Tuesday , Jan , 26 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

In the Paint: Tattoos of the NBA and the Stories Behind Them

Ten years ago, Dennis Rodman was the only NBA player with tattoos worth mentioning and back then he was considered a freak. Now around 70% of the league is "tatted out." The game is played so fast that it’s hard to tell what even the most obvious tattoos actually are. And some of the most interesting ones are hidden behind jerseys or under socks. Allen Iverson has more than two dozen tattoos — some you can see, some you can’t. Some are obvious, like his nickname, "the answer," and some are cryptic like "Jewelz," or "NBN." What’s on Stephon Marbury’s forearm? What’s covering Cherokee Parks’ entire body? In the Paint takes you in the locker room and as close as you can get to the tattoos and the stories of the NBA.

Get under the skin of your favorite NBA players including:
Shaquille O’Neal
Kenyon Martin
Chauncey Billups
— Doug Christie
Mike Bibby
— Penny Hardaway
— Mateen Cleaves
— Antonio Daniels
— Corey Maggette
Larry Hughes
Allen Iverson
— Moochie Norris
— Karl Malone
Stephon Marbury
Cherokee Parks
Greg Ostertag
Jason Richardson
— Jalen Rose
— Quentin Richardson
— Sean Rooks
— Lorenzen Wright
— Eric Williams
Jason Williams