Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko confirmed today that he recently added some new color to his life. Moreover, he is very happy with how his intense and dramatic full-back tattoo turned out.
A photo of Kirilenko's newly inked body first showed up Saturday on the internet, then made waves this afternoon.
The image — a highly detailed portrait that features what appears to be a knight-like warrior riding a dragon-like beast — took a couple days to flesh out, Kirilenko said.
As for the fiery buzz his black-and-red covered back has quickly created?
"It's very strange, because it's so much pain," Kirilenko said. "It's so funny, because I didn't do it for the people. … I don't really plan to show it around."
Kirilenko added that his kids love his new look, while he feels that he is entitled to do whatever he wants as a 30-year-old man.
"If I feel like I want [a tattoo], I get one," Kirilenko said. "It's really strange that it gets so much attention. … Ninety-nine percent of players have tattoos."
— Brian T. Smith