Two million veterans currently carry with them one of the most
identifiable and permanent symbols of military service ever used – the
tattoo. Although it was once solely the realm of barnacled sailors and
outlaw bikers, tattoos are now so mainstream that they have almost become
a requirement for celebrities. However, the military tattoo is a special
case, with a foot in two worlds. In one sense, military tattoos are much
like any other type of tattoo, serving many personal purposes ranging
from mementos, milestones, and memorials to risk-taking behavior, sheer
body adornment, and even curiosity. In the other sense though, in their
long and varied past, these symbols in the skin have also managed to
capture not only personal history but military history as well.
themes in tattooing are no recent fad. In fact, the world over,
tattooing in general may go back as early as the Paleolithic or Stone
age. Unfortunately we will never know where or when tattooing actually
originated since human skin does not preserve well, except in the most
extraordinary of circumstances. Perhaps the most famous of all ancient
tattooed people is
Ice Man of the Alps who was discovered in 1991. His mummy, created
by having been covered with glacial ice shortly after his death, is the
oldest known human skin ever discovered – 5,300 years old – and it is
tattooed. Otzi has 59 separate tattoos, consisting of small dark blue
dots, plus signs, and short parallel lines. Speculation about the
meaning of his tattoos abounds but two of the most interesting
interpretations are that his tattoos are therapeutic (located directly
over arthritic areas of his body) or that they signaled membership in a
group (perhaps an ethnic or tribal group). In this latter
interpretation, we begin to see some of the earliest precursors to
military tattoos, specifically the projection of group identity. One of
the most famous of generals in human history was keen to observe much the
same in one of his opponents
In 50 BC, Julius Caesar wrote in his Commentaries on the Gallic Wars
that during his campaigns in Britain in 55 and 54 BC he observed that
“all Britons paint themselves with woad, which turns the skin a
bluish-green color; hence their appearance is all the more horrific in
battle”. While Caesar uses the word paint, later historians speak
specifically of tattoos and modern historians believe that the warriors
who faced Caesar were in fact tattooed. In these earliest of references
to tattoos and military action the emphasis is on intimidation. Caesar
reinforces that thought by describing them as horrific, not simply
blue. The purpose of the tattoos from the viewpoint of the Britons
themselves is not recorded. If their intent was to daunt their foe, then
they were successful. There are, however, other psychological and
emotional byproducts of being tattooed. The process of receiving one is
painful. It is a pigment, inserted through the epidermis (typically with
a puncturing tool such as a needle) into the dermis, where it remains
permanently beneath that first layer skin. Some blood (though not much)
will be spilled and infection is risked. People who endure the process,
especially if that process is imbued with some ritualistic and symbolic
meaning, as was often the case for early peoples, are transformed. They
bear the outward sign of having a shared experience and can forever after
be identified with a certain group – be it a group of distinct social
status, a certain ethnic unit, or a class of warriors. They essentially
manufacture esprit de corps, if only as a side-effect in the
attempt to awe their enemies. As widespread as both tattooing and
warfare were around the globe, it should come as no surprise that the
Britons were not the only, nor even the most well-known, group in history
to have used tattooing in this way.
In 1778, Captain James Cook, famed British Naval explorer, landed at Waimea,
on Kauai, in the Hawaiian Islands. The ship’s surgeon noted that “The
custom of tattooing prevails greatly among these people, but the men have
a much larger share of it than the women; many (particularly some of the
natives of Mowwhee) have half their body, from head to foot,
marked in this manner, which gives them a most striking appearance.” Or,
as later French explorer Jacques Arago described it on the men from O’ahu:
they are “tattooed only on one side, which produced a very singular
effect; they looked just like men half burnt, or daubed with ink, from
the top of the head to the sole of the foot.” In Hawaii, these early
observers noticed that the half-body tattoo seems to have been restricted
to warriors. Likewise, in the Marquesas Islands, an identical type of
half-body tattoo was used by warriors there as well. For these warriors,
the tattoo was a form of disguise where only the tattooed half of the
body was shown to an enemy in combat such that the warrior couldn’t be
recognized by that same enemy in another encounter.
