M Dot tattoo when done Outlaw

Is this really wrong??

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pain is temporary    pirate
17/08/2011 at 11:29

So I don’t want to start an argument here about tattoos.  Some like them, some don’t... I already get that, and have been lectured many times from people who hate them for having tattoos.  I have just as much respect for people who don’t want any at all, as for people who cover their whole body in them... each to their own, and whatever makes you happy etc.  But I'm getting one anyway

What I want to know is what are peoples thoughts on having an M dot tattoo when I have done the Outlaw, and not an actual M dot event.  My reasoning behind this is, if I’m completely honest, that I don’t like the Outlaw logo, and it also reminds me of the logo for the Alton Towers ride the Oblivion?!  Also I don’t think anyone will actually realise what the Outlaw logo is, and I’m far too lazy to have to explain it to people when they ask what it means. 

I’m actually in the process of designing my own tattoo, ok I admit I’m wanting to make my IM tattoo more ‘girly’ and incorporate the design within something else to make it more personal, so it won’t just be the normal M dot you see most others with.  I realise I will get some light hearted stick from friends about not actually doing a real IM (although I plan to next year) but I feel it still represents my achievements.  Just wondering what your thoughts are?

IronM.in    pirate
17/08/2011 at 11:34

If you plan to do an IM next year, why not wait till then? Or have a tatt now that you can incorporate the M. into later.

Personally, it's my feeling that if you haven't done an M. event, you should 'wear' the brand.  Added to which, people who know will recognise it and ask which one you've done and then you'll have to explain that you haven't actually done and Ironman, but you have done a Long Distance Tri.

That said, I do know people who have gone ahead and had the M. before doing a branded IM event and are perfectly happy with it. I'm just a bit of a purist!

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
17/08/2011 at 11:58
I dont see any reason not to have the M-dot logo, whilst its a brand its also a more widely known recognition of the distance you covered.

I also understand OSB were some kind of talks with WTC to brand the event and an Ironman but decided against this as it would have added a significant cost to entries.
17/08/2011 at 12:11
Like Barley said - it has to be about the distance rather than the company running the event doesn't it.    
seren nos yn canu    pirate
17/08/2011 at 12:14

definitely for me it symbolises the ironman distance..........not the brand that you did............

not sure about making it more girlie..............is that a pink one rather than a red one

17/08/2011 at 12:22
Like Oxy's?
Farnie    pirate
17/08/2011 at 12:38

Its your bloody skin,

get whatever you like on it 

pain is temporary    pirate
17/08/2011 at 12:38

Thanks everyone, that's what I thought.  It's definitely more about the symbol of the distance rather than the brand.  But obviously this is the widely recognised symbol that shows my achievement. 

Seren nos- definitely not pink!!  Keeping designs under wraps at moment, top secret!  Haha   No, I'm thinking of intertwining it with some flowers/ivy.  I have no idea why other than I think it looks cool, and essentially that's all that matters

Haven't seen Oxy's

pain is temporary    pirate
17/08/2011 at 12:42
Haha love it Farnie!  Was just gauging how much stick I was going to get for it... but I get stick for all my other tattoo's so hey ho!
17/08/2011 at 12:42
It's the Distance and not the brand so go for it
17/08/2011 at 12:47
If it's about the distance why not get the distance tattooed? Going for M-dot is a bit like having a Bentley keyring while you drive a Ford.
Farnie    pirate
17/08/2011 at 12:47

personally if I had done the distance I'd have the f*cking thing tattoo'd on my frigging face in really big letters!!!

hahahahaa

Farnie    pirate
17/08/2011 at 12:48
*hides keys*
17/08/2011 at 12:51
Intermanaut wrote (see)
If it's about the distance why not get the distance tattooed? Going for M-dot is a bit like having a Bentley keyring while you drive a Ford.

I'd actually wondered about that myself, getting some kind of 140.6 design, thought that sounded a bit different (and by next July I'll have done three long course events, none of them Ironman!). I'm not really fond of the idea of having a brand tattoo-ed on and definitely wouldn't get an M dot if I hadn't done an M dot race...
pain is temporary    pirate
17/08/2011 at 12:53
Intermanaut wrote (see)
If it's about the distance why not get the distance tattooed? Going for M-dot is a bit like having a Bentley keyring while you drive a Ford.


I stuck a Carrera badge on the back of my Seat... it fell off a bit ago but the outline is still there  maybe I'm just a hopeless optimist (or delusional...but I'm happy so leave me be)

Farnie wrote (see)

personally if I had done the distance I'd have the f*cking thing tattoo'd on my frigging face in really big letters!!!

It's tempting  hahaha

17/08/2011 at 13:42
Where's Cona and Doozer when you need 'em to have a good old ding-dong about the merits of ink? Come on boys, gloves off for round 2!!
Cornish Digger    pirate
17/08/2011 at 13:45

PIT, I wondered the same thing about peoples opinions. Before I did Outlaw I was definately going to have an MDot, mainly because it is recongnisable and I have covered the distance,

 I have no tattoos at present and after visiting the tattoist to get prices and lowdown on procedure, and talking with family, not sure whether to get one at all.At 48yrs I am thinking, do i need /want one. I know I have done the distance and have the medal,Tshirt, and memories of a fantastic day.

Upshot of all this drivel is that I haven't made my mind up. But as Farnie said, Its your skin, don't worry about anyone else!

Cornish Digger    pirate
17/08/2011 at 13:45
OH LOOK< I do have my PIRATE symbol though!!!
Golden Boots    pirate
17/08/2011 at 13:47

about 18 months ago I got the names and years of a couple of marathons which I had done as well as a HIM... biggest mistake I have probably ever made (except for signing up to an IM) imho!

You may now see me racing in calf guards or long socks most of the time... it's not for the compression values but just because I feel a bit of a tool!

AndyB99    pirate
17/08/2011 at 13:50
you know what...i hate to be a snob....and i realise its a stupid corporate brand...but the fact is people who do what we all do know what the M.dot is...and it was always my plan to get the tattoo once i'd got the medal....last year i didnt finish imuk...and so considered the outlaw...BUT...i honestly opted for IMUK again so i could feel i could have the right tattoo and call myself an ironman.
I'm not saying people who do the outlaw cant call themselves an ironman....but i knew...if i had done outlaw...and got the m.dot..then i'd feel a bit daft if people asked which ironman did i do and i said 'the outlaw'
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