Some popular themes for Marine Corps tattoos include the USMC initials, the Semper Fi motto and the Battle of Iwo Jima. The initials of the U.S. Marine Corp in a variety of typesets and fonts is an enduring theme for Marine Corps tattoos.
Tattoos with the USMC initials are popular either incorporated into a larger design or as bold, standalone initials down the spine, leg, arm or side of the torso. The "Semper Fi" motto is also popular, especially set against a flag or a battle depiction. Many designs feature the motto written in script inside a scroll or banner above or beneath a scene to identify the bearer as a U.S. Marine.
The Battle of Iwo Jima and the iconic image of the raising of the U.S. flag on the island are another common theme. These are typically larger tattoos that cover areas such as the chest or back, and are often framed by the initials or official Marine motto.