Even in peacetime, military service is consideredspecial test and proof of strength and courage. Let in our country on February 23 more often congratulate all the representatives of the male sex, but those of them who are the real defenders of the Fatherland deserve more respect. The army also has its own culture, in the intervals between exercises and outfits, soldiers compose and sing songs, write poems, and after the end of the service, all the men gladly fill out the demobel albums and maintain contacts with fellow workers. It is not surprising that there are special army tattoos. It is very honorable and pleasant to wear a badge of honor and the memory of the days of service on your skin.
The history of tattoo in the Russian army
It's hard to believe, but tattoossoldiers did in Russia in tsarist times. Tsar Peter I ordered all the soldiers of his army to impale a cross on his wrist and a personal number. Remarkably, these army tattoos were done in a completely primitive and barbaric way. The necessary symbols were cut on the skin, after which gunpowder was poured into wounds and a bandage was applied on top. The procedure was very painful, but the tattoos were durable and noticeable. Due to this, in the Peter the Great Army there were never any problems with the identification of the dead. There have been tattoos in the Red Army since 1919. At their own request, the soldiers impaled a five-pointed star on their shoulders. But with the advent of Soviet power, army tattoos became less popular, and in some types of troops they were officially banned.
One of the most popular tattoos from serving andmilitary - the number of blood groups. Russian soldiers began to make such tattoos en masse in Afghanistan. The function of such tattoos was practical, and often tattoos and truth saved the lives of their owners. Today, the blood group is an incredibly popular tattoo in the Airborne Forces, usually done on the chest or shoulder. However, to call this kind of tattoos purely army difficult. Quite often today blood type is stuffed on its own skin and people who have no relation to the army. The value of the tattoo is also practical, its owners believe that the next image can save their lives during a catastrophe or accident.
Modern army tattoos and their meaning
Years go by, and tattoo motifs dedicated to serving inarmies, virtually unchanged. The most popular are the names of units or full graphic images of chevrons and other insignia. Symbols related to military themes are also distributed. Here the number of variations is enormous - these are weapons, military equipment, anchors and crosses for sailors, parachutes for paratroopers. Very often, army tattoos are also supplemented by the years of service or the name of the settlement in which the service took place.
Each type of troops has its own emblem
There are some in the culture of army tattooscommon characters. A bat is a symbol of intelligence or airborne. It is interesting to look at the tattoos of those who served in the North Caucasus. This is a scorpion on the chest, if the sting is directed upward, you can be sure that you are a person who participated in the battles. Soldiers of the Marine Corps often decorate their hands with a skull in a bandana, another popular design is the globe with an anchor and a dolphin jumping out of the waves. But the image of a polar bear symbolizes service in the ranks of the northern fleet. Army tattoos by type of troops often do not need professional decoding. Text labels are quite popular, such as: “For the Airborne Forces!”, “For the Navy!” And others. Paratroopers also often beat winged swords against the background of shields and uniform berets.