A tattoo I would get


This tattoo is awesome…it’s one that I would wear with pride.

A poignant tattoo honouring Kiwi war veterans has caught the world’s imagination, going viral on social media just days after being inked onto a Lower Hutt man.

A photo of Bruce Neal ‘s patriotic body art had gained 128,000 likes on Facebook by this afternoon, plus nearly 5000 comments and 40,000 shares.

The Wainuiomata ex-army man got inked last Thursday, and just hours later the tattoo was getting thousands of likes after Petone tattoo parlour Pieces of Eight uploaded a snapshot.

“It just went ballistic,” Neal, 59, said. ?

“It’s just unbelievable the way it picked up. Obviously it struck a chord.”

The 19-centimetre tattoo depicts a line of World War I soldiers marching into the distance, which reflected creates the shape of a fern. “Lest We Forget” is written below.

Many people commented on Facebook that it was the best tattoo they had ever seen, while others suggested it would make a good new flag.

Neal had been waiting 41 years to fall in love with a design for his second tattoo, having got a kiwi bird on his shoulder aged 18. He saw the soldier fern image on a historical information board on the Wellington waterfront, and knew he had found the one.

“I thought ‘that’s it’. That means something to me.”


With my great grandfather serving at Gallipoli and my FIL serving in Vietnam this has real meaning for me.

ANZAC day is a few weeks away, there is time.


– Fairfax