Anytime Fitness pays for employees to be tattooed with company logo; 1,200 have done it

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Anytime Fitness via Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
An Anytime franchise owner shows off his tattoo of the company's logo.
Are you a fan of tattoos (especially free ones) and looking for work? Then Anytime Fitness might be the employer for you.

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According to a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal report, the Hastings-based company pays for employees to be tattooed with its "running man" logo, and more than 1,200 have taken advantage of the offer.

An ABC report provides some background:
Founder and CEO Chuck Runyon said the tattoo phenomenon started nine years ago at an Anytime Fitness conference in St. Paul. An owner of one of the gyms said he wanted to get the company logo tattooed on him, and Runyon said he would reimburse him.

Anyone, including employees, can now get reimbursed by the company for a logo tattoo if they submit a photo of the tattoo and describe why they wanted the tattoo. The tattoos typically cost around $100, Runyon said.
"As much as it symbolizes the brand, it's not about us," Runyon told ABC. "I think they're thankful we helped them get [the tattoos], but it's really about them."

That's cool and all, but being adorned with Anytime's logo might turn out to be problematic if LA Fitness calls offering a better job, right?

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41 comments
Josiah McGee
Josiah McGee

Screw this company they are liars. Told me I could cancel my membership at any time only to find out I was locked into a contract. This is just a sign of how desperate this company is for memberships. Go to one of the non contract monthly gyms.

Sarah Biloon
Sarah Biloon

Reime and Chelsea i tattooed that logo 4 months ago and then i recently covered it up because she was fired! and she got 17 of them going up her leg!

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Why not just give all their employees a free $100? and skip the tattoo?

Reime Jahr
Reime Jahr

Lol Chelsea I thought about it and said 'nope' bc our logo starting to look a bit like an 'e-cig' logo, and I'm sure it won't be long before someone offers that, either.

Chelsea Louviere
Chelsea Louviere

Yes, but I also work for a tattoo shop. So does Reime Jahr! :p

John Ellickson
John Ellickson

Perhaps if my FULL pension and our union were reinstated, I might get small one where only my wife could see it as I was walking bare assed away at home...

Jason McCain
Jason McCain

I didn't go that far but I got a LA Fitness logo fade on the side of my head because I liked the logo. Anytime logo not so much. Never would I get someone else's company tattoo free or not. Because it's permanent.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Pathetic, but considering I have personally seen two people with Apple tattoos that say "Think Different" I wouldn't say I am surprised. 

Some people should put a picture of the tattoo they want somewhere they will see it daily to determine if its really something they want for life. 

Jessica Maria Hakala
Jessica Maria Hakala

I would get a temporary one made and then submit a picture of that just to get the money.

Hunter S. Chompson
Hunter S. Chompson

Do I continue to receive a paycheck from them when I'm employed elsewhere?

Jacob Walter
Jacob Walter

depending on the logo and if the company is paying for it. would have to be one awesome logo through

Chris Poloncic
Chris Poloncic

I would and then black it out, it would pay for free blackwork.

Tony Kellar
Tony Kellar

Only if I worked for Led Zepplin, a giant dragon or Harley Davidson.

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

Count the number of failed fitness centers since 1985.. I give Anytime Fitness about 6 years to go under. Hope they enjoy the tattoos while it lasts.

Adam Wogen
Adam Wogen

Sure, that's what cover-up tattoos are for.

GeekAaron
GeekAaron

So all the employee gets out of this is a free tattoo? The employees don't get any additional compensation for being walking billboards for the company?

Charlie Milkey
Charlie Milkey

I'd do it for 7 figures and the decision for where it goes.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

Significant monies would be required. Like enough to quit my job.

Amanda Archote
Amanda Archote

The offered dollar amount required by my employer to motivate me to do this hasn't even crossed our accounting deparments payables (in zeros that is).

nondimenticar2
nondimenticar2

I don't mind tattoos or symbols but if you saw it on someone real fast like in the picture above, in some ways it looks half-way like a Swastica.

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