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    Tattoos and the IFBB

    I know I am around a decade away from worrying about it. but I like to set my goals high and there is always this thought in the back of my head that I could never be a IFBB competitor because I am heavily tattooed.

    Am I wrong in this fear or is it something that wouldn't matter?
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    Lee priest has his face tattood so your probably set
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    Originally Posted by RobbieBoy672 View Post
    Lee priest has his face tattood so your probably set
    I was thinking that the fake tan would cover alot of it anyways...
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    Originally Posted by chrisRage View Post
    I was thinking that the fake tan would cover alot of it anyways...
    Well it's still a little noticeable on some pros. Like roelly has the word Nigel tattood across his stomach and you can see that, but he's done pretty well so if you get the physique you will be fine.
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    Tattoo's can blur lines and make it hard to see the separation between muscles. That's about it I would think, never really thought about it
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    Originally Posted by chrisRage View Post
    I know I am around a decade away from worrying about it. but I like to set my goals high and there is always this thought in the back of my head that I could never be a IFBB competitor because I am heavily tattooed.

    Am I wrong in this fear or is it something that wouldn't matter?
    I looked into this before I got mine, and there are creams available that can cover tattoos. Lee Priest did a guest posing at last year's Australia Grand Prix (at least I think it was last year's) and his facial tattoo was covered. I don't know if it was such a cream or just make-up, but it is possible to cover them.
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    Originally Posted by chrisRage View Post

    Am I wrong in this fear or is it something that wouldn't matter?


    You're right. It wouldn't matter.

    None of us will become IFBB pro's, this includes you.

    Proceed with tattoos.
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    It really depends on the tattoo. You probably wouldn't want to get one on your strongest parts (imagine one of Kai's feathered quads obscured by ink). That said, you're already heavily tattooed so there's nothing to be don't now. It might only come down to figuring out your complexion on stage and how to balance things out a little so your tats make you look better rather than take away. It could very well be an avenue if innovation.
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    I was wondering about this before too. Mind you I'm never turning pro so I don't really care, hence why I have full sleeves and my chest done.
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    Originally Posted by Contract Killer View Post
    You're right. It wouldn't matter.

    None of us will become IFBB pro's, this includes you.

    Proceed with tattoos.
    eh ya never know..

    but yea theres no top tier pros or even guys lower ranking that ive seen with alot of tattoos
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    Lee Priest was already a well-established pro before he got the face ink, so he may not be a good example.

    Tattoos seem to becoming more and more popular at the NPC level, at least at the shows that I've been to, so I don't think they will have too big of an impact on your placings. However, depending on what kind of ink you have it could affect any future modeling/endorsement deals.

    Nobody should become a bodybuilder for the money, but for anyone thinking about getting a tattoo it's something to think about.
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    Originally Posted by Contract Killer View Post
    You're right. It wouldn't matter.

    None of us will become IFBB pro's, this includes you.

    Proceed with tattoos.
    I beg to differ.
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    alot of 90's pros had tattoos. Pretty sure chris cormier, kevin levrone, dorian yates, all had tats, although they were pretty small on only on their forearms.. I'm sure alot of other did as well, but thats just what i can remember off the top of my head. Most judges will overlook the tats and focus on the physique as long as the tat isn't something crazy or extremely distracting.
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    Well it depends, is competing in bodybuilding more important than a tattoo?

    But if you already have them. Yes of cause they can cause you to drop some places. Because a judge may not like your tattoos... Or because he doesn't want to try and guess what separation you have there because its hard to see due to the tattoo.

    But yes, it does affect your placings. But it also doesn't mean you'll never not be a pro because of them.

    But as said above it really matters what they are and where they are.
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    i think my Japanese style sleeve actually works for me. the dragon flows right along my tricep. but its only on one arm hahaha and sometimes makes me feel like im asymmetrical
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    Originally Posted by chrisRage View Post
    i think my Japanese style sleeve actually works for me. the dragon flows right along my tricep. but its only on one arm hahaha and sometimes makes me feel like im asymmetrical
    Something like a sleeve is really going to throw your perceived balance off. Don't let it stop you from competing, but don't be surprised if judges comment on it.
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    Originally Posted by Contract Killer View Post
    You're right. It wouldn't matter.

