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105+ Ironman Tattoo Ideas to Commemorate Your Impressive Feat!

by sharmaine

From the minimalistic M dot design to creative logo creations, there are many Ironman tattoos for you to choose from!

I have tattooed a few Ironman tattoos during my career and I am always in awe of these incredible people! I love to listen to their stories of endurance and determination - I always walk away with a bit more confidence myself!

In this post, I will introduce you to the top Ironman tattoo ideas so that you can decide which one is right for you.

The Best Ironman Tattoo Ideas

Here are the top Ironman tattoo ideas that you should consider for yourself:

Simple M Dot Tattoos

One of the more common Ironman tattoo ideas is the M Dot tattoo. This is because it is the logo for the Ironman race. As an added bonus, this logo stands for strength and endurance.

Simple M Dot Shading Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Bike Chain Tattoo

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Some people consider calf Ironman triathlon tattoos a tradition. So, if you want to fit in with the triathlon community, then getting this tattoo here is a good idea.

Simple M Dot Calf Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Iron Man Tattoo

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If you want a simple or a more classic M Dot tattoo, then you can stick to the original design. In case you want to keep the Ironman tattoo really minimalistic, you can simply have a black outline.

Simple M Dot Sticker Tattoo

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Red Simple M Dot Tattoo

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In case you want a more realistic Ironman tattoo, then you can get it done in red. Check out some of these Ironman tattoos that you can get for yourself:

Simple M Dot Brasil Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Shoulder Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Dream Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Fresh Ink Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Half Ironman Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Fine Line Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Arm Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Arizona 2019 Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Flower Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Postureo Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Pedal Core Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Hardcore Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Louisville Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Red Lines Tattoos

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Simple M Dot Verse Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Anything Is Possible Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Fresh Blood Tattoo

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Simple M Dot Fitness Tattoo

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If you would like to personalize your Ironman triathlon tattoo a bit more, then you might want to consider adding a few details about your race to the Iron man tattoo. For instance, you can include the place, your timing, and maybe even the date.

Tribal M Dot Tattoos

Now, as you may be aware, the birthplace of the Ironman triathlon is Hawaii. And, for some people, it can still be considered the official site of the Ironman triathlon.

If you fall into this category or have completed the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii, then you may want to honor certain elements of the state or the culture.

Tribal M Dot Black Background Tattoo

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In this case, you may want to consider getting a tribal tattoo based on the Polynesian designs. Now, you should be mindful that these designs are an important and sacred part of Hawaiian culture.

Tribal M Dot Cover Up Tattoo

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So, you shouldn't get them lightly. Be certain that you appreciate the meaning and significance of the designs before you get leg Ironman triathlon tattoos, chest Ironman triathlon tattoos, forearm Ironman triathlon tattoos, or back Ironman triathlon tattoos.

Red Simple M Dot Tattoo

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For these kinds of Ironman tattoo ideas, it is a good idea to do your research. If you have the opportunity, speak to a native Hawaiian about the importance of such Ironman tattoos. This way, you can appreciate the full weight of this kind of Ironman tattoo.

Tribal M Dot Black Works Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Tattoos

Do you want to take your Ironman logo to the next level? Well, then you are in luck because there are so many different Ironman tattoo ideas for you to choose from here!

Now, if you still want to adhere to tradition a little bit, then you can get calf Ironman triathlon tattoos or leg Ironman triathlon tattoos.

Creative M Dot Landscape Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Calf Tattoo

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Apart from this, there are plenty of ways to put a new spin on your Ironman tattoo.

One cool idea would be to get the background of where each segment of the race took place. This can work well if the location was especially scenic.

Creative M Dot Texas Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Fine Line Tattoo

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Are you someone who has done many different Ironman triathlon competitions and around the world too? If so, you can get an Ironman tattoo for each Ironman race. And, you can get the flag of each location inked on different Ironman tattoos.

Even if you have only completed one Ironman triathlon, you may want to consider getting your home country flag inked on you.

