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By Dan S.
From Lakewood, CO
Oct 24, 2008
I was reminded by a fallen dead tree that most climbing accidents occur on the descent.
Lately, I have been throwing around the idea of permanently scarring my body with some fancy artwork. Climbing has impacted my life in so many ways and I have been wanting to get a climbing tattoo. I searched around for some ideas but came up short. Next stop... MP.

If you have a climbing tattoo or a climbing inspired tattoo please share a picture. Or maybe you just want to picth a good idea for a tattoo. Thanks.

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By Michael Ybarra
From on the road
Oct 24, 2008
 Trad gumby tries to go sport on the Lion King, January, 2007
In the Huayhuash last year my parter and I set off to climb a peak whose name in English means Hummingbird. He promised to get a tat of a Hummingbird if we made it. We didn't. Instead we wound up climbing something named the Toad. He didn't get a Toad tat, though. But I still like the idea of inking a memorable ascent.

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By icsteveoh
From salt lake city, UT
Oct 24, 2008
white gold at maple.
get a piton on yourself that looks like it's in you in like a crack or something

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By Old and Busted
From Centennial, CO
Oct 24, 2008
Stabby
How about a topo drawing of your favorite crag?

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By Matt Nelson
From Pueblo, CO
Oct 24, 2008
Me rappin...
I have "Live To Climb" down my left rib cage, and my best friend/ climbing partner has "Climb To Live" down his right. It is one of my favorite quotes. "Climb To Live, Live To Climb."

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By Mark Cushman
From Cumming, GA
Oct 24, 2008
Profiley Styley
I've got S-H-I-T on the knuckles of my left hand and T-A-K-E on my right. This makes sure I always know what to say to my belayer. Bonus: I can tell people it really just means I like mushrooms.

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By Robert 560
From The Land of the Lost
Oct 24, 2008
Secret Crag
Mark Cushman wrote:
I've got S-H-I-T on the knuckles of my left hand and T-A-K-E on my right. This makes sure I always know what to say to my belayer. Bonus: I can tell people it really just means I like mushrooms.


LOL....I love Shrooms

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By Marc Seidenstein
From Jackson, NJ
Oct 25, 2008
The Black Boulder Problem, The Shawangunks
Often thought about this topic.... Since I plan on covering my back and upper arms in tatts anyway..... maybe a large back piece, have my back done in detail to look like an overhanging rock face with a climber barely hanging on, struggling to make that next clip. Or just a nice tatt of El Cap on my back seeing as Im an aspiring trad climber stuck in a boulderer/sport climbers body.....

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By tenesmus
Oct 25, 2008
I was a river guide in the grand canyon for a long time and wanted to do something memorable and lasting. So I have a map of the grand canyon on my backside.


wanna see it?

just watch out for Lava Falls...

Seriously, you're a complete dumbass if you get a climbing tatoo. I once saw a guy with a big prana logo on his back. Lame. He couldn't climb worth a shit either.

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By Dan S.
From Lakewood, CO
Oct 25, 2008
I was reminded by a fallen dead tree that most climbing accidents occur on the descent.
Wow, tenesmus. I think you just insulted every tattoo owner out there. "Guideline #1: don't be a jerk." Please post you ideas; not your negative sarcasm.

I like the topo ideas. I also thought about a mountain landscape of some sort or maybe a recognizable face like El Cap, The Diamond, or Devils Tower. And then there's always that favorite piece of climbing gear.

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By Hansel
From Boulder, CO
Oct 25, 2008
My ride
Saw a graphic once of a yin-yang symbol, and there was a climber on the overhang -- always thought that would be a cool tattoo.

Also, you could design a custom tat with a climber working the overhang on a big mushroom!

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By cstorms
From North Bend, OR
Oct 25, 2008
poking out of the crash pad
icsteveoh wrote:
get a piton on yourself that looks like it's in you in like a crack or something


in his crack?

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By Malcolm Daly
From Boulder, CO
Oct 25, 2008

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By Devin Shunk
Oct 25, 2008
I have thought of this as well. My thought was to get an arm-band that looked like a climbing rope, with a figure 8 knot somewhere in there. Possibly a carabiner. I haven't sat down to draw it, yet. Whatever you get, make sure it means something to you. I have one on my leg that was a picture drawn by my nephew when he was alive.

