ESPN has a nice feature where they ask several NBA players a series of questions about the offseason. For example: “Did you pick up any new hobbies?” or “Who was the coolest person you met this summer?” They also asked “Did you get any new ink?” which revealed some interesting information. The whole piece is worth a look, but the highlight has to be the story about the time Brian Cook tried to get a tattoo:
A couple of years ago my wife tried to take me, man, to get one done by [popular tattoo artist] Kat Von D in L.A., but on the way, I don’t know what happened, I told her to pull over. I started throwing up. She’s like, ‘What’s going on?’ I was like, ‘Take me home.’ I think I was just nervous, man. I guess tattoos aren’t for me. My wife was pregnant with my first son, so I was going to get his name or something to do with my family or a Bible scripture. Maybe I’ll try again sometime soon, but I don’t know.
I like how he sounds flustered, like even the memory puts him in danger of throwing up. Looking forward to seeing Paul George’s lion and tiger tattoos this year, and Amir Johnson’s Spawn collage.
At the end of July, Vernon Macklin had a busy day on twitter, answering fan questions and discussing his summer plans. Tattoos came up several times.
First, someone asked him to describe his favorite design:
He quickly followed that with a remark about the feeling of getting a tattoo:
Ending with a photo of himself getting some new work done:
Despite a 2011 claim that he’s almost done getting tattoos, Brandon Jennings hosted a tattoo party at his Milwaukee home this summer, according to posts on twitter:
Dorell Wright recently posted a photo on instagram of his torso:
Despite the density of his designs, Wright confirmed that he’s not done in the photo’s caption:
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…
One of the key stories from the 2011 Finals was the realization of Jason Terry’s trophy tattoo. By adding the Larry O’Brien trophy to his inside right arm during the preseason, Terry helped inspire his team to the championship. By declaring that he’d have it removed if they didn’t win, he reinforced his reputation as one of the most superstitious players in the league.
This weekend, the news broke that Terry added a matching tattoo of the Larry O’Brien trophy on his inside left arm. To commemorate his signing with the Boston Celtics, this new design shows the team’s mascot with the trophy:
No word on what he’ll do if the Celtics don’t take the title in 2013.
There’s a nice photo of Terry getting the tattoo at the original article that also gives a view of the Seattle skyline tattoo over his heart.
Tyler Honeycutt recently posted a photo of the tattoo on his back via twitter/instagram:
Last night Amir Johnson posted this photo of his new tattoo via twitter. I like that the printed out image is visible in the background. About five hours earlier, he posted the following announcement, which honestly feels a little baffling:
Not that I thought he was going to get the skull tattooed over his face, but I sort of hoped he was getting a tattoo of himself wearing the bandana?
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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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.