Thursday, March 5, 2009

Jazz Tats: Booze Ink

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of internet investigative reports on the meaning behind the living artwork that is the Utah Jazz.


I can think of a lot of things that Carlos Boozer does better than Greg Ostertag. One of those things is selecting bodyart. No cartoon cavemen for this power forward, just good old-fashioned christian imagery. And a ferociously awesome grizzly bear.



Boozer claims that at age 17 he saw Dennis Rodman on TV and was inspired to get his first tattoo. If you do the math, that was in 1998. In that year, Rodman was playing for the Bulls and they were on their way to their third straight championship against.... Well, let's just say that Boozer has never been accused of being a Jazz "lifer."

Boozer's arm tattoos are of a fairly recent vintage. When he signed with Utah he just had the beginnings of the grizzly bear that now dominates his left arm. It is claimed that his arm reads "C Booz Unleash the Beast." You be the judge.
On his right arm there is a tattoo of Boozer underneath Mt. Juneau. Boozer's left side is dark, signifying temptation, while his right side is light signifying basketball. I did not make that up. Underneath that image are the words "God's Will," because it was God's will that Boozer play in the NBA. Again, not made up. Also on Boozer's arm is the full text of Phillipians 4:13, which predicts that a great bear will come out of Alaska and destroy everyone in its path - except Lamar Odom.

Boozer is also a family man. He has the name of his wife (CeCe) and his three children (Carmani, Cameron, and Cayden) etched in various locations (none are inappropriate) on his body.

But, let's get back to God. On his chest, underneath his jersey he has a cross with the words "Follow the Money." Oh, whoops, my mistake. Apparently it says "Count Your Blessings." Same thing. On his back, Boozer has a huge guardian angel with the words "My Keeper." Interesting things about Boozer's guardian angel: (1) it's a dude, (2) he has dreadlocks, and (3) he is almost, almost, flashing his junk.

One last fun-fact: apparently the guy who tattooed Boozer's arms also did 50 Cent's back! The Jazz are so urban!

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00Tag - License to Thrill said...

Denis Rodman, inspiring kids to get tattos. And who said he isn't a role model? And, let me add that Tag's tatto is a classic. Everyone has tats of angels, bears, scriptures, themselves, etc. But how many people have a large colored tatto of Fred Flintstone? I'll take Tag's tatto over Boozer's any day.

Pasty Gangsta said...

Great post. Can't wait for an explanation of D Will's orange basketball superimposed over the state of Texas. I think it is symbolic of his basketball playing days in Texas, but I could be wrong.

Andrew said...

Phillipians 4:13 predicts a bear will come from Alaska and... That was a joke right?

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Carlos Boozer? Isn't he in Chicago now? Anyway, my husband has always been very excited whenever payday comes. Why? Because he's really looking forward to watching EVERY Jazz game. Yes, you heard that right. He even spent a part of a loan just to watch a Jazz game outside Utah! Now that's devotion for ya!

Anyway, sorry for the segue. Ohh, is that his family? They look like they're pretty tight together. Nice tattoos, too. I like that ferociously awesome grizzly bear you pointed out. Haha!

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