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War Ink Exhibit Uses Tattoos to Open Vital Dialogue Between Vets and Civilians

Chris Brown, Sr. Community Library Manager
Contra Costa County Library

As Americans struggle to find meaningful ways to honor the nation’s 2.6 million Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, a powerful new online exhibit, WAR INK, opens on Veterans Day to support those efforts. The honest and emotionally raw collection of original video, photography and audio interviews uses the memorial tattoos and words of veterans to open a dialogue between civilians and returning vets.

Stark, beautiful, disturbing and often darkly humorous, the featured tattoos in WAR INK are a visual expression of memories and emotions that can be difficult for veterans to discuss openly. But the creators of WAR INK and the 24 men and women who bravely shared their stories and tattoos hope their openness will help civilians develop a deeper understanding of their experiences and provide a safe entry point to engage honestly and authentically in a conversation.

Plan to visit the WAR INK exhibit at www.warink.org when it launches on November 11, 2014.

For more on the WAR INK project follow the Facebook and Twitter feeds and check out this short video clip.


Photo Credit: Johann Wolf


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