2012-13 NBA Tattoo statistics

Using team end-of-season/beginning-of-playoffs rosters as posted on April 20, 2013, there are 446 players in the NBA. 250 of these players have tattoos, 196 do not have tattoos. This means that (at least) 56% of the NBA is tattooed.

It’s possible that there are a few more tattooed players out there—I rarely have direct access to players and may have missed some players’ designs. However I can confirm that every player listed as having tattoos on this site has a tattoo, and I have provided links to evidence—either photographic, or a quote from an article or other source.

If you click on a team name on the right panel, it will take you to a page listing all of the players on their current roster and whether or not they have tattoos. If you click on an individual player’s name you can see every mention of that player on this blog.

2012-13 NBA teams listed by tattoo percentage from highest to lowest:

1. Atlanta Hawks, 80%
2. Brooklyn Nets, 73%
3. Denver Nuggets, 73%
4. Portland Trail Blazers, 73%
5. Boston Celtics, 67%
6. Los Angeles Clippers, 67%
7. Los Angeles Lakers, 67%
8. New York Knicks, 67%
9. Phoenix Suns, 67%
10. Utah Jazz, 67%
11. Chicago Bulls, 60%
12. Cleveland Cavaliers, 60%
13. Houston Rockets, 60%
14. Memphis Grizzlies, 60%
15. Miami Heat, 60%
16. Golden State Warriors, 53%
17. Milwaukee Bucks, 53%
18. Oklahoma City Thunder, 53%
19. Detroit Pistons, 50%
20. Charlotte Bobcats, 47%
21. Minnesota Timberwolves, 47%
22. Philadelphia Sixers, 47%
23. Toronto Raptors, 47%
24. Washington Wizards, 47%
25. Orlando Magic, 43%
26. Dallas Mavericks, 40%
27. Indiana Pacers, 40%
28. San Antonio Spurs, 40%
29. Sacramento Kings, 38%
30. New Orleans Hornets, 33%



NBA tattoos


2012-13 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 56%
250 players with tattoos, 196 without [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:

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.