What is Luka Doncic's back tattoo? Ink design of Mavericks star revealed

Joshua Rogers December 28, 2022
What is Luka Doncic's back tattoo? Ink design of Mavericks star revealed
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What is Luka Doncic’s back tattoo? Fans are curious about the tattoos on the Dallas Mavericks star, so let’s dive into what they are.

Luka Doncic recorded the NBA’s first ever 60-point triple double recently, when he had 60 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 assists in a 126-121 overtime win against the New York Knicks.

Luka is one of the biggest stars in the NBA, and a perennial All-Star/MVP candidate. During games, fans have noticed several tattoos on the Mavs star and want to know more.

Luka Doncic’s tattoos explored

The Mavericks star has a fair amount of ink on him at present. It is believed Luka Doncic has seven tattoos currently, many of them on his left forearm.

His ink in more detail

Luka Doncic has many interesting tattoos, some of which basketballs fans can see from a distance during a game.

One of his most recent tattoos is a fierce-looking eagle on his left forearm.

Below the eagle Luka has an eye tattoo, also known as the Eye of Providence. Luka also has a number ‘7’ on his arm, which is the number he wore for Real Madrid when he played in Europe.

Doncic uses the number ’77’ for the Dallas Mavericks and the Slovenian national team.

Towards the right side of his body, Luka has a tattoo of the EuroLeague trophy, which he won in 2017-18 with Real Madrid.

Elsewhere, Doncic has an inscription of the Latin quote “Non desistas/Non exieris”, which translates to “Never give up/Never surrender”, 

Above that is an image of a tiger, because Luka “just likes tigers“. He added: “I said if I go to US, I will buy a tiger – like Mike Tyson.”

He has yet to buy one, though.

What is Luka Doncic’s back tattoo?

During games, fans have noticed Luka Doncic’s back tattoo, but have struggled to make out what it actually is.

One fan wrote: “I’m just curious if anyone knows what it is? There’s always a part of it visible but I’ve never seen a picture of it and I can’t tell what it could be.’

Well, the back tattoo is actually a map of the world, with a huge “basketball with a crown” covering most of Europe.

The design is tilted so the part fans usually see is Australia.

A clear image of the back tattoo is difficult to find, but on the video below (at 2 mins 39 sec) you can see it clearly.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.