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Much has been written about this week regarding rapper and Toronto Raptors mega-fan Drake’s Warriors-themed tattoos. And even though Drake paid tribute to both the Raptors and friend Stephen Curry with his choice of Game 1 jersey, he definitely did one other thing: He covered up his Golden State ink.
A photo of Drake walking into Scotiabank Arena before Game 1 of the NBA Finals shows an unusually placed accessory. On his arm, right where his 30 (for Curry) and 35 (for Kevin Durant) tattoos are, he’s wearing a black sweatband.
When not obscured by an armband, the tattoos are side-by-side on Drake’s left arm. Although he’s never publicly discussed the origins or reasons for the tattoos, the inspiration is fairly obvious. Curry’s tattoo tribute is his jersey number, 30, in NBA uniform font. Beneath it, is the word “gifted” in cursive. Above it — to emphasize Curry’s angelic demeanor, we assume — is a small halo.
KD’s is less godly. It’s his number, 35, with the word SNIPE below it. For those keeping track at home, easymoneysniper is Durant’s preferred social media handle.
We can’t entirely blame Drake for wanting to celebrate the greatest NBA team of his generation. He’s friends with Ayesha and Stephen Curry, as evidenced by their 2015 late-night trip to the Alameda In-N-Out. He’s also name-dropped the squad multiple times in songs through the years.
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