Dime Magazine recently posted a video interview with DeMarcus Cousins which details many of his tattoos, including the design above, shown after Cousins is asked if he has any controversial tattoos.
Some great quotes from Cousins, including this nice summary:
My thing is, you just go through so many things in life. Some things you forget, some things you don’t. My tattoos are reminders of things, good and bad.
To watch the video, click HERE
Anonymous said: NY player with portrait of a kid with crown on back left bicep
Yes! This is one of Tyson Chandler’s tattoos, added in 2011 shortly after he and the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA championship. For the original post about this design, click HERE
Belinelli posted the above photo of his new tattoo to Instagram. The design, done by Jose Cordova of Love Hate tattoos in Miami Beach, is on the inside of Belinelli’s left arm. Cordova also posted a photo of himself and Belinelli post-tattoo on his Instagram account.
Longtime reader Matt Jackson shared the above photo, taken January 2014, which shows a tattoo on Al Jefferson’s right forearm. Thanks Matt! Close up below:
Earlier this week Durant posted the above photo of himself to Instagram, revealing a new tattoo on his right calf. Yesterday, Dan Steinberg of The Washington Post got a detailed photo of the design - a sabertooth tiger - and a quote from Durant about its meaning:
“I love saber-tooth tigers,” Durant said. “And even though they’re extinct — they’ve been extinct for a while — they’re such dominant creatures. They devour. And that’s what I want to do on the basketball court.”
Steinberg’s close up photo below:
Trey Burke & His Tattoos
I’ve been wanting to do a video about NBA players and their tattoos. This is the first one I have created.
Some great quotes from Burke in this interview, including this one about the tattoo of Jesus on his chest: “I think this will make me never forget about where I come from, what I believe in, and what my family believes in.”
Steven Adams, who just completed his rookie season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, posted on Twitter a photo of himself with tattoo artist Tuigamala Andy Tauafiafi, showing the new tattoo on his forearm. The design adds to his existing tattoo, his middle name Funaki.
The New Zealand Herald interviewed the artist about the design, who spoke a bit about the origin and significance of the work:
"I don’t want to go into too much about his tattoo because tattoos are a personal thing. All I can say about what we created for Steven was … the tattoo that he did get was half Maori and half Tongan.
"What we did represented family, strength and protection. With any Polynesian or Maori culture, those are the main things. I guess it’s to keep him grounded and have the support with him - not in body, but in spirit."
Last week Mike Scott posted to instagram this photo of himself in the chair at a tattoo shop. As noted this past season, Scott has many tattoos of emojis. In January of this year, an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution (behind paywall, sorry) Scott discussed the tattoos, and explained that he planned to tattoo all of the emojis on his body eventually:
"It’s different. No one else is doing it. That’s probably not for a good reason but it is original and something I like doing. I’m going to get all of them."
No word yet on what his new work looks like.
One of the more rarely seen tattoos in the league is the jester on Tim Duncan’s back. There since 2003 (when it was covered in the book In the Paint: Tattoos of the NBA and the Stories Behind Them) it appeared as recently as the 2013 Finals, peeking out of the right side of Duncan’s jersey.
Sometime in the last year, Duncan has covered up the jester with a new tattoo, a bigger design that appears quite wild but has not been fully visible yet. Side-by-side comparison below:
2013-13 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 56% [details]
2011-12 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 55% [details]
2010-11 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 53% [details]
A player-by-player, team-by-team guide to tattoos in the NBA. It is not an attempt to document every tattoo of every player–rather it is an attempt to provide a series of tools for sorting overall tattoo statistics in the NBA alongside glimpses into tattoo trends. Click on any team name below for player details of that team:
Hawks - Celtics - Nets - Bobcats - Bulls - Cavaliers
Mavericks - Nuggets - Pistons - Warriors - Rockets - Pacers
Clippers - Lakers - Grizzlies - Heat - Bucks - Timberwolves
Pelicans - Knicks - Thunder - Magic - Sixers - Suns
Trail Blazers - Kings - Spurs - Raptors - Jazz - Wizards
Click HERE for a complete list of NBA players discussed on this blog.
Disclaimer: This info is collected completely anecdotally, mostly by watching games, but also through study of photos, interviews, and player profiles. It’s very likely that tattoos have gone unobserved or remain hidden, especially on non-superstar players. Every effort has been made to present the best possible information, but statistics should not be considered definitive. Please use Ask Me to share any relevant information.