Brock Lesnar and the Top 25 Athlete Tattoos

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IOctober 25, 2010

Brock Lesnar and the Top 25 Athlete Tattoos

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    One thing about athletes that always seems to stand out is their tattoos. We've seen everything from the interesting, to the strange, to the brilliant, to the downright bizarre.

    But I think all of us have been curious about what each athlete is tattooed with. What are they? What do they mean? How many do they have? And just how elaborate are a few of them?

    I have to be honest. There aren't many that I've been curious about, but there are still those that I try to turn my head just so to see if I can decode what's there or at least make it out.

    What about the letters written in Japanese or Korean? Have you ever wondered what they meant or why they're there?

    I think those are some of the tattoos that I wonder about the most.

    What follows are the list of the 25 best athlete tattoos out there.

    Ready to have some fun? Good, because that's why we do it.

No. 25: Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans)

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    There's nothing like having a tattoo of yourself on your arm. But that's not why Chris Johnson is on this list.

    He apparently also has a tattoo on his calf of his 40-yard dash time during the NFL combines.

No. 24: Prince Fielder (Milwaukee Brewers)

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    Prince Fielder has Korean letters written on his neck that are translated to mean "Prince."

    He also has a large tattoo on his right inner arm that spells out "Cadyn."

No. 23: Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens)

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    The former Rutgers standout has the words "Gifted" and "One" on either arm, among a few other tattoos.

No. 22: Chris Anderson (Denver Nuggets)

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    I don't know if I really want to give Chris Anderson credit for something this bad...

No. 21: Chad OchocInco (Cincinnati Bengals)

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    Psalms 23 on Chad Ochocinco.

No. 20: Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers)

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    His wife's name Vanessa along with both of his kids' names underneath.

No. 19: Lebron James (Miami Heat)

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    He's the "Chosen 1." Just ask him.

No. 18: Jason Giambi (Colorado Rockies)

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    Here's Jason Giambi during his days with Oakland, showing off a very large, not to mention elaborate, skull on his left shoulder.

No. 17: Allen Iverson

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    There are more than a few tattoos that I could have chosen on Allen Iverson, but this one stuck out.

    "Money Bagz." Really, Allen? Somehow I thought I would find out that said "Practice?"

No. 16: Stephon Marbury

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    "Coney Island's Finest." He also has a tattoo on the left side of his head that I thought for sure he was going to go Mike Tyson with. Thankfully he didn't.

No. 15: Deron Williams (Utah Jazz)

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    "D-Will Texas Made."

    Although this was one of my favorites, it still wasn't enough to get in the top 10.

No. 14: Rasheed Wallace (Boston Celtics)

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    Wallace has some sort of Egyptian tattoo on his left arm and apparently has his entire back taken up with a tattoo that is all about his daughter.

No. 13: Brock Lesnar (UFC)

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    Not only does he have a dagger that goes almost all the way from his stomach to just below his neck, but he has this strange thing on his entire back.

No. 12: David Beckham

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    Though he has various tattoos on his arms, this one on his back will catch anyone's attention.

No. 11: Shaquille O'Neal (Boston Celtics)

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    Diesel, Man of Steel, among several other tattoos.

No. 10: J.R. Smith (Denver Nuggets)

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    Swish, Young Money, and the New York Yankees symbol all in a very cramped space.

    I don't know about you, but I don't want needles anywhere near my neck.

No. 9: Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans Saints)

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    Elaborate and with a lot of meaning behind it.

No. 8: Jeff Monson (UFC)

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    I thought the tattoos he had on the front side of him were a tad bizarre, then I saw the tattoos on his neck—one of which I'll let you guess as to what it is.

No. 7: Shawn Merriman (San Diego Chargers)

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    I'm not sure what half the stuff is but on the inside of his right arm is a tattoo of a light switch. And, of course, it's in the off position (Lights Out).

No. 6: Kenyon Martin (Denver Nuggets)

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    "I Shall Fear No Man But God."

    One of the coolest ones I've seen so far, but I guess it's in the eye of the beholder.

No. 5: DeShawn Stevenson (Washington Wizards)

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    Arguably one of the strangest. Not to be outdone, he has his last name spelled out across his upper back.

No. 4: Marquis Daniels (Boston Celtics)

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    I'm not sure what state Marquis Daniels is from. Can anyone help me out?

No. 3: Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards)

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    Seems to be the face of a Tiger though I can't tell what the rest of it is. There's an even more elaborate one on his back.

No. 2: Mike Tyson

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    This is definitely the most bizarre, not to mention a bad place to put a tattoo. Though in Mike's case, he always did like the attention.

No. 1: Dennis Rodman

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    Rodman's probably the guy who started the whole tat craze in the NBA, though I'm not sure if he's ever stopped. There's no telling what Dennis Rodman has on him these days.