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Steve Wiebe: The hottest tattoo artist in the NBA right now

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There are plenty of tattoos around the NBA, but who is the master?

Meet Steve Wiebe, one of the hottest tattoo artists in the world today who has gotten his hands on plenty of superstars in the league.

His tattoo parlour, Golden Republic Tattoo, is in a small town called Abbotsford in Canada, but his designs have taken him to Las Vegas and Los Angeles in the U.S. where his celebrity client list make the most of his talents.

Kevin Durant, DeAndre Jordan, Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings and Dorrell Wright are all regular customers for Wiebe and even the hip-hop artist Future has handed his body over to the talented artist.

Los Angeles Clippers forward, Wright, explained how Wiebe's rise in popularity has made it harder to get his own designs finished.

“I got a rose on my chest and a King Tut on my thigh that I still need to finish,” Wright told The Undefeated. “He got kidnapped by K.D. and DeAndre this past summer, so I wasn’t able to finish. He just has to finish one more half of the King Tut.

"I couldn’t take the pain no more the first time. I had to tap out. He is one of those dudes I can wait for. I’m in no rush. You can’t really see it either.

“He’s very talented. When you’re talented and you got a few guys using you, everybody wants to use you.”

Of course, Wiebe is a huge basketball fan and was enamoured with Allen Iverson during his formative years. The in-demand artist credits The Answer and his ink for inspiring him to become a tattooist.

“I was always interested in tattoos since watching Iverson play,” said Wiebe, who briefly met Iverson during the 2016 NBA All-Star weekend in Toronto. “I just thought it was the dopest thing ever to see all his tats on the court. He was probably my influence getting into tattooing.”

Iverson was one of the first players to really adorn himself in tattoos in the league, but now it is commonplace.

Durant has spent a lot of time with Wiebe over the summer adding a lot of musical influences to his body. He told The Undefeated why he chose those artists.

“Wu-Tang exemplified a group of kids coming from poverty that joined together and changed the culture of hip-hop,” Durant said. “They were inspiring to me. The logo is just so dope that I just wanted to get it. And what they stood for, how tight they were, it spoke volumes to me.

“Tupac, at the age of 22, 23, talking the way he talked, was profound and impactful to people in our generation today. It was just timeless interviews and timeless moments that he had that still resonates with us today. That was definitely inspiring to me.

“Probably the first time I really listened to music was Rick James with my grandma when I was 7 or 8 years old. And every time I hear a Rick James song, it just takes me back to my childhood when things were easy and good. He inspired me."

For some reason, we can't see Justin Bieber getting a spot on KD anytime soon. But, whoever he does choose, you can bet Wiebe will absolutely nail it.

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