Saturday, February 15, 2014

Worst Tattoos in the NBA, Past and Present: #16 & #15

20.  Stephon Marbury

19.  Matt Barnes

18.  Allen Iverson

17.  Reggie Miller

16/15.  Kobe Bryant/LeBron James

        Double the wait comes with double the reward. These two players both warrant one spot, because although their tattoos are not too plentiful or outlandish, but they both have a signature tattoo that can be classified as ridiculous. Obviously, Kobe and LeBron are two of the best players in this generation, and are up there in terms of greatest ever. They also huge egos. To be fair, it is probably impossible to be so famous and so rich as those two are and to not have a pretty big ego, but that is why guys like Tim Duncan, who don't flaunt their greatness, are so respected. But I mean, look at their tattoos.
        First of all is Kobe's "Vanessa" tattoo, with his wife's hair and outline of her upper body under, yes, a halo. Then there is a crown above Vanessa, but it is unclear if it goes with the tattoo below, saying that his wife is a queen, or if it is supposed to stand alone to let the entire world know that he is king. Whichever it is, I think everybody would be better served if he wore long sleeve shirts and so we couldn't see his right arm.
        Now for LeBron, who at least has his covered up most of the time. But when you look at it, it doesn't even matter where it is. Just the fact that he has "CHOSEN 1" across his back is bad enough. Not to mention that it looks like LeBron's tattoo artist just ran out of room at the end of "CHOSEN" so just threw in the "1" instead of "ONE." LeBron's tattoo did result in some humor though, when Anderson Varejao (back when LeBron was in Cleveland) put "CHOSEN 2" on his back.
        All in all, these two have egos that, whether or not they ever diminish (doubtful, of course), will live on forever in their tattoos, which warrants them these spots on this list.

Queen Vanessa or King Kobe?
An Eternal Ego
I bet LeBrown is Scowling Inside

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