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THAT SACRIFICED YOUR LIFE FOR THE UNITED STATES!!!!
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We know how much of a sacrifice you are making and we
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MILITARY TATTOO and what it stands for ,where its been and where it is
FEEL FREE TO BROWSE THE HISTORY AND RESOURCES TO HELP
GUIDE YOU IN YOUR SEARCH FOR THE PERFECT TATTOO FOR YOU.
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ponder and design your own identity within....
Members of the armed forces often choose to get military tattoos to
display their pride in their service, their religions, the love for their
fallen soldiers, and the pride they take in fighting for their country. A
number of service members opt to get tattoos of the popular symbols that
represent their service. A marine may choose an EGA or a bulldog, a
Seaman may choose an anchor.
Military tattoos often consist of
of fellow service members who were not as fortunate during their time on
active duty. Some are tributes to whole units, others to wars and
conflicts of the past such as Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi
Freedom. Many service members also choose vintage or Americana themes
such as pin-up girls, or American
flag tattoos to
show the pride they have in the history of the nation they are sworn to
protect. These kinds of tattoos are most often obtained before the
service member gets deployed or goes abroad.
Commonly known as a meat tag among service members, many choose to
have their dog tags tattooed onto their ribcage. These particular tattoos
often incorporate original design ideas to give them an individualized
and personal touch. Ripped flesh and or a chain are the most common
designs to go with meat tags. These military tattoos generally include
the service members name, social security number, and
As stated above,
views are often included with military tattoos. Symbols including
Star of David, are
all common along with background graphics and phrases to represent the
service members’ faith. Some have scripture references placed
strategically within their tattoo for a visually appealing effect.
Military tattoos come in all different sizes, but more commonly are in
highly visible locations. Arms and backs are very popular places to put
these displays of pride and remembrance. Some service members choose to
have these unique pieces of art covering their whole back while some
choose to have smaller military tattoos that they can show off when not
There are two basic types of military tattoo designs,
they are the modern and the historic ones. Usually, the tattoos which
are of a historic military nature contain some logos and mottos which
act as a representation of the men who have been famous in the fighting
history. Meanwhile, the modern military tattoos indicate a
representation of the different divisions or a certain artwork which
have been used as the armed forces' smaller divisions. When you are
getting these tattoo designs, there are some very basic guidelines that
need to be followed.
For the personnel who are in the military, they must make sure that the
tattoo they choose is in line with their particular branch's imposed
codes. Most of the tattoos which these people get is placed on their
upper arm so that they can be concealed with their uniform while they
are on duty. In the military, there are some very specific requirements
For this reason, you have to make sure that you will not encounter some
professional problems when you are in the military and get decide to
get a military tattoo. Most of the tattoos worn by military soldiers
imitate their unit device like the famous "Screaming
Eagle" device which is often used by airborne soldiers. Even if
these tattoos are often associated with the sailors, their popularity
has even expanded to the other military branches.
In short, you must not choose the tattoo design of some modern military
divisions if you have not yet served that division. This is because it
is considered as an insult to those that have served in the division.
It can even be compared to bragging about joining the military if you
have, in fact, never served at all. Such tattoos should be considered
off limits to those who have never served in the specific unit. Because
of this, you should never get an advanced tattoo with this design, even
if you are only making a presumption that you will be accepted in the
With this in mind, if you would like to get a military tattoo but
you're only an ordinary citizen, you can get the historical designs
since they can be used by anyone and are sometimes used to represent a
heartfelt connection with the warriors of a certain culture. The most
popular designs of these kind include the Knights Templar crosses,
mottos of the Spartans, Roman Legions, and Native Americans. Because
these military tattoo designs look great, they can sometimes be the
start of a conversation in a party.
1. A signal sounded on a drum or bugle to summon
soldiers or sailors to their quarters at night.
