Military Tattoo Regulations

So you have made up your mind and have decided to serve your country and join the military, but the recruiter gives you some devastating news-your tattoo is preventing you from enlisting. Not to worry, you can still get the opportunity to serve, it is just going to take longer before you can enlist. Depending on what branch of service they you wish to join, your tattoos will be evaluated based on content, location of the tattoo and how many tattoos that you have.

Offensive Content- All five military branches have regulations based on the tattoos content. Tattoos deemed offensive based on gangs, violence, drugs or sex will not be accepted. The same applies for any tattoo that discriminates against race, sex, or religion.

Body Placement

Navy: The Navy allows multiple visible large tattoos on the arms and legs, they just can not be visible through dress whites. Tattoos are allowed on the hands, and you can have one tattoo on the neck as long as it is not larger than one inch. No tattoos on the face, scalp, or forehead.

ARMY: No tattoos allowed on the face, head, neck, or hands. Additionally, no tattoos in the mouth, ears, or eyelids.

Marines: No tattoos on the face, head, neck, or anywhere above the collarbone. Hands must be tattoo free except for a single tattoo on one finger no wider that 3/8 of an inch. No tattoos larger than your hand, and arm tattoos must be two inches below the elbow or one inch above the elbow. Half and full sleeves are not allowed. Tattoos on the legs can not be placed two above or below the knees.

Air Force: The Air Force will not allow anymore than twenty five percent of the exposed skin in any uniform to be covered with tattoos, and no tattoos are allowed on the face, neck, head, or scalp.

Coast Guard: No tattoos on the neck, head, face, and hands. Tattoos on the arms and legs is limited to twenty five percent based on a visual inspection.

North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal supports our military and your decision to serve. We offer military discounts and will work with you and your recruiter to get your tattoo removed to be compliant.

Laser and Light Technology Procedures Top List Again

As most people are aware, laser technology is used for multiple dermatological purposes. The sheer volume (2.7 million) of laser, light, and other energy-based based dermatological procedures performed in the US last year is a proclamation of their efficacy and safety.

An article published last month on reported that laser tattoo removal is the fastest growing energy-based procedure in the United States.  According to, 109,641 tattoo removal procedures were performed last year which is 74% more than 2012.

So, if you’ve been unsure about the effectiveness and safety of laser tattoo removal, please take these numbers into account. If you have any questions about the laser tattoo removal procedure, please contact North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal at 281.440.GONE (4663)

Tattooing Over Old Tattoos

Bad TattoeIf you have fallen out of love with the ink on your skin, you have a couple of different options for dealing with your disappointment. You can always choose to keep the tattoo, but this may require a wardrobe of long-sleeved turtle necks. Alternatively, you can choose to have a new tattoo placed over the old. Laser tattoo removal is another option if you want the ink gone for good.

It is not uncommon for individuals to ask for their tattoo to be altered or tattooed over. This is often the case if your tattoo refers to an ex-lover or an affiliation, such as a gang, that you want to put into your past. Tattoo overs can be a good solution if you have a new design in mind for a replacement.

However, some tattoo overs work better than others. Obviously, the new tattoo should be at least slightly larger than the previous tattoo. It also helps if it is dark or at least darker than the original tattoo. In some cases, if your new tattoo does not cover the old, or if the new tattoo uses light colors on top of a darker old tattoo, the old tattoo may not be completely covered.

In these instances, it may be a good idea to consider at least a few sessions of laser tattoo removal before starting on the new tattoo. Even if you don’t intend to have the tattoo completely removed, a couple of sessions under the laser can help the original tattoo fade, so it will be less likely to show through the new tattoo.

For more questions on laser tattoo removal therapy, contact North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal at (281) 440-4663.

Get Tattoos Removed from Abusive Relationships

A local women’s group  works to help abuse victims find quality laser tattoo removal clinics to get rid of those bad tattoos that remind of the past.

They work with women who have been inked with momentos from abusive relationships.  Sometimes it is hard to take the first step to get your tattoos removed that bring bad memories.

North Houston Laser Tattoo Removal is here to help and will keep all consultations confidential to help you get rid of bad tattoos.