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Title Robert J. Ryan, Jr.: Maltese cross 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.

Robert J. Ryan, Jr., who posed for this photograph in 2002, died in November 2008 at age 46 from injuries sustained fighting a fire in New Brighton, Staten Island.

(Keywords: United States, Firefighter, FDNY, New York City Fire Department, Commemorative, Patriotic, Memorial Tattoo, 9/11, World Trade Center)
Exhibit Label Heading Robert J. Ryan, Jr.
Lieutenant, Engine Co. 6; Firefighter, Engine Co. 280
Tattoo by Chachy at Island Tattoo, Staten Island
Exhibit Label Text Robert personalized his FDNY tattoo to memorialize two close friends, Lieutenant Mike Quilty and Lieutenant Philip Petti. Their badge numbers are inscribed below their names. Robert says, "If I can be half the man that they were, then I truly will have lived a virtuous life."
Earliest Date 2002
Latest Date 2002
Subjects Tattoos
Fire fighting
Fire fighters
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Ryan, Robert J., Jr.
Catalog Number 03.006.0086
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.