Archive for the ‘Tattoos’ Category
Posted by Trey Kerby under Los Angeles Lakers, Tattoos on Aug 03, 2011
Posted by Trey Kerby under OKC Thunder, Tattoos on Jul 25, 2011
Just like a lot of NBA players, Kevin Durant has a chest and stomach covered in tattoos. Just like a lot of NBA fans, none of Durant’s tattoos are visible if he’s wearing the clothes he normally wears to work. This is the concept of business tattoos in its purest form.
And, as the Oklahoman found out, it’s no accident.
Some have described the placement as “business tattoos,” meaning one of the league’s rising stars isn’t jeopardizing his marketability by marking up his limbs. The truth is that’s precisely what Durant has done. He’s strategically stained his skin only in areas where companies and consumers could never spot his growing mural of body art.
Durant confirmed the deliberate placement of his designs following a practice in early May when the Thunder was in a Western Conference semifinals series with Memphis. A day earlier on Twitter, I had verified a reader’s query as to whether the images on Durant’s chest from a previous photo were real. It sparked shock among my “followers” and led to a series of subsequent questions.
Within minutes, the social networking conversation had made its way to Durant, who happened to be live streaming a recording session from his in-home music studio. Durant immediately checked his phone on the broadcast and told viewers he does indeed have tattoos before adding, “so what?”
“So what?” is right. He’s not the first guy to have a chest plate covered in tattoos, and he sure won’t be the last. It’s just funny that an NBA player, usually the kind of guy who doesn’t care if he has visible ink, would have the same concerns as some workaday dude who you didn’t realize had a gigantic wolf tatted on his bicep until he wears a polo shirt to the company picnic.
Back in the day, Kobe Bryant’s arms were tattooless, and now he’s covered in pieces you can barely see. Maybe Kevin Durant will do the same thing, but for now he’s content to keep his tattoos hidden because it’s better for business, just like you and me and your best friend’s wife who has tattoos that are easily concealed by a swimsuit so that her dad won’t see. Outside of his prodigious basketball talent and immense wealth, he’s one of us.
Posted by Trey Kerby under OKC Thunder, Tattoos on Jul 21, 2011
A professional basketball player cramming a body’s worth of ink in to a jersey-shaped swath of skin so that he maintains his nice guy marketability is the epitome of business tattoos. Too funny. Gotta stay family-friendly.
Posted by Trey Kerby under OKC Thunder, Score Video, Tattoos, Whoops on Jul 05, 2011
If Kevin Durant got these “Thunder Thighs” tattoos, they’d wrap all the way around his legs. If Russell Westbrook got ‘em, they’d be criticized for not being big enough, but also for being too big. If this was Nick Collison, they’d be very sweaty.
I can keep going if you want. Just let me know. The Byron Mullens zing is hilarious.
(via Daily Thunder)
Posted by Trey Kerby under Dallas Mavericks, Tattoos on Jun 21, 2011
How do you celebrate an NBA title if you are a rookie who played a total of 135 minutes in the regular season and zero minutes in the postseason? With a neck tattoo of the Larry O’Brien Trophy, duh. These are the Dallas Mavericks after all. Getting weird tattoos is kind of their thing.
But yeah, that’s the neck of Dominique Jones, the team’s first round pick from a year ago. Despite never seeing the court in the playoffs, he’s still an NBA champion and his neck will never let you forget that. Good for him/his neck.
Considering his entire chest looks like it’s already covered in tatts, I’d guess adding a little neck ink is no big deal. Besides, this isn’t even close to the strangest neck tattoo on the team, so this will probably go unnoticed in the Dallas locker room. Those guys get trophies tatted on them all the time like it’s nothing.
Posted by Holly MacKenzie under OKC Thunder, Tattoos on Jun 15, 2011
What’s an NBAer to do during the offseason? Besides working out, watching the Finals and going to Vegas, dreaming up some new tattoos seems to be the popular choice.
Oklahoma City’s Eric Maynor recently revealed a completed sleeve on his Twitter account and it’s pretty impressive. Think back to the Maynor you saw during the season this year. That’s a lot of new ink in a short span.
The one thing I always wonder when we see guys who are extensively inked up is whether they’ve been given the stamp of approval from their mothers. Maynor told me his mom has yet to see the sleeve, so the verdict’s still out on her opinion, but I’ve gotta say, he gets major cool points for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles t-shirt he wore to the tattoo parlour.
And speaking of Ninja Turtles, here is where I tell you that my first pet was a hamster and she was named April after the crew’s reporter friend, April O’Neil, and that I was a Donatello girl. Turtle power.
Posted by Trey Kerby under 2011 NBA Playoffs, Dallas Mavericks, Tattoos on May 31, 2011
Just last week we were marveling at Jason Terry’s Larry O’Brien tattoo, a true mark of audacity that’s been paying off in the form of added motivation for the Mavericks. Of course, such a tattoo lends itself to one simple question: What happens if the Mavericks lose in the Finals?
When a guy gets a tattoo such as Terry’s, it’s only natural to wonder what would happen if, rather than an inspiration, it became a reminder that he’d come so close to summiting the playoff mountain. Luckily, Jason Terry’s thought about that too. From ESPN:
If his Dallas Mavericks don’t beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, Terry said he would have the tattoo removed from the inside of his right biceps.
“I definitely know that it will hurt worse if I have to take this thing off than it did putting it on,” Terry said Sunday after the Mavericks wrapped up their final practice before boarding their flight to Miami.
If the Mavs fail to win their first NBA championship, Terry said it would mean his tattoo was bad luck.
“I’m very superstitious,” he said.
Great. Jason Terry’s thought of everything, and I really can’t believe we didn’t intuitively know that he’d get this thing immediately removed if the Mavericks didn’t take home a non-skin version of the trophy. This is a guy that wears like a hundred pairs of socks and sleeps in his opponents shorts the night before a game, just because he’s very superstitious, nothin’ more to say. Of course he’d have it lasered off if the Mavs lose. Duh, Ralph.
Really, this was the only option for Jason Terry. Not only do covered tattoos usually look ridiculous (just ask The Game), but Terry would also still know that there was a Larry O’Brien trophy he never earned somewhere inside his body. That’d keep him awake all night, no matter what shorts he was wearing.
But it’s a very slippery slope. What happens if the Mavericks win the title? Does Terry have to get another tattoo of another Larry O’Brien trophy next year? And then if the Mavericks lose, does he only get that one removed because that is the bad luck? It’s all very confusing. Good thing DeShawn Stevenson has a tattooist on retainer.