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kansaspatzer 36 ( +1 | -1 )
Chess tattoos I have a tattoo of a knight on my arm - the picture is in my profile.

I was wondering if anybody else had any or knew anybody who has any. I haven't come across anyone else but surely I'm not the only one.

I know somebody who got a certain poker hand (Jack-Ten) tattooed on his arm. I feel that mine is less "tacky", although people approach mine with mixed results.
ccmcacollister 54 ( +1 | -1 )
NO ... Dan, I have never seen or heard anyone actually having a Chess tattoo before, during my whole 35+ years around the tournament crowd. But now that you bring it up, I am a bit surprised to realize that. Perhaps it just doesn't come up during conversation, if not visibly displayed or noticeable.
Seems like an interesting idea & your Knight looks good ... maybe more players will go in for it if they see yours. Doesn't seem tacky at all to me. Personally, I see it as expressive Art, like the game itself.
Are you thinking of adding to the "set" ?
ionadowman 35 ( +1 | -1 )
Let's see... Knights on the upper arm ... right hand side black knight, so obviously the queen's knight. Another on the other arm is the king's knight. Place bishops on the shoulders, king on the left cheek, queen on the right, rooks on each forearm, a row of 8 pawns across the chest - and you'll always be ready for a game!

I hope i haven't sarted anything...
kansaspatzer 36 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks all. I don't think I'm getting any more chess tattoos - I'm studying to be a teacher and that is a profession that frowns on visible tattoos. I do want my next tattoo to probably deal with a Christian-related theme.

I do think that more players should get a chess tattoo. At the very least, it makes for an interesting conversation piece
tag1153 11 ( +1 | -1 )
wschmidt 16 ( +1 | -1 )
how about... a large chess board across one's back - maybe portraying the end position of of a famous game - a Morphy classic or a forced mate in 13? The possibilites are endless.
eqj2 13 ( +1 | -1 )
???????? tag1153 did you get a tat with my pic?
ionadowman 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Wha' hoppen?? ... That link posted by tag1153 leads to my profile....
tag1153 15 ( +1 | -1 )
eh? eqj2 - ???? huh??????

ion - ???? huh??????

The knight tat is about 3 years old....i got it after my first 4/4 performance OTB.....I have a few others as well, but surely will be banned for posting them:)

chessnovice 29 ( +1 | -1 )
... Tag's link merely links back to the page. The link goes back to the profile page of whoever clicks on it.

I'm sure he meant to link to his own profile:
eqj2 3 ( +1 | -1 )
Yep That is what happened.
heinzkat 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Does anyone else have a... GameKnot logo tattoo somewhere? Anyone? :)
ogedei 19 ( +1 | -1 )
I've always liked the idea of tattoos on the palms of your hands. I've recently considered getting the "with compensation" or even "white is slightly better" symbols done on my palms.
chessnovice 48 ( +1 | -1 )
... To answer the question, I don't think I could get a chess tattoo. I like the game, but not to that degree.

The only kind of tattoo I've considered getting is something along the lines that Tyler Florence (from Food Network) got. He says his favorite is this tattooed script that he got from a Buddhist monk. It sounds cool.

But then I figured that the ink probably has some kind of metal in it. If I ever have to undergo an MRI, I'd rather it be as painless as possible.
kansaspatzer 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Maybe Mike would give me a lifetime membership if I got the GK logo tattooed?

j/k. I like Gameknot, but not THAT much.
wschmidt 48 ( +1 | -1 )
My stepson is a tattoo artist at Denver's oldest tattoo shop. After reading this thread I asked him if he'd ever run across a chess related tattoo. He said no, but agreed that it was kind of surprising since chess piece iconograph is pretty interesting.
That was a few days ago. He came home from work yesterday and said someone had come in and asked for a large pawn on his back. Interesting timing and interesting choice of images.
And actually, this thread has got me thinking.....