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post #11 of 22 Old 08-09-2011
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Getting ink is a permanent commitment. Good work is not cheap. Befor you make the decision I would suggest that you look at ink that has been on someone for 10 or more years. Then try to imagine that boat after 10 years. Getting ink because "you really like the boat picture" is shortsighted. If you want to look at boat pictures then buy a painting or buy some photos in frames for your wall. I have ink but I knew what I was getting into and WHY I was getting into it. You may want to think about this for a while befor you act.
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If you have to ask if it's a good choice for a tattoo, then it probably isn't. Why? The "cool" tattoos are the ones that mean something to the person wearing it and F' what everyone else thinks.

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I am a firm believer in individual expression. My body is emblazoned with motorcycle brands, sailing themes, tropical scenes & sports teams.

They're called T-shirts.

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As far as the art goes I think it would be a good choice provided you have an excellent artist to do the work. Eliminate all of the background except maybe a few of the ocean waves. The shading should be easier due to the angle of the boat. It's a nice pic but not overly complicated all things considered.

Of course all of this is coming from a guy with zero artistic talent. And I have seen a lot of good artists with good pics turn out like crap.

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Great thread. Fun to hear what everyone thinks would be a kewl sailing tattoo. I have pondered that myself a few times. If you are having a bad day, cruise on over to There is some funny stuff on there that is sure to make you laugh. Don't forget to look through the older posts to get the full jest.

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Just an old guy's thoughts....but consider:

Times change, people change. What's cool today probably won't be in a few years. It's not a bad plan to have an escape route from anything and everything, just in case circumstances change or you change your mind. But a tattoo is more or less permanent....once you have it, you can't readily escape from it, if you should decide later that you don't want it. Dress as you want, cut or dye your hair, etc. These are reversible. But generally try to avoid permanent, no escape situations. Not just for tattoos, but in life in general.

Sorry for the ramblings of an old guy, but.....
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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.

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Tried to post a pic of mine to no avail. Very simple line drawing of a well-known artist. Maybe I'll figure it out soon.
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Sailor Jerry has some pretty cool tatts. Especially like the sparrows and anchors. Good rum too.
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Originally Posted by rbrasi View Post
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^^That's funny right there.

Originally Posted by mgmhead View Post
No tats here, not even the Eagle, Anchor, Globe.

Saw a great hat this weekend... Scars are just like tattoos, but with better stories.

Maybe you should just go get a scar. LOL
I agree for two reasons....1) I have scars and the stories are memories, 2) I am afraid of needles.

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