Tattoo percentage: 57% (8 players with tattoos, 6 without)
Last year I noted that it was the Pistons’ veterans-Hamilton, Wallace, and McGrady-who had the most tattoos while their younger players, Austin Daye and Greg Monroe, avoided them. This year they added a few young players, including Brandon Knight, who’s also tattoo-free, but Macklin and Russell are heavily covered. I’m psyched to see what this team looks like in a year or two.
Players with tattoos:
Among Macklin’s “Forty or something” tattoos, the name “Rashawn Finney” tattooed on his left forearm is one of the most treasured, according to a Gatorsports.com article. Finney, one of Macklin’s best friends from childhood, was murdered at the age of 18. “I rub this every game before tipoff,” Macklin explained to Gatorsports, “every time before I go on the [free-throw] line.”
Players without tattoos:
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
Hornets - Knicks - Thunder - Magic - Sixers - Suns
Trail Blazers - Kings - Spurs - Raptors - Jazz - Wizards
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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.