When we started training I told Matt instead of the tattoo, if we finished the 140.6, I wanted to go to our jeweler and have him make a custom M-Dot necklace with a small diamond in the dot. I was dead set on getting this for about six months. Then I started thinking about all the things one thinks about when spending money...do I really need it, am I really going to wear it, will anyone even know what it means. Then I got into the whole tangled web regarding the fact that we really didn't do a "WTC Ironman" event which is what the M-Dot logo really represents...a corporate logo. Yes, we did 140.6 and can call ourselves Ironmen, but would people questions the M-Dot versus the Rev3 logo and do I really want to have to go through all the trouble of explaining why I got an M-Dot necklace when I did a Rev3 event. And the saga goes on from there....you've all heard it before.
So, recently I have been toying with the idea of getting a simple, "140.6" in some fancy script font tattooed on my foot. Reasons I want it are the following:
- Because I know when Matt goes to get his I will really really want one.
- There is alot of meaning behind it with all the training we went through and with the fact that this is something Matt and I did together.
- It represents the fact that nothing is unattainable.
- I would feel like I am more a part of "the club."
But then there are several reasons I don't want it:
- Because my parents ingrained in my head that if I ever got a tattoo I would not be allowed to come home. I feel like I would be really disappointing them and I don't like hiding things from them. You should have seen my mom's face when Matt told her he was getting the tattoo. She finally approved it after some explanation, but immediately turned to me and said, "You're not getting one are you?" with a look of desperation in her eyes.
- Granted this event was not easy by any means, it wasn't really a "life changing event"....do I really need the tattoo?
- Because sometimes tattoos have the stereotype of "white trash" associated with them. Granted we all know that this is not true (well in certain cases it is, but we all know that type), I think this has been ingrained in my head since I was little.
- I'ts permanent and I am a perfectionist. If there is one imperfection in it I will dwell on it for the rest of my life.
- It's permanent and I am a perfectionist! I have a feeling I will change my mind at some point in my life and regret getting it, just like I did when I got my belly button pierced.....wish I never got it done!
So, I guess I am asking for your thoughts and opinions. Should I or shouldn't I and why? Do you have an M-dot or triathlon related tattoo? Do you love it or do you regret it?