Tatoos

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  1. Hoosier1949

    Hoosier1949 Member

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    My son is a 2013 4th classmen. We had a sprited debate last night about the USMMA rules about tatoos. he wants to get one and says many of his classmates have them and as long as they are hidden by normal clothing it is within the rules. My wife and I read the reg's differently. Can a current USMMA midshipmen or a recent grad supply an accurate ruling? Thanks
     
  2. Hoosier1949

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    I meant to say "spirited" debate. Any comments are appreciated
     
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    not sure about the actual regulations, but i would say about 50% (guestimate) of the KP population has a single or multiple tattoos that are covered by the uniform. the 4th class is joining those ranks at the rate of about 1 (among my group of friends) each weekend.
     
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    4/c tatoo

    DS joined the ranks of the 4/C and got a tatoo about a month ago. Would we like him to have a tatoo, not necessarily but it is tasteful and fully hidden by his shirt sleeves. It did interfere with a swimming class until he was fully healed as deemed by his instructor. It seems to be a "group thing" and he promised that it was a new needle.

    This will probably scare me but I am going to ask -perhaps some of the older mids can enlighten us - is there set tatoos for certain accomplishments while sailing?
     
  5. usmma2014dotcom

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    The "bad stuff" doesn't live in the needle, it lives in the ink. :eek:

    DS made the decision on his on by researching the USMMA regs. Two days after it was done, I smacked it good and hard. Didn't know it was there. He had to bury his head in a pillow to finish the scream....
     
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    Thanks for the laugh re: the "unintentional smack ... I was prompted to recall the first breakfast I had with my dear Mom back while I was home for Christmas Break from USMMA ~30 yrs ago where after she saw me get three sheets to the wind the prior evening she practically "yelled" her entire cside of an otherwise normal breakfast conversation just because she knew I had to have a splitting headache as part of my inevitable hangover.....:shake:
     
  7. Hoosier1949

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    Thanks for the good replies. Can someone please direct me to where the USMMA regulations are so I can also look? Thanks
     
  8. deepsea

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    Bear in mind there are plenty of midshipmen and alumni who don't have tattoos. I've crossed the equator, the date line, been around the world both ways, been across all of the worlds oceans, some under sail.....and have never felt the need to write it on my body that I've done some pretty cool things, or to to show the world that I'm a sailor. I find it's better to prove your skills as a mariner than try to show them off with a tattoo. Just my thoughts.....
     

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