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    Minus the words "blacklisted" would this or a variation make a good tattoo for the upper arm/shoulder?

    I'm a drummer and have always had rhythm running through the veins, on top of that a number of other meanings could be contrived from it.


  • #2
    eeeehhhh....that'd probably turn into one of those "WTH was he/she thinking?" old man/woman saggy tattoos. Not to mention fade etc. Perhaps if it weren't so....intimately detailed? I'm not a multi-tattooed person, but I've seen a lot of them...
    "Duty, then, is the sublimest word in our language. Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more; you should never wish to do less" R.E. Lee

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    • #3
      Better hurry!

      Marines racing to beat tattoo-ban deadline

      By Rick Rogers
      and Steve Liewer
      STAFF WRITERS

      March 29, 2007
      CRISSY PASCUAL / Union-Tribune
      Needles are buzzing in the county's body-art emporiums as Marines line up to ink up ahead of an order restricting the size, placement and content of tattoos.

      Starting Sunday, Marines could face prison time for body art that violates a new Marine Corps ban on brands or tattoos put on heads, necks and most of the arms and legs.

      The regulation is aimed primarily at “sleeve” tattoos, which are intricate designs covering all or almost all of the arms and legs. But any tattoo that's visible when a Marine wears a T-shirt and shorts will be forbidden.

      Tattoos long have been part of the military culture, and in no service more than the Marine Corps. For many Marines, getting a tattoo is a rite of passage: They commonly have their forearms inscribed to remember fallen comrades, combat tours or loved ones. Their designs are often elaborate, filled with poetic words or the Marine motto, Semper Fi – “always faithful.”

      A clause in the regulation exempts tattoos rendered before Sunday, and Marine commanders must photograph those designs and document them in personnel files by July 1. Afterward, markings considered inappropriate could result in discharge from the service or even two years in prison under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

      “Our last weekend was insane because of the new regulation. I had a line out the door and onto the street all weekend,” said Drew Meier, who works at About Face Tattoos near Camp Pendleton.

      “We had guys who came in wanting a full sleeve in a day,” she said. “That's crazy, because it usually takes months.”

      At 454 Tattoo in Encinitas, shop manager David Logan is getting lots of phone calls from Marines seeking appointments before Sunday's deadline.

      “The guys are asking to please squeeze them in,” Logan said. “They want to finish their sleeves before the deadline.”

      Sgt. Tyler Tummons, 22, stepped into Logan's parlor yesterday for his third tattoo. The large crown being etched between his shoulder blades is permitted within the Marines' new guidelines.

      “I'm in the infantry. About 99 percent of the guys I'm with have 'em,” said Tummons, a veteran of two tours in Iraq. He estimated that close to half of those Marines' tattoos wouldn't pass muster if they were etched after Sunday.

      In Oceanside, Cpl. Jeremy Slaton sports five tattooed skulls that stretch from his 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 the new Marine policy.

      “I guess I'll get the other half later,” said Slaton, 24, of Eden Prairie, Minn. “It's kind of messed up.”

      Gen. James T. Conway, the Marine Corps' new commandant, signaled the change two weeks ago with a pointed memo.

      “Recently, I have become concerned over the growing trend of tattooing in our Corps,” he wrote. “Tattoos of an excessive nature do not represent our traditional values. 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.”

      An accompanying memo issued March 19 from Marine Corps headquarters at the Pentagon detailed what would no longer be tolerated. Yesterday, Marine commanders were unavailable to answer questions such as whether they would accept recruits who have sleeves or other visible tattoos.

      For years now, all branches of the military have prohibited tattoos or brands deemed sexist, racist, vulgar, anti-American, anti-social or related to gangs and extremist groups.
      The Army, struggling to fill its ranks during the prolonged combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, relaxed its restrictions last year to permit tattoos on the backs of hands and the lower part of the neck.

      The Navy allows tattoos visible in a short-sleeved uniform only if they are no larger than the sailor's hand. The Air Force forbids body art that covers more than one-fourth of the exposed body part.

      Art Aguirre has tattooed thousands of military personnel during the quarter-century he has owned Church of Steel Body Piercing and Tattoo, a few blocks from the Navy Broadway Complex in downtown San Diego.

      He thinks Conway is simply wrong.

      Rarely does a Marine or sailor request a tattoo that anyone would find offensive, Aguirre said. Most choose something that shows pride in their military service.

      “I look at it as the right and freedom they have,” Aguirre said. “You can send these kids off to die for whatever reason, but they don't have the choice of whether to tattoo themselves.”
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      • #4
        Prison time for some ink? That is absurd.
        -I don't feel you honor someone by creating a physical gesture (the salute). You honor them by holding them in memory and, in law enforcement, proceeding in vigilant, ethical police work. You honor this country or deceased soldiers or whatever you're honoring when you salute a flag by thinking, feeling, and continuing a life of freedom.

        --ArkansasRed24

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        • #5
          Ummm I think it may end up looking like a scroat when you are 60 muahahhaha!
          "That boys cheese dun slid off his cracker!"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FuzzPup
            Ummm I think it may end up looking like a scroat when you are 60 muahahhaha!
            I reckon my body won't look all that great at 60 therefore some tattoo I got when I was 20 to 30 wouldn't be a great bother........but that's just me, obviously I'm no Jack La Lanne!



            P.S.-I have multiple tattoos and think that the original posters idea is "okay" but he needs to be careful about it being too dark........JMNSHO.
            Last edited by Kilrain; 04-02-2007, 11:50 PM.
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            sive iustorum sive iniustorum.
            Eventus horum non detrectat,
            sed cum his cotidie vivit.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by willowdared
              Better hurry!
              That ban is for tattoos that can be seen in shorts and tshirt. It would be covered by tshirt.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kilrain
                I reckon my body won't look all that great at 60 therefore some tattoo I got when I was 20 to 30 wouldn't be a great bother........but that's just me, obviously I'm no Jack La Lanne!



                P.S.-I have multiple tattoos and think that the original posters idea is "okay" but he needs to be careful about it being too dark........JMNSHO.
                I'd obviously bring the idea to a professional artist (somewhere more upscale) and have their input and get them to draw something else that would translate better to skin. I may or may not go through with it. Just an idea.

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                • #9
                  I can't even tell what it is. What is it?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SlowDownThere
                    I can't even tell what it is. What is it?
                    It's a heart.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SlowDownThere
                      I can't even tell what it is. What is it?
                      lol. Is it not obvious? Never took human anatomy classes???

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                      • #12
                        I don't think so unless you go black and white. A predominately red tattoo will not age well, nor will it look great to begin with. I'd find a better heart image too. Just my two cents.

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                        • #13
                          Personally, I'd forget the anatomically correct heart, and just use the EEG line with the tag line "The beat goes on."

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                          • #14
                            I like this one

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                            • #15
                              tattoo away gents. when i get my tax return iam gonna get my 5th tat. it was going to be the pennywise clown, but iam gonna hold off on it for awhile.
                              "I'd rather be judged by twelve than carried by six."
                              - A Cop's Maxim

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