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What are the Stories Behind Your Tattoos?

At Galanos House we invited all residents and staff from various departments to come together and share the stories behind their tattoos, in a ‘show and tell’ style session.

We all like to mark significant events and in the Armed Forces this can be particularly varied. It can range from pilgrimages to past battlefields, religious services and formal parades to individual acts and reflections, but none more than a permanent tattoo. Inked on to the skin military tattoos are full of meaning and symbolism, telling stories of personal sacrifice, Remembrance and belonging.

Amongst the military tattoos, we also uncovered many personal tattoos that remember close family members and people of importance in life. Some tattoos help cope with loss, including the loss of pets and others commemorate achievements – a really humbling and interesting session with lots of laughs and emotions.

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