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I'm not into the bandwagon tattoos or I would have my arms covered in "tribal" tattoos like every other twit that is being different by conforming to the alternative.
That being said, my interest in sailboats had become a running gag at work, people will always say "I like sailboats" at random now to mock me in a friendly way because of the number of times a day I talk about them.
I firmly believe a tattoo should represent the person it is being put on, and not just look cool or be some attempt at looking bad. Tattoos that show affiliation to a group or love for a person also don't agree with me since I have yet to see that either are permanent. So a sailboat is something I like enough that I wouldn't regret it, especially since I'm smart enough not to get tattoos anywhere that can be seen even in just a t-shirt and shorts.
I picked that boat (though I will look at pics of reliance and see if I like its lines better) because its much more pleasing to look at than my Oday 22 and most likely any boat I will own in my life. The long flowing lines, clipper bow and huge sweeping sails are what a sailboat should be (if you want a crowd of people to have a full time job just making the blasted thing move)
I actually expect most people will think its kinda stupid, definitely not one of those "Oh, that's badass man!" tattoos.
EDIT: Reliance is a great boat but after reviewing photos its a tad odd on the hull lines (apparently for extended waterline length when heeled) so I don't think its quite what I want. On that note I had seen that Columbia has an absolutely gorgeous clipper hull but the sail plan is a bit more rigid and less flowing and most of that detail in the hull wouldn't carry well to a tattoo so I picked Volunteer instead.
Last edited by PPPPPP42; 08-09-2011 at 10:39 PM.