Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors all star, has proven he is calm, cool, and collected under pressure on the court. Whether he breaks guard against teams that purposefully put bigger players on him for the size mismatch, or his shot stats behind the three-point line, Curry is MVP in basketball fans’ hearts.
This MVP status also rings true for his personal tattoo artist, Nino Lapid, at Zebra Tattoo in Walnut Creek, California.
Lapid had previously commissioned for a private tattoo session for the Curry family after the Warriors beat the Cavs last year, so the two take having a relationship with your tattoo artist to a whole new level.
When Lapid did tattoo the Curry Clan, he said, “It was a very intimate moment, a very family moment. I didn’t get to ask for an autograph for anything like that. It was very, very professional.”
However, this session, Lapid did ask for an autograph. But not on paper.
Lapid wanted the 2-time NBA MVP’s autograph tattooed on his leg for his birthday, making this present the gift that will forever give.
Curry’s wife, Ayesha, and Damion Lee accompanied Curry for his tattoo debut.
Assuming Lapid set up the table for Curry, and gave direction, the autograph seemed to run smoothly. And truthfully, it didn’t come out horribly. The story, of course, was always going to be much better than the tattoo itself.
But luckily, Steph’s steady hand translates from his shots to the tattoo table.
Lapid had said that being able to ink Curry and his family was “destiny.”
“We had that call in the afternoon and the next thing you know it, we were there,” Lapid said. “My initial reaction was I was shocked…jaw dropped, open mouth…eyes wide open. I had butterflies in my stomach on the way to their house.”
“It was mixed emotions — excited and nervous at the same time,” Lapid said. “But it was an amazing experience.”
Since the media picked up the story of Lapid inking the Curry family, the artist’s once quiet life has turned upside down.
“The attention I got was from all over the world which is very insane,” Lapid said.
Lapid had tattooed NFL players from the Oakland Raiders in the past, as well as a few local Bay Area personalities, but Lapid admits, “By far, Curry is up there.”
Curry is listed as 6-foot 3-inches and 190 pounds, making him 5 inches shorter, (and about 60 pounds lighter) than Lebron James.
Despite many opponents wanting to take advantage of his smaller size, over the first seven games of this season, he has made at least five 3-pointers in all seven games, breaking George McCloud's record of six games in a row during the 1995–96 season.
While Curry’s teammate, Kevin Durant, might be the most talented scorer in the league's history, Curry is still the most important player of the team.
(Not just because has set the single-season NCAA record for three-pointers made.)
He wins you games like nobody else has in the history of basketball. And, now, he can tattoo you.