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The meaning behind Luka Samanic’s tattoos

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More than just his game has evolved since Luka’s rookie season.

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The rise of Luka-mania in resent weeks has given many San Antonio Spurs fans a better look at second-year forward Luka Samanic, and beyond his much improved play on the floor, somethings that has stood out after being absent his rookie season is the ink.

2019 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot
Rookie Luka
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2020-21 San Antonio Spurs Content Day
Sophmore Luka
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Samanic recently explained that he’d wanted an arm sleeve tattoo for a while, and the 2020 offseason represented the perfect opportunity due to some rare downtime from basketball. He recruited Delaware tattoo artist Mark Jeezy of “Jeezy Tattoos”, and the two met in San Antonio in October to create the masterpiece.

Samanic’s description of the upper arm tattoo is simple:

“Every tattoo has some meaning. The latest one was mostly about good always wins against bad.”

That’s a pretty good motto to live by, both on and off the court. He hasn’t given an explanation for the lower arm yet, although it appears to include praying hands and a cross. It sounds like he isn’t done getting inked up, so it will be interesting to see if there’s anything new next season.


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