The NBA Influence on Tattoos

From getting tattoo arm sleeves to face tattoos, people are looking at what the National Basketball Association (NBA) players posts to copy them!  Herchell Carrasco, a tattoo artist of Pachuco Tattoo in California, has been giving tattoos to NBA athletes since 2012.  He has been an artist, though for the last 25 years.  He has seen a rise in not only people getting tattoos, but quantity as well as a rise in how people are influenced by NBA tattoo design.  He said, “When I see someone like Jordan Clarkson getting a face tattoo, I know I’m going to be doing a lot of face tattoos”.  Other athletes such as Kyle Kuzma, Lamelo Ball, and Brandon Ingram have become big influences on other people who follow them on Instagram. Carrasco does say that most major athletes, in the past have stayed away from face tattoos, although he has seen a recent change in that.  He also said that “’Athletes are business people,” t. They are not going to get face tattoos”.  Kuzma, of the Washington Wizards, however, went against that idea- when people saw he had the phrase, “be like water my friend” behind his ear, about 20 people copied him.  Carrasco has also seen an increase of minors getting parentspermission to get tattoos in their teens.  

However,But big visible tattoos in the NBA have not always been around.  The ‘Dream Team’, which was the 1992 Olympic NBA team that had Michael Jordon, Magic Johnson, Scotty Pippen had no visible tattoos. On the contrary, in 2020, the Olympic team will have many visible tattoos.  An example is Damian Lillard and Jayson Tatum, who have back and arm sleeve tattoos. 
So, where can you see NBA tattoos on Instagram?  There’s an Instagram account called, “Inked NBA” dedicated to the NBA players and the tattoos they have.  In a 2019 poll, 3 in 10 Americans have at least one tattoo.  And, old tattoos are being replaced by more current ones.  Derrick Rose, who plays with the NY Knicks, replaced older tattoos that were cheaper and fading.  When he had no money, he made them with his friend in his garage.  Now, successful NBA players have professional artists come to their homes to design them, and. And, the artists have backup artists to help them.  D’An Russell, another NBA player, had “N:OW” tattooed on him and it has been copied by at least 100 Instagram followers.  Tattoos are like fashion influencers on social media, just a little more painful and permanent.

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