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DeMarcus Cousins gets tattoo that reads “Misunderstood.” Of course.

Aug 7, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT


From the Department of “Things That You Will Feel Silly About When You Are 35,” comes DeMarcus Cousins‘ newest tattoo, posted on Twitter, which features simply the word “Misunderstood” on his calf:



The question mark, I think, is what really makes it, along with the fact that the typeface itself is difficult to read. So the tattoo that reads “Misunderstood” is both inherently questioning itself, and easy to misunderstand.

Oh, DMC. You’re such a puzzle wrapped in a mystery disguised as an enigma.

Maybe Cousins’ biggest problem is that he’s aware of how he’s perceived, and resents it. It’s not just that he’s surly and moody, it’s that he’s surly and moody about the fact that people comment on him being surly and moody, when he’s surly and moody. That self-awareness is a trap, because he’s not able to see himself as surly and moody, only that he’s perceived that way, and then responds to it with the same behavior that gets him in trouble in the first place. It’s a vicious cycle, and one that the tattoo feeds into it.

But then again, maybe he is aware of it, as the question mark indicates. Maybe he’s asking if he’s really misunderstood, or if he’s misunderstood as not being aware of his faults.

Or, you know, the question mark could be decorative and we should stop over-analyzing a tattoo.

Have we mentioned we’d really like the lockout to be over, and were only a month in?


  1. pudgalvin - Aug 7, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    I really like good tattoos, and that is one of the worst tattoo’s I’ve ever seen. I don’t really care what it says, a good tattoo is a good tattoo, and that one is brutal. Looks like the one I got from some hole in the wall in the Quad Cities when I was 16.

  2. nagidac - Aug 7, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    At least it is spelled correctly.

  3. blueintown - Aug 7, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Finally, a tattoo story.

  4. trbowman - Aug 7, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    God it’s going to be a long lockout.

  5. trickybastard - Aug 7, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    What’s misunderstood is what it takes to write a good column. Or, what passes for funny. Or, who this writer is.

  6. larrybill - Aug 7, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    Quad Cities? I live near there…nice. All these thugs out there with all of those tattoos are sooo going to regret it someday.

  7. zblott - Aug 7, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    So how long before Sacramento trades him?

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