Throughout history, there has been a rise and fall in the popularity of tattoos. Since the 1960s, tattoos have become much more common in the US. Now, approximately one in seven North Americans have at least one tattoo. Tattoos have become more accepted as a form of self-expression and artistry. Unfortunately, some professions have limitations on the size, type, and location of tattoos. This is common amongst many professions with specific dress codes but is a huge deal for our military, police, and fire departments. Here are some military, police, and fire department guidelines to be aware of as you consider a tattoo.
The five branches of the military all have similar tattoo guidelines. Tattoos are prohibited on the head, face, and hands in all branches. Neck tattoos are only allowed in the Navy and must be smaller than one inch in any direction. Chest tattoos must be covered by the issued crew neck shirt. Exceptions are made for one ring tattoo and cosmetic tattoos such as permanent eyeliner and eyebrows. Tattoos are never allowed to be extremist, vulgar, sexist, racist, or otherwise inflammatory. The Navy does allow sleeve tattoos, but they must be covered by the dress uniform. The Coast Guard does have exceptions for some hand tattoos, ask your recruiter or commanding officer for details. The Army and Marines have the most restrictive policies, so consult the Army Regulations for Appearance or the Marines Tattoo Policy booklet in addition to your recruiter or commanding officer.
Police and Fire Department Guidelines
Each local police and fire department have their own guidelines concerning uniforms and tattoos. Typically, police officers are prohibited from acquiring any new tattoo that would be visible above the collar bone, below the elbow, or below the middle of the thigh, except cosmetic tattoos such as permanent eyeliner or eyebrows. The display of any tattoo considered offensive, regardless of its location, while on duty or in any department facility is not permitted and must be covered at all times. Even approved tattoos may have to be covered by the department-issued uniform while on duty. Firefighters need to request their city or county’s policy regarding tattoos before getting one or talk to their supervisor about the visibility of already completed tattoos.
Do you already have a tattoo that may or may not meet these guidelines? Talk with the hiring person or your supervisor to determine if your tattoo is eligible to be grandfathered in or what actions you are expected to take. If removal is necessary, Orlando Skin Solutions offers Spectra Laser Tattoo Removal which uses laser energy to remove your tattoo. This treatment does not require downtime or anesthetics, though some clients prefer a topical anesthetic before treatment. The laser energy breaks down the ink into smaller particles that your body can absorb. Because tattoo ink is deposited so deeply into the skin, it may require multiple treatments to completely remove certain tattoos. Each Spectra Laser Tattoo Removal treatment takes 10-30 minutes depending on the size of the tattoo, and the number of treatments needed depends on the size, location, depth, and color. Whatever the reason for your tattoo removal, we are proud to offer Spectra Laser Tattoo Removal for our clients and if tattoo removal is the service for you, schedule a Spectra Laser Tattoo Removal today.Book Now