Andre Gray's incredible back tattoo paying tribute to civil rights movement

Andre Gray's back tattoo is an absolute masterpiece

The #BlackLivesMatter protests across the world are having a profound impact on the world of sport.

Big names from all sports are showing their support for the movement, which is aiming to bring an end to racial inequality in all walks of life.

Watford's Andre Gray has said the protests are about far more than the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis; they're about systematic racism the world over.

"It's not just about George Floyd and the brutality that is going on in America. It is about what is going on in England and the rest of the world," Gray told the Guardian. "I feel we are lucky we don't have armed police officers on the street because we are still stereotyped and judged by these police officers over here, just the same [as in the US].

"I can't even count how many times I've been pulled over. I can't count how many times I've gone to a club and not got in, how many times a security guard has followed me round a shop.

"I can't count how many times that somebody has asked me if I'm a footballer because I've come out of a nice car. Look, at the end of the day, I'm three people in this country. And that's either a footballer, a rapper or a drug dealer. These are the facts.

"So the marches over here are not just for the police brutality in America - it's for England, as well. And Paris and all over the world. It's because of the systematic racism that is everywhere."

Gray is bravely making his voice heard and the Watford striker also possesses an incredible tattoo on his back paying homage to black icons and the civil rights movement.

Andre Gray's tattoo Close-up of Andre Gray's tattoo

Incredible, right?

Malcom X, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, Bob Marley and more iconic faces feature in what is an artistic masterpiece.

“The civil rights movement is something I’ve looked into a lot,” Gray told the Telegraph after he first posted an image of the tattoo on social media.

“When I was about 23, I started reading up on it all and watching TV programmes. You find you read about one person and then you find there is a documentary you can watch about them and then it usually leads on to something else."

Education on the civil rights movement needs to be paramount for everyone and Gray is setting the perfect example.

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