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Top 20 NBA Players With Crazy Tattoos

NBA players are known for their athleticism, big personalities, style, and.... tattoos. Tattoos in the NBA have become a huge trend as more and more pro-ballers are getting inked up. This day in age, there is a bigger chance of seeing a player with a full sleeve of tattoos than seeing a player with no tattoos at all. In a league where everyone is tall, athletic, and dying to be recognized, NBA players get crazy tattoos to stand out and make themselves unique.

Tattoos date back to over 5000 years ago and were originally used by ancient civilizations in China, Africa, and Japan. The tattoo fad didn't start in the United States until 1846 when the first tattoo shop was opened up in New York City. During the mid-1800s, tattoos were seen as signs of wealth and acts of service, as several WWI soldiers were seen sporting intricate designs. The image of tattoos changed after WWI when many criminals and rebels caught on to the trend. From then on out, people associated tattoos with crime, rebellion, and ultimately looked down upon people who adorned body art.

Tattoos didn't become a part of mainstream fashion until the 1970s and have gradually gained social acceptance since then. Now that tattoos are immensely popular in the United States, people have been pushing the boundaries on their designs and where they choose to get tattoos inked onto their bodies.

NBA players are no exception to this. Some NBA players on this list have tattoos in the oddest locations, including their faces and necks. Ouch! One thing that separates NBA players from the typical tattoo wearers of society is that they can afford the biggest and baddest tats due to their six- and seven-figure NBA salaries.

20 Paul George

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19 Jameer Nelson

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18 LaMarcus Aldridge

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17 Mo Williams

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16 Lebron James

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15 Damian Lillard

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14 DeAndre Jordan

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13 DeMarcus Cousins

12 Brandon Jennings

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11 Iman Shumpert

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10 Derrick Rose

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9 Amar'e Stoudemire

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8 Carmelo Anthony

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7 Chris Bosh

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6 Kevin Durant

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5 Monta Ellis

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4 Ben Mclemore

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3 Wilson Chandler

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2 J.R. Smith

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1 Chris Anderson

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It's no surprise that Chris Anderson is the leader of this list. His tattoos are ridiculous and by that I mean he has over 75% of his body covered with them, according to his regular tattoo artist John Slaughter. What sets Birdman's tattoos apart from the rest of the NBA's is that his are all brightly colored. This forward-center for the Miami Heat can be spotted a mile away, as his bold tats include various skulls, crosses, basketballs, crowns, chains, words and more. Anything you name will probably be tattooed on this man's body. Anderson's tattoo obsession started when he turned 18 and he's been adding to the collection ever since. My favorite of Anderson's tattoos is the phrase "free bird" on his neck because they coincide with his famous nickname "Birdman."

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