JaVale McGee’s Pierre tattoo

As you may know, last summer JaVale McGee created the alter ego “Pierre” who seemed to exist mostly on twitter. According to a new Sports Illustrated profile of McGee, apparently he’s committed enough to the character that he got a tattoo to augment it: “He has a tattoo of a mustache on his index finger, which he puts over his lip when he’s in character.” This raises two questions:

1. Last summer McGee explained in a PEAK video that he thinks visible tattoos are unprofessional and he only has ones that can be hidden under a uniform. I know it’s easier to hide a tattoo between your fingers, but is this crossing the line?

2. There are a few quotes in the article about the size of McGee’s hands (“‘It was like shaking hands with the Incredible Hulk,’ says Denver assistant Melvin Hunt” and “In those hands a basketball looks no bigger than a grapefruit.”). How giant does this mustache tattoo have to be to not look ridiculous on his finger?

NBA tattoos

2013-14 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 55%
241 players with tattoos, 201 without [details]

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:

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Mavericks - Nuggets - Pistons - Warriors - Rockets - Pacers
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Pelicans - 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.