NBA Star Wilson Chandler Puts the Juggernaut on His Back

The 2013 NBA Playoffs are upon us, and that can only mean two things.

1) Excellent matchups and highlights from now until the Finals.

2) CBR Executive Producer Jonah Weiland talking about nothing but the Clippers for weeks on end.

But while this isn’t a sports blog, there is a connection to our favorite subject. I recently came across a stunning back tattoo and had to share, especially considering it features one of the X-Men’s longtime foes (and occasionally ally), the unstoppable Juggernaut. To bring it all full circle, this tattoo rests on the back of Denver Nuggets star Wilson Chander, who helped make his team look unstoppable at home this seasonwhen they went three months (including Game 1 of their first round playoff series against the warriors) without losing at the Pepsi Center. Though they lost Game 2 of the series to a resurgent Warriors squad, Wilson and his ink deserve a little time in the spotlight.

The Juggernaut, AKA Cain Marco, is the stepbrother of fallen X-Men founder Charles Xavier, and while he was not born with powers he did come into some in a big way after finding the Crimson Gem of Cytorrak. He was transformed into the Juggernaut, a nearly unstoppable force who has fallen on the side of villain far more than hero, despite some recent efforts toward the latter.

Wilson was an X-Men fan growing up, especially of the cartoon. Though Chandler originally considered a Wolverine image, his tattoo artist Reggie Tatz suggested Juggernaut, which fit in nicely with Chandler’s nickname at the time, “Unstoppable Juggernaut.” He got the tattoo when he was 21 or 22.

While Wilson’s arms and chest are covered in tattoos, CBR Ink readers might like to know that he has a “Masters of the Universe” tattoo on the inside of his right bicep and a collage of cartoon characters including Beavis & Butthead, the Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Ren & Stimpy and more on his lower left leg.

Check out pictures and read more about Chandler and his tattoos in this interview with Denver Stiffs.


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