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    Olympic Tattoos

    There has been a bit of a discussion about Olympic athletes who get tattoos of their country's flag or emblem.

    In Canada, I know the men's swim team usually have a maple leaf on their left chest. I know that Shawn Sawyer has a fairly large maple leaf and Olympic rings on his left chest....it shows under his costume.

    What other skaters have national emblem tattoos?
    To make it more interesting, how do you know and where did you see it?

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    I read somewhere in a article(last season or the year before) than Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison have a tatoo of the Olympic rings. Bryce, it's on his chest and Dube, her hip.

    I found the article: http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/D...012/story.html

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    Jeremy Abbott has the Vancouver 2010 logo tatooed on his foot, he showed it off at worlds and told the reporters that he had, had it done after he came home from the olympics. He said that is was his 3rd tattoo.


    Great thread.

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    Fernandes shows it off on his facebook. And if am not mistaken Sasha Zar has some rings. Cant' recall where though

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    I think I read somewhere that John Kerr had a tattoo done to mark the olympics, can't remember any specifics though.

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    I remember Jeremy Barrett mentionning his tatoo in articles:
    Like most Olympians, Barrett commemorated his time in Vancouver with a permanent reminder: a tattoo of the Olympic rings. “I always said since I was a kid that if I made the team I would get the tattoo,” he said.
    http://figureskatersonline.com/news/...s-to-gp-final/

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    I find them really tacky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingercrush View Post
    I find them really tacky.
    One of the very few things I think I've ever agreed with you on.

    I totally get being proud of an achievement and being an Olympian is something very special. But, in my opinion , it's in the same league as people who tattoo the names of their children/spouses/lovers etc. I'm really proud of being able to speak Japanese, but if I had a big ole tattoo that said "Fluent Japanese speaker" would people think it was wonderful or that I was a bigheaded asshole? No need to answer that last question by the way.

    I could get a shamrock tattoo, but then what would be the point? In case I get Alzheimer's and don't remember I'm Irish?

    Another thing that baffles is that most athletes have such wonderful physiques. Why do they want to go and desecrate their bodies with ugly tattoos? For me, it's like someone spraying graffiti on an historic building or a scenic beauty spot.

    And don't give me "it's a tradition" argument. Just because something is a tradition doesn't mean it isn't tacky.

    Anyway, I'm sure I've offended lots of people with the above, but hey ho. It's your right to get a tattoo and it's my right to comment on them if they are peeking out at me.
    To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.

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    Wow. I totally disagree. I am not a fan of tattoos at all. I really hate then, and have seen very few that I think are nice or will stand the test of time. But this seems to be the one thing worth tattoing. Id still put it in a hidden place, just in case one is to become fat and out of shape. nothing like stretched oyt olympic rings to remind you of days gone by.

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    I think I've seen some pics of Dmitri Soloviev with an Olympic tattoo as well...and I think Trankov has one, too.

    Oh yes and Maria Sergejeva also has the Olympic rings tattoo. I think on her neck.
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    I don't like tattoos, especially older ones, so I don't think commemorating anything or anyone is necessary or inspiring. I guess my attitude stems from seeing all the old ladies and men at the JCC with their wrist tattoos. At least this was done willingly, but why? As AllezFred says, is it to brag? To show off? To plan for memory loss? I just don't get the attraction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FigureSpins View Post
    I don't like tattoos, especially older ones, so I don't think commemorating anything or anyone is necessary or inspiring. I guess my attitude stems from seeing all the old ladies and men at the JCC with their wrist tattoos. At least this was done willingly, but why? As AllezFred says, is it to brag? To show off? To plan for memory loss? I just don't get the attraction.

    From as young as I can remember, my mother would sight those with wrist tattoos from concentration camps amongst the many reasons why my siblings and I should never get a tattoo. That, combined with my own feelings on the practice, had made me feel as you and Allezfred do - until I saw KVDP's Olympic rings and skate blade tattoos. It was the first time I'd ever seen someone's tat and remarked to myself, "that's really cool." I think it was because they were very faint and subtle tats.
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    Plush made three tattoos in Japan in summer 2010. He said he had been wanting them for a long time, finally decided. Left hand- his wife's name "Yana" in katakana ヤナ, right hand- the Latin phrase, his motto for life, as he said: "Viam supervadet vadens" ("Dorogu osilit iduschiy" in Russian, something like "The path will be overcome by the one who walks it"), and a cross with wings, he said he did it because he is a believer. The tattoos were made by the same specialist who made tattoos for Metallica.

    I forgave him. He is a celebrity, has the full right for questionable extravagances. I ignore tattoos. The body must be perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    Another thing that baffles is that most athletes have such wonderful physiques. Why do they want to go and desecrate their bodies with ugly tattoos?
    I'm not a big fan of tattoo either, but I think having one discreet maple leaf on one's chest is nowhere in the same league as having tattoos like what Jesse Jame's fiance and mistress have, for example.

    One discreet tattoo on a hot athlete can make him even hotter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post

    One discreet tattoo on a hot athlete can make him even hotter.
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
    To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FigureSpins View Post
    I don't like tattoos, especially older ones, so I don't think commemorating anything or anyone is necessary or inspiring. I guess my attitude stems from seeing all the old ladies and men at the JCC with their wrist tattoos. At least this was done willingly, but why? As AllezFred says, is it to brag? To show off? To plan for memory loss? I just don't get the attraction.
    ITA, I could probably forgive someone if they won 8 or 9 Olympic medals and it was in a place not many see; but if you got 6th or 7th or lower, I wouldn't. I would hate to see those things when they are 80.

    At least with the Olympic Rings you don't have the chance of a mis-spelling.

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    As expected, half are in favour, half opposed to Olympic tats. I thought that would be how the thread would go.

    Personally, I really don't like tattoos. Especially on people who handle food.

    That being said, IF I were good enough to represent my country in the Olympics, I would probably get a discreet tat to mark the event. And let the tats sag as they may.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    Another thing that baffles is that most athletes have such wonderful physiques. Why do they want to go and desecrate their bodies with ugly tattoos? For me, it's like someone spraying graffiti on an historic building or a scenic beauty spot.
    Tattoos can be used to accentuate the beauty of the physique that's already there, too. That's how I always looked at it, but it's pretty obvious from the way the thread's going that YMMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasperBoy View Post
    As expected, half are in favour, half opposed to Olympic tats. I thought that would be how the thread would go.

    Personally, I really don't like tattoos. Especially on people who handle food.

    That being said, IF I were good enough to represent my country in the Olympics, I would probably get a discreet tat to mark the event. And let the tats sag as they may.
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