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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (June 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764340867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764340864
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kyle Cassidy has been documenting American culture for more than two
decades. He has photographed Goths, Punks, Cutters, Politicians,
Metalheads, Dominatrices, Scholars, and Alternative Fashion, in addition
to less prosaic subjects. In recent years his projects have extended
abroad to Romania, where he captured the lives of homeless orphans
living in sewers; and to Egypt, where he reported on contemporary
archaeological excavations. His publications include several books on
information technology, as well as a regular appearance as contributing
editor for Videomaker magazine. His Photo-A-Week blog
(www.kylecassidy.com ) was one of the first photo blogs on the internet.
His work has appeared in the New York Times, Barron's Financial,
Photographers Forum, Asleep by Dawn, Gothic Beauty and numerous other
publications.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Michael Berman on June 15, 2012
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It matters not whether you are interested in tattoos or the armed forces - you will be fascinated by War Paint. Kyle Cassidy reminds us that stories are about people, and people are their stories. His photos are never consciously arty, nor are they sentimental - they are the creations of an honest artist with great technique and a humane sensibility. He distills the stories of his subjects to the essence, with just a touch of humor. Kyle wants you to care about and honor people and their memories, and this caring shines through on every page. This book will make your life better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bagosy on July 9, 2012
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Regardless of your stance on tattoos or the armed forces, this book is immediately powerful. It's not about ink or veterans so much as it is about the stories that people have to tell. In War Paint, Kyle Cassidy isn't trying to make a statement or advance an agenda, he's just asking to hear people's stories, listening to what they have to say, and using his lens to illustrate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Piasta Wnuczka on June 14, 2012
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It's about time this topic was given the attention it deserves, and Kyle Cassidy is the photographer to do it. Next to his sensitive portraits, our military veterans speak for themselves. An impressive achivement. Bravo!
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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 the stories behind them. As much as I enjoyed looking at the photographs of the tattoos themselves it was the stories that really captured my attention. This book contains a collection of stories from people who have served in the army, navy and air force anywhere from Korea and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of these stories are amusing, more are poignant but all are heartfelt and they make for fascinating reading.

This is the kind of book that you can dip in and out of easily, one that you'll pick up and spend half an hour reading today but happily come back tomorrow to read a bit more. If you have any interest in military history or just a curiosity about tattoos in general then I'm sure you'll enjoy this book.
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By M. Gula on March 1, 2013
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Once again, Kyle Cassidy has nailed it! He has captured the true spirit of his subjects in their photographs and allowed them to tell their stories. These stories are now preserved in his subjects own words. This book was so good, I bought it twice, once for myself and as a gift for a friend. You will not be disappointed!
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By Lew Troop VINE VOICE on December 13, 2012
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A book that is at once a brutal look at men who've been to war and come back and a fascinating text about what they did and why they got their tattoos. None of the ones illustrated in this very finely done volume were the product of a drunken night and an available tatttoo parlour. This is deeply personal and shows the loyalty of men not only to whatever the cause was but their fellows service with them, the places and things on which and in which they served and suggest a grim back story that cannot quite be told but can be renedered in ink and put on their bodies for all to see. The casual observer will only see a tattoo, now grown a bit old, a bit faded but they will miss the intensity of the experience that led to the owner acquiring this piece of very personal art. The men here are not young, their bodies have been used and the ink has drifted as has time but their intent is clear and we are grateful to have this book to show us what meaning tattoos have when the wearer has an emotional investment in his design.
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