The US Coast Guard Tattoo Policy is similar to that of the other military branches. As always, tattoos that are racist, discriminatory, indecent, extremist, lawless, violent, or sexually explicit are not permitted by any branch of the military including the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard tattoo policy has gotten more lenient over the years and the main details are as follows:
- Chest tattoos are allowed so long as they are not visible while wearing a standard Coast Guard crew neck t-shirt.
- Hand tattoos must be no more than one inch in any direction and cannot go past the knuckle closest to the wrist.
- One finger tattoo is allowed per hand within the length from the first to the second knuckle.
- Additionally, one ring tattoo per hand is allowed except for on the thumb.