Ballin’ Beards

Although different hairstyles are a stand out in the NBA due to their freedom from being affiliated with a university, something else that these men let loose with is their facial hair. For starters, these grown men have the capability to grow a fiercer set of hair on their chin than those in the NCAA.

There are many beards that come and go in the NBA, however there are three current beards that stand out more than the rest.

First off is Birdman. Chris Andersen seems to work his way into every post on this blog whether it’s about tattoos or his hair, but he is a very decorated athlete.



Birdman’s beard has been a recent sighting, however he has been able to grow and shape his beard to make it one of the most talked about right now.



Next beard up is Kevin Love. Love has a very thick beard that cant be missed, he could easily be mistaken for a lumberjack.

The most notorious beard that never fails is the beard of James Harden.



He is notorious for his hefty hair at his chin. Harden’s fans have set up a Facebook page in honor of his beard alerting others that they should “FEAR THE BEARD”. When his former team, Oklahoma City were in the playoffs, many store fronts had large beard signs out front to represent his fashion. Footlocker also has made many commercials that have Harden’s beard being the butt of the joke.

Whether it’s a new look or a withstanding trend, beards are something that will always be around these NBA men.


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:

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.

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