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Covering up tattoos
#1
JMJ -

Question for all of you who have been doing this for a while.  

I posted a picture of me in another thread.  In it I am holding my scutum and gladius.  On my arm holding the gladius you can clearly see my (very colorful) cross tattoo.  I have a total of four (4) tattoos.  One on each forearm and one on each shoulder (they cover a rather large area, though they are not half sleeves).  

My question is, if I were to join a legion (hopefully...) would I, should I, be worried about covering up my tattoos?  Any thoughts from the veterans?
YBIC
Mike S.
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#2
Ideally you'd want to cover them up but I don't think most people will get on you for being unable to do so, not in the US at least. Some of the European groups might.
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#3
Yeah Evan is right. Especially modern stuff would be as difficult to explain as glasses. Long sleeves might help as well or (if local) a bandage.
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#4
I don't know if they would be 'modern'. One is even written in Latin. I can cover the shoulder ones with sleeves, but I like the idea of bandages on my forearms. I will see what happens if/when I can get in with a group.

Thank you.
YBIC
Mike S.
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#5
They would be. They had tatoos in ancient times (we've even found them on mummified corpses) but the art style and everything is totally different.
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(02-10-2017, 05:52 PM)Flavivs Aetivs Wrote: They would be. They had tatoos in ancient times (we've even found them on mummified corpses) but the art style and everything is totally different.

Fair enough.
YBIC
Mike S.
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#7
Coming back to the idea of bandages on my arms: would simple strips of white linen wrapped around my arms in the affected area be the way to go?
YBIC
Mike S.
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