Military tattoos with dog tags

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Military tattoos with dog tags
A dog tag tattoo is commonly known as a meat tag. (dog tags image by pearlguy from

Dog tags work well as tattoo images from both a practical and creative standpoint. The military uses tattooed dog tags to identify soldiers so horribly disfigured that they can't be identified otherwise, and these "meat tags" hold up if a real dog tag goes missing. Also, like tattoos, dog tags are about documenting a life. Depending on your personal beliefs and your relation to the military, there are a number of dog tag tattoos possible.

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Stars and Stripes

Soldiers join the military to fight for their country. The stars and stripes of the American flag in conjunction with a dog tag tattoo will further reinforce this nationalistic pride, whether one is in the military or honouring a fallen soldier. For your tattoo, you can get a dog tag hanging off an image of the American flag or a dog tag adorned with the stars and stripes. This meat tag will show the true motivation behind getting a dog tag in the first place, to fight for one's country.

Praying Hands

Because the military uses dog tags to identify dead soldiers, meat tags in conjunction with spiritual imagery can be an evocative combination. Family and friends of soldiers killed in action can get tattoos of praying hands holding a dog tag to remember and pray for the soul of a dead soldier. The image resembles that of a pair of hands holding a rosary. If a loved one died in combat, you can get a meat tag featuring praying hands to honour this soldier and to help console yourself.


Many soldiers killed in action have significant others waiting at home for them. You can get a heart-shaped dog tag to remind yourself of a loved one at home or to honour a partner lost in combat. You can get an image of a dog tag shaped like a heart and make a statement that love cannot be broken by battle or war. A heart-shaped dog tag is fitting to show that, like a tattoo, your love will last forever.

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