The tradition of getting a tattoo in the military also called a military tattoo dates back to the early American Civil War during which soldiers on both sides of the divide would get tattoos. The tattoos were to mark their loyalty to their respective cause. However, since then each war has inspired its own brand of tattoos, which range from slogans to symbols, and the American flag etc.
Things are a little different today with every branch of the military having its own rules regarding tattoos. Everything from the type of tattoo to its placement on the body is regulated.
Modern Military Tattoos
Tattoos are an important part of military tradition. If you are currently serving in any branch of the military, and are considering getting a tattoo, you will need to follow the rules of your branch of the military.
In the marines, for instance, which is one of the most popular branches of the military, it boils down to the physical training uniform, which is a crew neck t-shirt with shorts. Tattoos are fine so as long as they can be covered with the standard uniform. No tattoos are allowed for an area that’s not covered by the uniform. If there is a tattoo outside of the PT uniform, it should be small enough so that it is covered by one hand. The arm tattoo shouldn’t be below than two inches above the wrist or be under the elbow, while leg tattoos should be two inches over the or below the knee. The Marines also forbids gang and drug-related tattoos.
Want a Military Tattoo?
Even though you might want to get a tattoo that shows your pride in the military, you need to consider it carefully. The regulations tend to change, and so you have to be aware of the latest ones.
You will also want to visit a reputed tattoo shop for a military tattoo. A reputed tattoo shop will also be aware of the rules.