War Paint: Tattoo Culture & the Armed Forces

War Paint Tattoo Culture the Armed Forces For many service men and women the battle is over but the ink lives on Thousands have chosen to commemorate their military service through tattoos a custom as old as war paint itself Yet military t

  • Title: War Paint: Tattoo Culture & the Armed Forces
  • Author: Kyle Cassidy
  • ISBN: 9780764340864
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For many service men and women, the battle is over, but the ink lives on Thousands 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 cliches, and are often as complex and varied as the military experience For the first time, documentary photographer Kyle CaFor many service men and women, the battle is over, but the ink lives on Thousands 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 cliches, 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, s, leaders, and friends, this is a testament to the values of a permanent commemoration The unique journey into each service man and woman 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.

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    1. Me and my brother during a training exerciseThis book hits really close to home for me. I enlisted in 2004 and served during both the war in Afghanistan and the one in Iraq. The missions I worked were incredibly stressful and I saw, did, and read about a lot of things that people who have never been in the military just can’t understand. I could tell you the stories, I could try to explain the worry and the nightmares, and though you might sympathize, you’ll probably never really get it.Thes [...]

    2. I have a huge amount of respect for the armed forces, these men and women risk their lives for their countries and to uphold our way of life and I'm incredibly grateful to them for everything they do. I'm also fascinated with the tattoos people choose and the reasons behind them so of course I wanted to read War Paint the moment I first heard about it.Kyle Cassidy has spent years talking to veterans and serving members of the military both young and old, talking to them about their tattoos and t [...]

    3. 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. [...]

    4. If you like tattoos and it seems more do daily this might be a great gift for a friend. Warpaint takes and Indian cultural idea and makes it into an American history lesson. It contains interviews with former and current military personnel that explains why they got inked and why they chose what they did to put on their bodies for life.They commemorates their family, their jobs, their services to our country and, most of all – their individuality. Warpaint is a must-read for lovers of military [...]

    5. I love tattoos. I like seeing them, I like getting them, I like to know the reasons why other people get them. This book was excellent for that. I know Kyle Cassidy's reputation thanks to Neil Gaiman, and when I saw him mentioned on NetGalley, I looked into it.I like the stories behind a lot of these, like the Vietnam vet who has a tunnel rat on his arm, and says, very succinctly, "They went down in the tunnels in 67, 68. I went down in the tunnels. I don't talk about it."One of the best things, [...]

    6. Cassidy interviewed veterans and current service members about their military tattoos and why they got them. Ranging from WWII to Afghanistan, each war is unique and brings different scars and victories to it's soldiers. This book shows the personal side of history and war.Why I picked it up: I was curious about the stories and artwork.Why I finished it: I was really intrigued by the Navy SEALs tattoos what they chose since they don't want to announce that they are SEALs if they are captured.

    7. War Paint is a book about military tattoos. Stories and pictures from World War II to the modern era. I enjoyed reading the descriptions and history behind the designs and decisions. This book hit an emotional resonance with me and I don't have any tattoos nor did I earn the eagle, globe & anchor.

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