Patriotic tattoos often feature branches of the military, the American flag and other patriotic American symbols such as the bald eagle. Most patriotic tattoos incorporate red, white and blue, the colors of the American flag. Many people combine patriotic symbols to create a patriotic tattoo, such as a bald eagle with an American flag as a background. Patriotic tattoos symbolize pride in one's country, service in the military and freedom. Americans choose to get patriotic tattoos to display the pride they have for their country. Some patriotic tattoos picture a pair of combat boots, a rifle and a helmet. This symbolizes a fallen soldier, so many veterans who lost friends in battle get this image in their patriotic tattoo. Patriotic Marine Corps tattoos feature the official emblem of the United States Marine Corps, the Eagle, Globe and Anchor.
Sailors in the United States Navy often get patriotic tattoos featuring anchors and compasses. Soldiers in the United States Army sometimes get a patriotic Army Star tattooed with a camouflage theme. Another common military-themed patriotic tattoo idea is a dog tag tattoo. Soldiers and their loved ones can get tattoos featuring dog tags. Patriotic dog tag tattoos can be a memorial to a fallen soldier or in honor of a loved one serving overseas. Other patriotic tattoos feature icons from American pop culture such as Marilyn Monroe, superheroes like Captain America or other famous Americans. Patriotism can be easily displayed in a tattoo using symbolism and color:
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