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Thunder adding some tattoo ink

by Jenni Carlson Modified: June 14, 2011 at 11:34 pm •  Published: June 14, 2011

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.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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