Marines' Tattoos in Marjah, Afghanistan

Marines' Tattoos in Marjah, Afghanistan
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Corporal Michael Rice, 29
Because tattoos are forbidden in Islamic culture — and part of the Marines' mission is to win over the hearts and minds of the local populace — the Marine Corps tries to limit what the men can do with their skin art. Tattoos on the head and neck are prohibited, and officers are limited to a maximum of four easily visible pieces.

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