I just received a letter offering me a principal appointment, which I graciously accepted. However, I do know that personal actions/injuries/etc, can be grounds for a withdrawal of the offer. So I wanted to get the thoughts of current students, and parents who are well versed in the ways of admission. The policy states (in short) that tattoo's must be above the elbow (hidden by summer whites), and must be in good taste. My girlfriend and I are planning a matching tattoo for the both of us (a small, tribal dragon forming half a heart), and it's going on the back of the shoulder, well above the sleeve line. All warnings and health risks against tattoo's aside, is this something that could be considered inappropriate for the Merchant Marine Academy? The tattoo also has other, strong, personal meanings. Additionally, I was curious about piercings. The policy specifically states that one has six months to remove a tattoo. Are there similar "warnings" for piercings? Does anyone know if one is allowed to get a piercing, so long as they are removed, and have begun to heal before indoc in the beginning of July? Again, all personal opinions on piercings and health risks aside, if I were to get my tongue pierced (just something I wanted to try, not something I would be upset about not being able to), only to remove it no later than 2 weeks before July, could that possibly be grounds for dismissal? Thank you very much for your help!