AWESOMENESS NOMINEE: The Things They Brought Home: Military Tattoos

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When and Where:
Saturday, November 12, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
at Indianapolis Art Center

820 E 67th St., Indianapolis, IN 46220

The Things They Brought Home CREDIT Dan Helrigel
Kimberly Bloodgood, Bobby Easly, Dan Helrigel, Jeff Jeffries, Juliet King, Barbara Shoup


Event Description:

This interactive art exhibition explores the veteran experience, tattoos, and the concept of the “body as home” through photography, writing, and panel discussion.  

Military personnel put their bodies—the homes of their spirit and self-identity—at risk for others. Their tattoos can be a form of self-expression that allows the world a glimpse into what they cherish most or will never forget. 

The Things They Brought Home will amaze visitors with original and striking photographs of tattooed veterans along with their writings or oral histories. The images and stories give visitors a unique look into the experiences of military personnel. The accounts written by veterans and active duty service personnel will encourage visitors to reflect on happy and humorous stories as well as hard and difficult memories. 

In addition, interactive experiences, such as a photo booth and a response board, will allow visitors to share their own tattoo stories. Tattoo artists will demonstrate tattoo designs and provide historical and contemporary context on the art of tattooing. Veteran service providers will be on hand to share information and a panel discuss at 3:30pm will feature photographers, veterans, and others speaking about their experiences. 

Walk-ins welcome. RSVPs requested.

Presented by Indianapolis Art Center, Veterans in Industries and Arts, and Indiana Writers Center

IndyGo: 17

Photo Credit: Dan Helrigel

Awesomeness Nomination: Thought-Provoking
The Spirit & Place Selection Committee was impressed with how The Things They Brought Home encourages people to think deeper about the idea of “the body as home.” Also, tattoos live on the fringe of the art scene. Highlighting tattoos challenges perspectives when it comes to not only art, but the role of art in self-identity and expression, especially for veterans.