Weekend Update: July 7 2013

Immortalizing Memories: The Marine 'Moto Tat'

By Cpl Thomas Bricker
June 30, 2013

Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif. -- One way Marines display their caliber of dedication to their Corps lasts a bit longer than a t-shirt or a bumper sticker. It can’t be lost in a move to a new duty station and it certainly can’t be broken by knocking it off a table.

The ‘moto tat,’ or motivational tattoo, has been around much longer than the Marines who serve today. For some, it’s a reminder of their glory days. To others, it’s a tribute to a fallen brother or sister. Regardless of reason, military tattoos often hold deep meaning to their owner.

According to tattooarchive.com, servicemembers getting tattoos to remember their time in the military date back to at least the 1800s. Sailors, for example, would get different tattoos annotating professional achievements they had reached such as crossing the equator or sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. To continue reading, click here.