Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service

Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service

Run dates: October 17, 2018 – 2019.

Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service showcases 9 veterans and 3 Active Duty personnel who have ties to Coos County.  Historically tattoos have many meanings as well as misconceptions. Traditionally military inspired tattoos depict the story of wars and battles and symbolize lost soldiers or achievements in service. 
Vet Ink: Tattoos Inspired by Military Service is an exhibition created to honor the more than 8,000 veterans who reside in Coos County, Oregon and the men and women who serve. 
Special thanks to our exhibition team. From L to R: Vinnie Cavarra & David Ford, Inner Sanctum Studios; Aron Tyler, Aron Tyler Photography; Susan Tissot, CHM Executive Director; Larry Watson, WOW arts & exhibits; and Eric Dub, Coast Metal Works, Inc..
Made exclusively for Coos History Museum by Pepper Kim. Click for PDF version.

Vet Ink 2.0 – Online Exhibit

Do you have a military inspired tattoo and missed your chance to participate in our exhibit?

If you want to participate in the online version of Vet Ink, please send an email to with the following information:

Name, email and daytime phone
Branch of Service
Title and rank
Stations or areas served
Story and/or symbolism behind your military inspired tattoo
Clear pictures of tattoo(s) and yourself

All submitted tattoos will be posted under the discretion of museum staff on this webpage (just keep scrolling). By sending the information, you agree to have your pictures posted on this public forum and in the museum.

Vet Ink 2.0

Read the stories behind each tattoo by clicking on the tattoos below.

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