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War Paint: Tattoo Culture & the Armed Forces Hardcover – June 28, 2012

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About the Author

Kyle Cassidy is a photographer and author whose photos have appeared in the New York Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. Primarily known for his fashion and portrait photography, he became interested in photographing gun owners during the 2004 Presidential election.
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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: 9 x 0.8 x 11.4 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: #1,309,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Kyle Cassidy unlocks the stories of these veterans through the simple act of asking about their tattoos. The photographs capture their individuality in a respectful but honest light. One learns about the day to day experiences of the soldiers and sailors which include an equal measures of boredom and danger. The lost friends, wild antics, professionalism, pride and loyalty shine out from these words and images. These fascinating American portraits give me new appreciation for those who have served and has prompted me to ask strangers about their tattoos.
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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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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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