No photo, but a new profile of Tristan Thompson (drafted 4th by the Cleveland Cavaliers out of University of Texas) in Sportsnet Magazine describes his one tattoo:
Harder to identify are the character traits that will allow Thompson to nurture the skills that will maximize his athletic gifts. A clue comes in the subtle tattoo inked in cursive on the meaty part of Thompson’s left hand. It reads “G2S” and stands for Grind to Shine, the motto (and tattoo) he shares with Longhorn freshman Myck Kabongo, the highly rated point guard from Toronto, and other graduates of the elite Grassroots Canada AAU program that helped put Thompson on the recruiting map as a 14-year-old. It’s Thompson’s only ink work. “If you grind, things will go your way, they’ll be shining,” says Kabongo, who claims to have authored the expression.
Reminds me a little bit of Steph Curry’s only tattoo, “TCC” on his left wrist which stands for “Trust, Commitment, Care.”
2011-12 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 55% [details]
2010-11 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 53% [details]
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