Marine Corps bans big tattoos below the knee and elbow
posted at 8:25 pm on March 28, 2007 by Allahpundit
Also spitting, swearing, and “fisticuffs” unless they follow Queensberry rules. Semper Fi tattoos will still be tolerated provided they show Tinkerbell spelling out the motto with pixie dust.
“This is something I love to do,” said Cpl. David Nadrchal, 20, of Ponoma, 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.”…
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.”
Exit question: Sure, a man with a one-inch butterfly tattoo on his forearm can take out a sniper’s nest in Fallujah. But can he enjoy it?