Bilal’s tattoo design, courtesy of information aesthetics.
Wafaa Bilal (author of Shoot an Iraqi) is known for putting his body on the line. For his Domestic Tension, he lived under constant threat of a paintball gun, his Virtual Jihadi cast himself as a suicide bomber avatar. Now, back in the flesh, Bilal will soon take to a 24-hour performance, called …and Counting, in which he’ll tattoo an infographic on his body that denotes the casualties of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Designed by Kyle McDonald, the tattoo of a borderless map of Iraq includes more than 5,000 red dots representing American soldier deaths in a permanent, visible link, and more than 100,000 dots of green UV ink for Iraqi casualties, which show only under a blacklight.
Bilal’s performance takes place March 8th, and includes people of varied backgrounds reading the names of the dead as he is tattooed.