When Christine Hall’s husband Stephen returned from Afghanistan in 2012, she felt compelled to capture the moment forever.
She had an image of a woman embracing an Australia soldier tattooed on her back as a permanent reminder of her husband’s homecoming.
“Steve had just got back from Afghanistan, and I just wanted to commemorate that time,” she said.
“It was such a wake-up call for me about all the service people, past and present, and what a sacrifice they make, and what they feel, and I just had to capture that somehow and mark it in time with the tattoo.
“It’s such a big part of me now – I must have this tattoo – and if someone asks me about it I can explain and tell them our story.”
Their story is set to be told at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as part of Ink in the Lines, a new temporary exhibition sharing stories of Australia’s military veterans and their families, through their tattoos.
The exhibition is the first of its kind at the Memorial, and features personal stories of those who have served with the Army, Air Force and Navy in conflicts and peacekeeping operations from Iraq and Afghanistan to Rwanda and Somalia.