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-- Two contests by Stan McQuay, one without coverup/makeup and one with coverup/makeup.

In March (without)




In April (with)


 

muscle_n_blood

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When I started getting tattoos I never thought I would walk onto a bodybuilding stage. The scarring thickens the skin a bit, and the whole deal blurs striations no matter how lean you are. I never found any tan or coverup that would completely fix this. My right delt shows striation/separation well. My left, heavily tattooed, is slightly bigger and stronger, but no where near as detailed.
 

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See too many tats when I judged, you can't see the muscles well.
 

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A lot of competitors at the boards have tattoos. I guess they never thought there would be a problem when on stage.
 

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that used to be a thing. bodybuilders dont get tattoos. suddenly every bodybuilder is covered. maybe they should have tattoo and posing competitions? jk
everyone is a badass nowadays
 

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Wow. Is it just me or is this guy not posing backside in the mirror?
Rear delts really needed focus on before getting on stage.
I ain't half this shape but I know if I can't place in the top 5. I am not going on stage.
Also I can understand the need to tan but I can not tell if it's tattoo, cover up, tanning or a tan line lol.
 

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I started getting tattoos at the end of my competitive career. More specifically started in my final year and by my final show I had two full sleeves of awesomeness completed. I already had that mind set I was hanging it up so it didn’t make a difference to me. And after my chest and back followed lol. It definitely takes away some of the details in the muscle.
 

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This is a great post as I have always wanted my back tattooed. I agree tattoos can make muscles look flatter unfortunately.
 

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Perhaps hurts the definition/detail...but outside of the IFBB stage it looks badass and in today’s world of “insta stars” where you’re showing off for people who don’t know jack - it doesn’t even matter. In fact I think the tats help.
NBD for strength competitions/strongman or powerlifting.
But then again those guys don’t get shredded, counter productive for those sports
 
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It seems like half my gym has got at least 1 full sleeve. Girls and guys. I got tattoos but im old and i got most of mine when i was a drummer in a punk rock band lol
 

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It really just comes down to personal opinion I think.
Personally I think no tattoos on stage is the way to go as the muscles are the "art work".
Outside a stage I think a big MOFO with tattoos has a certain edge to it that without them just isn't achieved, given the tattoos aren't some gay barbwire pussy band that is, and actually suit the individual.
 

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Shrug. Full sleeve + other delt.
I'll be going for a lot more, as will the wife.

I love it. Wife loves it. Nothing else matters.

I am not a top level competitor where my pro card or Olympia finish could be in jeopardy because of tattooed skin.
 

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Shrug. Full sleeve + other delt.
I'll be going for a lot more, as will the wife.

I love it. Wife loves it. Nothing else matters.

I am not a top level competitor where my pro card or Olympia finish could be in jeopardy because of tattooed skin.
I'm with you.
Full right sleeve and chest.
Left forearm gauntlet.
left shoulder.
will be getting my left shoulder chest done soon.
Wife is also tatt'd and will be getting more as well.
we love it.
that's all that matters.
 

MuscleEngineer

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Ive got quite a bit of ink but i do sometimes wish i had none so that i had a "cleaner" look to my physique. With that said, there is not a single tattoo on my body that i would sacrifice just to see more definition and because i have no intention of getting on stage it's not a real issue . I agree that it can take away from the stage presentation of one's physique and i think they should be covered up for the stage and any loss in detail from having to add tattoo cover up make-up should just be the cost of choosing to get tatted up as a competitor.

Again, nothing against tattoo's as i have plenty and plan on more.
 

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What if I tattoo some abs, veins and striations? Fuck, don't need to cut anymore :D
 

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I got my front neck done so I wouldn't hide muscle, I love it tho !
 
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