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 memorials 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 religious preference.
As stated above, religious views are often included with military tattoos. Symbols including crosses, angels, the 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 in uniform.