Trans. Jan 28 3:50 ET (Jan 28 3:50 ET ) Well, it’s better than getting barbed wire tattooed around your bicep. Luke Bonner, the brother of San Antonio Spurs big man Matt Bonner, pointed us toward this — a man who got a tattoo of Matt Bonner launching one of his patented threes. I’m a fan of Bonner — the Red Mamba, the man who…
Back in the old days, all you needed to prove that you were a passionate supporter of San Antonio Spurs reserve sharpshooter Matt Bonner were some "Napoleon Dynamite" jokes , a few hashtags , a love of sandwiches and a fashion-forward approach to hairstyles . These days, though, you've got to trade in your New Balances for some new Crazy 8s and, it seems, spend a few hours in a tattoo artist's chair:
Yep: That's "The Red Rocket," a.k.a. "The Sandwich Hunter," a.k.a. "The Red Mamba," a.k.a. "Coach B," immortalized casting off from long-range in ink on the skin of a gentleman whom Bonner's younger brother Luke — who co-founded the nonprofit Rock On Foundation with his big bro — says is "a Concord, N.H., legend, who's now a barber in southern Florida." (The Bonners hail from Concord , as you surely already know.)
Here's more on our Bonner-inked barber, via Luke :
He has a unique style, including multiple tattoos of some of his high school friends. I guess he had been wanting to get a tattoo of Matt, but didn't know what to get. Coincidentally, I sent out a group text to a link of an anime drawing of Matt that someone posted to Twitter, and that apparently served as inspiration. He actually got the tattoo. I'm hoping he gets a tattoo of me next as my finder's fee. As you can imagine, he's a pretty interesting character. His claim to fame is that he's cut Dennis Rodman's hair. Well, apparently that, and having a pretty sweet Matt Bonner tattoo.
"As you can imagine, he's a pretty interesting character." Well, yeah — to join the ranks of the NBA - tattooed elite , he must be.
Intrepid Spurs beat reporter Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News reached out to the San Antonio big man for an official comment on the matter:
Bonner's comment: "Wicked awesome."
— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) January 27, 2014
Yeah, that about sums it up.
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The San Antonio Spurs have yet to drop back-to-back games this season. The Spurs will try to bounce back and avoid their first skid of the season when they host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday. Though he is expected to suit up against the Bucks, point guard Tony Parker is not at full strength due to a bruised right shin. It will all get better with time." The team may also be without reserve center Matt Bonner, who suffered a nasal fracture against the Trail Blazers.
As someone who has attended several Halloween parties dressed like the man, I take my Andy Kaufman impersonation very seriously. Right down to the cut of the jacket, and fit of the turtleneck underneath, you best get it right in my eyes.
San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner switched out shirts and substituted a Gatorade bottle for a glass of water in his loving tribute to the late (yes, people, he’s dead) entertainer, but we’re more than willing to look past that as Bonner nails Kaufman’s performance of the Mighty Mouse theme at the Spurs’ annual ‘Tux and Tennies’ benefit dinner:
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