Creative M Dot Love Nature Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Muscle Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Dynamic Tattoo

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Another great way to commemorate your Ironman triathlon race, is to get the logo of each segment of the race inked on you. Therefore, you can have an image or a symbol to highlight the running, swimming, and cycling portion of the Ironman triathlon.

Creative M Dot Camouflage Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Alter Red State Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Iron Giant Tattoo

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If you really don't mind pushing the boundaries of Ironman tattoo ideas, then you may want to get the comic book Ironman inked inside the logo.

Not only is this a play on words, but such Ironman tattoos can also be a personal touch if you are a fan of the comics.

Creative M Dot Mark Texas Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Iron Man Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Flower Tattoo

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In short, there are so many different ways to make this kind of Ironman tattoo work for you. So, make sure to sit down and speak to your tattoo artist about the kind of Ironman triathlon tattoo you want to get.

Creative M Dot Marvel Tattoo

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Black Ink Creative M Dot Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Train Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Barbarian Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Back Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Ankle Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Wyn Republic Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Black Widow Tattoo

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Fusion Ink Creative M Dot Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Runners World Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Mountain Tattoo

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Fusion Ink Creative M Dot Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Battle Ship Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Train Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Bridge Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Eye Tattoo

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Creative M Dot Blood Drop Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo Tattoos

M Dot tattoos can be rather common in the Ironman triathlon world. Due to this, you may be looking for something a little different with your Ironman tattoo ideas.

Black Works Triathlon Logo Tattoo

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In this case, you can consider the unofficial logo for triathlons. This is an image for swimming, cycling, and running.

This kind of Ironman tattoo is a great idea if you tend to participate in a lot of different triathlons and not just the Ironman triathlon competition.

Triathlon Logo Leg Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo Heart Beat Tattoo

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One of the things that I love about Ironman triathlon tattoos such as these is that there is just so much of option to be creative here.

Now, if you are considering forearm Ironman triathlon tattoos, then you are going to want a smaller tattoo. In this instance, you may want to get outlines that look like a stick figure running, swimming, and cycling.

Colorful Triathlon Logo Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo Arm Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo Bike Gear Tattoo

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If you are considering chest Ironman triathlon tattoos or back Ironman triathlon tattoos, then you have the option to go a little bigger and even maybe a little bolder with your design.

In this case, why not consider a more colorful Ironman tattoo. Get your triathlon tattoo done in watercolors with one segment of the Ironman triathlon race trailing the other.

Triathlon Logo Atomic Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo New Ink Tattoo

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Minimalist Triathlon Logo Tattoo

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If you don't want your Ironman tattoo to look too obvious, then you may want to think about getting a more abstract Ironman triathlon tattoo design.

Triathlon Logo Anything Is Possible Tattoo

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Black And Grey Triathlon Logo Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo Kentucky Tattoo

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Now, with this kind of Ironman tattoo, you can incorporate the landscape of the Ironman triathlon into the tattoo as well. It can help to add a more personal touch to your Ironman triathlon tattoo.

Watercolor Triathlon Logo Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo Chest Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo Never Give Up Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo Arm Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo Leg Tattoo

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Triathlon Logo Fine Line Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Tattoos

Now, the image of someone running, swimming, and cycling in an Ironman tattoo can feel a little too structured or formulaic for some. You may want a triathlon tattoo that is a little bit more organic.

Abstract Triathlon Symbol Tattoo

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In this case, you can consider symbols for your Ironman triathlon. As with other Ironman tattoos, the symbols will be indicative of the various legs of the Ironman triathlon race.

Triathlon Symbol Shoes Tattoo

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For instance, instead of a figure swimming in your Ironman tattoo, you can have waves. And, instead of running figures for the Ironman triathlon running portion, you can have footprints in your Ironman tattoo.

Triathlon Symbol Ink Up Tattoo

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Capturing the cycling section of the Ironman can be a little trickier. Most people choose the front derailleur as a symbol for the bicycle for the Ironman tattoo.

