Email This Post HomeHumorThe Military, Tattoos and The X-Factor’s Vino Alan Amy Vansant November 27, 2012 Humor 22 Comments I almost didn’t post this because it meant admitting I’m watching The X-Factor. The show is a train wreck, with Brittany Spears delivering every line like she had Frosted Xanax Loops for breakfast, Khloe Kardashian fumbling with her mic as if she she’s not used to holding 10″ long oblong objects and Mario “Autopilot” Lopez maniacally grinning during tales of contestants’ personal tragedies. The highlight of one show was Khloe falling into a trance and stroking a girl’s hair as if she was a cherished pet Pomeranian. Strangely, something disturbed me more than The X-Factor‘s laughable hosts. Contestant Vino Alan dedicated a performance to the U.S. Military and mentioned that he’d tried to join the Army, only to be denied due to his extensive tattoo collection. I paused the TV and screeched “SERIOUSLY!??” to Mike,who sighed and resigned himself to my indignant tirade. As if it happens two or three times a day. Admittedly, Vino does have some crazy tats, on his neck, face and his entire scalp. But the U.S. Military turning down able-bodied persons for body art? It was our very U.S. military men who embraced tattooing as a means of brotherhood, remembrance and a touch of menace. In 2006, the Army relaxed their tattoo policy to allow people with ink on their hands and the back of their neck below the collar to join. Face, head and neck above the collar line still remains forbidden. I understand why racist and otherwise inflammatory tattoos are forbidden. There are a lot of people who might not feel inclined to save the life of a soldier with a swastika on his forehead. But a cheesy tribal tattoo over a guy’s eye (i.e. Mike Tyson), while regrettable, isn’t something that should cause trouble in the ranks. If anything, he’d be twice as menacing to the enemy, or, while the enemy is laughing at him, he might gain the upper hand. I also understand why the military aims to instill a sense of propriety and order. Having a panther running across your cheek that you can’t hide beneath a t-shirt is a bit disorderly. But today people are nearly numb to the novelty of such tats, and if a guy with a teardrop under his eye has survived the streets to set himself on a new path via the military, I don’t think we should toss him back because of a little ink. And yes, the potential enlisted person can opt to have the tattoo removed, but for many, the cost of removal could be out of reach or just enough of a hurdle to keep him or her from making a change. The military won’t pay for it. This is all what I wanted to say. What I actually said was: Me: That’s bullshit. Dude can’t fight for his country because he’s got a squiggly on his temple? And shit on his head that just looks like really, really flat hair? Mike: Yep. You done? Me: Yeah… NO! And January Jones is a shitty actress, but I like her on Mad Men and it’s confusing! Mike: …? Me: And the batteries in the Wii controllers go dead at an alarming rate! Mike:… Me: Now I’m done. Mike: Maybe Vino HAS offensive tattoos. Have you read his scalp? Me: No. Mike: Exactly. Now hit play and give me the remote. Me: Fine. Bullshit. About Latest Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. Latest posts by Amy Vansant (see all) Florida is a Jungle, Shortbread Recipe, Fantasy Giveaway and Book Deals - September 11, 2019 Hurricane Blows By, Win a Kindle Reader & More Deals - September 4, 2019 Winners of the Name the Movie Contest, Cover Animation, Giveaways… - August 29, 2019 22 Responses Tiffany N. York November 27, 2012 I live in an area where if you don’t have a tattoo you’re considered a freak, so if the military is going to limit its choices, that’ll hurt them in the end. And I have one word for you: RECHARGEABLE 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 28, 2012 If we actually used them more than once a year I definitely would! 0 likes Reply Lance November 27, 2012 the wii batteries are ridiculously weak. we replace them at least once every two weeks. I almost joined the air force in 1994. Now, I had a college degree and thus wanted to be an officer. Part of my paperwork stated that appearance could be grounds for denial and they listed things like piercings and excessive tattoos, although I don’t rmember if it said head or face. I have 8 tattoos. all of them are small to medium size and they’re in places likes biceps, hips, shoulder, etc, where I can cover them at work. wait…wth? You watch x factor? 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 27, 2012 Well we started to watch it and then it got worse and worse… but we’d put time into it… I’m so ashamed. 