Of the Birdman's 300-plus tats, the "Free Bird" on his neck is by far the most eye-catching. He got it in 2009 and it took about 10 to 12 hours to complete. And if he weren't Birdman, it would've cost a couple thousand dollars, his tattoo artist said. What's the story behind it? Well, he was going through a suspension and a breakup, plus he's a fan of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song. Get the rest of the story behind Birdman's ink
Though Philippoussis is retired, we can't help but marvel at the statement tat on his right shoulder.
This NBA guard has an artistic interpretation of a dragon on his shoulder that is accompanied by a little creature atop a basketball. The ball is surrounded by this athlete's initials.
This Phoenix Suns guard has a couple of different messages for fans on his biceps. He wants to say thank you to fans while also imploring them to pray for him.
The Australian rugby player has a pretty epic arm tat.
Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic sports a large tat on her thigh (in addition to one on her left arm). We can only presume it gives her good luck as she reaches for the ball.
The Boston Celtics guard has a portrait in memory of his grandfather.
One of Nelson's tattoos is in 'loving memory' of his grandmother.
Mattek-Sands is known for her bold attire on the court and has the beginnings of an ink floral sleeve on her right arm.
Bleed green #SpartanForLife — @N_Hill2032 Michigan State running back Nick Hill received some positive responses from Spartan fans after posting this photo of his new team-inspired tattoo on his torso. Let's hope he doesn't transfer to another school.
This forward leaves no doubt as to his intentions with his "'The World Is Mine'" tattoo.
Deron Williams and Jameer Nelson
When the Brooklyn Nets star tussles with the Orlando Magic point guard, it's panther power vs. family values.
The Denver Broncos star loves chickens so much that he got this tattoo he calls "Chicken Fried". He also plans on becoming a chicken capitalist.
The English footballer has a couple of wicked sleeves there.
West Ham United's defender displays his skull ink.
The Minnesota Timberwolves big man has no shortage of knight-themed ink.
A supporter of Corinthians shows his epic back tatoo.
The Portland Trail Blazers star has Psalm 37 on his arm.
The Russian tennis star's ink reads "Pain doesn't kill me I kill the pain".
Chiefs fan Dalton Meek
Getting a giant a grinning skull with the Chiefs' famous arrowhead logo on it along the back of your shaven skull? "Yeah, it was the most painful thing I've ever gone through, dude. I mean, it was wicked ... it feels like knives just slowly (going) down your head." Get more on this story from FOX Sports Kansas City
Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) football player Thiago Silva has quite a koi fish there.
The rugby lad shows off more interesting ink, including a pretty portrait.
This fan in Fort Worth, Texas shows he bleeds NASCAR.
Polish heavyweight boxer Mariusz Wach got medieval with it.
Daniele De Rossi
The Italy midfielder's tat suggests this is a tripping zone.
This British boxer has an elaborate sleeve, and the needling probably didn't hurt as much as this punch by WBC middleweight champion Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez.
Jeff Gordon fan
NASCAR fans are no joke. This one was spotted at the track and immortalized on Twitter.
The German footballer shows off some interesting ink: an evil-looking joker on a cross.
The NBA star's massive back tat quotes James 1:2-4 and misspelled the word "mature" at the bottom, but he got it fixed.
The Samoan rugby player is almost covered by his traditional native design.
Rugby player Nathan Jones shows off what looks like an owl clutching a bejeweled skull and crossbones. Not another one of those.
UFC fighter Abel Trujillo displays his motto.
The French swimmer shows off his elaborate ink as he competes during the French swimming championships.
The Cy Young winner shows off his Jesus tattoo. Translation: In God I trust.
Pekovic shows his allegiance to his Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Minnesota Timberwolves big man has many tattoos, and this one is positively medieval.
Brooklyn Nets fan Danny Leon
Danny Leon gets a Brooklyn Nets tattoo at the Barclays Center. The tattoos were offered for free by Spike TV as a promotion for their show 'Ink Master'.
Rugby player Mahe Fonua shows off his ink as he does some training in the pool.
Marco Simoncelli fan
A fan of late Italian rider Marco Simoncelli shows her tatoo. Simoncelli died after an accident during the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Burke, the former Michigan hoops star and soon-to-be Utah Jazz rookie, shows his hometown and it's minor-league baseball team some love.
Footballer Cyril Thereau of AC Chievo Verona shows off his elaborate ink.
Gerald Green of the Indiana Pacers shows his hometown some love.
This Italian football fan shows he thinks his team is No. 1.
The soccer star has a tattoo of his son Thiago's hands on his leg.
This diehard Bills fan had more than one reason for getting O.J. Simpson's mug shot tatted on his leg. He's also obsessed with the '90s, and considers 1994 (the year of the Simpson trial) to be one of the biggest years. "I've gotten a lot of good comments in the Buffalo area from Bills fans," LaBarron told The Buffalo News. "I've seen a lot of the posts online about it, and they're not-so-nice. I understand why some people don't like it, but I don't really care."
Yorick De Bruijn
De Bruijn of the Netherlands dives showing ink that reads 'Whatever you love doing keep doing it' at the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix.
Becks has plenty of ink, including this one he showed to fans during his visit to Peking University in Beijing, China.