Tattoo of the week: Joe Carollo

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Joe Carollo

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Joe Carollo

— It was May 1967. Joe Carollo and nearly one dozen of his fellow soldiers in the Army were on leave before being deployed to Vietnam. They had too much to drink one night and all agreed to get tattoos. Carollo remembers the devil he got on his right calf cost about $5 and "hurt so bad" he didn't have the artists finish it.

"It was supposed to say 'Born to Raise Hell,' but I was going to write 'Born to Raise Watermelons.'" There was no reason why. "I'd never done anything like that in my life," he said. The 40th birthday of the tattoo was in May.

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