Saturday, March 31, 2007

No More Extra-Large Tattoos

from USA TODAY

Marines begin ban on garish tattoos

Marine Cpl. Jeremy Slaton shows off his tattoo which reads "Death" across five skulls while talking about his plans to add more tattoos to his arms in Oceanside, Calif. The Marines are banning any new, extra-large tattoos below the elbow or the knee, saying such body art is harmful to the Corps' spit-and-polish image.
By Chris Park, AP
Marine Cpl. Jeremy Slaton shows off his tattoo which reads "Death" across five skulls while talking about his plans to add more tattoos to his arms in Oceanside, Calif. The Marines are banning any new, extra-large tattoos below the elbow or the knee, saying such body art is harmful to the Corps' spit-and-polish image.

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Five tattooed skulls stretch from Marine Cpl. Jeremy Slaton's right elbow to his wrist, spelling out the word "Death." He planned to add a tattoo spelling "Life" on his left arm, but that's on hold because of a Marine policy taking effect Sunday.

The Marines are banning any new, extra-large tattoos below the elbow or the knee, saying such body art is harmful to the Corps' spit-and-polish image.

Slaton and other grunts are not pleased.

"I guess I'll get the other half later," grumbled the 24-year-old leatherneck from Eden Prairie, Minn. "It's kind of messed up."

For many Marines, getting a tattoo is a rite of passage. They commonly get their forearms inscribed to remember fallen comrades, combat tours or loved ones, and often ask for exotic designs that incorporate the Marine motto, Semper Fi, or "Always faithful."

1 comment:

semper-fidelis said...

aw man.....i hope i can still get the tattoo design i want, or at least close to it!