Here's what NBA players looked like before they were covered in tattoos

Kyrie Irving Has Surprising Tattoo
Kyrie Irving Has Surprising Tattoo

Tattoos are pretty popular in the NBA. Lots of players have them, and several of them have tattoos covering their arms and chests.

But even the guys who are covered, like "Birdman" and J.R. Smith, were once clean slates.

Some of the NBA players who now have the most tats looked like completely different people early in their careers.

NOW: Chris "Birdman" Andersen

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nba players tattoos

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Andersen in 2003.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: J.R. Smith

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nba players tattoos

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Smith in 2004.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: Carmelo Anthony

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nba players tattoos

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Anthony in 2003.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: Iman Shumpert

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nba players tattoos

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Shumpert in 2009.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: LeBron James

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nba players tattoos

YouTube/Beats by Dre

James in 2003.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: Monta Ellis

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nba players tattoos

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Ellis in 2007.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: Jamal Crawford

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nba players tattoos

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Crawford in 2001.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: Wilson Chandler

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nba players tattoos

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Chandler in 2006.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: DeMarcus Cousins

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nba players tattoos

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Cousins in 2009.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: LaMarcus Aldridge

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nba players tattoos

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Aldridge in 2006.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: Matt Barnes

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nba players tattoos

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Barnes in 2002.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: Brandon Jennings

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nba players tattoos

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Jennings in 2008.

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nba players tattoos

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NOW: DeAndre Jordan

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nba players tattoos

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Jordan in 2007.

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nba players tattoos

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BONUS: Can you tell who this former player is? This photo is from 1988.

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nba players tattoos

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Yup, it's Dennis Rodman.

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nba players tattoos

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