Last week, the New York Post ran a story running through the tattoos of both New York teams. There are some nice details of designs on Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and CJ Watson. There’s also a telling quote from Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy who reminds us that players will be held accountable for their tattoos so everyone puts a lot of thought into what they’re getting. The best part is a quote from Kenyon Martin about the tattoo reading “Bad Ass Yellow Boy” on his torso: “Down South, they call light-skinned people yellow. When I got to college, there was a song out by some guys from New Orleans called UNLV. They had made the song, and that was my theme song.”
Great detail of Isaiah Thomas’s Washington-repping sleeve as designed by Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy.
After seeing the new work by Randy Harris on Damien Wilkins this week, went back through the Tattoos by Randy instagram feed and found some great details of his work on NBA players. On the 2012-13 Atlanta Hawks page, I posted that John Jenkins’s design was unknown. So wrong! Here’s an image courtesy of Tattoos by Randy, who handled the design:
Damien Wilkins received a new tattoo from Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy today. He posted the following photo of the tattoo in progress:
And then this photo of the finished design:
Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy posted the above photos of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Instagram this morning.
Lou Williams, out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL, used some of his time off to get a new tattoo by Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy today. No photos of the design yet, but Williams has posted several photos of the session on his instagram page, including the repost shown above.
Tattoo percentage: 38% (5 players with tattoos, 8 without)
The Kings’ tattoo percentage decreased from last year.
Players with tattoos:
In August of 2011, Cousins posted a photo on Twitter of his new tattoo reading “Misunderstood” along his calf.
The collection of tattoos on Johnson’s arms includes a collection of aces, a portrait of Christ, an castle turret, and the air Jordan logo.
Last year Patterson shared a photo of himself on instagram showing the Martin Luther King Jr. tattoo on his chest. On MLK day in 2013, he revealed on twitter that he has two different King quote tattoos, and was considering a third.
Thomas is another NBA player from the northwest, raised in Tacoma, Washington. In the summer of 2012, he and Jamal Crawford (raised in Seattle), both got tattooed by Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy. Thomas added a full sleeve representing Tacoma to his already developed collection of tattoos.
Players without tattoos:
On December 2, Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy announced on twitter that he was on his way to Brooklyn:
Given the hashtag and Randy’s reputation as the most in-demand tattoo artist for NBA players, it was only a matter of time before a Nets player shared some new work. Last night, C.J. Watson revealed the work in progress via twitter:
Randy Harris of Tattoos by Randy is unquestionably the most in-demand tattoo artist for NBA players, and the offseason is likely his busiest time. Recently, two different players used twitter to begin scheduling sessions with Randy.
and Isaiah Thomas:
Sounds Like Jamal Crawford will take advantage of Randy’s trip to Seattle too, another busy inkseason…
Teague posted a photo of his new tattoo on twitter yesterday:
There’s a lot of biographical info in the sleeve—his home state of Indiana (Teague was born in Indianapolis); a basketball; his draft position (Teague was selected 19th by the Atlanta Hawks in 2009); and the text “Est. 1988” (Teague was born in 1988). I’m not familiar enough with his life to know what the “20” refers to (Teague wears jersey # 0, both in college and in the pros) or if the horseshoe signifies anything beyond good luck.
A few hours later, Randy Wittman of Tattoos by Randy posted the following praise for Teague:
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.