IFWT_Mike Scott

Mike Scott went from obscurity to the main stage during an Atlanta Hawks playoff game.  Aside from Scott’s amazing play people also noticed something else, he was covered in emoji tattoos.  It seemed rather odd but now Scott has decided to give an explanation.

Shay Marie

via Mashable:

Is it, like, more than 20 [tattoos] total? And what percentage would you estimate are emojis?

Oh, it’s definitely more than 20. Definitely more than 20. About 80%, 85% are emojis, I would say.

Do you get many comments on the court from other players?

Actually just the other day — Vince Carter. I have that lips emoji on my neck and he was asking me during the game if that was a specific lady’s lips or whose lips or what. I said ‘No, it’s no one’s lips. It’s just the emoji lips.’

So why emojis? I’d never really seen emoji tattoos before yours.

The story behind it is I just use emojis a lot when I text. It’s me; it’s original. People are doing it now, but no one else had it before I started getting into it. I dunno — I guess I started the trend. It’s a trend I see now but for sure no one had it when I started.

Sometimes they say what you can’t say. They can express the words that you can’t say about how you feel. You can do a whole conversation just using emojis and people will understand. I actually do that a lot.

Did you see that Drake recently got a tattoo of the prayer-hands emoji?

[Laughs] Yeah, people were tagging me in his post. It was pretty funny.

Do you welcome him to the emoji tat game or do you feel like he’s biting off your style a little too much?

[Laughs] I don’t even have that emoji, so I don’t feel like it’s copying. I don’t feel like it’s copying. At this point it’s just like, ‘Everybody join! Everybody get them!’