Dec. 31, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) takes the ball down court in the second half of the game against the Denver Nuggets at the Staples Center. Lakers won 92-89.
It's no secret that many of the NBA's players have tattoos. It's one way to express individuality. Some tattoos are motivational while some pay tribute to an important aspect of a player's life. One of this player's tattoos is in 'loving memory' of his grandmother. Bing: Whose tattoo?
Leap of faith
This Cavs' guard implores fans to 'have faith' with ink on his bicep. He's known for his many tattoos and has displayed them on the cover of Urban Ink magazine. Bing: Who's this inked player?
Going up in flames
Teams may change, but tattoos stick with you. This tattoo of a basketball on fire will be with this Knicks' forward forever. Bing: Whose ink?
This detailed depiction of a winged creature hovering above flames might not be everyone's cup of tea. However, it suits this basketball star's playing to a T. Bing: Whose winged creature ink?
It begins with basketball
As one of the most inked players in the NBA, of course the center of this player's tat is a basketball. Bing: Whose tattoo?
There's no 'I' in 'team'
In basketball, the team should come first. Team definitely comes first in this Kings guard's tattoo. Bing: Who's inked team loyalty?
This Phoenix Suns guard has a couple of different messages for fans on his bicep. He wants to say thank you to fans while also imploring them to pray for him. Bing: Whose grateful/graceful tattoos?
Sweet smell of success
This Mavericks guard has a constant reminder to stop and smell the roses ... in the form of a tattoo on his shoulder. Bing: Whose rose ink?
Dungeons and dragons
This Bucks 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. Bing: Whose tattoo?
All in the family
Be sure to look at these two tattoos of Chinese symbols one- at- a- time. This player's tattoos reportedly pay tribute to his work ethic and his family. Bing: Whose family tribute?
This forward leaves no doubt as to his intentions with his "'The World Is Mine'" tattoo. Bing: Whose tat is it?
Most NBA players idolize Michael Jordan. That makes sense ... Many consider MJ to be the best to ever play the game. Still, it takes a lot of love to have Jordan's image tattooed on your leg. Bing: Whose inked Jordan?
There's an old adage that everything's bigger in Texas. That saying must extend to tattoos as well. This player obviously wanted to shout out to his home state. Bing: Who's sportin' Texas?
Seize the day
It's important to have a philosophy to live by. This player reminds opponents that he seizes the day on every trip up and down the court. Bing: Whose tattoo?
To say this tat is a throwback is understating things a bit. This body art conjures up knights and ladies and all things medieval. The skulls at the bottom of the tattoo send a "don't mess with me" message. Bing: Who is sporting this ink?
Fly in any weather
There's a good chance that the birds on this player's calf are not his only tattoos. In fact, the all-black birds seem rather tame when considering the other colorful options available. Bing: Whose tat?
Racking up a collection
Looks like this player has variety in his tattoo choices. A symbol, a phrase, a possible Spiderman web ... space is at a premium when it comes to this baller's many tattoos. Bing: Who's covered in ink?
Is this Quiet Storm tattoo a possible nod to the strength this player brings to the basketball court? The basketball player in the tattoo certainly seems to mirror the ball- handling ability of this athlete. Bing: Whose tattoo?
Is that Pharaoh Akhenaten and Nefertiti? The detail in this retired player's tattoo is incredible. Bing: Whose Egyptian ink?
We know what this athlete's occupation is. The basketball in the middle of the 'Married to the game' tattoo is a dead giveaway. Bing: Who's this inked player?
Lost in a maze
While this player was in the NBA, his tattoos formed some of the most intricate patterns we've seen. Bing: Who has these tattoos?
Opponents probably didn't take time to read the tattoo of this former player. It's so thought-provoking players would need longer than a timeout to ponder it -- but he's not the only NBA player with this Psalm tattooed on his person. Bing: Whose Bible-inspired ink?
King of all ballers
It's cute to have the wife's name front and center in your tattoo. It becomes slightly less cute when she becomes the ex-wife. This player is dealing with divorce drama, and his tattoo is a reminder of that. Bing: Who's inked with his ex-wife's name? Bing: How much was his divorce payout?
Born and raised
Virginia is where this now-retired NBA star rose to prominence. He decided to give the state some publicity by inking it on his neck. Bing: Whose tattoo?
Number the stars
This tattoo is not about numerology ... it is a glimpse into this player's past — his past area code. 330 is the area code for Akron, Ohio — his hometown. Bing: Whose hometown connection?