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FEATURE: Military police to relax tattoo ban

KEEPING WITH THE TIMES:The move is in line with social and cultural attitudes, which have changed over time, but tattoos are not allowed to be on highly visible body parts

By Lo Tien-pin and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

Lee added that he hopes all sectors of society can adopt a good attitude toward tattoos.

Lee, who is the chairman of a tattoo artists’ union in Taipei, said that Taiwanese youth are catching up with Europeans and North Americans, thus it is quite normal for young Taiwanese to have tattoos these days.

“Organizations in other countries even have their own tattoo logos,” he said. “For example, the US military’s SEAL units have a special tattoo for their members. Also, after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the US, many US firefighters got commemorative tattoos to remember their fallen comrades.”

“Taiwanese used to have a strong, negative impression of people with tattoos, but over these past seven to eight years, our society has become more open-minded,” he said.

He said that the military has also become more open-minded in recent years, saying that many of his customers are commissioned officers who wanted a tattoo to commemorate special occasions such as completing training, or retirement.

Some came to get a tattoo on their own, while other got their tattoos done as a group, he added.

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