Steve Butcher's Realistic Sports Portraits

These lucky folks have their favorite sports highlights on their skin forever thanks to a supremely talented artist.

SloppyJoe5 months ago in Sports

It takes a lot to be an iconic sports superstar. Years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance are what separate the greats from the regular dudes.


You know what solidifies you as an all-time great? When fans get a tattoo of your image on their body. That definitely means that you have transcended the world of sports and you are now considered a megastar.

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Iron Mike gets the treatment. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #MikeTyson #boxing #tyson
Iron Mike gets the treatment. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #MikeTyson #boxing #tyson

Mike Tyson was known for his formidable power and mean streak in the boxing ring. Now that he's a star that transcends his sport, tattoos of Iron Mike have been popping up all around the world. Not to mention that Tyson is recognized widely for his face tattoo.

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Michael Jordan, the baseball player. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #MichaelJordan #Jordan
Michael Jordan, the baseball player. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #MichaelJordan #Jordan

This is a period in time I'm sure many Jordan fans would probably like to forget, but it has been immortalized in this beautifully realistic tattoo. If only Jordan's baseball career was as good as this tattoo...

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Philly's finest. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #AllenIverson #Philadelphia #76ers
Philly's finest. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #AllenIverson #Philadelphia #76ers

Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson was known for being one of the smallest guys on the court, but his personality (and scoring ability) was out of this world. One of the most prolific scorers in NBA history is certainly worthy of his own portrait tattoo. Could there be a more fitting way to pay homage to one of the players that made tattoos part of the NBA landscape. 

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Jordan celebrating. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #MichaelJordan #Jordan
Jordan celebrating. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #MichaelJordan #Jordan

Now that's the Jordan we all know. This tattoo of him celebrating the Chicago Bulls' 3rd championship in as many years is one of the more iconic pictures taken of #23.

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Dennis Rodman and his crazy hair. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #DennisRodman #Rodman
Dennis Rodman and his crazy hair. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #DennisRodman #Rodman

Dennis Rodman made headlines on the court, off the court, and even to this day. He's definitely one of the most interesting characters in sports history, with his wild hair and collection of tattoos. I think this tattoo of the power forward captures his essence beautifully.

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Flying through the air. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #MichaelJordan #Jordan
Flying through the air. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #MichaelJordan #Jordan

When people think of Michael Jordan, this is probably the image that comes to mind. His amazing dunk from the free-throw line is the stuff of legends, if not GODS! Butcher recreates that magic in this amazing tattoo.

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James Harden looking intense. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #JamesHarden #HoustonRockets
James Harden looking intense. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #JamesHarden #HoustonRockets

James Harden isn't quite on the same level as Jordan, yet, but this tattoo is about as realistic as you can get. The 4x NBA All-Star is sure to be remembered as one of the greats some day in the future.

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Mama said knock you out. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #Ali #MuhammadAli
Mama said knock you out. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #Ali #MuhammadAli

If anyone can rival Jordan's domination in his sport, it's Muhammad Ali. This is the quintessential Ali image, and it rightfully belongs on someone's body. The Olympic Gold Medalist would be honored to be immortalized in the body ink.

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Jim Kelly, a Buffalo Bills great. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #JimKelly #BuffaloBills
Jim Kelly, a Buffalo Bills great. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #JimKelly #BuffaloBills

Jim Kelly was one of the greatest Buffalo Bills in history. He quarterbacked multiple teams to the Super Bowl, where they always came up short. The Hall of Famer missed out on winning the big one, but will forever be immortalized in the Hall and on this person's body.

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Backwards slam. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #MichaelJordan #Jordan
Backwards slam. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #MichaelJordan #Jordan

Okay, yea this Jordan dunk piece is just plain rad. There isn't much more that can be said about Air Jordan. He's a beast.

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Black Mamba poised to strike. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #KobeBryant #BlackMamba #Lakers
Black Mamba poised to strike. By Steve Butcher (via IG - stevebutchertattoos) #SteveButcher #Sports #Portraits #KobeBryant #BlackMamba #Lakers

Recently retired Kobe Bryant is certainly deserving of tattoos if James Harden is. The Black Mamba is a 2x Olympic Gold Medalist, an 18x All-Star, an MVP, and a 5x NBA Champion. Yea. He deserves a tattoo.


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