Triathlon Symbol Rook Wave Tattoo

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Now, keep in mind that these ideas for Ironman tattoos are just suggestion. It is up to you to decide which symbol works best for each leg of the Ironman triathlon for your Ironman tattoo.

Triathlon Symbol Chain Tattoo

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Keep in mind that you can get as creative as you want with your Ironman tattoo. And, you can also feel free to add in elements that were specific to your Ironman triathlon. This can be a great way to make your Ironman tattoo feel a great deal more special.

Triathlon Symbol Sprocket Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Villian Art Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Chinese Dragon Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Sport Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Calf Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Apprentice Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Solid Ink Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Wave Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Running Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Fine Line Tattoo

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Triathlon Symbol Black Works Tattoo

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Minimalist Triathlon Symbol Tattoo

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Realistic Ironman Tattoos

Another cool Ironman tattoo idea to commemorate your Ironman triathlon could be to get more realistic designs.

In this case, the figures in the Ironman tattoos resemble humans a bit more. Now, it is up to you to determine just how much detail to add to the figures in your Ironman tattoo.

Realistic Ironman Water Ford Tattoo

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Therefore, you can get an Ironman triathlon tattoo that is quite complex and highly detailed. You can also get an Ironman triathlon tattoo that has a few more abstract elements to it.

Of course, the people shouldn't be the only element of the Ironman triathlon tattoo that you should focus on.

Realistic Ironman Black And Grey Tattoo

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If you really want to make your Ironman triathlon tattoo pop, then you should pay just as much attention to the background. Consider all the details that you can add to the Ironman triathlon tattoo to really capture your experience.

Realistic Ironman Leg Tattoo

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You can consider images from the different segments of the Ironman triathlon race. Or, you can convey emotion with the help of vibrant colors in your Ironman triathlon tattoo.

Black Works Realistic Ironman Tattoo

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A lot of these Ironman triathlon tattoos are based on men. So, if you are a woman, feel free to add elements to your Ironman triathlon tattoo to make it your own!

Realistic Ironman Running Man Tattoo

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Realistic Ironman Colorful Tattoo

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Realistic Ironman Ink Addict Tattoo

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Realistic Ironman Nadador Tattoo

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Realistic Ironman Calf Tattoo

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Realistic Ironman Sports Tattoo

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Fine Line Realistic Ironman Tattoo

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Sugar Skull Ironman Tattoos

If you want a really unique Ironman tattoo, then you should consider sugar skull Ironman tattoos. Here, you incorporate the symbols of the Ironman triathlon into the sugar skull design.

This is a great Ironman triathlon tattoo to consider if you have a personal connection to or appreciation for the Day of the Dead tradition.

Sugar Skull Ironman Leg Tattoo

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As I mentioned, this can be a pretty unique Ironman triathlon tattoo concept. Due to this, you should check out the triathlon tattoos in this section for inspiration.

What is cool about these Ironman triathlon tattoos is there is so much attention to detail here. The symbols of the Ironman triathlon and the sugar skull are woven together seamlessly.

Black Works Sugar Skull Ironman Tattoo

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Due to this, you really have to take a closer look at the tattoo to see all the elements of the Ironman triathlon included in it.

This is a great tattoo option for anyone who doesn't want the Ironman triathlon to be the sole focus of the tattoo design.

What is the Ironman Tattoo Tradition?

Well, some people who complete this race will get a multi-sport specific tattoo. This Ironman triathlon tattoo is usually placed on the calf. The tattoo design consists of a logo that is known as M dot - this is where a dot is placed above the letter M. This logo is typically in bright red.

It is meant to represent strength and endurance, key requirements for successfully completing the competition. And, so, your Ironman tattoo shows all that you have accomplished.

This Iron man tattoo can also be a way to honor the people who started the race - Navy Commander John Collins and his wife Judy - all those decades ago.

After completing an Ironman triathlon, you deserve to take things a little easy. This is why I compiled a wide variety of Ironman tattoo ideas for you to choose from. It doesn't matter if you are looking for something simple, complex, or meaningful, you can find all the Ironman tattoos that you need right here!

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