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NBA Team to Give Out Free Neck Tattoos

Memphis Grizzlies forward James Johnson is having a breakout season and has quickly become a fan favorite on his new team. In order to honor the five-year NBA veteran the Grizzlies have created a unique promotion — on Feb. 21 fans will be given a temporary “Grizzlies” neck tattoo.

The large tattoo across his throat is one of the most notable things about Johnson. After his son was born prematurely and in a fight for his life Johnson got his name, Naymin, inked across his throat along with the child’s birthdate, according to ESPN.

Even though he hasn’t been a starter this season Johnson still leads the teams in blocks as he contributes 22 minutes a game. Johnson’s play is integral to the Grizzlies’ staunch defense that ranks third in the league.

To build up some excitement for the unexpected Johnson as they make a push for the last playoff spot in the west — their 26-22 record would have them in third place in the weak Eastern Conference — the team will be giving away clear stickers that say Grizzlies for fans to wear on their neck when they face the Los Angeles Clippers.

 Photo courtesy of the Memphis Grizzlies

Photo courtesy of the Memphis Grizzlies

While there are a huge number of NBA players sporting a decent amount of ink — a topic that we have discussed at length at — this is the first time that we have heard about a promotion based on a player’s tattoos and we couldn’t be more excited about it and we hope to see more like it in the future. Perhaps a team will sign Deshawn Stevenson and give away $5 tickets in honor of his ink.