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TILA_ABs_NoMore's avatar

Any ideas on a memorial tattoo for my grandfather?

Asked by TILA_ABs_NoMore (895points) April 9th, 2010

My grandfather passed away in December and I have been trying to come up with a design for a tattoo for him. He was an army veteran in WWII, so I’d maybe like to come up with something that incorporates that (without being too “guy-ish”). He also loved guns. Any ideas?

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El_Cadejo's avatar

I really dont think any of us can answer this question. I mean sure you told us he was in WWII and liked guns, but none of us knew you’re grandfather at all. Id think you’d want this to be something personal.

plethora's avatar

Why don’t you put yourself in your grandfather’s shoes and think about whether he would even want a tattoo gracing your body. Then think again.

jfos's avatar

I’d say a lower back tattoo that says “GRANDPA” or whatever you used to call him.

DarkScribe's avatar

“Don’t blame me – it was her idea…”

TILA_ABs_NoMore's avatar

@uberbatman Not looking for someone to tell me exactly what to get. Just looking for ideas..symbols, etc

TILA_ABs_NoMore's avatar

@plethora He would have been fine with it thanks

TILA_ABs_NoMore's avatar

@jfos On my lower back?!?! lol

plethora's avatar

Or maybe the tattoo is a good idea. How about a head shot of your grandpa starting, oh say right about your breasts and going down to your navel. Covering both breasts of course.

plethora's avatar

@TILA_ABs_NoMore This question, honey, is way too much fun to play with.

jfos's avatar

@TILA_ABs_NoMore Well, that’s a place where people would be likely to look/see.

cazzie's avatar

Yeah… don’t talk to us… talk to his old buddies or an older relative who knew him.

My Dad passed away and was a veteran of WW2. WW2 was a defining moment, but not his whole life. Find out where he served, where he had R&R….BUT.. I’m absolutely sure there was more to his man than WW2 and guns. Find out more.

I have two smashing photos of my dad during this time in the Army when he was in Alaska, working for Fish and Game. He LOVED that work, best of all. My older brothers had to share a room with a bear cub for several weeks. Tonnes more stories like that…..

jfos's avatar

A good tattoo would be to have it look like your breasts are binoculars, with the nipples being eyes looking through the lenses. Then you could have hands coming up to hold them, and a kneeling body beneath covered in foliage, dressed in a WWII uniform.

PupnTaco's avatar

You’re going to tattoo your dead grandpa?!? Seems kinda mean considering he can’t say yes or no to the procedure.

plethora's avatar

@jfos Hahahahahahahahahahahaha…..OH that’s great!!!!!!

TILA_ABs_NoMore's avatar

@Scooby Crap!! I cant see it from my work computer. I’ll definitely check on it when I get home! Thanks for not being a jerk ;-)

Scooby's avatar


No probs hope it checks out! ;-)

trailsillustrated's avatar

how about finding what unit he was with and using the logo? for example, my dad’s unit had a really cool monkey with goggles and a scarf, with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. really small. something like that?

TILA_ABs_NoMore's avatar

@trailsillustrated I would love to find something like that!! I may need to dig around in this boxes to see if I can find something. Maybe ask my uncle? I don’t think anyone else, including my grandmother, know the specifics. Im trying to find something general in the meantime to atleast get an idea…but cant come up with much of anything. Thanks for your help!

filmfann's avatar

Was he a paratrooper? I really like the idea of a man parachuting down to your butt crack.

TILA_ABs_NoMore's avatar

@plethora What’s your deal?!?!

augustlan's avatar

[mod says] Let’s try to actually be helpful, folks.

plethora's avatar

@TILA_ABs_NoMore Oh, just in a humorous mood today….:) Couldn’t resist. The thought of you getting a tattoo honoring your granddad is a very funny topic. So incongruous. Humor flows out of incongruity, ya know.

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TILA_ABs_NoMore's avatar

@plethora Not really that funny of a topic…but so glad I could make your day. Must be a huge generation gap.

plethora's avatar

@TILA_ABs_NoMore Oh… enormous generation gap. Besides, I’m just a beagle. Who could take me seriously? Thanks for the entertainment. I’ll shall leave you alone to plan the festivities.

CMaz's avatar

None. Don’t do it.

Wait a year. If you still want to then, it is your body.

Plant a tree. Hang onto something special of his.

Memorial Tattoos lock you in to never letting go. And you have to.
You don’t have to forget, apparently you loved him.

I just see them as something of a distraction. When other people are wanting to get to know you.

I am sorry for you loss. :-(

filmfann's avatar

@ChazMaz What a sensitive comment!
Who are you really, and does ChazMaz know you hacked his account?

cazzie's avatar

@filmfann hahaha…. wow… People here are not what some posts make you think… I think it’s wonderful that things ARE always more complicated than we first think….

@ChazMaz ‘Great Answer’ from me…

dpworkin's avatar

I’m pretty sure that no one much tattoos dead people.

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