News 12 at 11 o'clock / Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
MARTINEZ, Ga. (WRDW) -- There's a story behind each one. For Cody Turner, it's a reminder of who he's lost, now written in in on his skin forever.
"To put that somewhere where it's going to be the rest of my life, it was a symbolic way of saying thank you," Turner said.
A thank you to his "battle buddy", Danny Lee.
"When I look at that, it's a memory for me and I can always remember those guys just by a simple piece of ink," he said.
Ink that's gone unnoticed for years until now. New army recruits would be banned from getting tattoos on their forearms,lower legs, and above their necklines.
"The one I have on my leg, my whole squad got the same thing, it was dedicated to a guy we lost," Turner said to News 12's Patrick Price.
Seasoned soldiers with tattoos won't be allowed to add any more to those specific areas.
"A lot of people just want to commemorate their time in the service," said James Mclaughlin who owns New Image Tattoo.
And about four times a week, Mclaughlin adds a piece of art to a soldiers body.
"It's a military tradition for sure to go and get ink," he said.
But soon, the ink in his shop could be flowing a little slower. Since his army days, he's seen the military go back and forth on what's accepted and what's not.
"They usually give us a piece of paper that lets us know what we can and can't do and set the guidelines," he said.
"For such a silly thing to being looked at with as much stuff that's going on with the country and around the world right now, it's offensive to me," said Turner.
A freedom that could soon disappear, but he still has an inkling of hope.
"To be able to sit down afterwards after it's all done and drink a beer and say man lets go get another tattoo," Turner told News 12.