Tribute Ink

Have you ever thought about the stories behind someone’s tattoos? For many in the armed forces community their tattoos are a lasting way to remember.

For the sailors, soldiers and airmen who are regularly asked to sacrifice for their country, Remembrance is part of their culture. And tattoos are a significant and permanent act of Remembrance with a deep history in the British Armed Forces. Inked onto the skin, they commemorate friends who have served, illustrate personal sacrifices and mark the lasting bonds formed between the men and women who live, train and fight together.

I created Tribute Ink with the Royal British Legion and The National Memorial Arboretum, travelling around the UK documenting tattoos in serving members and veterans. I discovered personal stories of sacrifice, bravery and comradeship, and I was touched, moved and amazed. It was an honour telling these people’s stories with my photographs.

The Tribute Ink exhibition is at The National Memorial Arboretum, 13 Sept – 1st Dec 2019. It will then go on a nationwide tour in 2020. Find out more: LINK

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