Pierce on tattoo: 'It's who I am'


Paul Pierce utilized the offday to get new ink on his right arm.WALTHAM, Mass. -- Celtics captain Paul Pierce utilized the final off-day of the preseason to get some new ink on his right forearm. ESPN Boston's Jackie MacMullan got a chance to chat with Pierce after Friday's practice and we asked her to get the lowdown on the new tattoo:

"I got it done [Thursday] night," said Pierce. "The guy was referred to me by Marquis [Daniels] and [Kendrick Perkins]. They had some work done on them and I liked what I saw, so I went and got it done. I got [wife Julie's] permission... I just liked it; It's who I am. It's really cool to have it."

Pierce did admit he should have taken some aspirin before he went to the tattoo shop.

"It took two hours, so I should have," said Pierce. "I should have taken something because it really hurt."

Pierce wore a long-sleeve shirt under his practice jersey, but rolled up the right sleeve to showcase the new ink after the session.

The tattoo, which takes up nearly his entire forearm, features Pierce's nikcname, "The Truth," in block letters, with a four-leaf clover in the lower left and dice in the upper right. Pierce does a dice-shooting motion as the final player introduced for Boston.