Have you ever seen an angel tattoo with LaMelo Ball's hairdo???
Well, the NBA's Rookie of the Year just got it done on his right forearm -- and it's pretty awesome!
TMZ Sports has learned ... the Charlotte Hornets star wanted to get a tat of himself as a cherub, so he hit up his ink master, Herchell L. Carrasco.
We're told the two met up at Carrasco's shop, Pachuco Tattoo, in Orange, Calif. over a week ago ... and after 6 hours of work, the final results were in!
The piece came out dope ... there's a dramatic red and black "RARE" wording above a Melo-like angel -- plus his logo at the base with a red halo!
We're told the hairdo idea was done at the last minute -- and Carrasco did it free-handed!!!
The new ink complements Melo's existing piece, also done by Carrasco, on his other forearm.
That artwork features a lion looking into water -- which Carrasco calls an "evolution tattoo" -- since Melo got it done right before the 2020 NBA Draft.
Nice tats and nice season, Melo!