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Show Us Your Tats – Issue 31

Tattoos are a very personal choice and tell a story. If not done right you’ll be looking at it forever, so you’d better be sure that person about to stick a needle in your skin knows what they’re doing. This month’s offerings come to us from Garrett Greer and reflect his military and family history. Keep the submissions coming, dear readers.

Recon Jack
Artist: Josh Ridge
American Tattoo, Miramar, California
Garrett Greer: The big tattoo on my left arm is what is called a “Recon Jack.” This is a tattoo that’s coveted by members of the Force Reconnaissance community. The tattoo signifies different parts of a Recon Marine’s job. There are six individual guns that make up one wing, signifying my time spent in close-quarters battle and black side. The other wing is an eagle’s wing signifying airborne/military freefall. The middle is a skull with a crack going down it for perseverance, with three bullet holes for pain, misery, and suffering. The Ka-Bar and paddle signify our history with the raiders. The flaming bowl on top represents another qualification for Pathfinder. I waited six years to get this tattoo; it’s an honored symbol, and I wanted to prove myself to the community before I went around representing it.

Right sleeve work
Artist: Unknown
American Tattoo, Papillon, Nebraska
Garrett Greer: The tattoo on my right arm is of a sniper in a tower shooting a Nazi on my lower arm (shaded-out tattoo). The tattoo on my upper forearm is of a Russian solider with a gas mask and AK-47. The tattoo on the back of my right arm reads “Give War a Chance.” I decided to get all these tattoos to show how times and war have changed, but there will always be an enemy that will rise and must be defeated. Everyone always says “give peace a chance.” That doesn’t seem to work so I personalized it to “Give War a Chance.” Everything is Russian to show respect to my heritage and family.

Got a gun tattoo you’d like to share? Please send some well-lit, high resolution photos to [email protected], along with your name, the tattoo artist’s name, the studio name and city in which it was done, and 50-70 words on what the tattoo is of and why you got it. By sending in submissions, you grant TEN: The Enthusiast Network the unrestricted, transferable and sub-licensable, irrevocable, royalty-free, world-wide, and perpetual license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display, make derivative works of, and otherwise use the submissions in any media whatsoever now known or later invented throughout the world for any purpose whatsoever, commercial or not.


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