War Paint: The Intimate Stories Behind Military Veterans' Tattoos

PW presents an exclusive excerpt from photographer Kyle Cassidy’s new book of photos and interviews, "War Paint: Tattoo Culture & the Armed Forces."

By Kyle Cassidy
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Kyle Cassidy is currently photographing science-fiction writers and their desks, as well as assembling a collection of portraits of roller derby players. Read more about both on his website, kylecassidy.com, or follow @kylecassidy on Twitter.

War Paint is published by Schiffer Publishing and is available online and in bookstores everywhere.

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1. Kara D said... on Jun 13, 2012 at 01:30PM

“As the wife of a veteran, and the granddaughter of two veterans, and a tattoo artist, I am admittedly biased.
I think that this project is long overdue--but I am glad that Kyle Cassidy was the man to do it. He has an eye for capturing the essence of a person in a way that makes you see them as a whole person: strong and vulnerable, proud and modest, wounded and healed.
We need a book like this to tell the stories of those who have been to places most Americans would never go, and those who have experienced things that most Americans could never imagine.

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2. Tara Lessard said... on Jun 14, 2012 at 08:43AM

“As a freelance photographer in Philadelphia, I continue to be inspired by Kyle Cassidy's work and chosen direction. He illuminates the often forgotten crevices of humanity with sensitivity, depth and perception and brings forth previously unspoken truths educed from people who truly have a story to tell. Kudos to another job well done.”

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3. Chole L said... on Jun 14, 2012 at 11:53AM

“This is such an interesting topic. I am so glad someone is taking it on. I plan on buying the book as a gift for a veteran. Thank you”

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4. Joe Bartus said... on Jun 19, 2012 at 08:38AM

“As the son of an army veteran of Vietnam, I am very proud of all of our veterans. I have a grandfather that went up on Omaha beach first wave, and he was one of three to get off the beach alive out of 2000 men. He has a tattoo for D-Day. They do have many meanings, and like you said we should hear every story before they are lost. That's what makes us who we are as a nation. And if all the vets could talk about what they have seen it might be easier on all of them.
Thank You All!

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5. EB said... on Jul 7, 2012 at 12:17PM

“If any photographer but Kyle Cassidy had done this, I would be worried that it was some kind of propaganda piece... but after seeing Kyle deal with the issue of gun ownership in a fair and unbiased way in "Armed America", I am truly excited to see what he does with this. He is a Documentarian in the truest sense of the word.”

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