Tattoos are a great means to express one’s self. However, some people do not think it through so they end up choosing the wrong design.

NBA players are not exempted from this regrettable action. Take a look at some  of the worst NBA tattoos ever:

Chris “Birdman” Andersen is known for having brightly colored tattoos on his arms, hands, legs, back, chest and neck. However, none can compare to the “Free Bird” tattoo on his neck. Although it may seem appropriate due to him being nicknamed “Birdman,” this ink is just too much.

Worst NBA Tattoos Ever

Free Bird. Credit: Pinterest

Monta Ellis has his family tree covering his chest, entire back and both arms. You can also see a baby’s face on the branches. For Ellis, his tattoos tell the tale of his family but his maternal grandparents, who raised him, were not happy about it.

Worst NBA Tattoos Ever

Monta Ellis. Credit: YouTube/tattoos lab

Like the Birdman, DeShawn Stevenson also has tattoos on his neck. His choice for the Lincoln tattoo may confuse people but he explains: “I was going to get Martin Luther King and I told Gilbert Arenas. You should never tell nobody your idea. That summer, he came back and got it. So I didn’t know who to get. I got Abraham Lincoln because he freed the slaves. I just had Abraham Lincoln and, from a distance, everybody kept saying, ‘Who is that?’ So I put the five-dollar bill so everybody would stop asking me.”

Worst NBA Tattoos Ever

DeShawn Stevenson. Credit: Tumblr/NBA tattoos

Expressing yourself with emojis is not limited to text messages. According to Mike Scott, these emojis can be tattooed on our bodies to express words we can’t say about how we feel.

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Mike Scott. Credit: Tumblr/Basketball Player Tattoos

Usually, tattoos get placed on arms, hands, legs and back. However, we can also ink our bellybuttons, as what Reggie Miller has shown us with his sun tattoo.

Worst NBA Tattoos Ever

Reggie Miller’s tattoo. Credit: thetattoohut.com

Michael Beasley got a “Super Cool Beas” tattoo on his upper back. When asked about his decision, Beasley simply explained he got it because he is super cool.

Worst NBA Tattoos Ever

Michael Beasley. Credit: Pinterest

Matt Barnes is the third on this list to sport a regrettable neck tattoo. Like Ellis, Barnes’s tattoos also symbolize his family.  He said that the two small footprints at the edge of his neck are tributes to his twin sons.

Worst NBA Tattoos Ever

Matt Barnes. Credit: wesharepics.info

It’s not weird that Gilbert Arenas got a tiger tattoo but the fact that his nipples serve as the tiger’s eyes simply makes it cringeworthy.

Worst NBA Tattoos Ever

Gilbert Arenas. Credit: Tumblr/ShittyBasketballTattoos

Getting cartoon tattoos is typical. Just ask Wilson Chandler and his Beavis & Butt-Head and Family Guy tattoos.

Worst NBA Tattoos Ever

Wilson Chandler. Credit: Youtube/Chris3166xXxLeGiT

Kevin Durant also has one of the worst NBA tattoos ever . Of all the legendary artists out there, he chose Tupac.

Worst NBA Tattoos Ever

Kevin Durant’s new tattoo. Credit: Instagram/thompsonscribe