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U.S. Army making a stink about ink—tattoo policy to change soon

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POSTED: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 6:16pm

UPDATED: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 9:38am

One branch of the military is making a stink about ink—the U.S. Army. The Army is in the final stages to approve a new law that would ban tattoos from your elbow and knee down.

Retired Marine Corps Veteran, Larry Blow of Tyler, says this is a ridiculous rule, "Everyone’s got their own way of expressing themselves,” Blow says.

The feeling of ink-to-flesh is very familiar for blow; every branch of the military makes their own rules when it comes to tattoos. Blow says, "what difference is it if it's from the knee down most of the time you're wearing long pants.”

Blow, getting some fresh ink himself to remind himself of his days of service, says the army shouldn't limit soldier’s form of expression "Tattoos belong with military, I’d hate to see it banned if that's what they are trying to do,” he says.

East Texas tattoo artist , Floyd Guinn, Owner of Redeeming Tattoos in Tyler says military men and women sit in his chair all the time. "A majority of people that i tattoo have been in the military or are currently serving," Guinn says.

For blow he says he's proud of all 20 of his tattoos and he says his fellow military brothers are too. Blow says, "Most of them are memorials to brothers they lost in battle.” He says if the tattoo is not offensive it shouldn't matter where you get it, "it shouldn't be a factor in the military," Blow says.

Guinn says, "These men you know they go serve for our freedom, and they can't get a tattoo? I think it's a little ridiculous!"

Blow plans on getting many more tattoos, and he says he knows many active duty military who plan to get them as well, despite any rule changes in the Army.

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