Famous Olympic Rings Tattoo (7/12/13)

BY KATIE UHLAENDER


Design for my future Olympic rings tattoo

Canadian women's bobsledder Kaillie Humphries

As a skeleton athlete, I get asked some pretty unique questions almost every day: What is skeleton? How fast do you go? Is it scary? Have you ever crashed? Have you been to the Olympics? But my favorite question that many Olympians get is: Do you have a tattoo? A lot of Olympians get the Olympic rings tattooed after they make their first Olympic team. I have had the honor of going to the Olympic Winter Games twice (2006 and 2010), but still do not have the infamous Olympic rings tattoo. Many Olympians and many of my teammates have THE tattoo, but I can’t seem to get it together to join the tattoo club. I have come up with a design with my friend Cordell Crosby (who also did the artwork) but where the heck do you put it?

A tattoo is FOREVER! There is no going back! I love the idea, and I love the edgy look, but I change my look and style all the time. How do you pick a tattoo and a spot on your body that would be able to change with the times? What’s cool and fun to me now, may not be when I’m 45. Also, what will my kids think? Do you put it on your arm, your back, your neck, your leg or ankle? And how big should the tattoo be? Going to the Olympics is an incredible honor, and is something that lasts forever, but to display that honor through a tattoo may not be a commitment I am ready for.

My friend Kaillie Humphries (2010 Olympic champion for women’s bobsled) has an amazing overall look. I love her hair, her style, but most of all her tattoos! Her body art covers almost her entire figure, and it looks amazing. Every time I see her, I admire her tattoos and try to imagine if I could do something like that in my own way to my own body. However, I cannot get myself to commit to putting something that permanent on my body. Where do I put the artwork? That is the problem; I have no idea where to put the design or how to make it work with my physique.

Physiques and opinions change over time. Not to mention, that there are a lot of men that don’t like tattoos on women. What if my future husband doesn’t like it? Maybe I’ll wait till I’m married and let him pick the spot; he’ll probably see it more than me. Maybe that’s why tattoos are so cool, because the people that have committed to getting them have done just that; they have made a decision that lasts forever and wear that decision proudly. At the moment I’m dedicated to my sport and having the honor of making my third appearance in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which I couldn’t be more excited about. So, maybe after I’ve finished with this commitment I’ll be able to commit to something else like a tattoo.