One of the most innovative, and controversial, tattooers today -- a result of his multi-body works and the avant garde style in which they are rendered -- is Little Swastika (his name being a reclamation of the peaceful ancient symbol and not one of hate). In a private atelier deep in the countryside of South Germany, tattoo collectors from around the world offer up large swaths of their skin (he only does big work) for Little Swastika to realize their visions in a feverish, audacious style that is both brutal and sophisticated at the same time.
Exploring Little Swastika's work and life is Ink, Blood, and Spirit, a 15-minute documentary short directed and produced by Claudio Marino and shot and co-produced by Maciej Ustarbowski. A quick teaser of the film is below.
There are a number of screening dates worldwide. In NYC next Thursday, May 22, the film will be shown at Sacred Gallery in SoHo at 8:30pm. It should be an eye opening and inspiring evening, which I'm looking forward to. You'll also get a chance to view the works currently showing at the Sacred Gallery.