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Thunder adding some tattoo ink

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

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.

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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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