Atlanta Hawks, 2013-14

Tattoo percentage: 73% (11 players with tattoos, 4 without)

The Hawks saw their tattoo percentage drop slightly from last year, which isn’t surprising considering they had the highest percentage last season.

Players with tattoos:

Pero Antic
Antic described his first tattoo to Atlanta Magazine - which included a star, a basketball, and Chinese letters. He confessed that he no longer knows which character means what: ”It was 2002. I know what I put on, but which one is which? I put eight of them on.”

DeMarre Carroll
When Carroll was 5 years old, his older brother DeLonté died from a brain tumor. While Carroll was a senior at Missouri, a St. Louis Post Dispatch article posed him as a “big brother” for his teammates, explaining he learned the importance of this role from DeLonté, who he’d since commemorated in a R.I.P./portrait tattoo on his arm.

John Jenkins
Jenkins has an angel tattooed on his chest.

Kyle Korver
In 2006, Korver told Sports Illustrated that he promised his mother he’s wait until her death before getting a tattoo. In 2009, as reported by Omaha.com, he and his brother Kaleb got tattoos of their favorite bible verses. Kaleb remarked that their mother was “good with it” and that they’re trying to convince their other two brothers to join in.

Shelvin Mack
Mack has tattoos on both arms.

Cartier Martin
In the summer of 2011, Martin had the words “Beware of the Grind” tattooed on his left arm.

Paul Millsap
Millsap has a pair of praying hands tattooed on his left arm.

Dennis Schroeder
Spiegel Magazine’s profile of Schroder includes the following list of his tattoos: 

He has had “Family over everything” emblazoned on his right arm, plus a basketball with 17 — the number on his jersey and his father’s favorite number. “Rest in peace” is tattooed on his left arm, in memory of his father. He recently had a new tattoo done. “Incha’Allah”, God willing, now stands on his ankle.

Mike Scott
Scott’s most famous tattoos are a series of emojis running up his arms. According to a January 2014 profile in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, he plans to continue adding to this collection:

“I get a lot of backlash on it,” Scott said. “I get a lot of good and positive on it. It’s something I like to do. It’s different. No one else is doing it. That’s probably not for a good reason but it is original and something I like doing. I’m going to get all of them.”

Jeff Teague
As soon as the 2011-12 season ended, Teague added a full sleeve to his left arm.

Lou Williams
Williams is one of the more heavily tattooed players in the league. At the end of the 2012-13 season, he added a tattoo to his back, presumably one of the last open spots on his body.

Players without tattoos:

Gustavo Ayon
Elton Brand
Al Horford
Mike Muscala



Utah Jazz, 2012-13

Tattoo percentage: 67% (10 players with tattoos, 5 without)

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The Jazz increased their percentage of tattooed players slightly from last year.

Players with tattoos:

DeMarre Carroll
When Carroll was 5 years old, his older brother DeLonté died from a brain tumor. While Carroll was a senior at Missouri, a St. Louis Post Dispatch article posed him as a “big brother” for his teammates, explaining he learned the importance of this role from DeLonté, who he’d since commemorated in a R.I.P./portrait tattoo on his arm.

Derrick Favors
Favors’s Jesus with possession tattoo was featured in Dime Magazine’s best new ink column in 2010.

Randy Foye
One of the most heartbreaking tattoos in the league (or that I’ve heard of, period), Foye has a tattoo of his mother over his heart. Raised by his two grandmothers after his father died and his mother ran out on the family, Foye marked his 22nd birthday with this tribute to his absent parent. A 2006 interview painted yearning, not forgiveness as the inspiration for the design: “If my mom was here today, she would probably be the most important person in my life. I know how I treat my grandmother and I put my grandmother in her place on a pedestal. I just felt as if I needed something of her attached to me, so I just put her over my heart.”

Jerel McNeal
McNeal has tattoos on both arms.

Paul Millsap
Millsap has a pair of praying hands tattooed on his left arm.

Kevin Murphy
Murphy has a very unusual tattoo on his hands which spells out the phrase “Son of God.”

Jamaal Tinsley
Tinsley has a tattoo on his right forearm.

Earl Watson
When they were teammates on the Sonics, Kevin Durant described Watson’s backpiece as one of his favorites in the league: “Earl has a cool one on his back that says, ‘La Familia [ the family]’ with the cars on the back, I like that one, too.”

Mo Williams
Williams is one of the most tattooed players on the Jazz. An Akron Beacon article from March 2012 describes one of his tattoos normally hidden by his jersey:

Among his many tattoos, Clippers guard Mo Williams has an NBA tattoo on his back that has nothing to do with basketball, but instead reads “Never Broke Again.”

Marvin Williams
Also one of the most tattooed players on the Jazz, Williams has been a regular at Tattoos by Randy, due to the proximity of the shop to the Atlanta airport (Williams played on the Hawks for seven seasons). Now that he’s in Utah, it seems like he’s slowing down with tattoos. According to a ESPN.com article, not only did Williams not add any tattoos this summer, “I’m actually in the process of getting one removed from my hand.”

Players without tattoos:

Alec Burks
Jeremy Evans
Gordon Hayward
Al Jefferson
Enes Kanter



Utah Jazz, 2011-12

Tattoo percentage: 64% (9 players with tattoos, 5 without)

Big reversal from last year, when the Jazz had 5 players with tattoos and 9 without.

Players with tattoos:

Raja Bell
Bell has a tattoo of a roaring lion guarding over a basketball.

DeMarre Carroll
When Carroll was 5 years old, his older brother DeLonté died from a brain tumor. While Carroll was a senior at Missouri, a St. Louis Post Dispatch article posed him as a “big brother” for his teammates, explaining he learned the importance of this role from DeLonté, who he’d since commemorated in a R.I.P./portrait tattoo on his arm.

Derrick Favors
Favors’s Jesus with possession tattoo was featured in Dime Magazine’s best new ink column in 2010.

Devin Harris
Harris has an elaborate design tattooed on his left arm. In an interview with The Guardian, Harris explained a bit about the tattoo: “That’s kind of my conscience. It’s just there with me, all the time. I wouldn’t say I designed it but I had a hand in it, me and the tattoo artist himself.”

Josh Howard
Howard has two tattoos in tribute to his grandmother—on his shoulder, he has her address, and on his chest, her portrait: “I stay humble. I always remember where I came from. Always have to do that. I have a tattoo on my chest and heart of my grandma to remind me.”

C.J. Miles
Miles recently got a tattoo of the serenity prayer on his arm. The Deseret News reports that the tattoo has become a part of Miles’ pregame ritual:

That Serenity Prayer is so important to Miles, he rubs the tattoo as part of his pregame ritual. It’s his “mental reminder.”

"I’ve got it tatted on my arm for a reason," he said. "All I can worry about is tonight, try to help my team win a game today. … If you miss shots, so be it. All you can control is the next one."

Paul Millsap
Millsap has a pair of praying hands tattooed on his left arm.

Jamaal Tinsley
Tinsley has a tattoo on his right forearm.

Earl Watson
When they were teammates on the Sonics, Kevin Durant described Watson’s backpiece as one of his favorites in the league: “Earl has a cool one on his back that says, ‘La Familia [ the family]’ with the cars on the back, I like that one, too.”

Players without tattoos:

Alec Burks
Jeremy Evans
Gordon Hayward
Al Jefferson
Enes Kanter



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.