Shaquille O’Neal’s 9 Tattoos & Their Meanings

Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal, known as “Shaq” is an American former professional basketball player and sports analyst. He is one of the best basketball centers of all time. He had a 19-year long NBA career, representing 6 teams and winning the NBA Championship 4 times. He is also a rapper, DJ and goes by the name, “DIESEL”. His debut album, Shaq Diesel went Platinum. He has also been a co-owner of the Sacramento Kings since 2013.

Shaq has many interesting inks covering his body. Let us take a look at his tattoos and the meanings behind them.

1. ‘Superman and Law’ Tattoo

Tattoo: The right shoulder of the former player has a tattoo with the words, “AGAINST THE LAW” tattooed on it surrounded by a flame design. There is also a logo of Superman tattooed on his right arm.

Meaning: The tattoo of the law is a nod to Shaq being a reserve officer for the LA Port Police. He also said, “My game’s so good, there has to be a law to stop it” which might be what his tattoo hints at. The superman logo on his arm represents his nickname, Superman which he likes to call himself.

2. ‘World’ Tattoo

Tattoo: Below the superman logo, his right arm has a tattoo of a hand holding the globe with the words, “The World Is Mine”.

Meaning: The tattoo is a motivational tattoo that he got that pushed him to work harder and achieve his goals. Shaq is a fan of getting inked but he revealed that he took his mother’s permission before getting them.

3. ‘Boxer’ Tattoo

Tattoo: The inside of his right forearm has a tattoo of a muscular man on it wearing boxing gloves. The word, “BIG” is also tattooed below the Boxer.

Meaning: The tattoo of the word “BIG” goes with the ring on his right forearm. The tattoo represents his gigantic size.

4. ‘Ring and Name’ Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a ring tattooed on his right forearm with the letters, “DOG” tattooed inside it. There is also a patch near his wrist with three names tattooed inside it.

Meaning: The tattoo represents the name, “BIG DOG” which is what he uses to refer to himself sometimes. The patch on his wrist has the names of his wife, Shaunie, his son, Myles, and his other son, Shareef O’Neal.

5. Name Tattoo

Tattoo: Shaq’s left wrist also has a similar tattoo of a patch with three names tattooed inside it.

Meaning: The names on his left wrist are, “TAAHIRAH, AMIRAH, and Me’ARAH“. These are the names of his three beloved daughters.

6. ‘Target’ Tattoo

Tattoo: There is a tattoo of a huge target sign on the inside of his left forearm.

7. ‘Angel’ Tattoo

Tattoo: Shaq’s left forearm has a tattoo of an angel on it.

8. ‘Diesel and Superman’ Tattoo

Tattoo: Shaq’s left shoulder has a design with the word, “DIESEL” tattooed on it. There is another Superman logo on his left upper arm with the words, “MAN OF STEEL” tattooed around it.

Meaning: Diesel is the name that Shaq took on for his music career. The superman logo on his arm represents the nickname which he calls himself, Superman.

9. ‘Diesel Doc’ Tattoo

Tattoo: Shaq’s chest has a tattoo of the words, “Diesel Doc” on it surrounded by a design of flames.

Meaning: The tattoo also represents his Rap name, Diesel. He also goes by the name of DJ Diesel.

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