Shawn Dwayne Marion is an American former basketball player. Shawn is a one-time NBA CHampion and a four-time NBA All-star. He was known for his unorthodox shooting form and nicknamed, “The Matrix” by Kenny Smith.
Shawn has many interesting inks on his body. Let us take a look at what these are and the meanings they hold.
1. ‘Loving Life’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The player’s left shoulder has the words, “Loving Life” tattooed on it.
2. ‘Loyalty’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The back of his left upper arm has the word, “Loyalty” tattooed on it.
Meaning: The tattoo of the word represents its importance in the player’s life. Marion values Loyalty. There is another matching word on his other arm as well.
3. ‘Basketball’ Tattoo
Tattoo: Marion’s left upper arm has a tattoo of a basketball on fire, going through a hoop. The words, “Mr.Marion Matrix” are also tattooed above and below it.
Meaning: The tattoo represents his love for the game and his talent. Matrix is the nickname given to him by Kenny Smith in his rookie year.
4. ‘Taurus’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is a bull’s face tattooed on the player’s right shoulder.
Meaning: The tattoo of the bull represents the player’s sun sign. Shawn was born on 7 May 1978, and his sun sign is Taurus.
5. ‘Banner’ Tattoo
Tattoo: There is also a banner tattooed on his right upper arm with a few words written on it.
6. ‘Courage’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The back of the player’s right upper arm has the word, “Courage” tattooed on it.
Meaning: The word represents another trait that he believes in.
7. ‘Chinese’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The side of his right lower leg has three Chinese characters tattooed on it.
Meaning: The tattoo gained a lot of controversy due to its meaning. The player thought that it represents his nickname, “The Matrix” in Chinese. But the characters actually mean something else. They 魔 is Demon,
鳥 is a Bird, and 樟 is Camphor (a chemical extract used for making mothballs).
8. ‘Praying Hands’ Tattoo
Tattoo: The side of his left lower leg also has a tattoo on it. There are hands joined in prayer tattooed on it, holding a rosemary bead necklace. The words, “Protect Me” are also tattooed near it.
Meaning: The tattoo of the hands represents his religious views and his faith. The tattoo is a common one in Christianity representing the power of prayer.