In the Field: War Ink
“This bridge of this tattoo art—which might at one point have been very taboo—functions well to discuss things that…are not very common or normal in our society. They might be emotionally taboo, they might be things that aren’t normally part of societal discussion. But they need to be.”
—Jason Deitch, former Army medic and military sociologist, “In the Field: War Ink”
- What makes tattoo art a uniquely powerful way to share veterans' stories?
- Explore some of the interviews and stories on the War Ink digital exhibit. How do they affect you?
About War Ink
War Ink was created to document and share veterans' stories through the tattoos on their bodies. Tattoos provide a unique and powerful way to enter veterans' experiences and to connect veterans and civilians. You can view videos, images, and interviews, and read more about the project, on WarInk.org.
These links connect you to other EDSITEment resources about veterans and their experiences.
- Student Activity: Veterans Speak: War, Trauma, and the Humanities (Grades 6-12): Learn more about the Dialogues on the Experience of War program, as well as other NEH initiatives for veterans.
- Lesson Plan: Doing Oral History with Vietnam War Veterans (Grades 6-12): Learn oral history interviewing skills and best practices for interviewing a Vietnam War veteran. Explore how oral histories are similar to and different from written sources, and how they can help build historical empathy.