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Fighters, Ink – Real soldiers and their tattoos

Think your tattoo means you can’t join The Army? You may be surprised. In our exclusive shoot, soldiers from all over the UK came to show off their body art.

 

CORPORAL REBECCA SMITH, 25, ROYAL ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEERS
“I have around 25 tattoos and I designed most of them myself. Now there are so many they’re all merging into one! One rule in The Army is you can’t have them on the salute hand.”

 

LANCE CORPORAL SCOTT SADLER, 27, 2ND BATALLION PARACHUTE REGIMENT

 

LANCE CORPORAL ALEX MICO, 28, 1 RIFLES
“The rules on tattoos in The Army are more lenient than you think. Mine all have religious themes. My mum bought me the first! Then she got one too.”

 

LANCE CORPORAL CALLUM MACAULAY, 27, ARMY AIR CORPS
“I’ve had six tattoos since I’ve been in The Army. One’s for my son, my next one will be for my daughter. They’re addictive, you can’t just get one.”

 

FUSILIER LIAM GREGORY, 23
“We went on an amazing trip to Canada so I got the mountains and flag done while I was there. Most tattoos are fine in The Army.”

MORE: Tattoo artist and Parachute Regiment Reservist Private Frame shares his drawing and tattoo design guide