With regards to the ambition of competitive bodybuilding, I'm a late starter.
I might not have what it takes, I definitely will never be Mr. O. Hell, I'll never even be top 10 of the Amateur Arnold Classic.
I may not even place in a local judging. To me it doesn't matter. I just want to dedicate myself to competitive bodybuilding on any level, be the best bodybuilder I can be, and perhaps be recognised for it on some scale. I plan to do my first competition in 3-4 years. Perhaps 2 if I develop well.
My question is, since I was 17 I've been getting tattooed (5 years ago, way before I got into BB). I am now somewhat heavily tattooed. The Only regard in which I regret my tattoos is how they now inhibit my chance for success in competition. If I could get rid of them for the sake of competing then it would be an easy choice, but surgery for that amount of tattoos would be ridiculously expensive.
My left arm is practically solid with dark designs from the shoulder down. (Nothing on the delt)
The left side of my torso (armpit to waist) is heavily tattooed with a large piece, my right arm has a few pieces on it (also nothing on the delt).
My chest has some unfinished outlines of a pretty big piece which is shaded solid between the pecs.
I am naturally dark in complexion. Being half Turkish, I can almost achieve what most would consider a decent "stage colour" completely naturally if I tan for long enough (I never get sunburned). With a spray tan, I'd look even darker, obviously.
If I were to apply tan accelerators and tan as much as is (safely) possible do you think it would fade (and obviously damage) the tattoos to an extent where they would be less vibrant, or at least be much less visible when I am tanned and sprayed? It will obviously still affect striations and therefore judging, but would the difference be dramatic enough where they are perhaps hardly noticable?
I'm aware that up against another competitor with identical size and cuts I'd lose out with tattoos. But is my suggested method something to think about?
Please give me guidance (and perhaps, a glimmer of hope ) if you can.