John Wall, the Houston Rockets Point Guard, has been around in the NBA scene since 2010. He started his professional career with the Washington Wizards after being the 1st overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. 

Apart from his career as a basketball player, Wall is lately known for his tattoos. Something he wasn't associated with during his early playing career. 

Wall is a North Carolina native and was raised predominantly by his mother.

His father, Wall Senior, served time in prison for second-degree murder and died of liver cancer just a month after his release from prison in 1999. 


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Wall was aggressive during his teenage years, occasionally involved in vices like fighting and burglary.

A Look into John Wall's Early Career

Wall turned to basketball as a last resort to get his life in shape, and he's never looked back since. He's made a name for himself and has maintained a respectable image. 

In his early days, Wall played for two amateur athletic union teams based in Garner, North Carolina. Firstly for Garner Road and later for D-One Sports.  

During his school years, Wall was presented with an opportunity to hone his basketball skills after he joined Garner Magnet High School.


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Unfortunately, his family's relocation to Raleigh, North Carolina, meant Wall was forced to discontinue his two-year association with Garner.

After getting into Needham B. Broughton High School, he impressed everyone during tryouts. However, the young player didn't make it on the high school team for attitude-related issues. 

Wall changed schools for the third time and joined a Raleigh-based Christian school, Word of God Christian Academy. It was here that the athlete got the perfect platform to showcase and improve his abilities. 

John Wall's College and Professional Career 

Wall joined the University of Kentucky in 2009 and put on an impressive show of his abilities. Later, Wall was inducted into the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame on September 22, 2017.

2010 turned out to be an important year in the player's career as on June 23, 2010, Wall was signed by Reebok as their face of the NBA.


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A day after his deal with Reebok, the rising star's dream to play professional basketball came true. He was picked by NBA outfit Washington Wizards as their number one pick during the 2010 NBA draft. 

Wall was with the Wizards for a decade before switching to his current team, the Houston Rockets.

John Wall and His Tattoos

For a significant period, basketball star Wall wasn't known to sport any tattoos on his body. Instead, he was widely known to avoid body art to maintain his good-boy looks. 

Also, many media reports suggested the basketball wizard always wore proper clothes to maintain his image, especially among the kids who idolize the NBA players.


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As per the Washington Post, Wall declined to get tattoos on several occasions due to concerns over his image and marketing reasons. 

As per Wall, he couldn't go against his mom's advice and get the tattoo he wanted since he was a teenager. 

Fast forward to 2013, and the basketball star's body showcased tattoo work on his abdomen region, back, and on one of his chest, but at the same time, Wall did not have any designs on his visible body parts. 

His tattoo artist, Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy, made comparisons with NBA legend Kevin Durant and explained how Wall wanted all his tattoos to remain hidden.


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However, Wall's recent social media post suggests a change in attitude when it comes to tattoos. He posted a picture of himself on his Instagram, showcasing inked designs all over his body.

In the picture, the athlete's body can be seen entirely covered with tattoos. 

As mentioned in a report by, Wall has his mom's name along with the text "Mommas Boy" engraved on his right chest, while an image of a small Wall and his father proudly rests on the left side of his chest. 

Similarly, he has a design of bricks painted on his back along with the text Great Wall. And his midsection showcases a complete skyline, area code, and signature interstate-40 road sign of Raleigh, the city where he grew up.