To celebrate the New Season of Ink Master, premiering tonight at 10/9c on Spike, the show is sponsoring “Tattoo Bracket 2014.” Vote on your favorite tattoos for your chance to win a trip for 2 to SXSW. Vote HERE before it’s too late! If you’re too embarrassed by your own tattoo to submit, just think of these 3 NBA players who have turned their entire bodies into a tattoo artist’s panorama.
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3. LARRY SANDERS
Larry wasn’t always clad in body ink designs. A teenage Sanders was actually tattoo-free:
But he quickly developed a penchant for visiting the tattoo parlor, as his increasing ink shows:
Then there was the infamous ink mistake, but we’ll let that slide simply because it takes a dedicated man to sit for that many needle sessions:
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2. J.R. SMITH
J.R. Swish is a tattoo fiend. The embattled Knicks swingman might be persona non grata in New York right now, but for tattoo artists around the country, he’s a work of art. Just remember that if you’re getting your first piece of ink at 15, you can always stop. Smith was addicted though, as you can see:
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1. CHRIS ANDERSEN
BIRDMAN BIRDMAN! Chris Andersen was just a willowy white guy when he jumped from the Chinese Basketball Association to the NBA’s D-League before getting called up to the Denver Nuggets in November of 2001. Since then, though, he’s turned into a tattooed beast, that’s as well known for his cataclysmic body art as he is for his ability to offensive rebound.
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