Markieff Morris, an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) is the twin brother of Marcus Morris Sr. He is seven minutes older than Marcus. Markieff, just like his brother has got tattoos on his body and the most surprising element is that both of them have identical tattoos. Let us see what facts and hidden stories exist for us to analyze and understand, to find out the real meanings of Markieff’s tattoos.
1. ‘All Glory to God’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Markieff unlike his twin brother Marcus has a tattoo on his right arm which says, ‘All Glory To God’.
Meaning: ‘All Glory To God’ means that God is the Supreme Being and Creator of all. To Glorify means to be grateful and thankful to him for all of his greatness and blessings upon us, by being thankful and by worshipping him. Thus, Markieff’s repeated declarations about the role of God in what he is today, this tattoo is his tribute to his faith upon God.
2. ‘Life is a Gift’ Tattoo
Tattoo: His right shoulder carries the tattoo of the phrase which says, ‘Life is a Gift’.
3. ‘Death is a Reward’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left shoulder there is a phrase inked which can be read as, ‘Death is the Reward’ meaning to say that death is never in our hands, Markieff believes it to be the reward of our actions and the way we live our life. This relates to the phrase on his right shoulder that says, ‘Life is a Gift’ meaning to say that Life is a Gift to us from God but Death is a promise that each one of us is promised by God.
4. ‘8’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is the digit 8 tattooed on the inner side of Markieff’s right inner arm.
5. ‘BROTHERS EST 1989’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a tattoo inked on the inner side of his left bicep which says, ‘BROTHERS EST 1989’
Meaning: This tattoo is his dedication to himself and his twin brother, Marcus Morris. Markieff and Marcus are very close to each other and also have almost seven identical tattoos on their body. Thus, as a dedication to their closeness and adorable Brother Bond, both of them have got this tattoo that too on the same location, i.e. their left biceps saying, ‘BROTHERS EST 1989’, since they were born in 1989.
6. ‘Praying Hands’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On Markieff’s left arm there is a pair of praying hands tattooed. The praying hands are seen lifting the Basketball towards the heavens, surrounded with clods on all sides. There are words tattooed, ‘A Gift From God’ surrounding the praying hands.
Meaning: This tattoo is Markieff’s dedication to his professional sport. He and Marcus got identical tattoos to seek God’s continuous blessings upon them when they are on the field and of the field. The withered hands are the symbol of their hard work.
7. ‘Mother’s, and Grandmother’s name’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his bicep, Markieff wears the tattoos of his Mother and Grandmother’s name. His right shoulder bears the name of his mother i.e. ‘Angel’ whereas the left one bears the name of his grandmother i.e Shirley.
Meaning: These names are Markieff’s continuous reminder to himself and to dedicate his love for both the ladies who played a keen role in bringing the twins up. In an interview, he said, Angel was responsible for instilling the qualities of honor, integrity, and loyalty in him and his brother, Marcus.
8. ‘Angel Morris’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On Markieff’s left wrist lies the tattoo of his mother, Thomasine ‘Angel Morris’.As already said, Markieff dedicates all that he is today to his mother Thomasine whom he called as his Guardian angel, and thus the name, ‘Angel Morris’.
9. Back Tattoo
10. ‘Philadelphia City’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On Markieff’s right bicep we can see the tattoo of the Philadelphia skyline along with the area’s city code 215 inked under the buildings.
Meaning: Marcus and Markieff were born and brought up on Erie Avenue in North Philadelphia. Their house caught fire and they had to shift to their grandmother’s house, as Angel (their mother) was a single mother. This tattoo is their dedication to their childhood home city. The tattoo shows the buildings along with the area code inked.
“We were in [high] school one day and I got a call from our neighbor,” Marcus Morris said with a somber tone. “They said our house was on fire. When we got there everything was gone – clothes, trophies. All we had was what we had on our backs.
11. ‘Daughter’s Portrait’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his left forearm, Markieff has got the portrait of his daughter, ‘Jyzelie’ inked. Markieff is married to Thereza Morris.
12. ‘F.O.E’ Tattoo
F.O.E Tattoo on Arm
Tattoo: On his neckline, there is a tattoo done in red which says, ‘f.O.E’ followed by another such tattoo which is inked on the inner side of his left bicep and can be read as ‘f.O.E’ inked vertically.
Meaning: f.O.E stands for ‘Family over Everything‘. Markieff is very close to his brother, Marcus Morris. He also shared a very close bond with his mother, Angel, and Grandmother, Shirley. This tattoo is actually dedicated to the ladies who turned him and his brother into selfless persons.
13. ‘Family Tree’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right forearm we can see an imprinted light shaded design of the family tree which also contains the words, ‘F.O.E’ vertically inked.
Meaning: Markieff’s repeated claims about his closeness to his family have been converted into another family tattoo that lies on his arm. It’s a family tree showing the relationship between his grandmother, mother, his twin brother, and his wife and daughter, followed by the acronym, F.O.E i.e. Family Over Everything.
