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Vet Ink: Military-Inspired Tattoos

Run dates: February 19, 2013 – September 27, 2013

Click here to read an article about the exhibit in The Columbian, here for The Oregonian’s story on the exhibit, here to read about the exhibit on NBCNews.com, and here to read about it in the UK’s Daily Mail Online! For a full list of media that ran articles about this exhibit, please visit our Press page.

We’re pretty excited about the very first exhibit to grace the walls of our ‘brick room’ gallery! It’s titled “Vet Ink: Military-Inspired Tattoos”, and it runs now through September 2013. The exhibit features the tattoos and stories of eleven local service-members who answered a solicitation put out into the community in the past several weeks.

All subjects were photographed for the exhibit by Kate Singh of Aevum Images in downtown Vancouver and were interviewed by museum staff for the interpretive panels. Locally-trained tattoo artist and co-owner of Timeless Tattoo in Portland, Brynn Sladky, helped museum Collections Manager Kris Wells create two painted panels featuring tattooed figures with cutouts for faces for visitors to use as a tattoo photobooth. Brynn also created custom temporary tattoos that are available in the museum store.

Here’s what exhibit photographer Kate Singh had to say about the exhibit:

The VET INK project excited me when I was asked to be the photographer. I have always been a storyteller; as a nurse, as a mom and as a photographer. The opportunity to tell Veterans’ stories about their tattoos was an amazing opportunity to give value, honor and respect to every generation that would come in. We have a common bond, a sense of family in the military that extends to all who have served…the homeless, the moms and dads, the politician, and the business owner; crossing all lines of gender, race and social status you are respected.

Veterans featured in the exhibit—and their families—receive free admission. CCHS members also get in for free; otherwise, regular museum admission is charged. Call the museum for more information about this and other exhibits.

*As always, CCHS members and active-duty military personnel and their families receive free museum admission. In special conjunction with this exhibit, all U.S. Military Veterans receive free admission through September 28, 2013.

You can watch a video made for the exhibit by clicking the play button below.

Digital Vet Ink submissions

Click on the image(s) below to see additional panels from online submissions to “Vet Ink: Military-Inspired Tattoos”. To submit your own story, click here.