Kevin Durant has cultivated a relatively clean-cut image as an NBA star, pulling in huge endorsement money from Nike and earning a reputation as one of the most talented scorers in basketball history.

But underneath his playing gear he's got some pretty interesting tattoos.

The newest member of the Golden State Warriors is running out of real estate on his torso, which features among other ink the logo of the Washington Nationals baseball team, a cross, a drawing of the home he grew up in and several inscriptions including "walk by faith and not by sight" and "the fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honour".

Durant's back is also completely covered. He has his home state of "Maryland" in huge letters above a basketball-holding angel and his entire right side is covered with more scripture, namely James 1: 2-4 which reads: "Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colours. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way." Unfortunately there's a typo in there too.


But the forward who recently led Team USA to the gold medal at the Rio Olympics has traded in religion for pop culture now that he's moved down to his legs.

First came rapper Tupac Shakur, whose face now adorns KD's lower left leg.

And now another dead music icon, Rick James. New photographs of Durant with his left thigh exposed reveal the former funk singer who is responsible for hits like "Give It To Me Baby" and "Super Freak" is the latest addition to Durant's collection.

By the looks of tattoo artist Steve Wiebe's Instagram page Durant and Team USA teammate DeAndre Jordan took a trip to Europe after the Olympics and added new ink along the way.

At this point neither has had a reason to put a championship tattoo on their ankle yet.

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