In a week when the president committed to sending more troops to Afghanistan, the Post-Gazette reports that a U.S. Air Force recruit may have been taken out of service for her tattoo.
According to the Pittsburgh paper, 19-year-old Kayla Bresnan passed all her exams and qualified in every way. But, the day before heading to basic training, an official objected to the 3-inch tattoo on her “saluting arm.” Turns out the U.S. Air Force decided on Nov. 25 that any ink below the right elbow didn’t fit a military professional image of the men and women who take to the skies.
Bresnan might still have a chance, thanks to a 30-day grace period. Squadron commanders can review tattoos on a “case-by-case basis.” Sounds like an interesting use of their time. The offending tat by the way: the mask symbolizing Greek theatrical comedy.
Tattoos have become pretty mainstream these days: Tattoo-related searches on Yahoo! got a big boost in 2009.
Top 2009 Tattoo Searches on Yahoo!
- Star Tattoos
- Tribal Tattoos
- Cross Tattoos
- Flower Tattoos
- Butterfly Tattoos
- Heart Tattoos
- Miami Ink Tattoos
- Skull Tattoos
- Dragon Tattoos
- Rose Tattoos
Not much for the US Air Force symbol, but might make a good tat. Just keep it under your sleeve. Up high.