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Marines ban some tattoos

March 28th, 2007 10:42 pm by Associated Press



OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Five tattooed skulls stretch from Marine Cpl. Jeremy Slaton's right elbow to his wrist, spelling out the word "Death." He planned to add a tattoo spelling "Life" on his left arm, but that's on hold because of a Marine policy taking effect Sunday.


The Marines are banning any new, extra-large tattoos below the elbow or the knee, saying such body art is harmful to the Corps' spit-and-polish image.


Slaton and other grunts are not pleased.


"I guess I'll get the other half later," grumbled the 24-year-old leatherneck.

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