Getting a Tattoo

Tattoos and working out have a lot in common. Both are a means of beautifying the body, both involve mental toughness (and can help develop that mindset) and both involve putting yourself through an ordeal in order to achieve a desired outcome. They can also both become a little addictive once you get going!

I got most of my tattoos during my teens and early twenties, but recently I was once again hit with the itch for some new ink. Since I already have script writing on my wrists and neck, I decided to get similar lettering on my ankles in order to tie it all together. I chose the words “Decision” and “Action” because that’s about as succinctly as I can sum up the formula for success. You have to follow through with your plans, otherwise they are totally useless. It’s good to be reminded of that, and now I will be every day.

New Tattoos and Working Out
Since this particular tattoo was relatively small, the healing process didn’t interrupt my workout regimen. However, other pieces that I’ve gotten have required a few days off from training (which is part of the reason why I’ve slowed down with acquiring new ink). Larger tattoos and those in sensitive areas (knees, ribs, elbows, etc.) tend to require the most rest time.

I get a lot of questions about my tattoos and the tattoo process, so I decided to bring my camera along with me and get a little footage during my recent appointment with one of NYC’s top ink-slingers, Alex Sherker of East Side Ink.

Watch the video below to see how it went:

6 thoughts on “Getting a Tattoo

  • By Mike Lieberman -

    Nice bro. Love the choices.

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks, Mike!  I considered a lot of different pairs of words before choosing these.

  • By ShavedApe -

    Love the tatts Al.  I know some people aren’t into them, and that’s fine, but put me in the category of liking them.  Your rock!

    I am curious to know what you recommend for people who are just starting training to lose weight yet who want to get a tattoo.  Should they wait until their goal has been reached before getting a tatt so that it won’t be distorted once their body changes in that area? 

    Same question for an area of the body that one wants to grow larger with muscle.  For instance, if one wants to get a tattoo on their bicep but they expect their biceps to be larger in a years time should they hold off on getting some ink there? 

    In short, how does the effects of working out/exercise affect the skin in relation to tattoos?

    Again, love the tatts!  You and Danny are walking works of art.  BTW, have you thought of getting the words “We’re Working Out!” as a tattoo?  Now that would be cool! 😀

    • By Al Kavadlo -


      If you want to get a tattoo, go for it!  You don’t have to wait til you lose weight/gain muscle before you get work done.  Unless the tat is right in the middle of your stomach, it’s not going to stretch or shrink much and even then, you’d have to drastically change your body composition for the tat to warp.  Some people come up with all kinds of stupid reasons (excuses!) to avoid doing just about anything.  Don’t be one of them.

      And yes, I have considered getting a “We’re Working Out!” tattoo.  Maybe after I sell my millionth book I’ll do so in order to commemorate that accomplishment!

  • By Jon Clingenpeel -

    Nice work on the ink!  All the ones I’ve gotten so far I have been able to workout around them with out any problems, its just the sweat thats the problems.  You just can’t wipe your self down as hard (found that out after my first one).

    • By Al Kavadlo -

      Thanks!  Almost every time I get a new tattoo I wind up forgetting it’s there for a second and do something like that.  When I got my left hand done I kept reaching into my pocket without thinking about it – ouch!

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