4. J.R. has a portrait of his mother on his chest accompanied by the words “Mama’s Boy“, tributing his love for his mom.
"JUST KLOWNIN", CARTOON CHARACTERS
5. J.R. Smith’s back is filled with original cartoon characters titled “Just Klownin“. We can assume that the one in the middle rockin’ the #1 jersey is J.R. himself, but the rest of the characters seem to be people currently in his life or people he wants to someday be in his life (BleacherReport).
6. J.R. added a “Young Money“tattoo in 2009. For those of you wondering, it’s rumored that he is part of young money athletes. Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans is also rumored to be a part of it (Young Money).
"KING OF NEW JERSEY"
7. Smith has an outline of the state of New Jersey titled “King of New Jersey“, referring to himself. Inside the outline is a basketball titled J.R. representing the part of New Jersey that he’s from (FullCourtPumps).
"THROUGH THE FIRE"
8. The tattoo on his upper left arm is an image of himself as a basketball player dunking through fire, hence the words “Through the Fire” (FullCourtPumps).
'INLOVE WITH MY MONEY"
9. Smith has a portrait of money surrounded by the words “In Love With My Money” (FullCourtPumps).
DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR
10. “Death Before Dishonor” on his left leg (FullCourtPumps).
11. J.R. has two hands held together praying with rosary beads. It states “In Loving Memory of Betty Smith” for his grandmother Betty Smith.
12. The letters on his knuckles are “DEMI” for his daughter, Demi.
JORDAN, PORTRAIT, NJ DEVILS
13. JR recently (late 2011) payed homage to Michael Jordan with a retired Jordan Jersey, Jordan 2′s and the Jumpman logo featured in the middle of his stomach (source).
14. He also has his hometown hockey team’s logo, the New Jersey Devils.
15. On the right part of his lower stomach, Smith has two portraits of children. This hasn’t been confirmed but J.R. Smith does have two small children. LA Clipper Chris Paul happens to be the godfather (espn).
16. J.R. has a portrait titled “Black Jesus” on his left chest.
J.R. SMITH ON GETTING A KNICKS TATTOO
I’m thinking about it, it’s definitely another part of my career, so definitely have to do something. I’m not sure if it’ll be a Knicks symbol or logo or something, but it’ll definitely be something to go along with the story.” (ESPN NY)
FUN FACT: J.R. Smith and his brother Chris are extremely close. Chris Smith is currently a Senior Guard for the Louisville Cardinals Men’s Basketball Team. Chris has a portait of J.R. on his back to tribute his older brother.