War Paint: Tattoo Culture & the Armed Forces

War Paint: Tattoo Culture & the Armed Forces

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War Paint: Tattoo Culture & the Armed Forces by Kyle Cassidy

For many servicemen, the battle is over, but the ink lives on. Thousands of soldiers have chosen to commemorate their military service through tattoos, a custom as old as war paint itself. Yet military tattoos go far beyond the usual anchor and eagle clichés, and are often as complex and varied as the military experience. For the first time, documentary photographer Kyle Cassidy has sought out veterans who marked their military service with a tattoo and they are shown here in all their glory: fresh, faded, sometimes intertwined with wounds, physical and otherwise. And the stories behind these tattoos, both conventional and surprising, are just as engaging. In a transient world, with shifting enemies, mores, leaders, and friends, this is a testament to the values of a permanent commemoration. The unique journey into each soldier's story will captivate you. Not only is this book a great resource for history and military buffs, but it is also a great reference for tattoo artists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764340864
Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.
Publication date: 06/28/2012
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 11.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kyle Cassidy is an award-winning photographer and has been documenting American culture since the 1990s. Science fiction fans, rocking chair owners, and musicians have been among his subjects.

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elektrah More than 1 year ago
Over the last few years, I’ve developed an interest in tattoo art (some of you know why). When I saw the publication announcement for War Paint, the concept immediately intrigued me: photos of tattoos on military personnel by one of the best pros around, and the stories behind the art. It’s always interesting to hear why people get the tats they choose. Publishing the book on Memorial Day really made sense, too. It was already on my list of books to buy “one day”–and it kept moving up. When I realized that Kyle Cassidy was going to be speaking at Moonstone Arts Center in Philadelphia in just a few weeks, it motivated me to order a copy now–so I could get it inscribed. In due course War Paint arrived, and I put it down next to the computer to log it in to the library system. Big mistake. The colorful cover images are mesmerizing, enticing you to pick up the book and leaf through it. So I did. I read a few of the stories, and finally put it down and did some work. Then I picked it back up and read some more. The book is positively insidious, sucking you in with beguiling images when you should be working! Only buy this book if you’re actually interested in reading it, because it will sneak up on you and insist that you look inside. It’s full of well-taken photos paired with fascinating stories--incredible insights into the men and women that defend our country. It gives the armed forces names and faces and makes them people you know and understand. It makes history personal. Recommended for anyone who appreciates tattoo art and/or likes hearing “old war stories.” It also makes a lovely gift.