2. A display of military exercises offered as evening
3. A continuous, even drumming or rapping.
v.tat·tooed, tat·too·ing, tat·toos
To beat out an even rhythm, as with the fingers.
To beat or tap rhythmically on; rap or drum on.
[Alteration of Dutch taptoe, tap-shut (closing time
for taverns), tattoo : tap, spigot, tap (from
Middle Dutch tappe) + toe, shut (from
Middle Dutch; see de- in Indo-European roots).]
1. A permanent mark or design made on the skin by a
process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment or by
2. A design made on the skin with a temporary dye such as
henna or ink.
tr.v.tat·tooed, tat·too·ing, tat·toos
1. To mark (the skin) with a tattoo.
2. To form (a tattoo) on the skin.
[Of Polynesian origin.]
Word History: Although the practice of tattooing the
body is very old, the English word tattoo is relatively new.
The explorer Captain James Cook (who also gave us the word taboo)
introduced the word to English speakers in his account of a voyage
around the world from 1768 to 1771. Like taboo, tattoo comes
from Polynesian languages such as Tahitian and Samoan. The earliest
use of the verb tattoo in English is found in an entry for
1769 in Cook's diary. Sailors introduced the custom into Europe
from the Pacific societies in which it was practiced, and it has
remained associated with sailors, although many landlubbers now get
tattoos as well.
to make coloured patterns or pictures on part of a person's
body by pricking the skin and putting in dyes
The design was tattooed on his arm.
خال کوبی کردن
त्वचा पर गोदना
n – pluraltatˈtoos –
a design tattooed on the skin His
arms were covered with tattoos.
گودا ہوا نقش
hình xăm trên da纹身
MANY PEOPLE FIND A
REASON TO GET TATTOOED AND MANY JUST LIKE THE ART
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of definitions of things so you can add meaning if you like....
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Absolutely no one under 18 can get tattooed ,even with a parent unless it is court ordered.IF YOU DONT HAVE STATE ISSUED ID YOU WILL NOT BE PIERCED OR TATTOOED.WE FOLLOW THE LAWS OF TEXAS.Minors must have a parent present and birth certificate as well as a valid ID,both names on the parent and the child have to be on the birth certificate as well both parent and minor wishing to get pierced must have ID to match the birth certificate.A school yearbook will work in the identification process.We apologize for any inconvienience this may cause but you need to bring all the proper documents if you plan on getting your minor pierced.NO EXCEPTIONS
PROPER CARE OF YOUR TATTOO
IN ORDER FOR YOU TO SUCCESSFULLY TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW TATTOO YOU WILL NEED:
ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP (DIAL)
BETADINE OINTMENT (CLEAR) or AQUAPHOR
You never want to touch your new tattoo without washing your hands first.
1. For the first three nights while sleeping, keep the tattoo covered w/ saran wrap. Apply thin layer of ointment before doing so.
2. In the morning, remove saran wrap, wash w/ soap and water, apply thin layer of ointment. Be sure to rub the ointment in until it is gone.
3. You will need to wash area of work 2-3 times daily with warm soap and water, rinse, then apply thin layer of ointment. It is very important that you rub the ointment in until it is gone. (DO NOT GLOB IT ON OR IT WILL OOZE AND YOU RISK LOSING THE INK.)
4. Keep out of the sun, away from pools, lakes, hot tubs, or any type of chlorinated or salt water for at least two weeks. (CHLORINATED AND SALT WATER OF ANY KIND WILL EAT YOUR TATTOO!)
5. Do not pick or scratch your tattoo, if it itches it means it is dry so wash it with warm soap and water, apply thin layer of ointment. (IF YOU PICK YOUR TATTOO YOU RISK PULLING INK OUT!) The artist is not responsible for these damages.
6. If you follow these instructions there is no reason your tattoo should not heal up beautifully; we take great pride in our care of the work we do. If you stray from these instructions the individual artist is not responsible.
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