Tuesday, November 20, 2007

'Inka, inka, bottle of ink'

There have been some interesting stories recently about marathon runners. The world-class champion who trained through pregnancy and won a race shortly after giving birth is an extreme story. People who bitch and moan because they can’t wear iPods at official marathons is a ridiculous story. I’m not pregnant but I can relate to the iPod squad.

I jog about 20 miles a week, so I’m certainly not a marathon-grade athlete, nor do I aspire to be. It’s just a nice break from cycling everyday. Sometimes I go without the iPod and sometimes I throw in the ear buds and go. Without the music I tend to think a lot more than with the music. No major decisions are made on these jogs. I might decide what to bake, what I’m going to do this weekend — stuff like that. Normal stuff. Mundane.

My brain works differently when the iPod is added to the equation. I can’t deny the motivation I get from the music. Case in point: Today’s soundtrack was a smattering of ’90s heroes. Jane’s Addiction (“motherf**kin' took the pain. “) and Rage Against the Machine (“anger is a gift”) songs kept me going and the time and my pace sped up ... and stupid stuff sped through my brain.

Here’s what I thought about today: Worst tattoos on a ’90s era rocker. Sure there are plenty to choose from: Lollapalooza artists, Lillith Fair types, East Bay hood rats, Southern rappers, etc.

I have plenty of arguments for these poorly tatted rockers — embarrassingly too many , actually. So I won’t give you my thoughts quite yet. Instead, I’d like to hear what y’all think. I encourage you to register your opinions in the comments section. I look forward to hearing your opinions. I’ll register my thoughts in a later post. Here are the top 3:

1. Tim Commerford (Rage and Audioslave bassist, aka Tim Bob, aka Tim C., Y. tim K. and tim.COM)

2. Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters and Nirvana)

3. Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls)

Let the debate begin ...


Collin Quick said...

I'm a big fan (or lack thereof) of Chris Carrabba's ink. That Dashboard Confessional frontman most have gotten a lot of tears over the needle to the skin. http://www.buzzgigs.com/images/stories/dashboard1.jpg

Unknown said...

The bass player on one of Austin's fave groups, Timado, had some incredible ink. Heard he's added more since I last saw him play in the late '90s.

Robert Tracy said...

I'll give an honorable mention to Mr. Dashboard. I like how you can see the "humble beginnings" first tattoo on his left wrist (a way emo nautical star) lead into an intricate Japanese water sleeve — Kois for all the sad kids! More than anything, Carrabba just doesn't look right w/tats. But, then again, who am I to judge?