UPDATED: Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 8:03am
Killeen, Texas (KWKT) — When Robert "Tubby" Marin opened Familia Tattoos over a year ago, he had no idea the army would soon regulate the size and amount of tattoos on soldiers. Located just down the street from Fort.Hood's east gate,he says, most of his cliental are soldiers from the base.
"I would say 90 % of our customers are all soldiers based here in Fort Hood."
Some of the shops in Killeen have recorded a decreased in business, but Tubby and many others are experiencing quite the opposite. He's seeing an influx of customers rushing to get inked before the new policy goes into full effect.
"A lot of the soldiers are trying to rush to get their tattoos before this kicks into play."
Over the past couple months the shop has been consistently booked, mainly with new soldiers wanting to get their first tattoo. The bulk of clients prefer memorial sleeves for their unit, wearing their artwork as a badge of honor.
"Memorial tattoos for their buddies that have died. I just think it's a shame to have that taken away from them."
The new army rules will prohibit tattoos on the head, neck and face and will monitor the size and amount of tattoos below the elbow and the knees.
"Anything visible on the neck is going to be documented."
It's still too early to determine how the new policy will directly effect business in the future.
Until then,Tubby welcomes all new clients wanting to get inked.