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Title Francis Coppola: Twin Towers tattoo
Object Name Print, Photographic
Photographer Amesse, Vinnie
Studio or Publisher Amesse Photography
Date 2002
Collection Indelible Memories
Print size 10" h. x 8.5" w.
Acquisition Courtesy of Vinnie Amesse
Ownership and History This photograph and the accompanying label text were created as part of the Indelible Memories documentation project. The Staten Island Historical Society partnered with photographer Vinnie Amesse to record images and statements from more than fifty individuals profoundly affected by the events of September 11 and their aftermath. The exhibition, "Indelible Memories: September 11 Memorial Tattoos Photographed by Vinnie Amesse," was displayed at Historic Richmond Town in 2003.

(Keywords: United States, Firefighter, New York City Police Department, NYPD, FDNY, New York City Fire Department, Commemorative, Memorial Tattoo, 9/11, World Trade Center)
Exhibit Label Heading Francis Coppola
Detective, NYPD, Manhattan North Narcotics Division
Tattoo by Rising Dragon Tattoos, Manhattan
Exhibit Label Text Francis has been a police officer for over 15 years. He and his life partner, a firefighter, both reported to the World Trade Center on September 11. It was the last time they saw each other.
Exhibit Label Text In addition to a life partner, Francis lost 19 friends that day -- people from various walks of life. The towering figures on his tattoo are a firefighter and police officer together. The financial center buildings in the foreground symbolize his civilian friends.
Exhibit Label Text "I designed my tattoo to honor my life partner and friends that I lost, in the hope that curious onlookers ask questions, and never forget."
Earliest Date 2002
Latest Date 2002
Subjects Tattoos
Fire fighters
Fire fighting
Law enforcement
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Coppola, Francis
Catalog Number 03.006.0021
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
Legal Status Photographer Vinnie Amesse retains copyright to this image. Text in this database is copyrighted by the Staten Island Historical Society unless otherwise noted. Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.