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Some Seriously Bad NBA Ink

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The best part of the National Basketball Association features some of the world’s best athletes performing at a level that few people could ever even hope to see in person, let alone achieve…it also features a ton of tattoos. Most of them are your average run of the mill ink pieces, featuring children’s names, astrological symbols, and life motto…some of them aren’t so average though. Now we know we said that the ink in this article is “seriously bad”, but perhaps we’re overstating, these tattoos are just different…and kind of weird if we’re being honest. As you can see in the headline picture, Andrei Kirelenko of The Utah Jazz leads the way with his…ummmmmm…whatever that is. It appears to be some sort of winged beast; perhaps of destiny or perhaps of destruction, we don’t really know. Whatever it is, we wouldn’t want it to be real, because it would probably eat us and poop out our remains on a family picnics. It also makes him look kind of like an extra in a Russian Mafia movie, but who are we to judge…just in this situation, not the rest of the times we judge people.

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Next up we have Maverick’s star Deshawn Stevenson, who really likes Abraham Lincoln. Now there’s nothing wrong with this at all, we just can’t see ourselves tattooing a president on our necks, even if he was one of the best. Now we can kind of assume that te ink is rooted in the concept of Lincoln abolishing slavery, and that as an African American, Stevenson wants to rep the man who changed the world…but still, the neck is a strong statement.

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Finally, we have Miami Heat contributor Udonis Haslem, who loves his state…way more than most people love anything apparently. We know this because he has a giant picture of the state of Florida inked on his back. We really wish that he would’ve gone with an orange instead, or maybe a gator, or a meth head, any of the images that represent Florida really. So yeah, NBA players are just like anyone else, and sometimes they get silly with their tattoos.

Rick Pitino Gets Inked In The Name Of Victory

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 Okay all you athletes out there, how many of you have a favorite coach from your playing days? A coach who was so inspiring, so dedicated, so gung-ho that he or she made every game feel like it was the most important game of your life? Yeah well prepare to be less impressed, because Rick Pitino just one upped everyone.

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In February of 2013, when his Louisville Cardinals Basketball Team (NCAA Division 1) sat at a less than impressive 7-4 in the Big East Division, and on the heels of a five overtime loss to Notre Dame, Pitino decided to make the kind of promise that’s usually reserved for movies starring Gene Hackman or Paul Newman. Pitino told his team that if they battled back into the mix and somehow won themselves a National Championship he would get a tattoo. This wouldn’t mean a thing if he looked like us, but considering the fact that he’s almost a senior citizen and doesn’t appear to have any other ink, it’s a pretty big claim. Well it worked, because his team took home the biggest prize in college basketball a couple of months later, and like a man of his word, Pitino hit the tattoo parlor. Here’s where the two-time national champion and former coach of the NBA’s New York Knicks really impressed us even more. Most people wouldn’t have gone through with the promise, they would’ve said that it was done for motivation and that since it worked, it could end there. However, Pitino not only got the ink in a timely manner, but he got a big ole’ honker of a first tat! He didn’t wuss out and get something tiny, no, he got a “L, 2013 National Champions, 35-5” piece that covers most of his left shoulder blade; he even got color! So color us impressed Rick.

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Now some of the more annoying people in the media have already said that Pitino is setting a poor precedent for coaching behavior, and that his actions will lead to a ton of coaches making big crazy promises to inspire their teams. Well…ummmmmm…who cares? He made a big claim and backed it up, and in the process showed a bunch of kids that not everything adults tell them is a lie or an empty promise, and if this leads to coaches doing crazy things to inspire their teams then great. Sports in America have become often jaded and devoid of true excitement, so if things happen to get a little more interesting because of this, then we’re even more impressed with Rick Pitino’s actions. Tat on Rick!

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Kevin Durant’s Newest Ink

We can’t help but think that we’d appreciate Kevin Durant’s new tattoo a whole lot more if he wasn’t actually from Maryland; if he was just a big fan of the state for no apparent reason and wanted to show it. With that said, we’re still really impressed with the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and youngest scoring champion in National Basketball League (NBA) history’s new back piece. We’ve told you before about Durant’s new-found love for tattoos, and his peculiar practice of only getting them in places that can’t be seen when he’s wearing his jersey. Well, Durant has added to his hidden trove of ink by getting a tribute to Maryland (the big “Maryland” across his shoulders), his jersey number (the hands on his back are making a ‘3’ and a ‘5’, he wears number 35), and his religion (the giant angel is pretty self explanatory) covering his back. Durant always gets great ink, and this piece is no different; it’s well done, meaningful, and not-stupid, which for a celebrity, is a major accomplishment.

 

DeShawn Stevenson: Gets And Gives Tattoos

DeShawn Stevenson has had a fairly uneventful career in the National Basketball Association (NBA), but the Dallas Mavericks’ guard/forward has a few things going for him; his tenacity, an NBA Championship ring, one of the best tattoos in the league, and a new fall back career as a tattoo artist. Stevenson is covered in ink, but his most prominent piece is the Abraham Lincoln surrounded by “5”s that he has in the front of his neck (the jugular/ Adam’s apple area); he got it for the obvious reason of Lincoln being a great man who freed the slaves. In addition to his awesome neck-ink, DeShawn has also turned his love of tattoos into a new hobby/possibly career, as he recently started to do a little work of his own as a tattoo artist. He did the small piece on his favorite tattoo artist at Fallen Sparrow Tattoo Co. ; we’re not sure if he really sees a future in this, but the tattoo (“92”, his jersey number) came out pretty nice for a first effort.

 

Chris Bosh’s Sprawling Mishmash of Back Tattoos

What’s Chris Bosh doing with his downtime from the NBA? He went off to the Caribbean to complete a big mishmash of ink on his back.

Holy Cow what in the Lord’s name has he got going on there? It kinda makes me laugh to think about all the things. An eagle screeching, a bare tree, a zombie skull with smoke coming out of its eye holes, big music notes flying down a tiger’s back or mountains and some old dudes faces. And what is he adding to that? A horror show screaming woman with a skull and the Coliseum? I am sure he could explain the significance of it but I don’t see the rhyme or rhythm. That’s cool though, you don’t always want to see the same old things, its good when art puzzles you sometimes, you can sit there thinking about it for awhile.

Kevin Durant’s Hidden Tattoo Work

And you thought Kevin Durant was one of the minority of NBA stars without tattoos, well, think again, he’s been hiding them all this time. It appears that he takes his position as a role model seriously and doesn’t want kids to see him with tattoos so he hasn’t got any on his arms or anyplace that would be easily seen when he is in public. Maybe he has a point. It looks a little strange though really with torso tats and naked arms, its the reverse of the usual, people usually get tats to be seen. And what does he have tattooed? Some symbolic things about his roots and hometown, and the names of his Mom and Grandmother on either side of his chest.