What do you think of those Ironman tattoos? Do you love them? Hate ‘em? Freedom of expression or a cry for attention? I think this is a very valid question for discussion. I personally have never understood why anyone would desecrate their body by putting something permanent on themselves like that, however, to each his or her own. I understand that millions of people have tattoos and enjoy them so by all means get one.
But take this one as an example. Why would you ever tattoo a company’s brand name on yourself unless of course you were the CEO or a life-long employee? Or even the word Ironman with the little red guy placed in there. The name has become a leading brand and so you’re ultimately stamping yourself with the logo of a mega-marketing machine that will in the end benefit others; those who directly work for the World Triathlon Corporation. Not that there’s anything wrong with that I suppose, however, I just think it looks, well, funny. Or the old go-to tattoo that everyone and his uncle seems to get when completing their first Ironman; the little red “Ironman” on their calf. At least this one I can understand as it’s a little ambiguous if you are outside of the triathlon world. It then begs the person to ask the tattoo’d, “what is that? what does that mean?”
Which brings me back to one of my first questions. Are tattoos in general, and these in particular (go to any Ironman event and you’ll see dozens of the same thing), a cry for attention? I’m not sure I have the answer to this.
I realize that for many the hours of sacrifice put in to just finish an Ironman let alone seriously compete can be daunting. And thus the tattooing of oneself becomes akin to a tribal ritual the way ancient tribesman used to do it. But I’m looking for feedback. I want to know what the general consensus is out there? When you see someone walking around with one of these tattoos at a race or in the pool, what is your first thought? Do you judge that person in any way? If so, how does it compare to the way that person really is?
Give this some thought and then if you so choose, please respond in kind!
Thanks for your support!
Category: Random Thoughts