Is a 43 year old man too old to be considering getting a tattoo (or in my case, another tattoo)?

About 13 years ago or so, I got my first ink … an abstract of a cyclist on my right leg, just above the ankle. It’s an abstract of a cyclist, leaning hard into a corner. The concept was based on the Tour de France logo from the 1980s, but played with in Illustrator and PhotoShop so that it wasn’t exactly the same.

Of course, it’s faded a lot over the years, but can be seen on my Facebook profile.

But I’ve been considering getting more ink for quite some time, and I’m really starting to get the jones to put myself through some pain again. I think a big part of it is because (if all goes to plan financially), I’ll be travelling to L.A. to see some old friends this summer, one of whom was with me when I got the first tattoo.

The designs I’m considering are as follows, in no particular order:

round_vlaamseleeuw

flemish-lion

vlaamseleeuw_large

I’m not exactly sure where I originally found the first design, but the middle design is the lion from the official Flag of Flanders. The third design should be more familiar from the shield logo that I’ve chosen to associate with my site, and from an older Flag of Flanders that in more recent years grew to be associated with a far-right Flemish nationalist political party in Belgium, but has also been the lion most closely associated with the Flemish flags being waved at various cycling races over the years.

Now, when I lived in Belgium, I lived in a commune called Sint-Genesius-Rode (in Flemish) or Rhode-Saint-Genèse (in French), in the province of Vlaams Brabant/Brabant Flamand; but in the arrondisement of Hal-Vilvoorde, which is technically bilingual. We lived in a French-speaking neighborhood.

Now, from a cycling perspective, my loyalties lie absolutely with the Flemish riders, the hard men who win races like the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix (a French race won by Belgians on more than half of its runnings). On the other hand, I’ve chosen as my nom-du-blog “Flahute”, which was the French word for these riders, and French was the language I learned primarily in school both before and after moving there. Flemish/Dutch, what little I speak and read, was picked up after my return to the United States, after I truly got bit by the cycling bug.

This being the case, I feel like I should not limit myself to just the Flemish lion (the vlaamse leeuw) … the Walloon rooster (the coq hardi or “bold rooster”) suits me as well; for there are two more Belgian Classics run in Wallonia as well; Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Flèche-Wallonne (the Walloon “arrow”).

Plus, I kind of like the idea of asking people if they want to see my cock … so the following design appeals to me as well; I’ve often thought about the lion on one shoulder/bicep and the rooster on the other.

walloon-rooster

Or perhaps, the lion chasing the rooster … about to catch and and eat it …

lion_rooster

What to do, what to do?