Traditional USMC Tattoos Commemorate Military Service
Posted October 27, 2008on:
The new policy about tattoos prohibits large tattoos below the elbow or the knee. This policy actually prevents some qualified ex-marines from reenlisting. That is a mind boggling thought yet true. It seems an odd policy considering that tattoos have been an emblem of warriors throughout history. Isn’t that going against tradition? Don’t traditional USMC tattoos hold memories for the retired Marine? What about commemorating ones own military service as a leatherneck with one of the traditional USMC tattoos?
It is true that for officers tattoos have been discouraged until more recently. Even though they are hardcore fighting machines too- they were suppose to hold a more genteel standard. Traditional USMC tattoos historically set the wearer apart from the rest of society as did other tattoos and that negative association of civilian tattoos is what put some people off about tattoos. But today, in general tattoos are very popular and have gained a much wider acceptance with the public.
Since there is a bigger civilian acceptance of tattoos, why the outcry of Marine policy against them…that is a question some people would like answered in a way that makes sense to them. The answer is unknown because the more general acceptance of tattoos negates the answer of public distastes. At least, traditional USMC tattoos are allowed if they keep a low profile, but doesn’t that cancel out the reasons that are worn? Maybe that is enough questioning of the policy—so if you got ‘em wear ‘em and if you get a new USMC traditional tattoo make sure is in within regulations.