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Senior Medic Ron Riveira of the California Army National Guard's 184th Air Assault. (Courtesy of War Ink.)
There were a few tattoo headlines that have been making major news, so I figured I wouldn't wait until Monday to share.
The biggest headline is the US Army just announced that it will revise its tattoo policy. As I wrote about last May, the Army banned tattoos below the knee or elbow (although soldiers who already had those tattoos were "grandfathered" in). In explaining why the Army's appearance policy has been changed again, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel A. Dailey stated that the message he got from the soldiers he talks to is "Soldiers have tattoos, tattoos are acceptable now, and the tattoo policy might affect a decision to re-enlist." Another factor was that the discontent with the policy wasn't just coming from soldiers, but officers as well. So, with the new changes, "soldiers will no longer be limited to a particular size or number of tattoos permitted on the arms or legs, provided those tattoos are not extremist, indecent, sexist or racist." The policy will continue to prohibit tattoos above the t-shirt neckline, on the head, face, wrists and hands. But wait -- there will also be an exception allowing one ring tattoo on each hand. Who said the Army isn't romantic?!
Tattoos are so entwined with the armed forces -- and are also an outlet of expression for what servicemen and women have gone through. A perfect example of this is War Ink, a virtual exhibit that explores the experiences of 24 veterans (most of whom served in Iraq and Afghanistan), as illustrated by their tattoos. I highly recommend spending time on the War Ink site is you haven't already.
In other news, there was a collective "Oh, damn!" online when links hit social media with this story: "Texas Tattoo Sham: Promoter Red Neilson Escorted Out Of Own Show For Nonpayment." As I wrote about in my last Tattoo News Review, there was some beef behind competing tattoo shows in San Antonio, Texas: The 12th Annual Slinging Ink Tattoo Expo and then the Texas Tattoo Jam, which was held the following week. Well, as the headline notes, the promoter of the Texas Tattoo Jam was escorted from San Antonio Event Center ("SAEC") by security. According to the San Antonio Current, she was asked to leave for failure to pay the venue -- but also for her own safety. Turns out that she is also accused of not paying her guest tattoo artists, performers and musicians, venue security, and a local event management company. "To stop a pending riot, she was basically evicted from the show," Michelle Coben , co-owner of SAEC, told the San Antonio Current. The article also reports:
Coben said Neilson initially paid her a $1,000 deposit to book the venue. SAEC usually asks renters to pay the remaining balance 5-15 days prior to the event, but Neilson did not. Coben said since she knew tattoo artists had travelled from California, Florida and even as far away as Italy to attend the show, she made the decision to open the doors for the expo anyway. Coben said they also had Neilson sign a new contract that stated she would pay the remaining balance hour by hour during the expo until the entire amount - $13,000 - was paid in full.I've been hearing a lot of tattoo convention drama recently, but that's the most dramatic. So far.
In more artful news ...
The Daily Mail featured legendary London tattooer Lal Hardy, focusing on how he's taken botched tattoos and made them beautiful. The article offers some Before & After pics like the one below.
Another renowned artist, Tim Hendricks, is featured in OC Weekly, in which he talks about "Tattooing's 'Glamorous' Misconception."
Finally, in less artful news ...
Some rapper got drunk with Tara Reid on a flight and got her name tattooed on him. Sigh. It's no "Marisa Love Me" tattoo for sure.
Cover up by Lal Hardy.
Over the weekend, the Army Times reported on potential new grooming regulations that govern tattoos as well as other appearance standards. And if soldiers don't comply, they could face some serious trouble.
According to the article, here are the new tattoo and piercing rules proposed:
Tattoos will not be visible above the neck line when the physical fitness uniform is worn. Tattoos will not extend below the wrist line and not be visible on the hands. Sleeve tattoos will be prohibited. (This rule may be grandfathered.)The regulations still have to be "tweaked" to make sure they are "feasible, affordable and reasonable." And legal. One of the big problems I have, in relation to these standards, is forced tattoo removal -- which was actually mentioned as a possibility by a Sergeant Major and other senior leaders. While I don't know anything about military law, it's not improbable that a removal requirement could face a legal challenge.
The removal discussion follows a note on "inappropriate tattoos," but it seems that, for those with existing tattoos not deemed inappropriate, the work could be "grandfathered" in and soldiers wouldn't be penalized.
It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. Read more about the rules in the Army Times.