When it comes to tattoos, athletes have a tendency to take it a little too far, resulting in some of the ugliest, sloppiest, and downright puzzling ink we’ve seen. CrossFitters have become notorious for questionable body art, but bad fitness tats are not limited to the intense workout craze.
Runners are part of an incredibly dedicated culture that involves endless hard work, pride, goals, and triumph. With all the preparation and perseverance that goes into a race, there’s just nothing quite like the feeling of crossing that finish line. So we can’t knock a runner for getting their best marathon time, favorite race, or a simple inspirational message permanently scribed on their body. The thing is, not all tattoos are created equally, and if you don’t give it some careful consideration, you could wind up with one expensive mistake. Be sure to seek out the most reputable artists in your area, and mull over an idea for at least a couple months before you take the needle plunge. Otherwise, the shaky script might be the next addition to The Worst Running Tattoos of All Time.
Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and a contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things pop culture, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.