Ty Lawson posted the above photo to his instagram account over the weekend. The artist is Reggie Tatz of NYC Inkmasters. No word on the design yet.
A few of the players drafted in 2013 have added tattoos this summer, including Trey Burke, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Ben McLemore.
Burke added a Michigan logo to his right arm, courtesy of Tattoos by Randy who was in town to tattoo Josh Smith.
Tattoos by Randy also revealed some additional work on Caldwell-Pope’s chest.
McLemore added enough new work that he put together the picstitch above to show them all. Shortly after these images were shared, McLemore followed up with a photo of himself in the chair for another new tattoo on his ribs:
Kevin Seraphin is one of a small (but maybe growing?) number of players whose tattoos are covered completely by his uniform. In 2012 he changed his twitter wallpaper to an image of his back tattoo, a many-winged angel flanked by a cross and Seraphin’s family name. This summer, he’s added a background of clouds to the design, along with some new details in the upper right hand section of the tattoo, as seen above. He followed up with a detail of the new section on his right shoulder as well:
As discussed a bunch of times before, Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy is the most prolific artist working with NBA players. His shop is based in Atlanta, Georgia, and as a result he’s worked with a lot of players on the Atlanta Hawks. In a 2012 video interview, Randy stated that the player he’s done the most work on is Marvin Williams, who spent seven years with the Hawks. Obviously the close proximity has a lot to do with that, as Randy explained, “When he’s dropping a friend or former teammate off at the airport, being that we’re by the airport, he’ll actually swing by to see how we’re doing.” But as Randy’s instagram feed proved this summer, even when players leave the Hawks they still go out of their way to work with Randy. In the above post, Randy poses with Josh Smith in Smith’s new home in Detroit. And below, Joe Johnson shows off a new half-sleeve added by Randy:
Cousins has always been one of the more heavily tattooed players from his draft class (his closest competition is Larry Sanders, Ed Davis or maybe Paul George) and has continued to add work throughout his career. Most recently, he’s gotten some new work by Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy, as documented on both of their Instagram accounts. The photos above was posted after all the work was done, and the photos below are in chronological order. So the dreamcatcher on the inside of Cousins’s left bicep was first, followed by the design on his stomach.
Two months ago Derrick Williams posted the above photo to his Instagram account, which shows Brian Gonzales of Inkslingers Studio putting a new design on the player’s forearm. It took a month, but Williams finally shared an image of the completed design:
The design really complements the work on his back, which was also done at Inkslingers. The studio is based in Alhambra, California, a short trip from Williams’s hometown of La Mirada.
Lance Stephenson got his daughters’ names tattooed on his hands, as seen above in a photo from his instagram account. Earlier in the day, he posted a photo of the work in progress:
As noted in the caption, the tattoos are by Infamous Jones, who owns Infamous Art Xperience in Indianapolis. Around the same time, Jones posted a video to his instagram account of the session, which can be viewed HERE. There’s a funny moment where Jones says “He’s about to cry right now, watch his face” but as he starts in on the tattoo, the person filming decides to shift the angle so Stephenson’s face isn’t visible.
Mario Chalmers is in the process of receiving a new tattoo from artist JunkRoxxx. The work is still in progress, but Chalmers and Junk both shared the above photo at the end of the first session via instagram. The two have worked together in the past, with Junk doing a cover up for Chalmers in 2011.
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:
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