.