Throwback-Tattoo-Track party Thursday!

Looking through some older photos, I found a bunch of my different tattoo experiences! Yay!
Most who know me, know that I have a slight obsession with tattoos, but many who haven’t met me are surprised to learn I have quite a bit.
I’ll share a bit today about one of my more painful bigger ones 🙂
Circa January 2008. Look at that crazy short hair!
My “chubby koi fish” tattoo.

After sitting #1
In total, I now have 11 tattoos. I started when I was 16 (not smart, I know) with a Winnie the Pooh wonder that is on my left ankle (I will not remove it because it’s my first, no matter how much it makes me laugh), and this koi tattoo was #7 (I’ve had 4 more since.) You can do online searches that give different meanings for the koi fish & show they can mean a wide variety of things depending on their placement, size, and color. At the time I got this tattoo I was just settling into becoming my own person, 28, independent. I got it to signify “loyalty to ones’ self.” I also had my artist, Angelo from RedLetter1, make him ‘chubby’ to always help me remember where I came from and to help me laugh whenever I looked at him – go figure 😉 He added in cherry blossoms and made him a golden-orange color.
After sitting #2
Why do I have so many tattoos?
May sound crazy, but my motto is “they’re not fun to get, but fun to have.” As an artist, I admire the work of other artists, even though we’re all so different, and especially admire the tattoo medium – I can’t imagine having to work with skin as your canvas. All of the tattoo artists I’ve worked with, too (Angelo having done most of my work) are artists who also work with contemporary medium – the RedLetter shop even sidebars as a gallery. It’s kind of a way of having a mini-gallery to take with me. Sidenote: I don’t have any tattoos on my right arm, just my left and my back.
They also become addicting 😉
Do you have any tattoos or reasons for getting them too?
On the workout front – This morning, K and I met up at the track by my work to enjoy – haha –
a 7am track party.
On deck for me: 1 mi w/u, 4x800s w/400 repeats, and 1 mi c/d.
For K – add in 1 more 800 since she’s marathon training.
We did it!
The sun came out pretty fierce, but we finished and pushed through! As always with speedwork 😉
3:50 / 3:45 / 3:41 / 3:54 (no more gas) / K did 3:49 for her last!
“Crazy half marathon goal” training is in full effect ya’ll!
Happy Thursday 🙂 <3, Kat

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    September 27, 2012, 2:03 pm

    I am so glad you posted this about the tattoos. I’m not sure if we’ve talked about them to this extent. I seriously love yours and of course, I want more too. I’d love love love a sleeve but I don’t think it would work in my career. Boo.

    P.S. FAST splits lady!!! ZOOM ZOOM!

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      September 27, 2012, 2:48 pm

      Thanks B! Yea I kind of forget that I have so many lol, they’re all super special to me. I’m ready for #12!;)

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    September 27, 2012, 2:29 pm

    11 tatoos!!! I want to get one but I am too scared.

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      September 27, 2012, 2:48 pm

      Tolerating pain does take time 😉

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    September 27, 2012, 2:42 pm

    Love this post! I have 4 tattoos – I agree their addicting and also I think they’re fun to have. My most recent one is of a wing and 13.1 which represents the most miles I’ve ever run (not true anymore) and to remind me how far I’ve come along from weighing 237 pounds and barely able to run 1 mile. I am already planning for number 5!

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      September 27, 2012, 2:49 pm

      I am TOTALLY getting one once i Finish my 6 halves this year and can’t wait!

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    September 27, 2012, 2:49 pm

    I love hearing about the significance of peoples tattoos. I don’t have any myself, but maybe when I work up the courage and design of something that really speaks to me that will change. 🙂

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    September 27, 2012, 3:05 pm

    I really like your reasoning for having so many! FYI: 11 is my favorite number! LOL! I don’t have any because I have issues with permanency, I think. I’d be so scared I’d hate it after awhile. I have had like 13 piercings total though! Have a great day, pretty! Spa love!

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      September 27, 2012, 3:22 pm

      You too Jenna! I hear ya, I have a rule of waiting 8-12 months on an idea just in case 😉

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    September 27, 2012, 4:20 pm

    I could never get a tattoo – I’m too chicken!! Heh heh

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    September 27, 2012, 5:00 pm

    I have one tattoo that I got when I turned 18. It is just a small butterfly on my lower back but it was my way of saying “hey, I’m an adult now and can make my own decisions!” I really want to get a ribcasge tattoo but haven’t found THE one yet!

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    September 27, 2012, 6:24 pm

    Always wanted one, especially after greiving, but never decided on what to get. I sketched out a few things then left the idea. I agree though, I do love yours, and the meaning they have behind them 🙂
    Good job on the TP times!

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      September 27, 2012, 7:26 pm

      Thanks B! Need any ideas, lmk 😉

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    September 27, 2012, 7:36 pm

    I enjoy our back and forths on twitter…you’re so dang pretty. Yeah, the artist side makes sense for why you like getting tattoos, I on the other hand hate pain and having pen/ink on me…I could never do it. I have heard they’re way addicting though and since I have an addictive personality, it’s best I stay away. 🙂

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      September 27, 2012, 7:45 pm

      aw thanks pretty 🙂 So bummed I missed Fitbloggin or I would have met a ton of you this year! 2013, Jess! Yea..about the tattoos…don’t want you ending up on Taboo 😉

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    September 27, 2012, 9:25 pm

    Yay for tattoos! I have bunches also but I hide them. I have like 11 or 14 or something like that. I started at 17 (not genius, right?) and I lost count =x But yours are sooo pretty!

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    September 28, 2012, 2:16 am

    I have 3 and they all mean something: ballet shoe and running shoe intertwined t show my 2 passions, robin sitting in a vine O for my grandma and daughter and crown and Iris. Love your tattoo 🙂 I always hate when people say they are shocked I have tattoos, why should you be surprised if anyone had a tattoo?

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    September 28, 2012, 10:33 am

    Good luck with your half-marathon!!! 🙂

    I don’t have any tattoos, but I did come close once!

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    September 28, 2012, 11:00 am

    No tats for me but I love how your have special meaning! Great job on the 800’s! You’re going to spank that half. 🙂

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    September 30, 2012, 12:49 am

    Very cool.
    I don’t have any, but have been contemplating one for a long time. Seems even more appropriate with my current run drama.
    On the side of my right foot, 2 little lines:
    It won’t be easy,
    It will be worth it!

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