Eric Maynor tweeted the entire way through his tattoo.
No better way to spend 12 or 14 hours.
Mind you, this was not just another tattoo. The Thunder guard added to his heavily tattooed right arm by having the entire thing inked Monday afternoon. On a background of clouds that run shoulder to wrist, there is a dove, a basketball with a crown, a silhouette of the three crucifixion crosses, another dove and another cross.
The sleeve is sweet.
Maynor's post on Twitter: "im just getting the whole sleeve right now."
Teammate James Harden tweeted a bit later that he was there watching Maynor get inked.
"Should I get my 1st tat?" he asked.
Maynor responded, "yessssssir."
Seems like it's only a matter of time. Getting a tattoo is catching on the Thunder like runny noses at a daycare.
It wasn't that long ago that few players on this team had a visible tattoo. When the franchise arrived in town talking about how it would play different, act different, be different, you believed it even more because they looked different than most other NBA teams.
About the only reason the Thunder even registered on the tattoo radar was Robert Swift. Even though Chris Wilcox and a couple others had tattoos, Swift had more skin that was tattooed than skin that wasn't. He had ink everywhere -- and we do mean everywhere. Our man Darnell Mayberry was talking to Swift about his tattoos once when the big man pulled down his lower lip. There on the inside of his lip were the words "NO FEAR".
Still, Swift was something of an afterthought when he was here. The guys who played, who ran around and made a difference were ink-free.
Then, the Thunder went out and traded for Thabo Sefolosha. The defensive wiz had a big tattoo on his left bicep -- "The Game Chose Me," it reads -- but hey, Thabo is from Switzerland. Different strokes for different folks.
Then came Maynor and Daequan Cook and their tattoos.
By the time the super-tatted Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson arrived from Boston this past spring, the days of the tattoo-less Thunder were long gone.
The truth is, this bunch has more ink than most folks know.
One day sitting courtside several hours before a game, I happened to glance up from my laptop as Kevin Durant was getting in his pregame work. The Thunder superstar had worked up quite a sweat, and he grabbed the bottom of his jersey, lifted it to his face and dried his sweat.
He also revealed a tattoo-covered torso.
Now, I have to admit, I was so surprised that Durant had all those tattoos that I didn't process what they were. I didn't even see how many there were. Might've been three. Might've been five. I'm not sure.
Thing is, a guy that everyone assumes has no ink has gotten needled often.
So, what is Oklahoma City to make of all this body art on its beloved Thunder?
This is a state, after all, where it was illegal to get a tattoo until five years ago. This might not be the least-tattooed state in the union, but it's safe to say plenty of Oklahomans believe slinging ink sounds like a mess instead of a fun way to spend an afternoon.
You may not like these guys' tattoos, but they do. They are tweeting about them. They are posting pictures of them.
But really, tattooed or not tattooed, what does it matter? Does it change the way you feel about K.D.'s jumper? Does it have an impact on your opinion of Perk's defense? Does it change the fact that all of these guys have been fantastic on the court and every bit as good off of it?
These guys have avoided trouble, save Nate Robinson and his tiny bladder. They haven't filled the police blotter or dominated the headlines with tomfoolery. They haven't embarrassed themselves, their team or this city.
Tattoos do not bad guys make.
These are the same players that Oklahoma City has come to love. They're just a little more colorful than they used to be.