What Are Some Traditional Military Tattoo Designs?


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Military tattoo designs are often related to the soldier's unit or armed service branch. Soldiers are not allowed to have a tattoo that is indecent, extremist or racist.

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One common tattoo design used by all branches of the military is two rifles or swords lying across each other in the shape of an X. Medals, unit patches or awards often accompany the rifle or swords.

The U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard commonly have anchors tattooed on them. Women and bald eagles are popular tattoos among these branches as well.

Members of the U.S. Air Force commonly incorporate planes into their tattoo designs. American eagles are also common, as they represent flight.

Bulldogs are common designs for the Marines. Bulldogs have been the U.S. Marines' mascot since World War II, when the Marines were called "devil dogs." Marines also use an eagle combined with a globe and an anchor, which is a symbol for their military branch. The Marines' motto, "Semper Fidelis," is another common tattoo design.

Dog tag tattoos are popular tattoo design among all branches of the military. Sometimes they are combined with a folded American flag as a memorial to member of the military who was lost in combat.

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