This tattoo is on G.I. Joe's back
Its not finished yet but he got the outline done the summer of 05, when we started dating.
At that point he was fresh out of basic and knew he was going to Iraq.
A number of his friends had already given their lives over there so he did this as a way of honoring them.
I think its my favorite out of all his tattoos.
This, on the other hand...is my least favorite.
To understand why, here is a little history:
G.I. Joe's platoon in Iraq had the call sign "Dragon."
He had told me on the phone a number of times that when he got home he wanted to get a dragon tattoo. I was totally fine with that because I know that being in combat with those guys for 12 months was a really huge deal so naturally he wanted to commemorate their brotherhood.
November 2006 I was busy trying to get excited about him coming home that January but also still dealing with being completely worry-sick because I rarely heard anything from him.
During one of the few conversations we had that fall he mentioned the tattoo....in passing.
He had gotten it back in July!
For us, we believe that when you are married your bodies belong to each other. G.I. Joe believes this wholeheartedly. Call us old fashion if you like, I really don't care. But it just makes sense. We made vows and we're sticking to them. That means he's going to be looking at me for a wicked long time. If he doesn't want me to tattoo a peace sign in the middle of my stomach, I understand.
So, there was that.
The other huge reason I didn't at all like this tattoo was because of what it symbolized.
That was a whole year of his life that I wasn't a part of.**** He'll say differently. He says I was what gave him the will to survive, what inspired him.... It doesn't feel like that for me. That entire year he was away he could stop and think of me at home. If he willed himself enough he could be right there in his mind, with me. In our home, or riding in our car, or at the Target down the road. G.I. Joe knows every nook and cranny of my life...but I couldn't picture him in Iraq. It felt like he was my entire world but I was only a part of his.
Nowadays I don't even think about this tattoo. I don't avoid looking at it, its just not important. I don't harbor any bad feelings over it. I'm immune. But it was quite a process to get to that point and to finally understand that we do now have one life together.
So...do you and your spouse, finance or boyfriend have any rules about tattoos and piercings? Can either of you go out and get something like that done or do you have to discuss it first?
PS-I have to thank my awesome G.I. Joe for letting me share this story. It wasn't at all to make him look bad, which he worried about. Its just a part of military life and deployments that makes for interesting discussions.