A Soldier’s Tattoo Becomes Truth

Tattoos are as old as war. Lots of soldiers get them, with military motifs, girlfriend’s names, or various guns, skulls or dragons adorning their skin. Some get something less ornate. Private First Class Kyle Hockenberry had “For those I love I will sacrifice” stitched into his flesh. He had no idea how prescient he was.

A member of the 1st Infantry Division, Hockenberry’s world changed June 15. He was on a foot patrol just outside Haji Ramuddin, Afghanistan, when an improvised explosive device detonated nearby. In this photograph, by Laura Rauch for the military’s Stars and Stripes newspaper, flight medic Corporal Amanda Mosher is tending to Hockenberry’s wounds aboard a medevac helicopter minutes after the explosion.
Kyle Hockenberry, 19, lost both legs and his left arm in the blast.


Photo courtesy of Laura Rauch / © Stars and Stripes

He joined the service last October, four months after graduating from Frontier High School outside Marietta, Ohio. A member of the National Honor Society, he loves motorcycles and hunting. After completing basic training, he returned home and spoke to local school children about the military. He shipped out to Afghanistan in February for a year-long tour with the 4th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Infantry Regiment, 1st Heavy Combat Brigade, from Fort Riley, Kansas.

Praying for Kyle HockenberryAfter the blast, Hockenberry traveled from Afghanistan to Germany to San Antonio in nine days, where he is undergoing additional surgeries and rehabilitation. “Kyle is doing very well,” his mother, Kathy, told Battleland on Thursday. “He continues to do rehab. Hopefully soon will start working for his prosthetics. He is still in the hospital, not sure for how long.” She praises the “truly amazing” staff at the Brooke Army Medical Center. The family keeps relatives, friends and strangers apprised of Kyle’s progress on the Facebook page. “He can not wait to get out of the hospital,” Kathy posted Monday. “He is eating everything that don’t eat him first. Haha. Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers. Just keep them coming.”

Hockenberry’s uncle, Jim Hall, told the Marietta Times last month that doctors have sought to preserve Hockenberry’s tattoo as they conduct multiple surgeries and skin grafts around it. “His tattoo really sums it all up,” Hall said. “He really doesn’t like the word ‘hero.’ So we call him – he’s our miracle.”

Original article published Sept. 28, 2011 by Read more: How a soldier’s tattoo came true | TIME.com

Grandmother throws out Wigs and Hats for Head Tattoo


When Ann McDonald, a Scottish grandmother of three, lost all of her hair due to alopecia she decided that wigs and hats weren’t for her and got a full head tattoo. What a story of courage! The Daily Record reports:

A GRANNY has ditched her wig in favour of something more permanent – a tattoo.

Ann McDonald, 60, got the £720 floral design after getting fed-up with having to wear wigs and hats.

The gran of three suffers from alopecia and a thyroid condition which made all her hair fall out three years ago.

She says the tattoo, which took 12 hours to complete, has changed her life.

Ann, from Edinburgh, said: “I was getting depressed because I didn’t have any hair. I’d just lie in bed and cry.

“I wanted something to cover my head. I’ve got hundreds of wigs and hats but they’re no good. So I decided to get a tattoo.”

She went to Pete’s Tattoo Studio in Dalkeith, Mid-lothian, where owner Pete Gillespie and his son Kevan agreed to do the piece.

Ann, who has been supported by her husband Ian, 68, and her five kids, is delighted with the result.

She said: “They did a great job. It’s worth every penny.

“It really, really hurt. It was very painful. But I stuck it out because I really wanted it done.

“People at work think it’s fantastic and take pictures of it. Ian likes it and my family like it.

“I feel so much happier.”

Pete said: “This is the most unusual tattoo we’ve done, but the most rewarding.

“At first I thought it was a bit mad but once you get to know Ann and her reasons behind doing it you can’t help but understand. She’s a really nice lady.

“We’ve never tattooed anybody’s full head before, so it was a first for us.”

A woman with “horns” and “fangs” like Vampire.

A woman from Mexico changed her appearance with tattoos at all her body and implanted titanium under the skin of her forehead to create horns. A new bizzare news, people called her “Vampire Woman”

Maria Jose Christerna is a tattoo artist and a lawyer. She showed off her thrilling look at the tattoo exhibition in the city of Monterey.

Christerna claimed to be obsessed with tattoos after became the victim of domestic violence. “Tattooing is a form of freedom from me”, says Maria.
According to her, the constant beatings and torture she received at home led her to make tattoos almost 100% of her body.

She also added some piercings in her face and some titanium implants on the forehead to create the form of horns. Then she also change the shape of her teeth to create long fangs. Although her performance looks creepy, Christerna claimed to have a normal life.

“I implanted the horns without anaesthetic, they’re the symbols of strength. I made the vampire fangs because I liked vampires when I was a little girl”, said Christerna again.

resource: thesun.co.uk