Pro Tattoos – joining the dots . . .

This just in: Pro cyclist David Clinger given a life-time ban by US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for clenbuterol on June 29, 2011.

Spot the difference: Klinger banned 6 weeks after testing positive for clenbuterol on June 29, 2011. Alberto Contador testing postive for clenbuterol more than a year previously (July 21, 2010) and the hearing for the case is (currently) scheduled for November, 2011; some 68 weeks later.

Clearly Contador’s legal team is hopelessly ineffective.

Of course Klinger has his own issues. His most recent positive was an out-of-season test while on a two year ban for testing positive to synthetic testosterone and modafinil on July 30, 2009.

Plus he has this full facial tattoo thing:

Before and after:

In the face is confronting. However you can accommodate a large tattoo on the back. VXE rider Michael Matthews:

Filippo Pozzato:

This last one spawned a whole series of Barbie dolls:

OK, this might not be a pro cyclist:

The forearm tattoo is more discrete:

Christian Meier at the 2010 TdU:

“Last Chance” – in memory for his brother, Michael. “It’s a kind of a reminder that any moment can kind of be your last chance. He woke up one day with a headache. Two days later he was in surgery for a brain tumour. It came out of nowhere. He was a perfectly healthy 25-year-old” Meier said.

Jack Bobridge:

Tyler Farrar:

About the tat; its a mantra that says ‘May all be happy.’ It’s written in Pali, an Indian language.”

If you have a forearm tattoo, it’s also considered good luck to scratch the beard of a recumbent rider:

Liz Hatch, tattooed on the back of the neck: (Now I’m sure that’s part of a Monty Python sketch)

Liz Hatch’s Lithuanian, ex-Astana, Giro stage winning partner: Tomas Vaitkus, has just been signed with GreenEdge:

The current GreenEdge model:

Oh, and about that new victory salute that Cavendish has been working on…

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7 Responses to Pro Tattoos – joining the dots . . .

  1. Anonymous says:

    Liz Hatch quote comes from Oscar Wilde 🙂 “I can resist everything except temptation”

  2. 888riley says:

    You have a tattoo? Oooooooh! Really? Oh, there it is, on your face, I see it now. I wouldn’t have noticed if you hadn’t mentioned it …. delightful!

    • Mark says:

      Sad story:

      He was on a comeback from a 5 year spiral into drugs. The tattoo was coming off ($25,000 over 3 years). “I’m removing the tattoo mostly because I was getting into so much trouble and I wasn’t doing what I was taught, to stay off drugs and live a Mormon lifestyle,”
      Never a good idea to go the full facial.

      • 888riley says:

        I only just saw your link … at least the story has a (somewhat) happy ending. I am not sure Clinger’s is a cautionary tale about the dangers of drug abuse or a cautionary tale about the dangers of a mormon upbringing. You be the judge!

    • Mark says:

      I fear the problem is more widespread, extending to upbringings in all religions starting with M (Landis was a Mennonite).

  3. Anonymous says:

    Great post Mark! I had been looking for an excuse to scratch the beard of a recumbent rider, so a forearm tattoo is most def in my future.

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