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Tattoos are addictive. So says Shavonte Zellous, who by having been inked some 40 times is the Indiana Fever’s resident authority on the subject.

Among the visible needlings endured by the hard-nosed 5-foot-10 guard/forward are an “S” on the back of her left leg and a “Z” on her right. Behind her right ear are two miniature Tar Heels, a “just because” out of respect for one her best friends, Fever center Erlana Larkins, who played at the University of North Carolina.

Asked which tattoo came first, Zellous immediately extended an index finger to the right side of her right leg. Large letters spell out “Thelma,” the name of the great-grandmother who, along with Zellous’ mother, helped raise the budding hoops talent in Orlando, Fla.

That initial inking occurred nearly 12 years ago. Zellous was 15.

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