I'd like you to meet Luke & Cristian from the Mongol Rally 2012 team Proverbial Dogooders. These two cheeky rapscallions have a rampant enthusiasm for mischief that led to them being arrested three times before they left Europe; mostly for being drunk or naked, or both. They've also done unspeakable things with urinal cakes but this blog is not the place for that.
This blog is about how they came to tattoo an enormous Mongol Rally 2012 logo on their arse-cheek and calf respectively. To complement the logo, permanently inked into their bodies for all time, they added their team name atop the insignia and under it the phrase 'FUCK YEAH JOOLZ'. My name is Joolz. Here's how it all came about...
I met the lads on a beach in Vama Veche, Romania, the morning after the huge party laid on in honour of another Mongol Rally team; The Fire Fairies. We got to talking about the various exploits of Ralliers over the years and who had been awarded the title of 'properly nuts' or similar.
I told the chaps that the 2012 title of 'biggest mentalist' was still to be claimed by someone with large enough Kahunas and low enough decorum.
Shortly after that a can of pepper spray was procured from somewhere and Cristian volunteered to test the effectiveness of the capsicum spay. Fortunately there was someone responsible at hand to assist with the experiment and ensure that the proper effects could be documented in an objective manner.
Sadly the beach was rather windy and the technician overseeing the experiment received a significant dose of the irritant to his own face and eyes, but this adds credibility to our findings as we now benefit from a second opinion. The conclusion of the experiment is that pepper spray hurts your eyes and a liberal application of beer is a suitable antidote.
Mongol Rally tattoos
Luke & Cristian weren't happy to leave their bid for infamy there though. They wanted to cement their place in the hall of fame with a legacy that would last more than a year; so they matched the ultimate badge of pride, the Mongol Rally tattoo, with their team name 'Proverbial Dogooders' and the inspiring slogan "Fuck Yeah Joolz".
I for one think everyone should get one. Sadly the Turkish tattoist didin't have the best grasp of the English language so the legend reads "PROVERDIAL DOOGOODERS". Far from detracting from the splendour of the artwork I think it adds a little something.
The Making Of...
Cristian looking happy after ink had been applied to cheek
Luke managing to not wince as the tattoo is inked on to his calf
In their own words this is what happened:
"Basically me and my friend met Joolz in Vama Veche, Romania. And he said we were crazy, and we said the craziest? He said top 5, so we had to be the best. So we got drunk in Istanbul and came up with the idea. Plus this trip is the most amazing thing we have ever done ever."
So there you have it, the most recent and possibly the finest example of an Adventurists tattoo. Cristian and Luke, we salute you.
Have you got an Adventurists tattoo or a tattoo inspired by or procured on one of your adventures? Let us know in the comments, and why not add a link to a picture if you have one.