Tattoo percentage: 40% (6 players with tattoos, 9 players without)
The Mavs tattoo percentage dropped a little from last year, which seems inevitable considering they lost both DeShawn Stevenson and Tyson Chandler in the offseason. Still the only team with two Larry O’Brien tattoos, and probably will stay that way, regardless of future championships.
Players with tattoos:
While still a junior in college, Jones was included in an article about tattoos on the USF basketball team. The piece reports that he had more than 20 tattoos at that time, listing several of them, including two Michael Jordan quotes tattooed on his stomach: “The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace.” And, “Basketball is my escape, my refuge. It seems that everything else is so … so busy and complicated.”
Kidd’s rarely seen panther tattoo speaks to his longtime love of big cats: “I got this tattoo so long ago. All the way back to about the time I was drafted by the Mavericks. I got it done at a shop in the Bay Area (San Francisco). I just like tigers, panthers, cats in general. I have always wanted to own a panther.”
Marion has a noble creature tattooed on his right shoulder that he described as a bull, to represent his Taurean nature: “I’m a Taurus at heart baby!” he declares, in a 2010 Ro Parrish video interview.
At the beginning of the 2010-11 season, Terry got the Larry O’Brien trophy tattooed on his right bicep to inspire himself and his teammates. At the end of that season, the Mavs won their first championship.
Among his many tattoos (including a Christian religious narrative that starts on his neck and runs down his chest) is script along his ribs reads: “For those I love I sacrifice.” In an interview he elaborated, “I definitely sacrificed getting them on these ribs, I’ll tell you that.”
Players without tattoos:
No longer on roster:
Sean Williams: no tattoos
2011-12 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 55% [details]
2010-11 NBA overall tattoo percentage: 53% [details]
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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.