Alfani for Macy’s vest; WT02 shirt; Levi’s jeans; Converse sneakers; Sabit NYC chain; New Era EK hat; Tateossian bracelets.
Stevie Johnson has taken to the NFL like a buffalo in a china shop. In four years he’s not only ripped up the gridiron—netting more than 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons—he’s be- come a larger-than-6’2” figure through his brash touchdown celebrations (pretending to get shot in the leg when playing against Plaxico Burress, for example) and with his entertaining tweets that have earned him over 100,000 followers. Between looks during this fashion shoot we played back and forth with #13 in 140 characters or less.
@InkedMag You just got your hands tattooed.
@StevieJohnson13 Yeah, I was waiting until I signed my new contract.
@InkedMag Five years, $36.25 million, congrats. Did you need the money for tattoos?
@StevieJohnson13 Nah, as a receiver my hands are my most important tools. It was celebratory.
@InkedMag What did you get?
@StevieJohnson13 “Handle Biz” on my right hand and “Have Fun” on my left.
@InkedMag Is that your mantra, score the TD and then do your thing?
@StevieJohnson13 It’s like I tell kids, Do your homework, then you can play Xbox.
@InkedMag You play Madden?
@StevieJohnson13 Yep, it helps you learn how to play with your team.
@InkedMag Are you happy with the Madden version of yourself?
@StevieJohnson13 They have me at 89 for speed—I’m a little faster than that.
@InkedMag And your Madden avatar has no tattoos. What is your favorite piece of ink?
@StevieJohnson13 The first one I got. I’m from San Francisco, so I got the old Warriors logo with the Giants SF on top.
@InkedMag How does your tattoo process work?
@StevieJohnson13 I draw most of my designs—I like to draw—then hand them to the artist and tell him he can finesse the design however he wants.
@InkedMag Do you have a tattoo idol?
@StevieJohnson13 After I started getting tattooed I looked at the work other guys like Lil Wayne, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, and Wiz Khalifa were getting.
@InkedMag Ballers and rappers, you do a little spitting.
@StevieJohnson13 Yeah, me and my man G5Gi put out a mixtape called “Why So Serious?”
Alfani for Macy’s vest; HE by Mango shirt; Sabit NYC tie; Bar III pants; Tsubo shoes; Silver Lining Opticians sunglasses.
@InkedMag And you have a track about your tattoos?
@StevieJohnson13 Yessir, “Inked Up.”
@InkedMag What hurts more: getting tattooed or getting hit over the middle?
@StevieJohnson13 I haven’t got hit over the middle yet but my wrists and back really hurt.
@InkedMag What’s your upside-down question mark tattoo mean?
@StevieJohnson13 I flipped the question mark to express that I’m misunderstood.
@InkedMag How so?
@StevieJohnson13 People perceive me one way, but once you get to know me I’m completely opposite.
@InkedMag Do you hope to dispel that through your Twitter account?
@StevieJohnson13 Twitter is great because you can personally connect with your fans.
@InkedMag And nobody tells you what to say or edits your statements.
@StevieJohnson13 You have complete freedom to speak for yourself, which is great. But sometimes I get in trouble.
@InkedMag Like the time you blamed God when you dropped a game-winning touchdown?
@InkedMag RT @StevieJohnson13 I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…
@InkedMag It was pretty funny, actually, after the Tebows of the world thank God for victory it was quite witty to blame him for defeat. Did you catch much heat over it?
@StevieJohnson13 Like I said, I’m misunderstood.
@InkedMag Do you have any end zone celebrations planned for this season?
@StevieJohnson13 I don’t plan. Whatever happens happens. I just have fun.
@InkedMag What do you say to people who think you are just showboating?
@StevieJohnson13 We work hard to get to the NFL and to hustle all week and then accomplish something … we have reason to celebrate.
Alfani for Macy’s vest; HE by Mango shirt; Sabit NYC tie; Bar III pants; Tsubo shoes; Holbrooke by S. Berry bracelet
Polo Ralph Lauren Boxer Shorts and Belt, available at Lord & Taylor; Hansen Bracelet.
Zanerobe Sweater; Black Apple Shirt, Express Shorts, Polo Ralph Lauren Belt, available at Lord & Taylor; SABIT NYC chain; 9FIVE glasses.
HE by MANGO Shirt; SABIT NYC hat; Tateossian watch.
J & COMPANY Shirt; BLACK BROWN 1826 bow tie.