For some runners, medals and certificates simply just don’t cut it anymore. No, to truly express your love of running to the world, one must make a statement, preferably a permanent and indelible one. Enter: the tattoo. Body art is nothing new; in fact, it’s an ancient practice across many different tribes and cultures, and no matter what its design, a symbol holds strong significance, generally to mark a milestone in a person’s life. A special event, for instance, like a marathon. The following are some tattoos from the running community – some inspiring, some symbolic, some downright baffling, but they all have one theme in common: running.

Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular tattoo designs is the distance of a full marathon (here, they are presented in miles instead of kilometres).

Another popular design are wings on shoes, possibly to indicate that the person is fleet-footed?

Some people use tattoos as a source of inspiration:

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With Forrest Gump being a particular favourite one to quote:

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Some like to “humble brag” a distance:

Or a hardcore race:

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Or a killer elevation profile they’ve tackled:

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While others just want to share the landscape of their favourite running route with the world:

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Some like to display their spirit animals:

And finally, some of us are just plain honest about runners’ love-hate relationship with running:

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1 COMMENT

  1. All this tattoo arts are from overseas, namely US. it will be good to showcase some of out local tattoo artist works.
    Any local tattoo artist does all this?

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