San Antonio Spurs, 2013-14

Tattoo percentage: 43% (6 players with tattoos, 8 without)

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The Spurs increased their tattoo percentage from last year.

Players with tattoos:

Jeff Ayres
Ayres has a tattoo that peeks out of the left side of his jersey.

Austin Daye
As seen in the image above, taken from Tattoo By Randy’s instagram feed, Daye has a tattoo on his chest that stays hidden by his jersey.

Tim Duncan
Duncan has a wizard tattooed on his chest and a jester on his back.

Danny Green
Green recently added a page to his website which includes detailed photos of his tattoos and includes the text “I hope I can live up to what my tattoos represent.”

Kawhi Leonard
Leonard was 17 when his father was shot and killed. The following year, he added a tattoo in tribute on his right arm, as reported by the LA Times in 2009.

Tony Parker
When Parker and Eva Longoria got married, they both got tattoos of their wedding date. In the aftermath of their breakup, Longoria initially denied having her tattoo of Parker’s jersey number removed, but TMZ reports that she had it removed in 2012.

Players without tattoos:

Aron Baynes
Marco Belinelli
Matt Bonner
Boris Diaw
Manu Ginobili
Cory Joseph
Patty Mills
Tiago Splitter



San Antonio Spurs, 2012-13

Tattoo percentage: 40% (6 players with tattoos, 9 without)

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The Spurs saw their tattoo percentage go down from last year.

Players with tattoos:

DeJuan Blair
Blair has the text “Don’t make excuses make plays” and “Give glory to God” tattooed across his neck and shoulders.

Tim Duncan
A renowned Dungeons and Dragons player, Duncan has a wizard tattooed on his chest and a jester on his back.

Danny Green
Photographer John Webster shared a great photo of Green over the summer that shows his “I Hold My Own” tattoo and the text tattooed over Green’s heart.

Kawhi Leonard
Leonard was 17 when his father was shot and killed. The following year, he added a tattoo in tribute on his right arm, as reported by the LA Times in 2009.

Tracy McGrady
McGrady, who has suffered a lot of criticism from announcers and analysts, has a response on his right shoulder, just below a speeding basketball and his nickname. Against a curled scroll, a poignant bit of scripture: “AND EVERY TONGUE THAT SHALL RISE UP AGAINST THEE IN JUDGEMENT SHALL BE COMDEMNED—ISAIAH 54:17.”

Tony Parker
When Parker and Eva Longoria got married, they both got tattoos of their wedding date. In the aftermath of their breakup, Longoria initially denied having her tattoo of Parker’s jersey number removed, but TMZ reports that she had it removed in 2012.

Players without tattoos:

Aron Baynes
Matt Bonner
Nando De Colo
Boris Diaw
Manu Ginobili
Cory Joseph
Patty Mills
Gary Neal
Tiago Splitter



San Antonio Spurs, 2011-12

Tattoo percentage: 47% (7 players with tattoos, 8 players without tattoos)

The Spurs have one less tattooed players than last year. DeJuan Blair is their only really heavily tattooed player, but the surprise of Tim Duncan’s tattoos and the stressfulness of Stephen Jackson’s tattoos keeps their team remarkable.

Players with tattoos:

James Anderson
Anderson has a tattoo on his left bicep.

DeJuan Blair
A Spurs Talk thread from last year gathers up all of the now-deleted photos from Blair’s twitter feed of his tattoos, including the incredible ones on his hands.

Tim Duncan
A renowned Dungeons and Dragons player, Duncan has a wizard tattooed on his chest and a jester on his back.

Danny Green
Green has tattoos on both arms.

Stephen Jackson
Proud owner of one of the most hectic tattoos in the league: the standard praying hands on his stomach, but in this design the hands cradle an automatic handgun. When asked about the tattoo’s significance, Jackson explained the design is literal: “I pray I never have to use it again.”

Kawhi Leonard
Leonard has a pretty elaborate cross design on his right shoulder.

Tony Parker
When Parker and Eva Longoria got married, they both got tattoos of their wedding date. In the aftermath of their breakup, Longoria initially denied having her tattoo of Parker’s jersey number removed, but TMZ reports that she had it removed this year.

Players without tattoos:

Matt Bonner
Justin Dentmon
Boris Diaw
Manu Ginobili
Cory Joseph
Patty Mills
Gary Neal
Tiago Splitter

No longer on roster:

Eric Dawson: no tattoos
T.J. Ford: no tattoos



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.