With new tattoo regulations for the army looming on the horizon, many soldiers rush to get more ink before the regulations become official, according to an article by Jill Knight of the Raleigh News and Observer.
The army’s updated policy on tattoos will grandfather in the ink of current soldiers but new recruits must remove all ink below the knees and elbows before enlisting.
“Until now, it has tolerated tattoos, if they weren’t obscene, extremist, racist or gang-related, banning only those on the head, neck and face. Enforcement of the policy has varied, slackening at the height of the war in Iraq when the Army needed more soldiers,” Knight writes.
Stricter regulations also mean less business for tattoo studios around military bases, according to the article.
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