I love it when people slam other people for tattoos. They have absolutely no clue what it may mean to that person. Smooth, tenesmus, smooth.

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By shawn bradley
Oct 25, 2008
I've toyed with the idea of a tick list tat. Anything under 3 *s doesn't make it.

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By Patrick Manitou
From Atlanta, GAAAAA
Oct 25, 2008
It's not exactly climbing related, but I got this when I was 18...



It's the skyline of Garden of the Gods, which was my backyard growing up and where I learned to climb.

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By Jeff Kolehmainen
From Eagan, MN
Oct 25, 2008
Hanging out at TF
Here's one.. this area is the closest thing to a spiritual place that I have found. Had many great trips with many great people here.

Tetons tattoo
Tetons tattoo

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By MusicMan
From Flagstaff AZ
Oct 26, 2008
Ok so I have to give my advice on this. I have my whole back, my right arm and my right leg is covered, it took me almost my whole life to come up with what I wanted, but when I was sure of what I wanted it was not what everyone had. Remember the tribal s in the ninties, well I didnt get one. Then I had to think what it would do in the work field, well that was an easy one for me, as an aircraft mech, who cares. So what I am getting to my friend, think about what you really want, design what you want yourself, Get some ideas from people, but in the end design it yourself. Think about all the climbing you have done, places you bin, and people you have met, think why you climb. By then you should have some sort of idea of what you want. So good luck my friend, I hope this works for you and I hope that your hart guides you to what you feel is the best tattoo.
chris

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By Stevie Nacho
From Utah
Oct 26, 2008
Climbing Tatoos....are gay!


TDA

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By Mike Larson
From Los Angeles, CA
Oct 27, 2008
Weeping Wall Central Pillar
Dan S. wrote:
Please post you ideas; not your negative sarcasm.


MP without negative sarcasm? I shudder at the thought.

As for a climbing tattoo, how about a huge Mammut logo on your back. Ya gotta love that mammoth.

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By joe q fed up
Oct 27, 2008
Make sure it is something that involves Calvin peeing on something, the virgin de Guadalupe, the Chevy and Ford monikers, an incorporated piercing, some sort of tribal band and a unicorn. If you have to ask other people for a recommendation for what YOU want....pretty lame. If this is for YOU than who really cares? However if it is for when you peel off your shirt and flex at the base of some sport route so all the honeys can ooh and aah, maybe something that says "Tough Hombre" or "Yeah, I climb hard" would be par for the course.

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By tom selleck
Oct 27, 2008
I've never understood tattoos as a form of self expression. But...to each their own.

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By Dan S.
From Lakewood, CO
Oct 27, 2008
I was reminded by a fallen dead tree that most climbing accidents occur on the descent.
Mike Larson wrote:
MP without negative sarcasm? I shudder at the thought.


Touché, Mike, touché. And thank you joe q for yet another example. Oh look at that. I just gave another example.

Yes, that Mammut mammoth is quite appealing. I do want to make my tattoo personal; I'm just looking for ideas. I like the "Live to climb. Climb to live" quote. I might incorporate that into a tattoo with a vintage Sailer Jerry feel to it. Oh how I love that rum. sailorjerry.com/index.php

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By joe q fed up
Oct 27, 2008
Haven't we already been through this?
mountainproject.com/v/general_...

By the way does anyone have a recommendation as to what job I should work, what thoughts I should have and what clothes to wear? I just wanna make sure that I am doing in my life what other people suggest.
Grow a pair and make your own decisions.

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By Darren Mabe
From Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 27, 2008
wham bam hand jam. Wrapping up the final moves of Twist of Fate, Oak Creek Canyon. <br /> <br />photo: Blake McCord
joe q fed up wrote:
However if it is for when you peel off your shirt and flex at the base of some sport route so all the honeys can ooh and aah, maybe something that says "Tough Hombre" or "Yeah, I climb hard" would be par for the course.


slight thread drift, but is that not the same kind of thing as chicks showing off their Tramp-Stamp tatoos on the small of their backs!?

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By joe q fed up
Oct 27, 2008
Absolutely! And we all know what high opinions we have of them!

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