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Tale Of The Tape: Seimone Augustus Vs. Nikola Peković (Tattoo Edition)

Seimone Augustus and Nikola Peković are two of the most familiar faces in Minnesota basketball. They’re also some of the only players on their teams that sport some serious ink. Here, we’re trying to discern who’s got the best tattoos. Not the best tattoos in terms of personal meaning — tattoo art, due to its permanence, is obviously meaningful (unless you’re Andrei Kirilenko) — but in terms of athletic aesthetic. So without further ado, let’s get under the skin.

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Seimone Augustus

Nikola Peković

Augustus gets points here due to the fact that she just has a lot of visible tattoos. They make her stand out in the WNBA, which unlike the men’s association, is lacking in ink work. However, the board-shorts-style flowers on her arm aren’t going to intimidate anyone. Probably. Fierceness Peković has tattoos that look like they should be on the forearms of dudes in biker gangs. Piles of skulls. Knights with swords. Script lettering. He’s fashioned himself as a warrior. And combined with his hulking 291 pounds of pure muscle, his tattoos clearly tell you one thing: Don’t mess with him.
Augustus has basically a full sleeve on her right arm as well as a scattering of ideas on her other arm, hands and legs. According to reports, she’s actually lost count of how many tattoos she has. We’ll give her the edge here, because her work really makes her stand out on the court. Collection Peković’s left arm has an admirable load of tattoos, and he’s got one on his left leg. At least, that’s all that are visible when you watch him play. That said, he’s got a lot fewer tattoos than many of his opponents, even if he does stand out amongst his teammates.
Augustus wears her heart on her sleeve, with a free-flowing, water-and-flower design and a dedication to her mom right on her arm. Call it cliché, but it’s still something you don’t see every day. She also has tattoos for other family members, and an eclectic spattering of symbols from various cultures. She’s got a lot going on. Personality Peković is no lame duck in this category. The image on his leg commemorates the Battle of Kosovo, one of the most important events in Serbian history. For those of Serb-Montenegrin descent, it makes up a part of one's national identity. That’s especially true for a fighter like Peković. You should know, after all, that the Serbs lost the Battle of Kosovo to the invading Ottomans…but they put up one hell of a fight.
Hand ink wins Augustus this round. No shirt sleeves can cover those up, and that boldness counts as a win. Placing Nothing wrong with Peković's choices, but they're just boilerplate. If he got some gnarly neck work -- or even a face tat -- then we'd have a competition.

The winner is

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Seimone Augustus
3 out of 4

Along with being a top player in the NWBA, Augustus' tattoos just help her standout that much more. They’re colorful, varied and they catch the eye when she’s on the court. There’s just no one in her league whose ink compares or comes close. That just can’t be said of Peković. He’s got interesting stuff, to be sure, but not enough of it. That, however, could be remedied with just a few more appointments.

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