Selected by TV.com as one of the top 100 TV programs of 2009, this award-inning documentary follows soldiers at Fort Hood who visit the local tattoo parlor before and after their deployments, looking into the hearts and minds of soldiers on the frontlines. Sharing their hopes, fears and tattoos, the program presents a personal view of war from the frontline soldiers fighting it everyday. A fresh take on the life of a soldier, the film presents scenes of soldiers’ insights into the brutal aftermath and personal toll that have never been seen before. Aired on PBS a week after the shocking murderous rampage of Dr. Hassan, the film gives insight into the military culture that soldiers endure – and the often unforeseen, violent aftermath that takes place after their deployments are over. This riveting film presents an unforgettable perspective of American military history.
The Austin American Statesman recently featured an article about the war in Iraq. Here’s whet they had to say about the film:
“At the same seminar meeting we watched Nancy Schiesari’s magnificent documentary “Tattooed Under Fire,” filmed at the River City Tattoo Parlor in Killeen. There soldiers returning from and deploying to Iraq get tattooed and tell their stories to the husband and wife parlor owner-operators.
If you think there is glory in the kind of fighting our men and women did or that they feel they accomplished something noble, listen to them explain why they want a tattoo of the grim reaper as a young child, or of a baby in a blender. See where they are going to put the last four digits of the social security numbers of the buddies killed before their eyes.”