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Chris "Birdman" Andersen's neck tattoo inspires lovers, haters to sound off

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Westword cover-boy (cover-turkey?) Chris "Birdman" Andersen has a badass new neck tattoo. It's so badass that it inspired us to post this photo gallery showcasing the Birdman's gratuitous ink, as well as several smiling children and one scantily clad woman.

But not everyone likes the Birdman's new tattoo, a colorful job that says "FREE" on one side of his neck and "BIRD" on the other. Why not? Beats us. But here's what the sports blogosphere is saying about the Birdman's look, and his newest display of badass-ery.


The unequalled, unequivocal, KING of the throattoo, this looks like the Grateful Dead and my acid trip of '03 gave birth to a love child on Birdman's neck.

Ball Don't Lie:

"Hey, man, I need you to do me a huge favor. Can you make my already-remarkably-loud-statement of a 'FREE BIRD' neck tattoo, which you've previously filled in with some pretty dope lemon-lime flavors, look much more like something that Hunter S. Thompson would imagine while in the throes of an illicit-substance-fueled fever dream? The general tone of what I'm looking for is: This is what happens when rainbows burst into flames and melt into a shifting amorphous blob of nightmare/fantasy paste that is alternately terrifying and rapturous, yet at all times an unchained and irrepressible force of nature, just like me. Can you do that?" -- Chris Andersen, to his tattoo artist, probably.

"Yup." -- Chris Andersen's tattoo artist, to Chris Andersen, probably.

The Basketball Jones:

He looks like some terrifying mix between a Spartan soldier, a late-70s punk kid and a No Pattern picture book. Incredible.

For The Record Sports:

I personally think it looks great. Defenders will never lose him on the court, he doesn't need to take home paint samples from Home Depot when he's remodeling his house, and in case you're wondering how much it would cost to get the same tattoo on your neck, he put the price right on it!

Larry Brown Sports:

Nuggets icon Chris Birdman Andersen is already well known for his wild hairstyles and crazy tattoos, but now he's just taken things to a whole new level. Last year we saw the outline for a neck tattoo reading "Free Bird," and apparently he spent the off-season filling it in. I don't know what the proper term is for a filled in neck tattoo -- neck sleeve, turtleneck -- whatever it is, Andersen has it.

Sportress of Blogitude:

Is it just me, or does the new tat kind of create the illusion which causes the Birdman to resemble one of those Padaung women with the neck rings from National Geographic? I don't know, maybe it's just me.


I didn't think any tattoo a Denver Nugget could get would surprise me anymore. I was wrong. On a team with more tats than the Ink and Iron Festival, Chris "Birdman" Anderson has raised the bar. It's his "Free Bird" tattoo. With some sort of exploding rainbow of color and flames that... I really don't have the words.


Chris "Birdman" Andersen continues to amaze. Behold the latest alterations to his ever-growing collections of tattoos. When passing along the link, RT said "Looks like the Birdman wanted to pry the 'League Award for Worst Tattoo in the Above-Shoulder Category' away from Necklips." That's certainly possible.

Behold, the neck tat in action!

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