Jeff Pearlman

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I want a tattoo

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I want a tattoo.

I like the artistry.

I like the symbolism.

I think having an arm sleeve of ink is insanely cool.

I think honoring past relatives is touching.

I want THUG LIFE across my chest and 914 on my forearm. I want a photo of my dog and another one of my kids as babies. I can tattoo my wife on my back and my brother on my stomach. I used to hate tattoos, but I’ve really, truly, truly come to embrace them. Plus, I’m a stay-at-home writer in his mid-40s. The age of trying to impress that stodgy first or second employer is pretty much over. It’s my skin, and I can do whatever the hell I want with it.

That said, I have a near-chronic fear of needles.

So this will never happen.

  • nrwillick

    I’m assuming most of this is sarcasm, but as someone about the same age (46), I too have a deathly fear of needles, to the point where I pass out watching a needle go into my arm for a shot or blood draw. Yet I have 6 tattoos, because the very first artist that inked me went over the machine and how it worked. It calmed me down, and I like my art.

  • Gluten Dude

    When I was getting my first tattoo, I asked the tattoo artist how much it was gonna hurt. He said “You ever see anybody with a half a tattoo?” And he was right. Get yourself inked.

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Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

— Seth Davis, author of Wooden: A Coach's Life