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post #1 of 21 Old 06-18-2007, 10:48 AM Thread Starter
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question regarding military and tattoos

in the air force there is a tradition that when the pilot recieves his/her first pair of wings they break them in half and give one half to their best friend/relative/someone they really trust, and they keep the other half.

I am personally very honored to be chosen, and i was considering getting my half of hte wings tattood on myself somewhere.

im curious if anyone thinks that getting my half wing tattoo'd breaks the tradition or is unlucky.

the explanation states the two halves should never meet before pilots death (god forbid). do you think the tattoo would count? since it is my half tattoo'd on my body, and i do plan on still seeing my brother...

im sorry if my question is unclear, but im basically just looking for opinions.

also, any ideas on quotes i could get with the tattoo. along the lines of "something something wingman", without making the tattoo like a memorial tattoo.

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post #2 of 21 Old 06-18-2007, 02:35 PM
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Most services have some fairly strict regs on tats these days. There was a rush on the parlors after the marines announced no visible tats while in uniform but that they would grandfather any already had.
As for bad luck, it is what you believe it is. If you think it's bad then anything bad that happens will get blamed on the body ink.
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my brothers in the military, f15e air force pilot. im the runt of the family.
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The way I see it you should be good as long as he never brings his half of the wings over.

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Join yourself than the tattoo can mean more to you and your brother.
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Most services have some fairly strict regs on tats these days. There was a rush on the parlors after the marines announced no visible tats while in uniform but that they would grandfather any already had.
As for bad luck, it is what you believe it is. If you think it's bad then anything bad that happens will get blamed on the body ink.
the marines are the only ones going that way. the rest of the services are getting a little more relaxed about it.

but yeah, if it skitches you out, don't get the ink. or ask your brother what he thinks.

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the marines are the only ones going that way. the rest of the services are getting a little more relaxed about it.

but yeah, if it skitches you out, don't get the ink. or ask your brother what he thinks.
this is off subject(sorry to the OP) but i know in the navy we are allowed to have ink on our forearms again, as long as its no bigger than your closed fist.

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I wouldn't bet on the navy staying that way. Our local news interviewed the COs of Little Creek and NOB when the Marines announced their regs and both said it was a matter of time.
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in the air force a tattoo can't cover more than 25% of an exposed body part...i think?

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this is off subject(sorry to the OP) but i know in the navy we are allowed to have ink on our forearms again, as long as its no bigger than your closed fist.

Really? News to me. I just looked into that and my command said no dice.

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It's amazing how much they have relaxed the rules since my days in the Air Force in the 80s .

Back then, if you had a tatto it had better be covered.

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this is off subject(sorry to the OP) but i know in the navy we are allowed to have ink on our forearms again, as long as its no bigger than your closed fist.
i love it. i've already got an appt. with a guy coming in from HK for two pieces.

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I wouldn't bet on the navy staying that way. Our local news interviewed the COs of Little Creek and NOB when the Marines announced their regs and both said it was a matter of time.
this was just changed. i have a small tattoo on my hand that has disqualified me for certain special duties before. the navy (along with two of the other services) are realizing that kids are piercing and inking just about every damned thing, before they are even out of H.S. We have to let them in, or we won't make quotas. the USMC can afford discriminate, because they are such a small force.

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The way I look at it, if you want to be technical is get the tat and don't worry about it...your half of the wings will be put up somewhere, the tat is only a symbol of the wings, not the wings themselves that you were given.

having served 10 years in the AF, I think it's very cool that your brother chose you and I think it's even cooler that you appreciate and want to honor that by getting a tat in memory of it. Go for it!

As for the quote, I would consider something like "honorary wingman" or just don't get anything until the right phrase hits you, don't rush that part, you can always add it later.

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Really? News to me. I just looked into that and my command said no dice.
we have a 2 or 3 page email hanging up by admin with the rule change, i think(don't quote me) went into affect in april of 06. i personally never plan on getting my forearms tattooed, but i like how i can get anything above my elbows, and below my neck line tattooed if i want.

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It's amazing how much they have relaxed the rules since my days in the Air Force in the 80s .

Back then, if you had a tatto it had better be covered.

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Well if it covers less than 25% of the exposed body part you can leave it uncovered....more than that it has to stay covered up. like a full sleeve that would have to stay unexposed.

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