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Symbols of Service Exhibit
Symbols of Service was an exhibit that ran in the North South hallway of the Main Library in November 2016. The exhibit was a collaboration between the University Library, The Veteran Center, and Veteran Support Services. For the exhibit, seven veterans who are current UI students were interviewed about their military tattoos.
Symbols of Service Banner
This is the title banner that ran with the exhibit. The books below appeared in the exhibit case underneath his poster. The exhibit case also included items donated for the exhibit.
War Paint by
Call Number: GT2346.U6 C37 2012
Publication Date: 2012-06-11
For many service men and women, the battle is over, but the ink lives on. Thousands have chosen to commemorate their military service through tattoos, a custom as old as war paint itself. Yet military tattoos go far beyond the usual anchor and eagle clich#65533;s, and are often as complex and varied as the military experience. For the first time, documentary photographer Kyle Cassidy has sought out veterans who marked their military service with a tattoo and they are shown here in all their glory: fresh, faded, sometimes intertwined with wounds, physical and otherwise. And the stories behind these tattoos, both conventional and surprising, are just as engaging. In a transient world, with shifting enemies, mores, leaders, and friends, this is a testament to the values of a permanent commemoration. The unique journey into each service man and woman's story will captivate you. Not only is this book a great resource for history and military buffs, but it is also a great reference for tattoo artists.
Pen and Ink by
Call Number: 391.6 F5764pe
Publication Date: 2014-10-07
Every tattoo tells a story, whether the ink is meaningful or the result of a misguided decision made at the age of fourteen, representative of the wearer's true self or the accidental consequence of a bender. These most permanent and intimate of body adornments are hidden by pants legs and shirttails, emblazoned on knuckles, or tucked inside mouths. They are battle scars and beauty marks, totems and mementos. Pen & Ink grants us access to the tattoos-and the stories behind them-of writers Cheryl Strayed and Roxane Gay; rockers in the bands Korn, Otep, and Five Finger Death Punch; and even a porn star. But it also illuminates the tattoos of the ordinary people living in our midst-from professors to thrift store salespeople, cafe owners to librarians, union organizers to administrators-and their extraordinary lives. Curated and edited by Isaac Fitzgerald, who sports twelve tattoos himself, each story “is like being let in on . . . secrets by . . . strangers who passed you on the street or sat across from you on the train” (Strayed) and features Wendy MacNaughton's gorgeously rendered full-color illustrations of the tattoos on black-and-white drawings of the bearer's body. At its heart, beneath its colorful skin,Pen & Ink is an exploration of the decision to scar one's self with a symbol and a story.
Sailor Jerry Tattoo Flash by
Call Number: Q. GT2345 .C644 2001
Publication Date: 2001-02-01
A book of flash art from Sailor Jerry.
Sailor Jerry Collins by
Call Number: GT2346.U6 C65 2007
Publication Date: 1994-03-01
A biography of tattooist Sailor Jerry.
Kevlar Legions: the Transformation of the U. S. Army, 1989-2005 by
Call Number: DOC. D 114.2:AR 5/6
Publication Date: 2015-01-23
Kevlar Legions: The Transformation of the U.S. Army, 1989-2005, is the story of how the United States Army responded to the challenges of the end of the Cold War by transforming itself into the most capable ground force in the world today. It argues that from 1989 through 2005 the U.S. Army attempted, and largely achieved, a centrally directed and institutionally driven transformation relevant to ground warfare that exploited Information Age technology, adapted to post-Cold War strategic circumstances, and integrated into parallel Department of Defense efforts. The process not only modernized equipment, it also substantially altered doctrine, organization, training, administrative and logistical practices, and the service culture. Kevlar Legions further contends that the digitized expeditionary Army has withstood the test of combat, performing superbly with respect to deployment and high-end conventional combat and capably with respect to low-intensity conflict and the counterinsurgency challenges of Iraq and Afghanistan.
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