No More Ink, No More Bad Handwriting In The Open Water

No More Ink, No More Bad Handwriting In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Besides getting stung by jellyfish and wiping off lanolin after a race, getting off the big black inky numbers from your shoulders, hands and wrists is always a hassle.

Do you use rubbing alcohol or just lots of soap? Scrub, scrub, scrub? Just wait?

Sportstiks® of Essex in the east of England has a solution. It has developed the next generation of body marking for the open water world. Sportstiks® Tattoos solves identification issues for open water swimmers, stand-up paddlers, surfers, body surfers, kayakers and triathletes who compete in the water.

The tattoos are easy to put on and remove. They are easy to see in the water by officials, the media, safety personnel, photographers and volunteers. With the clearly visible numbers, athletes in the water are identified easily by spotters and the race announcer.

Traditional pen marking is time consuming, not always clear, gives no opportunity for sponsorship and can come off even before the athlete gets in the water if they use sunscreen, lotions or creams on their skin.

In tests in a pool and ocean in Southern California, the Sportstiks® Tattoos were easy to apply and most definitely had a professional look that is above and beyond handwritten numbers and even better than stamped numbers.

By combining the numbers with a sponsor or race logo, the Sportstiks® Tattoos have greater value to a race director.

Importantly, the Sportstiks® Tattoos move with your body as you swim and move through the water. The numbers in black can be outlined in white so the numbers are visible on athletes of any skin complexion. And for those of the neoprene persuasion, the Tattoos can event be applied to wetsuits and rash guards.

Post-race, the Tattoos are easily and quickly removed with baby oil. Easy on, easy to read, easy off.

Sportstiks® Tattoos have been used at running races, open water swims from South Africa to Great Britain, and triathlons…and will undoubtedly be more visible along the coastlines and seashores in your area soon.

Photos of the Sportstiks taken at the Nelson Mandela Bay swim in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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Steven Munatones