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New Tattoo Restrictions Set To Begin For U.S. Soldiers

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by Jason Lamb

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – New rules restricting the types of allowed tattoos for U.S. soldiers are just one signature away from becoming official.

The Stars and Stripes armed forces newspaper says the rule changes, which have been in the works for more than a year, will ban tattoos below the knee, below the elbow and above the neck.

The army says just like a haircut -- it's to establish better uniformity. Once the Secretary of the Army inks the deal, the new rules should be in place in a month or two.

A tattoo studio owner in Clarksville said he gets much of his business from Ft. Campbell soldiers.  He said his business will likely boom in the last weeks before the new rules start, because soldiers with current tattoos are expected to be grandfathered into the new rules.

"We'll get a lot of the younger guys that come in that are just trying to get as many tattoos as they can, so they can get granfathered in," said Ben Drawdy, Owner of the No Egrets tattoo studio in Clarksville.

NewsChannel 5 reached out to military officials at Fort Campbell to comment on the tattoo restrictions, but they did not return our calls.


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