Memorable stuff from The Past:
As a kid, I remember seeing tattoos mostly on veterans from WWII. Vets proud of their mother, girlfriend or the branch of service in which they served.
The tattoos that HURT seeing, were pictures of people (mostly Jewish) with a number tattooed on their wrists or arms from concentration camps. The tattoos gave me a terrible feeling of sympathy for them.
Later in life, a person with many tattoos became synonymous with ‘bikers.’ Somehow that has always stuck in my mind.
For a period of time while in service, the military doctors offered a service of removing tattoos if requested. One of my friends, Sam Cannon, had a couple surgically removed. They removed a huge panther climbing up his arm leaving the tail and one paw sticking out of the scar. He was advised to come back to finish the removal after the first surgery healed, HE NEVER WENT BACK, lol.
another friend with his girlfriend’s name on his arm, they broke up. A tattoo artist went over the name with a flower and covering it well.
My tattoo is the USMC Eagle, Globe and Anchor. The old skin is age, the scar thru the 'S' is from a construction accident, not a knife fight! LOL
I was proud to be a Marine. The tat cost $5 downtown J’ville, NC. I was not drinking since I was too young to drink. Tattoo artists are alive and well at military bases and seaports.
To be fair, I wanted to add an USAF and USN tattoo, but by that time I was married and SHERRY said, “NO!” I think she feels like adding another tattoo would be like adding a bumper sticker to a Rolls Royce!” LOL
Something many would not think of, life at times became ‘uncomfortable,’ being an Airman or Sailor with a USMC tattoo prominently displayed on your arm. LOL There were many comical instances. There were also some less than friendly ones. ;-)
All in All, I have never been ashamed of the tattoo, actually I think it was $5 well spent. After all I had plenty, I was being paid $78 a month and all I could eat! LOL
PS: I have nothing against INK (lots or little), it is a personal decision. I have some tattoo'ed Grands and still love them to pieces!