Tattoo art and the military

For close to two decades, media immersion placed the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan squarely in our sights. With the troop draw down beginning in 2010, media attention turned to the returning veterans. News of the shameful bureaucratic difficulties they encountered became more frequent, as were stories about the lasting emotional, psychological and social impact of war.  

I felt compelled to portray these young men and women as the diverse individuals they are, deserving of our respect and recognition for their personal sacrifice, irrespective of our political views on the conflict. As the project began to take form, I discovered that their tattoos provided insight into their journeys, their personal experiences and their beliefs and I chose to expose their stories by translating them into a visible medium that would far outlast the individuals themselves: porcelain.

The Battleskin project is ongoing.

Take care over this Memorial Weekend.

11 thoughts on “Tattoo art and the military

  1. Lenore M Walsh May 25, 2020 / 3:14 am

    fascinating……leave it to you to find beauty in everything.

    • liliannemilgrom May 25, 2020 / 3:43 am

      Thank you Lenore. I try…
      Wishing you a healthy and happy Memorial Day Weekend.

    • liliannemilgrom May 25, 2020 / 1:37 pm

      Thank you Heddy.

  2. Krystle May 25, 2020 / 7:17 am

    you’re a clever one!
    fabü capture!

  3. Anonymous May 25, 2020 / 10:47 am

    Wow. Very unique take on tattoos! You never cease to amaze! Stay healthy!

    • liliannemilgrom May 25, 2020 / 1:47 pm

      Thank you! Merci! Grazie!

  4. Natalie Mendelsohn May 25, 2020 / 11:57 am

    Love this concept and theme Lil! You are amazing.

    • liliannemilgrom May 25, 2020 / 1:48 pm

      Thanks, Nat! So glad it resonated 🙂

  5. Lynn Goldstein May 25, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    I remember discussing this project with you, and was fascinated by your creativity, as I always am. Thanks for sharing this.

    • liliannemilgrom May 25, 2020 / 1:54 pm

      Thanks, Lynn.I also have the recorded interviews with young veterans and have yet to finalize and formulate a final installation.

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