war paint


Sarah and Kipp
U.S. Coast Guard E6
Fifth Coast Guard District
USCGC Vigilant, USCGC Seahawk, USCGC Neah Bay

I got my first service related tattoo when it was time for my first re-enlistment. It was a big decision and I wanted to mark that -- I got the anchor on my bicep here. I was stationed on a patrol boat in Clarabelle, I got the tattoo done in Tallahassee, our nearest big city. From there I transferred up to Cleveland, I was on an Ice breaking tugboat in the Great Lakes. I worked with a couple of artists at 252 Tattoo. My wife got some of the classic Sailor Jerry artwork -- she's been very supportive of my career and my choices. Visually the older style of tattoos appeal to me, I have a lot of respect for the service of that time the World War II tattoos and the sailors of that era. My grandfather was in the Navy at that time -- a very proud time in American history and a proud time to be a sailor.