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To the Marines, Image is everything

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by boots, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. boots

    boots New Member

    Here's one for the boys to munch on.

    Marine Corps bans big, garish tattoos; some leathernecks are steamed
    Associated Press Writer
    OCEANSIDE, Calif. (AP) — 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.”
    Dozens of Marines from Camp Pendleton, the West Coast’s biggest Marine base, made last-minute trips to tattoo parlors in nearby Oceanside before the ban kicked in.
    “This is something I love to do,” said Cpl. David Nadrchal, 20, of Pomona, who made an appointment to get an Iraqi flag and his deployment dates etched onto his lower leg. “The fact I can’t put something on my body that I want — it’s a big thing to tell me I can’t do that.”
    Nadrchal said he is unsure whether he will re-enlist: “There’s all these little things. They are slowly chipping away at us.”
    Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway announced the policy change last week.
    “Some Marines have taken the liberty of tattooing themselves to a point that is contrary to our professional demeanor and the high standards America has come to expect from us,” he said. “I believe tattoos of an excessive nature do not represent our traditional values.”
    The ban is aimed primarily at “sleeve” tattoos, the large and often elaborate designs on the biceps and forearms of many Marines. Similar designs on the lower legs will be forbidden as well. So will very large tattoos on the upper arm, if they are visible when a Marine wears his workout T-shirt. Small, individual tattoos will still be allowed on the arms and legs. (The Marines already ban them on the hands.)
    Marines already tattooed are exempt from the ban but cannot add to their designs; anyone caught with fresh ink in the wrong places could be barred from re-enlistment or face disciplinary action. Getting a prohibited tattoo could constitute a violation of a lawful order, punishable by up to two years in prison and a dishonorable discharge, Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Brian Donnelly said.
    Unit commanders must photograph and document sleeve tattoos to ensure Marines do not add to their ink.
    The Marines and the other branches of the military already ban tattoos that could be offensive or disruptive, such as images that are sexist, vulgar, gang-related or extremist.
    The Army, which has been doing most of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan and is struggling to fill its ranks, actually relaxed its tattoo restrictions last year. Soldiers can now get ink on the back of their hands and the lower back of the neck.
    The Navy last year decreed that tattoos visible while in short-sleeve uniform cannot be larger than the wearer’s hand. The Air Force says tattoos should be covered up if they are bigger than one-quarter the size of the exposed body part.
    Tattoo artist Jerry Layton at the Body Temple Tattoo Studio in Oceanside said he was booked up with Marines rushing to beat the deadline.
    “These are guys that are dying in the war,” Layton said. “They can fight, but they can’t get a tattoo? It’s ridiculous.”
  2. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    I hate tattoos and would never get one myself, but that about sums it up. People should be able to do what they want with their bodies.
  3. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    What a load of horseshit.

    Every Marine I know, and I know quite a few, has a tattoo. My brother's going in this year, and I'll make sure he gets one if he wants it, too. Fuck that shit.
  4. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

    This comes just after the Army greatly relaxed its tattoo standards, that now include allowing Soldiers to have tattoos on the neck.
  5. boots

    boots New Member

    I think that's because so many of the youngsters like that tattoo neck thing.
  6. The local economy around Parris Island just took a major hit.
  7. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    If it's a post by boots, let me save time giving his current theme: Racism is bad; I'd hit it, but not after you; and JDV is a lot like you.

    Did that cover any of his points?
  8. boots

    boots New Member

    Not a single point. By the way, what the fuck is JDV. Fuck he acronym.
  9. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Or it's because the Army lowered its standards for enlisting.

    This new Marine rule is horseshit, btw.
  10. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    She had to find out sometime.
  11. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    I am sad.
  12. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    What if we compromise and I get a tattoo of the Batman symbol on my back where I would never have to see it?
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