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Title Paul Cortes: "Never Forget" 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, FDNY, New York City Fire Department, Commemorative, Patriotic, Memorial Tattoo, 9/11, World Trade Center)
Exhibit Label Heading Paul Cortes
Firefighter, Engine Co. 245
Tattoo by Island Tattoo, Staten Island
Exhibit Label Text The cross in Paul's tattoo is an I-beam cross that was found at Ground Zero during the recovery effort, a sight that affected him deeply. He included the towers to remember them as they were, not in ruins. He says that getting the tattoo was "two and a half hours of pure torture, but nothing compared to what those guys went through."
Earliest Date 2002
Latest Date 2002
Subjects Tattoos
Fire fighting
Fire fighters
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Cortes, Paul
Catalog Number 03.006.0023
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.