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Sending physical photos/tattoos?

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alexandrakase
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Sending physical photos/tattoos?

Hey! I just recently sent my penpal a photo of myself, and a second photo of my dog. Since we have been corresponding through snail mail, both prints, 4x6 from Walgreens. I assume these are ok, the photo of myself is in no way revealing or inappropriate. However, I decided to do a little research and I keep coming across words like "refrain from sending photos of tattoos as they could be considered affiliated with gang related things" etc. Here's the thing, I am a very heavily tattooed woman, INCLUDING script/floral on my face. Again, nothing inappropriate whatsoever. I am wondering if this is going to cause a problem, or if the statements I'm reading elude more to don't send a photo of just your tattoos. I would hate to not be able to put a face to my letters, but I might just be over thinking this lol. Hopefully someone can shed some light on this topic for me, thank you!

VioletGrey
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Hi alexandrakase, 

As with all things prison, it will ultimately be up to whoever is in the mailroom at your PPs prison at the time they arrive. It varies widely what will be accepted and what won't. Great thing is, he'll either get them - great! Or they won't and you'll have to try again. 
I've sent (in the past) all kinds of photos of myself - yoga poses, silly faces, lingerie shots, family photos and none have been rejected. I took a close up of a tattoo I got for my pen pal and sent that through and that was fine too. I think they're more looking for specific gang related tattoos that perhaps wouldn't be allowed. But they can order magazines like "Inked" and similar ones (my PP is in Federal) and that isn't a problem so I shouldn't think you're tattoos should be a problem either. 

alexandrakase
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Thanks for the reply! That made me feel a little better that they probably will make it there ok. :-)