The Miami Heat's tattoos

  • Chris Andersen says his neck tattoo alone took three full-day sessions. What do you do in that time? 'You just let them do it and think about basketball.' David Santiago / El Nuevo Herald

  • Rashard Lewis. one of the Miami Heat's tattooed eight, goes to the basket against E'Twaun Moore, left, and Kyle O'Quinn of the Orlando Magic. David Santiago / El Nuevo Herald

  • As a young player, LeBron James idolized Allen Iverson, a star known for his flair, aggression and tattoos. David Santiago / el Nuevo Herald

  • Mike Miller's tattoos include one that says 'Truly Blessed.' David Santiago / el Nuevo Herald

  • Rashard Lewis raises up for a shot, revealing his ink. David Santiago / el Nuevo Herald

  • LeBron James' first tattoo was of a lion on his right arm. It has undergone work over the years. David Santiago / el Nuevo Herald

  • LeBron James said he got his first tattoo in an effort to mimic Allen Iverson, 'and then, I kind of fell in love with them.' David Santiago / el Nuevo Herald

  • Udonis Haslem's tattoos include a map of Florida on his back. On the left side of his torso is a Bible verse. David Santiago / El Nuevo Herald

  • Heat forward LeBron James got his first tattoo when he was 15 years old. David Santiago / el Nuevo Herald

  • The Heat's Dwyane Wade, who is not part of the tattooed brigade. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Bible verse on Udonis Haslem's left side is Galatians 6:9: 'And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.' AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Heat's Shane Battier has spurned tattoos: 'For me it's Plain Shane. That's my life story.' Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Message on his bicep: The Heat's Rashard Lewis. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The message on LeBron James' back. It's a message to himself, he says. 'Things that I abide by every day.' Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

  • From Allen Iverson to LeBron James, societiy's acceptance of tattoos has grown in lockstep with their popularity in the NBA.

  • On February 18, 2002, Sports Illustrated put LeBron James with the words "The Chosen One" on its cover. At the time, James was a high school junior at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio. He later tattooed the message across his upper back. Among his dozens of tattoos, it's the one that has always received the most attention. Sports Illustrated

  • The crows that appear to fly out of Chris Andersen's socks. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Chris "Birdman" Andersen's neck tattoos, the result of three full days at the tattoo parlor. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Chris Andersen's distinctive finger tattoos. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • The Heat's Chris Anderson on the bench as the Miami Heat plays host to the Detroit Pistons on Friday, January 25, 2013. Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

  • Miami Heat's Mike Miller takes the ball inside and around Orlando Magic's E'Twaun Moore in the first quarter at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida, April 17, 2013. CHARLES TRAINOR JR / MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem speaks practices at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday May 3, 2013. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem speaks practices at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday May 3, 2013. AL DIAZ / THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF

  • Miami Heat center Chris Andersen dunks against Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson during the third quarter of Game1 in the first round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs between the Milwaukee Bucks against the Miami Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Sunday, April 21, 2013. David Santiago / El Nuevo Herald