Bucs WR Mike Evans shows off NFL shield tattoo

Courtesty of @mikeevans
Courtesty of @mikeevans
Published July 28, 2015

TAMPA — The NFL brand is strong in Bucs receiver Mike Evans, who has commemorated being drafted No. 7 overall last year with a tattoo on his right arm.

Evans posted a photo on Instagram showing off the new art, which has a large NFL shield logo with the words "2014 1ST RD. 7TH PICK" underneath.

He got the tattoo at a shop in his hometown of Galveston, Texas, spending five hours in the chair Saturday with tattoo artist Gotti Flores.

"He's a super-cool, humble dude, and I love tattooing him," said Flores, who has known Evans for two years, going back to his days playing at Texas A&M.

Flores has done three tattoos for Evans on his other arm — a portrait in his Texas A&M jersey, the A&M logo embedded in stone and the name of Evans' daughter, Mackenzie.

The new tattoo doesn't include the Bucs logo — perhaps a smart decision, given the nature of pro sports and the permanence of tattoos.

Evans, 21, is coming off a rookie season in which he led the team with 1,051 yards and matched a team record with 12 touchdown catches. Veterans report for training camp Friday, with the first practice Saturday afternoon.

Flores charged $250 — "as I would anyone else that walked in," he said.

Evans was so happy that Flores said Evans is flying him to Tampa next month for a preseason game to do more work on Evans and his teammates.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer