Anonymous asked: Hey, I'm a journalism student who is writing an article on the tattoo industry/tattoo culture for one of my classes. I was wondering if you would be all right with me citing you/your information in my story, because I feel like the prominence of tattoos in sports (especially basketball) has helped the rise in popularity of tattoos in general. I was also wondering if you would have any statistics from seasons before 2010-2011. I've always wondered how prevalent tattoos were in the NBA, so thanks!
of course! Feel free to cite as needed and if you have additional questions you can email me at email@example.com. Sadly I don’t have statistics prior to the 2010-11 season. A 2002 Village Voice article titled 36 Tattoos (click on the previous text to open the article) reports that 35% of NBA players were tattooed in 1998, and at the start of the 2002-03 season, more than 50% of players had tattoos. But I’m not sure the origin of that statistic.
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
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.