    None of us will become IFBB pro's, this includes you.

    Proceed with tattoos.
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    The IFBB rule book says tattoo's are to be counted as skin blemishes, and to have points deducted ( yes srs ).


    but really, no they wont as long as they are in good taste and not a distraction from the physique
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    It wouldnt bother me much if my tattoos cost me a few points i guess. as long as i still have a chance to be a competitor i am fine with it. tattoos are a big part of my life so i have no regrets.
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    Originally Posted by chrisRage View Post
    It wouldnt bother me much if my tattoos cost me a few points i guess. as long as i still have a chance to be a competitor i am fine with it. tattoos are a big part of my life so i have no regrets.
    reality... You have a better shot at doing a bikini show then ever becoming an ifbb pro. Excuse me "Figure/fitness" show. Judging by your avi no hard feelings but u will never be a pro. Its just the reality of it. People that have potential are usually talked about on these boards, been in the spot light etc... So please after you read this go get another tattoo or two. Keep on lifting!
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    6 time mr o Dorian. Doesnt affect anything since you can cover em up anyway
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    Originally Posted by Shaun0310 View Post
    reality... You have a better shot at doing a bikini show then ever becoming an ifbb pro. Excuse me "Figure/fitness" show. Judging by your avi no hard feelings but u will never be a pro. Its just the reality of it. People that have potential are usually talked about on these boards, been in the spot light etc... So please after you read this go get another tattoo or two. Keep on lifting!
    sorry man, but thats not how i think. you think that when MJ was playing peewee basketball he thought, "this is fun, but i could never be the best". thats not how he thought and not how i think. if it wasnt for other circumstances in my life i would easily be 270 pounds right now. i know i can be whatever i want to be and thats enough for me. i just dont understand why you would want to try and be such a bummer...
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    Originally Posted by sean061788 View Post
    but really, no they wont as long as they are in good taste and not a distraction from the physique
    Trollface tattoo on the chest , thick solid tight on the back?
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    Originally Posted by Contract Killer View Post
    You're right. It wouldn't matter.

    None of us will become IFBB pro's, this includes you.

    Proceed with tattoos.
    Big call...
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    Originally Posted by drewboy86 View Post
    Big call...


    LOOLL man, I'm just sayin'.

    Don't shoot the messenger.

    I'm not hating at all, it's just that we're talking IFBB pro cards here. Not college diplomas or drivers licenses.
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    Originally Posted by Contract Killer View Post
    I'm not hating at all, it's just that we're talking IFBB pro cards here. Not college diplomas or drivers licenses.
    totally understand. the thing is seemingly impossible goals can be pretty motivating. but when i think to myself i couldnt do that because of my tats then that motivation is gone.
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    Originally Posted by chrisRage View Post
    totally understand. the thing is seemingly impossible goals can be pretty motivating. but when i think to myself i couldnt do that because of my tats then that motivation is gone.
    If that's all it takes to steal your motivation than you will need some serious luck dude.
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    Originally Posted by DavisForman View Post
    If that's all it takes to steal your motivation than you will need some serious luck dude, lol.
    not saying all my motivation, just that specific motivator. that lil daydream that comes to me all the time.
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    Originally Posted by chrisRage View Post
    not saying all my motivation, just that specific motivator. that lil daydream that comes to me all the time.
    The reality is that you likely don't have the genetics to be a pro. In fact, the chances that you DO have the genetics to get there are extremely small. No matter how much you want it or how hard you try, there are other factors that will come into play.

    That being said, nobody should be bodybuilding for the sole reason of trying to become a pro. You bodybuild for the love of it, and after years of training, if you are good enough and have the genetic potential, then you can start considering that dream. But, there's an awful lot of diehards out there who work their butts of day in and day out, but just don't have "it".
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    Originally Posted by barbarian_ben View Post
    \That being said, nobody should be bodybuilding for the sole reason of trying to become a pro.
    i never said it was the sole reason. also i didnt make a thread called "what do you guys think the chances are that i could ever possibly be an IFBB pro". i really dont care about other peoples expectations for me. just would like to know if that possibility exists.
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