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Dennis Rodman Claims Credit for NBA Ease on Hair and Tattoos

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By Jerry Walters - - 5 Mins Read
Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman (dennisrodman/Instagram) |

Dennis Rodman is widely known for his trendy hairstyles and was the first player to break the NBA hair rules. He introduced flashy tattoos and funky hairstyles, which inspired other players’ fashion choices. 


In an interview with VladTV, Dennis Rodman disclosed that a gay man initially convinced him to dye his hair. However, he took credit for easing the NBA’s regulations on hairstyles and tattoos in 2006. Rodman believes his influence inspired other players to adopt a similar style, as stated in his book “I Should Be Dead By Now.”


Earlier in the ’80s and ’90s, the NBA had enforced strict regulations on player appearances and uniforms, rigorously disciplining those who disobeyed. Dennis Rodman saw himself as a rule-breaker. He defined his identity through his exceptional hairstyle in both play and fashion. He also became one of the first NBA players to showcase flashy tattoos, body piercings, and funky hairstyles. Rodman confidently displays his role in influencing the young players who can now flaunt a similar style. He rightfully claims credit for these influences in his book.


Dennis Rodman led the NBA in rebounds per game for seven consecutive years. He earned the NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and also won five NBA championships, including the Defensive Player of the Year Award two times. 


The Pistons retired Rodman on April 1, 2011, and were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame the same year. And was also honored as one of the league’s greatest players of all time by being named to the NBA 75th Anniversary in October 2021.


Dennis Rodman and Micheal Jordan
Dennis Rodman and Micheal Jordan (dennisrodman/Instagram)


As a child, Rodman was shy and introverted. He experienced an unhappy childhood. He attempted a suicide attempt in 1993, but he aborted the plan, and he reinvented himself as a bad boy with multiple controversial antics. He often dyed his hair in artificial colors and regularly disrupted games by clashing with opposing players and officials.


Rodman pursued various ventures outside the NBA, including acting, reality television appearances, and professional wrestling. But his basketball career remains his most significant legacy.


Dennis Rodman has established himself as an icon, and his role as a trendsetter is unarguable, as he has across multiple generations through his exceptional performance on the court and off-court antics.


Without Rodman, we wouldn’t have seen players like JR Smith, Chris Andersen, and Wilson Chandler, who now proudly display their tattoos even on the field. Chris Andersen is the only player that came close to matching Rodman’s impact, recognized for his unique appearance during his time with the Miami Heat. So therefore, Rodman rightfully takes credit for his influential role, deserving full recognition.