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Tanshanomi October 2, 2013 Quick Shifts 39 Comments


I have nothing against tattoos, but I have never gotten one myself because I am unsure if there is any affiliation so important, any statement so dear to me that I am sure I will wish to declare it to the world for the rest of my days. Perhaps my faith, my wife, my national citizenship come close.

Using my body as a billboard to advocate a particular method of valve actuation? That would be a bit farther down on my list of lifelong priorities.

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  1. Prince Halibrand says:

    O. M. G.

  2. Scandinavian Flick ★ says:


  3. $kaycog says:


  4. Irishzombieman☆ says:

    The motivation behind these is simple brand identification–it's just a complicated way to have the word "Ducati" writ permanently on you, like something you have done to join a club or something. The fact that these three are identical makes me wonder if the original pic is floating on a forum page somewhere.

    As a technical writer and illustrator, I gotta say this cutaway, scale-accurate V-engine is more my speed.

    <img src="http://www.brandpowder.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/flat-belly.jpg&quot; width=400>

  5. Alff says:

    Odds are, you're eventually going to experience valve slap.

  6. Rust-MyEnemy says:

    I have a Firebird screaming chicken tattoo on my left upper arm. I can think of nothing more fitting for an Englishman who has never driven a Pontiac in his entire life. Je ne regrette rien.

    If it was on my arse I may have grown a little less fond of it.

  7. Van_Sarockin says:

    Yes We Cam!

  8. Slow_Joe_Crow says:

    I've seen BMW Boxer tattoos and in something worthy of a Bike Snob screed, i saw a guy on a club ride with a Specialized Bicycles logo tattooed on his calf. Personally I don't really get the attraction of tattoos, plus you can't be buried in Jewish cemetery with a tattoo.

  9. smalleyxb122 says:

    I actually like it, and think that it makes a great tattoo. If it weren't so identifiable with a particular brand, I'd consider it for its mechanical ingenuity. My next tattoo is going to be something mechanical; It just won't be something so specific. This is just a little too close to getting a corporate logo as a tattoo, and I'm not going to ever do that.

  10. Kris_01 says:

    <img src="http://royalscotsgrey.com/images/deltic-lo.gif"&gt;

    Napier Deltic diesel. I win.

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