Tatted up

Tattoos are a key feature in the appearance of NBA players, and athletes in general. In a basketball uniform these tattoos can be very visible due to the tank top jersey. Tattoos are a visible way that players can showcase their personality.

NBA players are the ones known to have the most tattoos and the
meanings of each of them greatly range.chosen 1 tattoo
Lebron James got this tattoo to portray his “Chosen One” talents,
as one of the greatest players of his time.





However, James is not a player that people would think of when they think of tatted up players. Chris Andersen “bird man” is a player for the Miami Heat and is known for his out of the ordinary appearance on the court. His very colorful tattoos are something that stand out and are easily recognizable.

birdmanlittlebirdmanHere is a picture of a little boy dressed up as Bird Man for halloween, he has sleeves to replicate the tattoos of Bird Man.





Another NBA player that is covered in ink is J.R. Smith. As seen in this picture, Smith is covered with tattoos, leaving little room for any more.

JR SmithSmith had around 70 tattoos “before I lost count.”  Smith actually said about tattoos that he “hated them” when he was younger, and told himself “he would never get like this.” (As stated on: http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/170817-top-5-most-tattooed-nba-players).

Even a handful of our own Iowa Hawkeyes are inked up. Aaron White, Anthony Clemmens, Kyle Denning, Josh Oglesby, Melsahn Basabe, and Devyn Marble all sport the ink. The Daily Iowan did a cover of senior, Devyn Marble’s favorite tattoos. http://youtu.be/jr7rgQ6YoYU?t=4m12s

Tattoos range from person to person and can either be meaningful to the person or something that they simply liked as proven by Marble.


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