Tattoo Revisions to Navy Policy

For many years, our blog has shared some the coolest and most controversial news about tattoos from around the world.  Today we learned of a super awesome change to the Navy’s tattoo policies!  Check it out from 13NewsNow!

“The Navy Personnel Command announced revisions to its personal appearance policy regarding tattoos last month.  It will take effect on April 30th of this year.  The Navy proclaimed that it recognizes the prevalence of tattoos, especially with millennials, the generation it is recruiting and wanting to retain. 

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens explained, “We need to make sure that we’re not missing any opportunities to recruit and retain the best and the brightest because of our policies.”

The revisions to the personal appearance policy permit the following:

• Multiple or large tattoos below the elbow or knee, including the wrists and hands.
• One neck tattoo, which includes behind the ear. This tattoo cannot exceed one inch in length or height in either or both directions.

It is important to note that no tattoos are allowed on the head, face (to include the ears) and scalp; and allowable tattoos on the torso cannot be visible when one is wearing his/her white uniform. These revisions also do not change the Navy’s rules concerning the content of tattoos and other body art anywhere on the body. 

The Navy’s administrative records specifically state: “Tattoos/body art/brands located anywhere on the body that are prejudicial to good order, discipline, and morale or are of a nature to bring discredit upon the naval service are prohibited. For example, tattoos/body art/brands that are obscene, sexually explicit, and/or advocate discrimination based on sex, race, religion, ethnic, or national origin are prohibited. In addition, tattoos/body art/brands that symbolize affiliation with gangs, supremacist or extremist groups, or advocate illegal drug use are prohibited.”

You can read more about these revisions by clicking here.”

So to all of our friends in the Navy who have been waiting to finish up their sleeves or to get a small tattoo on their necks, come on down! We’d love to ink ya at our Waikiki tattoo studio!

434 Tattoo is located at 434 Ena Rd. in Honolulu, Hawaii.  It is one of Hawaii’s best tattoo shops, having won multiple awards, and is run by Tattoo Adam Siehr (Horiyume).  Horiyume has over 20 years in the business and strives for excellent customer service and satisfication. The shop is open from 10a – 10p and contact info & directions can be found below.

434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii



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