0 likes Reply Calvin Klein Store April 23, 2014 Everyone loves what you guys are usually up too. This type of clever work and exposure! Keep up the great works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my personal blogroll. 0 likes bill major November 27, 2012 hey ! lol i watch them all, here ,uk au and yes brittny spears is so bland, its like shes passing gas when she talks good lord 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 28, 2012 I hadn’t thought of it that way but… yes… I can see that! 0 likes Reply jennifer November 28, 2012 Khloe Kardashian commentary = PURE GOLD PS Please keep watching XFactor and other crappy shows. My guilty pleasure is reading your take on it, rather than subjecting myself to watching (read: weeping for humanity). 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 28, 2012 Shit. I was afraid of that. Ah well. That’s the beauty of being a drinker. You can lower your IQ to double digits and get some enjoyment out of just about anything. 0 likes Reply Christian at Point Counter-Point Point Point November 28, 2012 Oh my god I’ve been telling people for years now that January Jones is the worst actress in Hollywood. Sure she’s fine for the part of Bettie in Mad Men but if you watch her in anything else you realize that she is doing the Bettie part in every role. i.e. every line is delivered as if she is just reading it off of a piece of paper for the first time. I actually wish they would write her off of Mad Men. Oh, and boo at the military for not accepting everyone regardless of tattoos. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 28, 2012 Yes! Isn’t she awful?? I’ve seen Disney animatronic puppets show more emotion. I’ve been rooting for her to get knocked off the show for a while, instead of just knocked up by Jason Sudeikis. That little Lothario… 0 likes Reply Abby November 28, 2012 Dumb question, but is the policy based on the look or on the health aspect? I know you can’t donate blood, etc. if you’ve had a tattoo in the past year due to possible health complications and contamination or whatever. Either way it’s weird, but I don’t understand much about the military. Or why people watch X-Factor 😉 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 28, 2012 The look, because it only applies to certain areas. Blood problems don’t only occur above the collar. I think they just find it a little to wild and crazy for their sense of discipline, but come on… they soldiers, not yacht club managers. 0 likes Reply Jen November 28, 2012 First of all, I can only imagine you are watching the X Factor for potential blog material. That’s why I started watching The Voice but then I got totally sucked in and am hooked. So, you should too. Secondly, tattoos scare me. Those things are pretty much permanent. Piercing my ears was bad enough. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant November 29, 2012 It’s because by the end of the day I’m so brain dead I’ll watch almost anything… The Voice is a lot better. Love me some Blake Shelton… long tall glass of water… 0 likes Reply Jen November 29, 2012 Currently, I have a crush on Adam Levine. I feel like a Cougar. 0 likes Natalie the Singingfool November 28, 2012 Um, most military personnel I know have more ink than a office supply warehouse. Granted, it’s usually in the torso region, but still…seems vaguely unfair. 0 likes Reply SarcasticNinja November 29, 2012 You would think the tats would make a soldier more menacing rather than a problem…I hear war paint is effective, why not ink? 0 likes Reply Stacey December 2, 2012 The military is all about standards. When they need to boost their numbers, they get a little more lax with some rules (like allowing tattoos on hands), but when recruiting is good, they can get more picky. Physical appearance is taken seriously. See what happens if you show up to formation with an earring in, stubble on your face, or your hair long enough to touch your ears. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant December 2, 2012 Nice – I was hoping someone with some insight would help me with this. The “we care less when we have to care less” thing is interesting. Thanks! 0 likes Reply Kristen December 13, 2012 Why does Brittany have to squint every time she speaks? I completely agree with you about the body art. Ridiculous on the part of the military! 0 likes Reply http://www.latiendasexy.net January 25, 2013 It’s really a nice and helpful piece of info. I’m happy that you just shared this useful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing. 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!