|War Paint is out today
||[May. 28th, 2012|07:33 am]
Happy Memorial Day. My book, War Paint: Tattoo Culture and the Armed Forces is out today. You can buy it from Amazon (pay no mind to that "4 to 6 weeks" - it's shipping now) or look for it in your local bookstore (special prize to the first person to send me a photo of it "in the wild").
A few years back I found myself looking at one of those ribbons on the back of a car that said "support our troops" and wondered what I could do to actually "support our troops" rather than just putting a magnet on my car. Soon after I met a WWII veteran with a tattoo of a paratrooper on his arm and I asked him about it. For the next two hours he told me about parachuting into France on D-Day, being wounded at the Battle of the Bulge, getting tattooed in Scotland while drunk -- I realized that nobody had asked him about it before and that we were losing these stories, so many of which had a significance so personal you may not be able to tell just looking at them, you had to ask.
War Paint is a collection of portraits and stories, there are also closeups of tattoos if you're interested in closeups of tattoos.
Click to read Nick's story
Thanks to everybody in uniform and especially the people overseas away from their families, in harms way, whether in uniform or not. Come home safe. And thanks to my publisher, Schiffer Books who saw something here. Happy Memorial Day.
And, in case you missed it, here's the talk I did at Franklin & Marshall college on War Paint. There's a long wonderfully flattering introduction, student Ann Leffel talks briefly about her tattoo photography project and I start about 12 minutes in. And I do answer the question "why should you thank a soldier if you're against the war?" which is something someone brought up here a few weeks ago.
Stories in Ink: Capturing the Art of Tattoos from Franklin & Marshall College on Vimeo.
I'd love it if you'd share with your friends.
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I am so happy for you.
I just can't wrap my head around that idea of 'why should I thank a soldier if I am against war'? I mean, they didn't create the war, they are doing their job - and it's a dangerous job at that. Like any employees there are those who do their job ethically and to the best of their ability and those who do not - but on the whole they are doing a difficult job that may kill them.
I will now step away from my soapbox.
Purchased! Thank you Kyle!
I've seen it, Tom. It's awesome. You will not regret.
I mean, regret the purchase. You may very well regret many things in your life. Many, many things.
Regrets are for those who worry about the past to the present. I, rather, concern myself with the present to the future.
(Though there was that one time when Kev...)
Thank you for this. For what it's worth, I linked to this entry in a post about Memorial Day. (I'll risk being too self-promoting by linking it
, though the day isn't about me.)
I'd pre-ordered. I can't wait to see the book!
Congratulations. Thank you for asking those questions and then sharing the answers with the rest of us.
Jesus Christ. My toes curled, reading his story. Literally.
Also: congrats, hon-- I am thrilled for you. Mazel Tov!
I FINALLY managed to order War Paint. I kept meaning to and was bugging the local BaM as to why they did not have it. I finally ordered from Amazon today.
Also shared it with friends on FB and will post reviews once it arrives.
It's going on my wishlist: the list of things to buy when I have disposable money. (Deep in debt & with no income so...) Positioned ahead of any other books and most music, and all movies. Behind items necessary for the career.
Definitely something to be in my hands when I can make it happen.
2012-05-29 01:53 am (UTC)
[Reposted from Kyle Cassidy's Journal] War Paint is out today
um.. is it too late to put a hyphen in 20042007?
referenced to your post from Memorial Day
saying: [...] fellow soldiers and for civilians when crises hit (whether it's a firefight in a Afghanistan market [...]
I preordered, as well, though I'm having it shipped to the new house in North Carolina, so I won't see it for a little bit.
Thank you for including Gabe in this book, Kyle. I know it means a lot to him, and he really thought it was awesome to meet you and participate in this project. I appreciate that you took the time out of your day to meet him in San Diego, and I hope I get to meet you someday and thank you in person.
referenced to your post from War Paint is out today
saying: [...] This looks like a great book! Originally posted by at War Paint is out today [...]
In the past, stories were handed down person to person, then written into books, now converted into bits. There's going to be a massive volume of stories that are lost when the story keeper passes having not had or found a way to transfer their story from words and ink on skin, to paper or into bits.
This is such a focused, meaningful and what could have been so easily neglected cache of stories that would be lost, soldier by soldier without a project like this one. What a fantastic idea, what a wonderful endeavor.
2012-05-31 04:06 pm (UTC)
War Paint is out today [signal boost]