A Thor tattoo and the story of a lost brother

Just like Thor, Marine veteran James Despenza had a tough father. While getting his Thor tattoo he tells the story of losing a Marine brother. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

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Just like Thor, Marine veteran James Despenza had a tough father. While getting his Thor tattoo he tells the story of losing a Marine brother. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

Artist recalls moving military memorial tattoo

Sean McGarrity is a tattoo artist and Army veteran who has seen highs and lows as an artist at Shooting Star Tattoo in Fayetteville, NC. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

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Sean McGarrity is a tattoo artist and Army veteran who has seen highs and lows as an artist at Shooting Star Tattoo in Fayetteville, NC. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

Tattoos are ‘for me, not for anyone else’

Mark is a soldier whose tattoos tell his story. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

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Mark is a soldier whose tattoos tell his story. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

Young Marine’s tattoo gets touching reaction from Marine stepdad

Joshua Raine’s stepfather expected his son to Eagle, Globe and Anchor tattoo, but it’s the finishing touch that got him. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

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Joshua Raine’s stepfather expected his son to Eagle, Globe and Anchor tattoo, but it’s the finishing touch that got him. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

Army veteran’s journey to opening tattoo shop

Jesse Denman is a retired Ranger and artist who feels veterans bring unique traits to entrepreneurship. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

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Jesse Denman is a retired Ranger and artist who feels veterans bring unique traits to entrepreneurship. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

Tattoo project may take years or decades

The creation of Tristan Voight’s back piece tattoo will span his Marine Corps career. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)

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The creation of Tristan Voight’s back piece tattoo will span his Marine Corps career. (Daniel Woolfolk/Staff)