Tattoo percentage: 38% (5 players with tattoos, 8 players without)
The Suns’ tattoo percentage is a touch higher than last year. Also, I no longer think Steve Nash has a maple leaf tattooed over his heart. A little embarrassed about that still.
Players with tattoos:
During his second season in the NBA, Gortat made it to the finals as a backup center for the Magic. On the magnified stage of the championship round, it came to the attention of his sponsor, Reebok, that Gortat had Nike’s Michael Jordan Jumpman logo tattooed on his ankle. They requested that he wear long socks to cover the rival logo, or efface it with makeup. Gortat refused: “I’ve heard from other people that even other players, if they don’t know my name, they know I’m the big white guy with the Jordan tattoo. I like that. Reebok will have to get used to that.” Gortat is no longer sponsored by Reebok.
Morris was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 13th pick in the 2011 NBA draft. His twin brother, Marcus Morris, was taken by Houston with the 14th pick. This is the first year these identical twins have played apart, after years together in youth leagues, high school, and three years with the Kansas Jayhawks. They even had the same major (American Studies) at college. The pair also share identical tattoo designs, including one that reads “FOE” which stands for Family Over Everything; one that reads “Death is a Promise”; and one that reads “Twin Towers.”
Players without tattoos:
Grant Hill: Hill wouldn’t want any tattoos because he is a long-term thinker: “Ten, 15 years from now, I don’t want to look back and go, ‘What was I thinking?’”
Robin Lopez: In a 2009 Phoenix New Times article, Lopez explained that he doesn’t have any tattoos, but respects them: “I don’t have anything against it. It’s a unique way for people to express themselves. Being an artist myself, I can appreciate that.”
Steve Nash: A 2009 article quotes Nash as saying he’d “never had the urge to get one,” but elaborated that if he did get one, it would be “a tribal pattern on his arm, from shoulder to elbow.”
No longer on roster:
Garret Siler: no 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:
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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.