Have tattoos if you want, but I won't!
MR Moy's description of my letter ( Your Say, August 5) is a bit over the top, as it was never my intention to slag anybody off.
A few facts may help clarify his points of view.
The skin is closely related to the human nervous system, so the introduction of ink below the layers of skin is a possible health hazard. Blood poisoning is possible and tattoos are sometimes apt to go wrong.
Being unable to carry out your job in the Navy is different to any other of the three main Forces, in that a replacement for a specialist task cannot always be found, due to limited numbers forming a crew.
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If you are happy to have tattoos, please go ahead – who am I to tell you what to do with your own body?
Why service records have a mention I don't understand, but if Mr Moy is 73 years old, he must have been aged four to five years old when I was called up in the Army to serve in Germany as a tank driver with the Royal Tank Regiment.
I then served 20 years in the Royal Navy.
My service in the Navy prompted me to say how sailors reacted after months at sea, going ashore and having tattoos after a few bevvies.
So I'm against tattoos. I'm entitled to say so just as you are entitled to disagree.
As for the Maoris, well I went to New Zealand and made friends with them so the Haka means no threat to anybody, it is merely a ceremony by the Maoris as part of their primitive past.
Many tribal races have these types of showing their traditions.
When my ship, HMS Cavalier, left New Zealand they stood in large crowds to cheer us on our way.
All the ship's company, including the skipper and officers, gave blood to a local hospital which had an horrific traffic accident to deal with, so we were really friends of the Maoris.
I think I would stand in front of them quite safely and without any shame – tattooed or not.