The 25 Most Tatted-Up Stars in Sports Today

Nick Dimengo@@itsnickdimengoFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2013

The 25 Most Tatted-Up Stars in Sports Today

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    While at a basketball game a couple years ago, my uncle turned to us and said, "Man, there's just too much ink and 'tude in sports these days."

    Whether or not he's right, some athletes just can't stop getting tats everywhere they've got space on their body.

    Regardless of the meaning of them all, here are the most tatted-up athletes in sports.

Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Best Tat: The picture of his grandparents on his chest.

    Well we know who gets the "Grandson of the Year" Award, and he happens to be the center fielder for the Dodgers, Matt Kemp.

    Maybe Kemp was just waiting for some inspiration from other athletes to decide what he wanted, because the All-Star went out and got a huge tat of his grandparents over his heart.

    That's some serious love, bro.

DeShawn Stevenson, Atlanta Hawks

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    Best Tat: 55 Tattoo

    With sleeves on both arms, Stevenson shows that though he might not be more than a solid role player in the NBA, he's a Hall of Fame nominee when it comes to ink.

Daniel Agger, Liverpool and Denmark National Team

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    Best Tat: "Mors Certa, Hora Incerta" across his back.

    Our favorite of his tattoos translates to the saying, "Death is certain, its hour is not," which we think means he likes to live life to the fullest and not worry about things.

    But who knows? With as many tats as he has, it might not be as deep as we're making it.

CC Sabathia, New York Yankees

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    Best Tat: "Sabathia" across his back.

    Besides all the tats CC's got up and down his arms, we give him props for thinking a bit out of the box by getting his last name on his back.

    It's pretty cool that when he takes off his jersey, his name's still right where it was when he had the damn thing on.

Matt Barnes, Los Angeles Clippers

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    Best Tat: Two small foot prints at the edge of his neck.

    Paying tribute to his twin sons with the foot prints are by far the coolest he's got on him.

    Barnes has said that each tat has its own story, but with a couple tats of our own, we wonder how the hell he can possibly keep up with knowing what that story actually is?

    Dude looks dope in a basketball uni though, so who cares if he really remembers why he got them or not?

Josh Hamilton, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    Best Tat: The Flame coming up his left arm.

    We typically think a flame on the arm look is a little overplayed, but on Hamilton, it just looks cool.

    We've read that he actually has 26 or so tats—which aren't always visible thanks to the sport he plays—and has talked about the meanings, and the ones he regrets.

Kenyon Martin, New York Knicks

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    Best Tat: His removed girlfriend's lips on his neck.

    K-Mart's got a ton of ink all over, but we loved the pair of lips he had on his neck—before he removed them because he ended things with his chick.

    He may have lost his most famous piece of ink, but he's got plenty more that are pretty dope too.

Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays

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    Best Tat: Spiderweb on the elbow.

    When seeing Reyes play, it's easy to overlook how many tats he actually has because he usually covers them with sleeves and wristbands.

    But when he gave a closer look while on the TV show "The Franchise" last year with his old team the Marlins, and we saw a guy who clearly has some meaningful things he wanted on himself.

Wilson Chandler, Denver Nuggets

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    Best Tat: "Unstoppable" with the Juggernaut comic on his back.

    With so many comic book movies and cliches in sports—don't forget about that Superman tiff going on—we get the whole Juggernaut thing.

    We just wonder why he opted to fill his entire back with that one, and not just keep it to a simple arm tat?

Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks

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    Best Tat: "Roscoe's" in honor of the chicken and waffles joint on his arm.

    We're not here to wonder why people love things more than the average person, so that Jennings has his favorite chicken restaurant tatted on his arm, we won't judge him.

    Look, we could mow some McDonald's breakfast—who couldn't?—but we'd look a little bizarre with an Egg McMuffin across our chest.

    Somehow though, Jennings can pull this off.

Prince Fielder, Detroit Tigers

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    Best Tat: Korean sign meaning "Prince" on his neck.

    We don't necessarily think the Korean word on his neck is his best, but it's definitely the one most associated with him, if not because it's the most visible.

    Prince is a beast, so with the amount of tats he has, it only adds to the fear he strikes in opposing pitchers when he steps in the box.

Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

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    Best Tat: "No Struggle, No Progress" across his chest.

