Look: Former NBA player Matt Barnes gets sick Tupac tattoo

By Vincent Frank

It’s not necessarily a rarity to see professional athletes use their bodies as a canvas for art work. Many stars in today’s sports landscape have their bodies completely tatted up. For the vast majority of his 14-year NBA career, Matt Barnes was defined by the canvas that is his body.

Now retired, Barnes decided to take that to a whole new level in hitting up famous artist Steve Butcher. The end result was pretty much the most awe-inspiring tattoo paying tribute to the late great Tupac Shakur.

The likeness is real. The in-depth understanding of Tupac’s original look led Butcher to spend five hours on this legendary piece of work.

Check it out here.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiyIOpAlika/?hl=en&taken-by=matt_barnes9

If you’re going to get tatted up, why not go all out? That’s exactly what Barnes did here.

It’s just a sensational piece of art work from a talented man in Butcher who flew from his native New Zealand to help Barnes out. He had previously done work for Kobe Bryant.