Ink in the Lines

Tattoos in the Australian Military

Tattoos are a conversation starter.

Many members and veterans of the Australian Defence Forces have tattoos, and while their reasons for getting tattooed are as varied as the people themselves, self expression and belonging play a part.

They also share a common purpose in getting inked: to remember.

Inscribed on skin are their identities as veterans, the commemoration of loss, experiences of trauma and overcoming adversity, the bonds of family and friends, and acknowledging the experiences that make us who we are.

Hear the stories behind the tattoos in the Ink in the Lines exhibition; showcasing Australia’s modern veterans and their families, who through their tattoos commemorate the people, events and experiences which shaped their lives. 

Visit this special photographic display from The Australian War Memorial and discover its unique connection to the Townsville community.

Ink in the Lines is open daily from 9.30am - 4pm and entry is included with museum admission. 

Find out more about the exhibition here and share your ink #InkintheLines #museumoftropicalqld

Visiting as a school? Find out more about our guided introduction for schools and other learning resources here.

Image credits: Right hand side: AWM2019.289.847 | Home page: AWM2019.289.1044

Event Details

27 August 2022 - 23 October 2022
Free with Admission

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