Tattoos

The NBA’s burgeoning tattoo culture has created a new type of influencer – CNN

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Written by Leah Asmelash, CNN

On any given night, NBA games are a showdown between some of the best basketball professionals in the world. But increasingly, the courts are not just stages for athletes showing their physical prowess — they’ve also become an exhibition of some of the best, and most interesting, tattoos.

From sprawling sleeves to intricate face tattoos, the NBA has become not just a hub for world class basketball, but also for body art, showcasing some of the lates…….

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Written by Leah Asmelash, CNN

On any given night, NBA games are a showdown between some of the best basketball professionals in the world. But increasingly, the courts are not just stages for athletes showing their physical prowess — they’ve also become an exhibition of some of the best, and most interesting, tattoos.

From sprawling sleeves to intricate face tattoos, the NBA has become not just a hub for world class basketball, but also for body art, showcasing some of the latest trends in the world of tattooing.

“When I see someone like (Utah Jazz guard) Jordan Clarkson getting a face tattoo, I know I’m going to be doing a lot of face tattoos,” said Herchell Carrasco of Pachuco Tattoo in California.

Jordan Clarkson’s facial tattoo may inspire other athletes to get similar ink. Credit: Logan Riely/NBAE/Getty Images

Carrasco has been tattooing for over a decade, but he began tattooing NBA players in 2017. Now, he’s the artist behind some of the league’s most recognizable ink, including works on Kyle Kuzma, LaMelo Ball and Brandon Ingram.

LiAngelo Ball, who currently plays in the G League with the Greensboro Swarm, was going back and forth on getting a neck tattoo, Carrasco told CNN. Now that Clarkson has done his face, Carrasco said it may be a push for other players to get more ink on the face or neck area.

“Athletes are … business people,” Carrasco said, explaining that he doesn’t think most will get giant face tattoos à la Aaron Carter. “But I do see subtle face tattoos becoming a trend in the near future.”

Mike Scott has a series of emoji tattoos on both arms, one of the more eclectic pieces in the league. Credit: Elsa/Getty Images

And sure enough, weeks after Clarkson debuted his fresh facial ink, Kuzma, of the Washington Wizards, revealed a delicate script behind his ear, appearing to read, “be like water my friend.”

It wasn’t always this way. A glance at a photo of the 1992 USA Basketball “Dream Team,” which won gold at the Olympics and featured the talents of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Scottie Pippen, will reveal few, if any, visible tattoos — let alone giant pieces.

But the team that played at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo was a different story. Between Damian Lillard, whose arms are covered in ink, and Jayson Tatum, whose back tattoo peeks out over the shoulder of his jersey, tattoos on players were the norm.

Damian Lillard, who played for the USA at the Tokyo Olympics, has sleeves on both his arms, a far cry from players in the past. Credit: Aris Messinis /AFP/Getty Images

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