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I know that sailors and tattoos go hand and hand.... just wondering how other moms out there are feeling about this?

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...she is wanting to get tats that signify members of the family, I know it's her choice , the problem I have is placement. one on ankle and one on top of foot. they are coverable as far as the Navy is concerned but what about when she gets out or wants to dress up in a dress and strappy heels or just shorts and flip-flops. Guess i'm just old fashion.. granted I have thought about it for myself, even went into a shop and talked to the artist, just couldn't bring myself to find something that i wanted on my body for the rest of my life, covered or not.
I know it's her life and her body, and if one of my two sons wanted one later in life i probably wouldn't have such a problem with it.... just the momma of my babygirl coming out in me i guess.

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I have two sons in the Navy, one that was non commissioned and one is an officer. The older of the two graduated boot camp and two days later had a navy anchor tatooed on his back. The younger one who is an officer has no desire to have a tatoo. Some kids are going to get one no matter what you say. So if your daughter gets one just be prepared and try not to get too upset.
Sea Story! This was told to me by my LPO at my first command. I have no idea if it is true or not, probably not but who knows? But it is worth a chuckle or two.

His ship was pulling into Hong Kong, and the young New Guy really wanted a tattoo. Hong Kong artists are supposedly among some of the best. However, he was deathly afraid of needles. So he begged his buddies to make him get one, maybe two, while on liberty, even if they had to get him sloshed to do it. Off they go and begin hitting the bars.

The poor kid wakes up on the ship the next morning, hung over. He checks his arms and legs, no bandages. He gets up to get dressed and discovers there's two large bandages on his rump and an embarrassing polaroid picture tacked up in the berthing area. It showed all his buddies waving, and him in the middle, passed out and showing two new tattoos. One was of ruby red lips in a kiss mark, the other said "Grade A Prime Beef" on a blue ribbon.

Moral of the story? Never drink and ink, and never, ever let your buddies choose your tattoo for you!

(Don't worry, reputable artists will not work on a person who has been drinking)
oh that is good LOL
I really hope my son does not get one. I just do not care for them and just about all the young people you see have them. There seems to be a stigma that goes with having tattos up and down your arms and I don't want that for my son. I worry that if he gets tattos up down his arm that they will hold him back in his career, But if he gets one I hope that it's where no one can see it. Better yet I hope that he will listen to me and not get one at all.
Little side sister-in-law got a tattoo of Garfield on her bikini line before she had kids. Garfield lost a foot during her first C-Section...and another during the second. So girls...think about that too when and if you get one.
My friend's son is wanting to join the Marines. They said he'd have to have some arm tatts removed before he can join. He has to be able to cover arm tatoos with his hand. He is undergoing the process of having them lasered, 4 treatments @ $200 each and it will take approx 6 months.
My son went in with 6, but had to get permission though as I think the limit is supposed to be 5. A friend told me about a young woman who had a tat on her back near the bikini line and when she was about to deliver a child they would not give her an epidural (sp) as it had something to do with the needle placement and the ink. Just something for our female sailors to think about.
Wayne went in with one and now has more than I know about most of them are covered when he is dressed. If he has on shorts then you can see them on his legs. The rules about tatts has only change in the last year or so for the Navy. Before that they didn't have any rule for them except if you were a seal or in speical ops. Wayne has got one in almost every country he has been to. So they all mean something to him. After 17 years in the Navy, I have no clue when he will get the next one, but I know that it won't be where he is now, but maybe when he comes back to the states. He has one on his wrist but is covered up when he wears his watch. He never asked me how I felt about them but I told him that I didn't want him to do any female names on his body anywhere cause female can come and go. He said what about kids and I told him his kids would be different.
Well Jason's tattoo was a total surprise to me. He was home for christmas and rubbed his arm and pushed the sleve of his shirt up, and there it was... I wasn't totally surprised but I wish he had told me and not just let me find out... If that's the worst thing he does... I've got it
My hubby went into bootcamp with 11 tattoos, he was smart about them all and got them where they could be hidden under a t-shirt. He wants to get another one, but I told him he had to wait til' Christmas and our son and I were moved up there with him.. As for the Chit.. I believe they are supposed to get a chit for them. But LOTS of guys in my hubbys school got some in the past few weeks w/out a chit. They said that they asked someone and they told them that as long as they didnt see them they didnt care. Now, I don't think that is how it truly is, but thats what I have been told by some people. They are supposed to get chits for them tho. I got a tattoo when I went to visit my hubby last time. So I have 2. All of our tattoos have meanings to them tho.
I kinda agree with some of the other moms on this too, if they are grown and old enough to join the military. everyone says that once they are out of bootcamp they are "grown men" then they should be able to make "grown" decisions about their bodies and what to put on/do to them. It ultimatly is their decision and they will do it wether their parents or anyone else wants them to or not. You would just have to trust your sons/daughters anough to know that they are smart enough to think about what they are doing and that you tought them right from wrong when it comes to life altering decisions.
My sailor was 17 when I took him to get his first tattoo.He wants another one but wants to wait till he comes home so step-dad can take him to get one. I have 6 of them and don't see anything wrong with them as long as they have a meaning behind them.


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