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First tattoo shop on a US Army or Air Force base opens in Las Vegas

(American Tattoo Society/Facebook)

The armed forces is getting inked.

The American Tattoo Society is open for business at Nellis Air Force in Las Vegas. It boasts of being the first ink shop to operate on an active Air Force or Army base.

“We are always leading from the front and finding new ways to improve the quality of life for our Airmen,” the parlor wrote on its Facebook page Monday.

Troops looking to get branded can book appointments seven days a week, between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and a second shop is in the works, according to

Lt. Col. Bryon McGarry reportedly said the parlors’ will draw from talent in the Sin City area who will offer servicemen and women quality bodywork at military-budget prices.

“The establishment of a tattoo parlor on Nellis AFB is tied directly to Airmen morale,” he said.

McGarry also said having the shops on base will assure men and women in uniform are getting inked safely and in accordance to military guidelines.

The Air Force rules literally made room for a more tattooed membership at the start of 2017 by lifting the “25%” rule” that limited the amount or airmen’s bodies that could be covered in tattoos.

The Military Times reports that the Air Force allows tattoos on its service members’ arms, legs, chest and backs, but not on their heads, necks, faces or tongues and on no more than one finger.

Inked magazine reported in 2018 that Las Vegas is second only to New York City in its number of tattoo shops.


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