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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #25 on: November 10, 2021, 08:19:41 pm »
Maybe it is generational, but I am still building up to wearing a watch, so a tattoo is well in the distance.

However always keen to help (and also not wishing to insult the OP in anyway) I have the following suggestions;

How about your BCA number so in the event of an accident the landowner can claim no matter what state you are in?
A full football team, so that in the event of an accident a team of well know divers will come for you.
UKCaving.com so you can tap up Badlad and Pegasus for sponsorship - someones got to be a professional, so why not you?
A strategic Y hang
or for the older caver a ladder or carefully placed Stinky :o


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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #26 on: November 10, 2021, 08:36:30 pm »
A rubbish photo because I'm home alone and don't have a selfie stick. The text at the top is the miner's toast from Cliff Passage in Speedwell. The silhouette is from a photo taken in the Smoke Flue entrance to Cwmorthin.

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2021, 08:45:23 pm »
I quite fancy adding to it based on these images at some point. More mining related tattoos than caving I guess (don't tell people I'm more into mines than caves these days, BCA will want my CIC back!).

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #28 on: November 10, 2021, 10:15:40 pm »
Cinnabar is a mercury compound. I doubt very much anyone would be able to use it as a pigment, never mind a tattoo ink...
Old tattoos? They still look awesome!
Certainly assume one is for life, and think long and carefully, but in the end it's your choice. Find a good artist, and when ready go for it. Some are more painful than others!

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #29 on: November 10, 2021, 10:51:14 pm »
How about a whole body tattoo based upon a late 60s stylee wetsuit, complete with patches, tatty yellow tape stripes and, of course, the odd rip here and there  :o !!
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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #30 on: November 10, 2021, 10:58:10 pm »
If I were tempted, I might opt for the classic clints and grykes on Ingleborough, the one with the windswept tree. I'm sure a gryke could be artistically postitioned.

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2021, 11:07:23 pm »
Pair up a tattoo with pierced nipples and you can have a realistic Y hang.

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #32 on: November 10, 2021, 11:19:19 pm »
A brilliant list. I couldn't resist  :lol:  :lol:

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #33 on: November 10, 2021, 11:40:31 pm »
I like to stand out out from the crowd, be a bit individual, so I don't have any tattoos.

I genuinely remember standing in the (Hillsborough) swimming baths when the kids were little; busy day, families, kids, grandparents etc; and actively looking around, searching out every single person in there.  I was the only  person in there, over the age of 16, without a tattoo.

They're like dogs and instagram.. just a bit trendy at the moment.  The latest must have.

I've probably only seen one or two tattoos in my whole life that I've thought.. wow, that looks cool.  The rest just look a bit shit to be honest.  They look a bit like stickers on cars.. you know, when a climber sticks loads of 5.10/patagonia/Black Dimond etc stickers all over their Nova.

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #34 on: November 11, 2021, 12:04:35 am »
Thank you for your ideas everyone, they're much appreciated!! Both the useful ones and the humorous ones - some of them did make me chuckle  ;D I've also loved seeing all of your caving related tattoos too!

Regarding opinions about whether I get one or not, getting a tattoo about something that I love dearly & that is a central part of my identity, and expressing it in an artistic way, is something that I have absolutely no qualms about. I already have several tattoos, two of which are on my right arm and are of my favourite mountain and my ice axe - hence why I want a caving related one on my left arm :)
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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #35 on: November 11, 2021, 12:06:56 am »
Here's my idea - don't do it.

Chris.

I was thinking of posting something similar Chris. The OP might regret it, in years to come.

As a general rule, I make an active choice to *not* live my life analysing whether every decision I make is something I *might* regret. I make decisions based on what is important to me, and I do things because I love them, and so far that method has worked out pretty well from me.
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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #36 on: November 11, 2021, 12:09:29 am »
I quite fancy adding to it based on these images at some point. More mining related tattoos than caving I guess (don't tell people I'm more into mines than caves these days, BCA will want my CIC back!).

Hahaha, the final line of the chorus of one of the songs I've written is 'I never should have trusted someone who thinks mines are better than caves'
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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #37 on: November 11, 2021, 09:24:40 am »
There's a common misconception, it seems, that tattoos are for the admirers and not for the wearer's pleasure. If you don't like them, it might be jarring to realise you're not the intended audience.

Anyways if you agree with Sam T (who I am sure, in practising his individuality, doesn't look at all like every other Derbyshire caver ;) ) you could eschew tattoos entirely and go for other types of body art? I've been experimenting with shaving a karabiner shape into my pubic thatch

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #38 on: November 11, 2021, 09:29:49 am »
 :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #39 on: November 11, 2021, 09:45:11 am »
I like to stand out out from the crowd, be a bit individual, so I don't have any tattoos.


I tend to find that most cavers are cynical old grumps, so the prevailing concensus amongst them is usually to avoid tattoos and piercings. In that regard it's probably more likely that having tattoos as a caver actually makes you stand out amongst your caving peers rather than blending in with the crowd of inked surface-dwellers.

Anyway, onto my ideas...



I've often thought that a forearm piece of this 19th Century Chad hewing coal in a narrow seam would make a good tattoo for fans of mines.

My other idea is one I'm saving for myself, but I'm happy to share the idea because I'm pretty sure someone else will already have thought of it anyway...



I'm thinking of doing an assortment of minimalist caving iconography along my arm - which would include things like the diagram of how to rig a Simple that can be found on the descender, maybe a few different knots/a y-hang and such.

It definitely won't include the Sieg Heil symbol that Petzl inexplicably used to put on the Croll though  :lol:

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #40 on: November 11, 2021, 11:37:06 pm »
Bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale?

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #41 on: November 12, 2021, 07:28:30 am »
Pint of Butcombe?

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #42 on: November 12, 2021, 02:15:11 pm »
If you have cave survey Tattoo and it turns out to be copyright ,the result could be very
painful ,expensive or both !  :lol:

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #43 on: November 12, 2021, 02:37:56 pm »
Strikingly similar to Barry Chuckle, but minus the tache

looks like a happy frank zappa lol
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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #44 on: November 12, 2021, 02:45:09 pm »
Maybe you could get one (or two) of the winning CHECC T-shirt design?
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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #45 on: November 12, 2021, 04:52:20 pm »
I would suggest NOT text or surveys, as they do tend to age badly, but I would say find an image that speaks to you and get a good artist. If you must have text, you a large chunky font and spell check several times, as well as asking a grammar nerd to look it over  ;D

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #46 on: November 12, 2021, 09:01:03 pm »
I have a flying horse on my left forearm that should give one a clue as to which club I was once a member of🙄

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« Reply #47 on: November 13, 2021, 10:01:54 am »
I have a flying horse on my left forearm that should give one a clue as to which club I was once a member of🙄

Is it Eldon cos they used to take loads of ketamine?

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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #48 on: November 13, 2021, 01:25:22 pm »
I would suggest NOT text or surveys, as they do tend to age badly, but I would say find an image that speaks to you and get a good artist. If you must have text, you a large chunky font and spell check several times, as well as asking a grammar nerd to look it over  ;D

Hmm yes, this is a good point re the ageing, although I know some artists now that are incredibly fine line and v good at doing good quality intricate stuff like this
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Re: caving tattoo ideas
« Reply #49 on: November 13, 2021, 01:29:51 pm »
Was thinking of getting a tattoo of a rabbit wearing a caving helmet looking wretched (whatever that means) because county to WR was my first ever caving trip (well technically a trip in Ardeche was but I can't remember which cave it was now). The only problem is that I don't actually like WR, I think it's boring and the worst Easegill entrance so maybe not a good idea
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