||ABOUT WAR PAINT
When Armed America went to press, I got antsy looking for something to do. Having been working, taking photos for it for nearly two years, the prospect of sitting at home and doing nothing horrified me.
While working on that book, I'd met a WWII vet who showed me a tattoo he'd gotten in Europe and I realized that nobody was recording these and we were rapidly losing part of our history.
During the Iraq war I'd seen a lot of lip
service paid to the men and women we're asking to risk their lives
overseas and I wanted to do something concrete to draw attention to their
sacrifices. It's easy to put a yellow magnet on your car, but when people
are being asked to fight and die and be away from their families for years
on end, I think grander measures are called for.
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