Spend five months trekking a long trail, and it’ll leave a mark on you— sometimes literally. These three thru-hikers commemorated their achievements by getting inked.
Pat “Hudson” Young
“My tattoo is a completion pose,” says Hudson. “After each hike, I raise my hickory sticks to recreate the AT symbol.”
Clint “Lint” Bunting
“Instead of carrying maps, I could rely on my map tattoos to guide me,” says Lint. “Well, maybe.”
Evans “Jukebox” Prater
During Jukebox’s trek in 2014, 2,185.3 was the magic number: the mileage of the Appalachian Trail. Hikers today have to walk about four miles farther.
Jodi “Snake Jumper” Pudwill
Snake Jumper’s son, tattoo artist Michael Olson, created her distinctive ink.
mount_ inspiration Asheville, NC
hudson_ hikes Sharon, CT
snakejumper Las Vegas, NV
Lint_ Hikes Ashland, OR