Guest Post by Connie Wright
So you made the plunge and you are in the Army now, or you have been in the Army for awhile and just got back to United States soil. All of your buddies appear to have at least one tattoo, possibly many more. The strict guidelines of grooming and wearing the same uniforms is starting to cramp your style or you want to reflect something about this point and time in your life. How can you break out of the mold and do something to stand out as unique? If an Army tattoo is a form of art that you feel will enhance your uniqueness from the crowd and/or reflect a stage of your life to remember forever, then here are 5 great Army tattoo ideas to consider.
#1- Army tattoos will illustrate a symbol that means something to the person who is getting one. What do you want your tattoo to say about you? Symbols of power, prestige, protection or freedom are all relevant to the work that the Army does for their Country and State. An American eagle, skull or cross are all traditional symbols utilized by individuals in the Army. If you are deploying soon then a great idea for a tattoo may be dog tags, or what is now known in the ink world as meat tags. What will be your symbol that will describe a unique quality to the work that you do or have accomplished?
#2- Army tattoos may include words over your uniquely chosen symbol. Some ideas for wording include: One Life-One Chance, Freedom, Freedom- is not Free, No Fear. A memorial to someone close that you lost while in battle is placed in words over a symbol. A location of battle or a battalion unit number will reflect where and when your service to your country was served.
#3- Army tattoos with your name or a family members name can reflect importance to you, with uniqueness that relates to you only. This type of tattoo stands as a reminder, for some individuals, of what they fought for or why they continue to fight.
#4- Army tattoos that display loyalty to work and to the cause are quite significant. One automatically will recognize these types of tattoo’s as individuals that fight for other people’s rights of freedom. One tattoo idea for this is to have stripes on the upper arm that are open in appearance-like a wound, with the design of red blood cells visible inside of the wound. This tattoo would reflect both loyalty and the very real cost of being in the Army.
#5- Army tattoos will vary in size, shape and color, among the different personalities. Some individuals may choose to go with a tattoo that is of a religious or spiritual tone, such as the cross, sun or Buddha. Runic charm tattoos, called Norse, may demonstrate more symbolic meanings. One idea is the “Helms of Awe”, a runic charm that symbolizes great power and protection to its owner.
Whichever idea or mixture of ideas for an Army tattoo that one may choose, make sure that it complies with the Army Policies for displaying tattoos on government issued bodies. As an Army member, this preparation before making a decision about a tattoo is of utmost importance to you and your paycheck.
About the Author: Connie works from home as a freelance writer and editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration management, with expertise in multiple business to business service industries. An avid book reader, she utilizes a library of books in her home and online for article writing and research purposes. Connie’s son, uncles, father and grandfathers, all served in the U.S. military.
Former Army Major (resigned)
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