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 Post subject: Crazy Trackables!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:54 pm 
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Some of you may have seen trackable tattoos along your journey. If you haven't yet, check out Trackable Tattoos – Never Lost for pics and a video about a military EOD specialist and avid cacher who got one.

But I just stumbled across something even crazier:

The Mark Of The Geocacher (the world's first subcutaneous TB)

Well, I'm in the process of finalizing my own designs for a forearm tattoo that will include a TB and highlight all the places I've been in the world, so I'll be one of the crazy ones soon :D I just need to find an artist who excels at line-work and save up the money to do it.

If anyone has a trackable tattoo, feel free to share pics and a link to the artist who did it for you!

Anyone else find a unique or off-the-wall trackable lately?

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 Post subject: Re: Crazy Trackables!
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The only cacher that has a trackable tattoo that I am aware of is eotwp out of New Jersey. He's a fan of Jim Henson's animal which is featured as a part of his tattoo, pathtag, and everything else geocaching. Here's a link to his trackable tattoo's page. http://www.geocaching.com/track/gallery.aspx?ID=3955129

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 Post subject: Re: Crazy Trackables!
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Be the Bug! I believe you discovered my trackable tatt at the MGS meet the officers event. Here's a link to the page, where you can find a photo (I could;'t figure out how to post a photo here):

http://coord.info/TBQ422

A note on trackable tattoo photos: there has been much churn on them on the Groundspeak forums. They get discovered virtually quite a bit once a photo is posted on the web, and that bothers some folks. According to Groundspeak guidelines, you should not post a photo containing the trackable number of ANY trackable anywhere, but particularly on your trackable's page on Groundspeak. They can and have terminated the listing of trackables in the past because of this.

That being said I believe that have relaxed this policy with regard to trackable tattoos. You really have no control who takes a photo of your tatt, other than not exposing it at all, which pretty much misses the point. Once a photo has been taken, you have absolutely no control over what the photographer does with it. The latest cacher to discover Zeke's Leech is a Czech who discovered it two days ago on the web, as he or she lists in the log. I was here in Maryland at the time. Doesn't really bother me at all, discovery is harmless and meaningless fun really. Just be prepared for that if you get ink of your own....

One broader issue is that folks who discover trackables rarely read the page of the trackables they discover, and thus have no idea of the goal of that trackable. Zeke's Leech is a great example; read his goal, then look at the gallery.....

Zeke's Leech was my fourth tatt, and it was done at Ghost Town Tattoos in Elicott City, the only ink I've had done in Maryland thus far. Great shop, I'd definitely go back there for more work.

There are other locals who have trackable tatts. BoneCollector (who has since changed his caching handle) has a nice forearm one, he lives down around Annapolis. GoGoGranny, up in Pennsylvania is a lovely grandmother with a trackable tatt on her shin. I know we met another person at the Maryland Municipal League kick-off event in Greenbelt a couple years back, but I'm afraid his name is lost to me.

Keep in mind that if you want to do the line based bug silhouette it will have to be pretty big or the lines will run together over time.

Best of luck with your own trackable taft, I look forward to seeing what you come up with. There is likely to be a meeting gathering of those with trackable ink at Geowoodstock.....


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 Post subject: Re: Crazy Trackables!
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If I remember correctly, CodyHollowFarm has a trackable tattoo on her ankle...? I took a photo years ago for the Scavenger Hunt cache http://coord.info/GC1NGB8 ... that requirement also allows trackable t-shirts, which I think are more common.

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 Post subject: Re: Crazy Trackables!
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Seanchim has a trackable tattoo also on his leg.


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 Post subject: Re: Crazy Trackables!
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Sue-Cat wrote:
If I remember correctly, CodyHollowFarm has a trackable tattoo on her ankle...? I took a photo years ago for the Scavenger Hunt cache http://coord.info/GC1NGB8 ... that requirement also allows trackable t-shirts, which I think are more common.


She does have a trackable tattoo on her ankle, bunnies with a TB number. http://coord.info/TB1RKE6

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 Post subject: Re: Crazy Trackables!
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Be the Bug! I believe you discovered my trackable tatt at the MGS meet the officers event. Here's a link to the page, where you can find a photo (I could;'t figure out how to post a photo here):

http://coord.info/TBQ422


Zekester!

I've thought about the fact that people will want to take photos of it and those photos could end up on the interwebs. I will politely ask people not to take photos, but if it ends up online anyway, it won't bother me because I'm proud of the design I created :]

I have noticed that most cachers don't seem to read trackable descriptions and such, which is unfortunate because I definitely put a lot of thought into mine. I've had trackables where I wanted photos of where they'd been but never got any, so I just revised the goal. I wish people took more time to take pics of where trackables have been, like this one: http://coord.info/TLAJBNXR

I saw your tatt at the MGS Meet the Officers event and took a photo to log when I got home, but have never posted it anywhere. By the time I got home to discover all the trackables I saw, I noticed you wanted a photo of it with cachers, and it was too late by then. But the next time we meet, let's take another photo and edit out the code so we can add it to your gallery!

I'm hoping to get the design finalized and the available funds by the time it's our 5-year caching-versary in April, so I should have it by the time of GeoWoodstock and the last Geocaching Block Party (if I can make it).

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 Post subject: Re: Crazy Trackables!
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While I thought I should make you aware of the photo issue, I would not sweat it too much. People routinely take photos of trackables at this point, you see it all the time at events, with photos of car stickers, name tags, and TB tags left on the trade table. This is the unintended consequence of Groundspeak creating a "discovery" option for TBs. In my mind, it very much waters down the whole TB experience, because it encourages a sort of half-way participation. I can discover the bug, but that does nothing for the TB or the TB owner to help it move along or help with its goal (unless the goal is to be discovered). Like much else in the hobby, there are those who like TBs and have fun with them, and there are those who despise them and will have nothing to do with them. For those in-between the extremes, I guess discovery offers something of a middle ground, but as the owner of hundreds of bugs, I have to say it is more annoying than useful from the owner's perspective.

Just one point of view.

Thus far your discussion of crazy trackables has been focused on tats and other body modifications. There are variety of odd objects out there that one would not immediately think of to employ as a trackable. As you have met Lana, I am sure you know what I mean. No doubt there will be many to see at Geowoodstock (we are accumulating/creating a variety of them to deposit there ourselves). Lana, our harpoon, and one of our bowling balls will be at the WVTim seminar event this coming Saturday. You never know what else might show up....


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 Post subject: Re: Crazy Trackables!
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I've mostly found Travel Bugs and Geocoins, but a few of them have been attached to the weirdest objects!

Two trackables I wish I were able to find when I was in MS (claim to be the two of the heaviest trackables in the world):

Gravity's Rainbow Hot Air Balloon
115#/yard

And let's not forget... the pickle bucket. Stinky Pickle Pail!

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