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About Cycling & Tattoos....(21 posts)

About Cycling & Tattoos....JustDoIt
Oct 11, 2002 8:58 PM
Hey there people, what is it with tattoos & cycling? (arm bands, leg bands: thighs & calfs) or any type of tatto, they look cool on some people on some they don't... some people care about them, some don't.
What is our cycling comunnity view on them? will you get one? Do you own one? tell us about it...

Nope. Never will.Matno
Oct 11, 2002 9:12 PM
Personal preferences just change too much to ever get something that permanent. Kind of like deciding that this year's model bike is the only one you're ever going to own. With no upgrades, replacements, or modifications of any kind (other than adding on - kind of like putting on panniers...). I think that comparison is pretty accurate, except that you don't take your bike with you EVERYWHERE.

That's just me.

Oh, and a word of advice (from my cousin who has several tattoos): never get a tattoo with a name on it (in his case a girl's name that he eventually just had cut off--it was cheaper than lasering). I would think the same thing applies to getting a specific bike name...
Nope. Never will either, but seen some cool ones...Spunout
Oct 12, 2002 2:52 AM
A Campagnolo tattoo would never change, so no danger there (unlike a SO's name).

I've seen some very cool banding around the knee/calf of a racer. It was a very authentic looking 'Maori' design (NZ Natives), looked very neat, especially at speed.

Also, the greasy chainring tattoo on the calf is classic! I've seen one where someone tattooed some blood along with it. Do a search for cycling tattoos, there is a sight somewhere....
Campagnolo Tatoo? Like this...Kristin
Oct 12, 2002 4:09 PM
cool...until you go down in a race and leave it on the pavement!merckx56
Oct 12, 2002 5:58 PM
Exactly. Never put one on a common road rash area! -nmTig
Oct 12, 2002 6:03 PM
Maybe this guy thinks bullits will bounce off of him. (nm)Kristin
Oct 12, 2002 6:12 PM
Oct 12, 2002 6:29 AM
"What is our cycling comunnity view on them? will you get one? Do you own one? tell us about it... "

Community views? This isn't exactly a homogenous community with a "community view", and with something like tattoos, it will arguably be a VERY individual issue.

Personally, I can't imagine a "cool" cycling related tattoo. Brand logos provide free advertising and are arguably one step away from having a "Van Halen" logo tattoo left over from the 80s. There are already enough logos available on bikes and clothing...

Hey, I have quite a bit of ink... but I don't see ANY connection between cycling and tattoos. If you want a tattoo, come up with your own custom design. Put it on your fridge for six months and if you still want it, get it!

If someone can point to a pic of even ONE cool cycling related tatoo, I'd love to see it... 'cause I haven't seen one yet (yeah, a chainring with dripping blood?).
Chainring tattoo- Embrace your fred-ismpeloton
Oct 12, 2002 6:47 AM
I'd like to see someone with a tattoo of a chainring tattoo on their inner right leg. You know, like the kind new riders get from the chainring in oil on their lower leg from letting the chainring come into contact with their body. Might as well admit you are a fred and get it put on for good.
Grrrrr, scare the oponentJackie Chan
Oct 12, 2002 7:23 AM
I almost did that.Kristin
Oct 12, 2002 4:12 PM
A friend and I joked about getting them and having the year we stared riding tatooed on the inside of the ring. I have a corporate job and wear skirt suits, so I can't alter things too much. Besides, what if--by some horrible tragedy--I could no longer ride? The tatoo would taunght me.
re: About Cycling & Tattoos....Me Dot Org
Oct 12, 2002 7:43 AM
My feeling about tatoos: Remember that hopefully someday you will be 40, 50, 60, 70 years old...
Your point is... ?filtersweep
Oct 12, 2002 7:56 AM
yeah... "Doc, could we put the colostomy bag back a few cm so it isn't through the tattoo?"

Seriously, if someone doesn't take care of themselves, a tattoo (or three or four) will be the least of their concerns at that age. I don't know how important vanity is at the point someone just "lets themself go." Seems like an odd argument... essentially to play it safe. Might as well "ride indoors" while you are at it ;)
Your point is... ?Me Dot Org
Oct 13, 2002 7:58 AM
I wasn't thinking about physical fitness.

What you like in your 20's and 30's isn't something you necessarily identify with for the rest of your life.

Getting the wrong tatoo can be like a 20 year drunk with a 40 year hangover.
Just don't like em'.Any of them.Never will.TREKY
Oct 12, 2002 9:55 AM
re: About Cycling & Tattoos....Tanks
Oct 12, 2002 12:04 PM
I heard this statement once..." Why would you hang a picture on your body that you would not hang on your wall". For myself, I think they are great on others. I doubt I would ever go for one...except, perhaps a "USMC" on the right arm. Yeah, that would be cool!
OK if you are a mtn biker, not OK if you are a roadie. nmBruno S
Oct 12, 2002 2:51 PM
so you're a roadie then?climbo
Oct 12, 2002 6:03 PM
is that because roadies are lame? It's not about roadie v MTB'er, most of us do both and some of us have tattoos. What's the big deal?
re: About Cycling & Tattoos....desmo
Oct 12, 2002 4:03 PM
Really glad I never got one. I could have at a time when they may of actually meant something. Today it's about as mediocre a form of "self expression" as I can think of. And nothing looks as stupid above some cute young girls butt as some giant drawing of what looks like a Victorian door hinge. The sunburst around the belly button is vom as well. Guess it's a good thing I shouldn't be looking anyway. Hey, no offense to all you daring non-conformists out there.
Oh you guys.seangauvreau
Oct 13, 2002 7:16 AM
I am a roadie and I have tattoo's. I have a lot of tattoo's. Two full sleeves [both of my arms are 100% covered] and a chest piece. Tattoo's don't make the rider, skill does. This thread shouldn't even exist!
Nice response people, thanks....JustDoIt
Oct 13, 2002 9:48 PM
Cool to see different opinions & ways of thinking I believe this is what makes our country & sport great
c-ya all in the next thread.