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Whether it’s a sneaker inspired by motorcycle tires and the way in which Kyrie Irving careens around the hardwood of a NBA game, or a nod to his late mother Elizabeth and the impact of her advice to him at a young age, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star point has often injected his own personalized detailing and inspirations into his Nike signature shoes.
Now on his 3rd signature model with the brand, the newest pair spotted on Irving features a graphic based on the tattoo that’s adorned his upper left arm for the past year and a half. In a black base with red accents throughout, the Kyrie 3s that Irving wore for the series-closing Game 4 in Toronto yesterday afternoon are highlighted by a rotated crop of his “Hamsa Hand” ink in white.
Khamsah, an Arabic word for “five,” symbolizes the fingers of the open hand graphic that’s thought to be both a protective icon and also bring good luck. Others have often referenced the “evil eye” as being Illuminati related.
The surrounding text of Kyrie’s Hamsa Hand tattoo also reads:
Let no sadness come to this heart
Let no trouble come to these arms
Let no conflict come to these eyes
Check out Irving’s latest player exclusive pair of the Kyrie 3 below in detail, and let us know your thoughts in the comments section and on Twitter.
The best view of Kyrie’s tattoo, from a video game rendering: