Collected episode four - Australia's military tattoos

Episode four reveals the history and meaning of tattoos in the Australian Defence Force. In conversation with curator Stephanie Boyle, tattoo artist Peter and through oral histories, Louise Maher shares the ways servicemen and women, their loved ones and veterans have inked their skin in commemoration, pride - or just to pass the time.


Presented by: Louise Maher

Produced by: Louise Maher


  • Stephanie Boyle, Senior Curator of Film, Sound and Photographs
  • Peter 'Bones' Bone, owner of Tatts On Tatts Off Studio, Canberra

Original music: Andy Heaney – Vice Like Grip

Featured collection items


Able Seaman John Paterson receiving a needle from a doctor, rather than a tattooist!

Oral histories:

Related exhibition

Ink in the Lines