Is this really what we are up in arms over? What about him said, “Thou shalt not have any permanent ink separate from Sharpie on the body”? I understand wholeheartedly that Kevin Durant does close to nothing to incorporate his tattoos into his personality. His clean-cut image comes fully equipped with the university backpack and on occasion the nerd glasses. No one expects someone well-behaved to have body ink. Well, maybe this is a step in the right direction. Maybe now people understand that you do not have to look like a bandit or have multiple piercings in every vital organ to have tattoos.
On the other hand, what Durant is doing may be no different than what professional businessmen and women do every day of their lives. Wanting to take a walk on the wide side, Tom, Dick, Harry or Jane may stop by your nearest body art shop and want some work done. It has nothing to do with how you should perceive them as a person it is just what they desire. But, then they realize that they are working in a business that either frowns upon the body art or they will be put in a degrading category. So, what to do? Put the tattoos somewhere they can be covered at all times in front of their employer and only shown at their discretion.
Yes, Durant has an extremely squeaky clean image. If someone said he was jaywalking, I would shout “Blasphemy!” to the nearest mountaintop. That does not stop him from wanting the simple pleasures that those not in his position indulge in. So what he has a few tattoos on his chest and his stomach area? Last time I checked it was his body and there was no harm being done to women or small animals. It is funny how people think men with tattoos are edgy or have a wild side to them. Besides enduring the temporary pain of the needle, you do not sign your soul over to Satan when you’re getting tatted.
If you are looking for edge maybe you should have noticed it in how he took over games and became his team’s primary leader. Or maybe we should have found a bit of spark when he pounded his chest after an incredible play. Durant’s tattoos do not make him who he is. His talents and dedication to doing what he loves to do on the court makes him the man that everyone loves to watch and praise.
Here is Durant when his tatted look was a little less apparent with his shirt off.
SB: It’s not like he has Abe Lincoln on his throat or anything. (Smh at DeShawn Stevenson)
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