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

Joshua Rogers May 18, 2022
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What is Luka Doncic’s back tattoo? Fans are curious about the tattoos on the Dallas Maverick star, so let’s dive into what they are.

Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks are into the Western Conference Finals after upsetting the No.1 seed Phoenix Suns.

They now face the Golden State Warriors and a formidable lineup including Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Ahead of the eagerly-anticipated series, we take a look at Luka Doncic’s tattoos, including the one on his back.

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How many tattoos does Luka Doncic have?

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.

Luka’s tattoos explored

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 with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.