(CW) Someone i knew, had ptsd from his childhood, he then turned drugs and started to self h*rm etc. Hes now two years clean and each year he gets a line tatted on his wrist over where he used to scar, and each line represents one year of being clean.If you have a tattoo why did you get it and what does it symbolise?And only If your comfortable send a pic of it but dont feel pressured
Do not play cards for tats when you're drinking lads. (gen)
To answer the thread though, got both arms fairly inked now. One arm is the 'serious' arm where I only get good-quality black and white artwork done by proper artists, got a kind of Nordic/exploratory theme going on (ships, compasses, forests, the kraken etc).
The other arm is the 'tells a story' arm. Mostly HORRENDOUS cheap tattoos gathered around Asia/S.America, each loosely linked to my previous career in the adventure industry worldwide. Each tattoo on its own looks pretty shoddy but I quite like that each one has a story behind it and all kind of link to each other.
I'm going to sound like a massive *numpty* by asking this - but do certain tatts exclude you from serving in SF? I'm not saying I want to join UKSF (what would I know about it as a civilian?) but I wouldn't want to limit my opportunities if I did want to do that in the future. Cheers.
Back in the day a bloke of my acquaintance had Airborne Warrior tattooed in lurid letters across the back of his shoulders. This sat just above a mahoosive Pegasus tattoo.I'm no expert, but i'm sure it would have to be pretty controversial for it not to be allowed.
Ant Middleton is covered and i'm pretty sure he was when he was still serving?
Not a stupid question.I'm going to sound like a massive *numpty* by asking this - but do certain tatts exclude you from serving in SF? I'm not saying I want to join UKSF (what would I know about it as a civilian?) but I wouldn't want to limit my opportunities if I did want to do that in the future. Cheers.
Okay cool, makes sense. Is SRR Special Reconnaissance Regiment? I can understand that I read that they do undercover/surveillance work so obvious tattoos could make you stand out.Not a stupid question.
It depends on what it is and where it is. Any tattoo is a visual identifier. Some could be explained away, or hidden away.
Ant Middleton didn’t do time in Northern Ireland, as opposed to Andy Mcnab. That’s why Mcnab hides his face.
I know of lads trying to join SRR who were allegedly denied because of glaringly Obvious tattoos that stuck out and were memorable.
Best option is not to get any tattoos if you have aspirations of SF.
I know a few lads with a full blown back pieces of the globe and laurels. Some love it and I know a couple that hate it, especially when on holiday, on a beach somewhere with the wife and kids. They get quite self conscious about it.
It's not just consequences while in service. Like chlamydia tats are for life.I can understand that I read that they do undercover/surveillance work so obvious tattoos could make you stand out.
Even taking military kit on an adventure holiday is enough to get people spooked.It's not just consequences while in service. Like chlamydia tats are for life.
In recent years a UK citizen was arrested in a South American country for the minor (in that jurisdiction) offence of possessing a firearm without a permit.
Because he had some military tattoos the charge was escalated to espionage and plotting to stage a coup to overthrow the government. Tats can spook people.