    Though we get the whole "WB" West Baltimore thing, it looks a little dumb since it's obviously the Warner Bros logo too.

    Other than that though, Melo's tats are pretty legit.

Terrence Williams, NBA Free Agent

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    Best Tat: “Beast Within” stretching from his chest to his back.

    We think that Williams could be one of the most dynamic players in basketball, but for whatever reason, he hasn't quite gotten there yet and is actually out of the league right now.

    What he lacks on the court though, he more than makes up with in ink on his body.

    T-Will is absolutely doused.

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Best Tat: His entire back tat. It just looks cool.

    One wouldn't think that Durant would be inked-out as much as he is.

    Looked at as a clean-cut kind of guy—just look at the reaction from his recent tech rampage—KD's got his front and back covered.

Ryan Roberts, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Best Tats: His entire left arm.

    Roberts might not be well-known by most fans, but his nickname is "Tatman," which should tell you all you need to know about how much ink this guy has.

    In fact, we give mad respect to the D-Backs for offering the fake sleeve giveaway in honor of the utility guy a couple years ago.

    We'd wear that thing every day!

David Beckham, Former Soccer Star

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    Best Tat: The giant cross on the back of his neck.

    Becks is one of the most popular athletes in all of sport, so when he first started getting tatted-up, we'd imagine those tied-up Brits weren't too thrilled with it.

    But with double sleeves and a number of others on his back and chest, it's safe to say he's not stopping anytime soon.

Mike Nickels, UFC Fighter

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    Best Tat: His chest tat.

    As you can see from this pic, Nickels doesn't fall short in the intimidation factor.

    We couldn't imagine what it'd be like to step into the octagon seeing him breathing heavily across from us, waiting to pounce and bash our head in.

    Add in those tats, and it makes it absolutely terrifying.

Monta Ellis, Milwaukee Bucks

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    Best Tat: The family tree that fills his torso.

    Ellis might not be a great passer while on the court, but he's cool to pass ideas to any tattooist who's willing to give him some more ink.

    Monta looks like he'd cross you up, than get the image tatted on his arm just to remind you about it.

Djibril Cissé, Al-Gharafa

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    Best Tat: Angel wings across his back.

    One look at Cissé and it's clear he's a little bit out there.

    With crazy hair and tats that cover his entire body, you'd probably be a little scared to even approach him.

    If you're a defender, he's been rumored to have a shot as hard as 85 miles per hour (before he broke his leg), so you may may want to stay out of his way for other reasons.

Justin Miller, Former MLB Pitcher

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    Best Tat: The number "5150" on his inner lip—which is the police code for a mentally disturbed person.

    It's obscene how many tats the relief pitcher has.

    In fact, instead of trying to describe them all, we'll just let you know that Inked Magazine did a feature on him, where he describes all of them.

LeBron James, Miami Heat

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    Best Tat: The "Witness" on his lower-right leg.

    The King might rule the court, but he's no slouch when it comes to the the tattoo department either.

    Many people probably like the "Chosen 1" that stretches across his back, but we're getting a little sick of calling him that by now.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

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    Best Tat: Whatever the hell is all over his back.

    It's pretty unconventional to have a quarterback who's as tatted-up as the Niners' Kaepernick is—as evidenced by the outcry from some parents over it.

    But the young gun is anything but a conventional signal-caller, so he's able to pull them off.

J.R. Smith, New York Knicks

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    Best Tat: The "Air Jordan" logo on his stomach.

    What kid didn't want to be like Mike growing up?

    It's pretty cool to see the Knicks' super-sub Smith take the saying a little bit further than just emulating him in the driveway and actually getting it permanently on him.

James Ellington, British Sprinter

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    Best Tat: The snake that stretches down his right arm.

    Ellington, an Olympian from Great Britain, has his entire arms covered in tats, so while it's easy to pick our favorite, we wonder what his greatest is?

    We wonder if the extra ink slows him down because it hurts his aerodynamics?

Raul Meireles, Turkish Squad Fenerbahçe

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    Best Tat: The dragon tat filling his entire back.

    Meireles, the Portuguese national and former Chelsea midfielder, earns the spot as the most tatted athlete because his just look the coolest on him.

    Actually, sporting as many crazy hair do's as he does, dude just looks like he's completely eggs.