14. ‘Shirley Morris’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the wrist of his right hand, there is a tattoo of his grandmother’s name which can be seen inked as, ‘Shirley Morris’. This is another tattoo on his body which is his token of love for his grandmother.
15. ‘Grandmother’s Portrait’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Markieff and his brother were too close to their grandmother Shirley. This is clear from another beautiful tattoo that lies on Markieff’s right forearm which shows the portrait of his grandmother. Under portrait there are words inked ‘show stopper’
“She was everything,” Markieff said about Shirley who passed away from cancer last year. “She took everybody in, kept the family together. She was the nicest person you’ll ever meet. She drove us to get better. She had cancer for a long time when we were in college but we didn’t find out until later on because she didn’t want us to worry. The three of us were very close. Game in and game out we do it for her; we know she’s watching over us.”
16. ‘JEROME’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On Markieff’s right forearm there is a batch inked which carries the name JEROME inside it.
17. ‘AFFILIATED’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the lower right side of his abdomen there is a word, ‘AFFILIATED’ tattooed. On its left side we can see again the overlapping M’s which denote his bond with his twin brother Marcus Morris, the overlapping M’s are the symbol of their name’s initials.
18. ‘grandma’ Tattoo
Towards the left side of his stomach near the ribcage there is a tattoo that says, ‘grandma’ written inside the ribbon banner.
Meaning: The ribbon tattooed here is the symbol of AIDS. It is actually the red ribbon which the symbol of as the symbol for the solidarity of people living with HIV/AIDS. Maybe his grandmother suffered from Aids.
19. Tattoo on Right Peč
20. Bible Verse ‘1 Peter 3:14’
Tattoo: On his left pec there is a verse from bible tattooed. It has been taken from 1 Peter 3:14. It says, ‘But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. ‘Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.’
Meaning: Meaning to say that we should not be fearful of other people’s threats and actions because even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it.
21. ‘Only the Strong Survive’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Across his chest there lies another tattoo phrase that says, ‘Only the Strong Survive’.
Meaning: Markieff claims this to be a continuous reminder to himself that he needs to be strong and patient on the field and also off the field because this is what his mother and grandmother had taught them to be.
22. Prayer on Stomach
Tattoo: On the left side of his stomach he has got the tattoo of the prayer, ‘ Our Father’.
hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
forever and ever. Amen.
23. Tattoo on Stomach
Tattoo: On the center of his stomach, Markieff has got the initials and logos of Basketball teams inked. There is a pair of shootout hands tattooed in a shaded ink. ‘JU’ for Kansas Jayhawks, ‘PC stands for ‘Phoenix Suns’ teams. On the right we can also see the overlapping M’s which are the symbol of his bond with his twin brother, Marcus Morris. It denotes the names of Markieff and his brother, Marcus.
24. Chinese Letters
Tattoo: On each of his shoulder there is a Chinese letter inked. The one on the right shoulder stands for ‘Humble’ whereas the one on the left shoulder signifies, ‘Loyalty’
25. ‘Loyalty’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the inner side of his mid-arm, Markieff wears a tattoo in red which says, ‘Loyalty’.
26. Overlapping M’s Tattoo
Tattoo: On his right bicep there is a logo tattooed which shows us two overlapping M’s.
Meaning: The overlapping Ms symbolizes his own name ‘Markieff Morris’ and his twin brothers’, i.e. ‘Marcus Morris.
27. ‘MORRIS’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Markieff also has got his own surname tattooed on the inner side of his right bicep. The tattoo can be seen inked in capitals as, ‘MORRIS’.
28. Numerals Tattoo
We can see the numbers, 9, 13 and 64 inked vertically on the inner side of his right arm.
29. ‘Mother’s portrait’ Tattoo
Tattoo: On the inner side of his right arm Markieff has got the portrait of his mother, Thomasine “Angel” Morris inked. Her original name being Thomasine, Markieff and Marcus consider her as the angel in their lives because of the sacrifices she made for brining up the twins. The tattoo includes the portrait of his mother, followed by her birth and death date inked in yellow on the top of her face. The best part if the angel wings that are tattooed on the back of his mothers’ shoulders. Over her image we can read, SUNRISE 8-13-40 – written.
Marcus and Markieff, both the brothers have similar tattoos showing the portrait of their mother on their right inner arms.
30. Twin Brothers’ Murals Tattoo
Tattoo: Markieff and Marcus, as we already know, are too close to each other. Here, there is one tattoo that is dedicated to their bond lies on both of theirs’ bodies. It is the mural of both the brothers and is tattooed on Markieff’s right bicep. Above their murals there are words tattooed as, ‘TWIN TOWERS’ above and under the tattoo, respectively.
Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris have different tattoos besides a few of them which are identical and are totally family oriented which both of them have got tattooed.