Results tagged “documentary”

Oct201314
12:34 PM
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In my top five of tattoo documentaries, there is Color Outside the Lines -- the first film to explore the experiences of professional black tattoo artists in America. I wrote about the film here, and I interviewed Miya Bailey, the tattoo artist who conceived and produced the film, which was directed Artemus Jenkins.

I'm revisiting the film today because I just found out that Miya has graciously posted the film in its entirety on YouTube, which I've embedded below. I highly recommend the film for its insightful interviews with legends such as
Jackie Gresham, the first professional black tattoo artist renowned in the US, and Zulu, (whom Miguel interviewed for N+S, posted here), as well as talks with the new generation of tattooers of color. Engaging storytelling and a history lesson, all in an hour & a half.

You can also purchase the DVD for $10 online here.  For more, click Miya Bailey's site.

Jun201215
04:15 PM
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In April, I posted the preview to an important and incredibly engaging film on the experiences of professional black tattoo artists across the US"Color Outside the Lines."

The documentary is conceived and produced by Miya Bailey and directed by Artemus Jenkins, and features tattoo icons, like Jackie Gresham -- the first professional black tattoo artist renowned in the US -- a woman who more people need to know about and will thanks to this film. A preview clip with Jackie is below.

In Atlanta, on June 21st, there will be a screening of "Color Outside the Lines" at the Midtown Art Cinema from 7-9:30PM.
You can buy your tickets in advance here for $10 tickets or get the premium ticket for $20, which comes with an advance copy of the DVD.

You can also order the DVD when it drops on June 27th on the film's site.
 
Apr201230
01:41 PM
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From TAM blog & Occult Vibrations, I learned that the 1984 documentary, "Signatures of the Soul" is now available in full and free on NZ On Screen.

Directed by Geoff Steven and hosted by Peter Fonda, the film explores the history of tattooing as well as its role in contemporary society -- that is, up until 1984. Here's the site's synopsis:

"Shot in NZ, Samoa, Japan and the United States, it traces the history of tattooing from Ancient Egypt through its tribal importance in the Pacific, to a counter culture renaissance that began in the 1960s. Leading practitioners (including superstar Ed Hardy) are interviewed and observed at work, while their clients wince their way towards becoming living canvasses."

Also on NZ Screen are short clips from other tattoo documentaries:  "Tattoo" (2000) and "Ta Moko" (2007).
Oct201125
11:30 AM


Congratulations to Amelia Klem Osterud and H Dwight Raymond IV, the lucky winners of our "Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World" contest, which we posted last Tuesday.

Picked by
Randomized.com, Amelia and Dwight will each receive a DVD of the documentary by Emiko Omori, which also includes fun extras like deleted scenes, more tattoo and artwork images, and additional interviews.

I interviewed Ed earlier this month for Inked mag, which will appear in their next issue, and asked him what he thought was the most important thing he wanted people to take away from the film. Here's what he said:

I think the key thing, above and beyond any kind of subject is -- it's corny to say it but -- if you really have a dream, kids...For me, in the mid-fifties, the dream was tattooing. It was so not cool then. It was such a marginalized thing, and I was just driven to do it. When I got into it coming out of art school, it still was totally looked down upon, and I just thought it had a lot of great potential, primarily as a medium, and I wanted to pursue that. That's an important thing for people to know.

But I know the playing field is so completely different now. People are always coming up to me saying, "Oh, I have a nephew or niece or whatever, who wants to be a tattooer, what's your advice?" And I say, "Well, they probably shouldn't do it. It's so crowded. It's not a sure thing, but if they are really driven to do it, maybe it will work." There was an interview with Bob Dylan, maybe about a couple of years ago, and someone asked him, "If you were 18 and going to get into music today, what would you say to people?" and he said, "I would never do it." Because he got into music at a time when it was right. I got into tattooing at a time when it was right.
Ed speaks further of his start in tattooing and his thoughts on tattoo culture today in the film. You can catch clips online or purchase the DVD on outlets like Amazon.com.

Thanks to all y'all for playing along. More contests to come!

UPDATE:  If you'd like to see Ed's paintings in person and you're in Chicago, head to his "3 of a Kind" art show with Bob Roberts, Nick Bubash and Thom deVita from October October 28 - November 26, 2011 at Firecat Projects. The opening reception is October 28th, from 7-10 PM.
May201119
10:55 AM


I'm loving this wonderful tattoo documentary, Travelling Ink, by anthropologist Cyril Siorat, directors Dr. Udi Butler and Alan Mandel and the crew from the Pitt-Rivers Museum at the University of Oxford. Here's the official description:

Through conversations with leading tattooists [and historians] from around the world, this film explores the artistry, philosophy, meaning and history of tattooing at the site of the 2010 London Tattoo Convention. The film conveys the importance of travelling and the tattoo convention, the commitment of members of the tattoo community to their art, and the challenges they face in reconciling tradition with modernity, and spirituality with mass-appeal.
The film is 25 minutes long and worth every second. I've watched it a number of times to pull my favorite quotes but I couldn't narrow it down to just a few perfect sound bits. It's just all good -- from conversations on tattoo's ancient history to its sensuality to philosophies held by the tattooists interviewed. I can't recommend it enough.

Also check out the Museum's full collection of video and audio on body art.

Special thanks to Colin Dale and Dr. Lars Krutak (who are featured in the film) for the link.
May201112
11:50 AM

It's no secret that black artists are under-represented in tattoo media, but there is film in the making that seeks to remedy that. "Color Outside the Lines: A Tattoo Documentary" is a documentary by Artemus Jenkins and City of Ink's Miya Bailey with the goal of educating people about the possibilities of fine tattoo art and the skilled artists behind it. Here's more:

The film highlights the history of black tattoo culture and how it began in the south despite a heavily segregated climate for black artists seeking entry. We cover signature styles and how those styles have developed and influenced newer artists over the years. Tattooing in the media is another important aspect, as it is the biggest factor of how the cultures influence has spread. It is no secret that entertainers and athletes dictate the trends younger generations pick up on and tattooing is no different. What is suprising is despite the money these cultural icons have, some of their work is no better than the kid who got his in a basement down the street from his house. This further deludes the public as to what great artwork looks like and what is available to everyday people.

Aside from the art, we delve into the personal struggles associated with being an artist; how it affects your social life, personal relationships and other dreams you may have.

The film is still in production and set to be released early next year but they need help raising money for further filming and post production. More details on how you can contribute on their Kickstarter page.

For more discussion on tattooing in the black community, read Miguel's interviews with Miya Bailey and Roni Zulu.

[Via the wonderful InkButter blog.]
Dec201008
01:20 PM


Since last April, we've been talking about Dr. Beverly Yuen Thompson's "Covered": a much needed and appreciated documentary focused on women tattoo artists and collectors.

Now the film is available on DVD and can be purchased for just $25 here. This is one of my favorite picks for the holiday gift guide. For a look into the film, see the trailer above and other clips here on YouTube.

Public screenings of Covered have also been taking place across the US. The next one will be this Saturday, December 11th, from 7-9pm at Emma Griffith's Porcupine Tattoo studio in Brooklyn, NY. The screening is in conjunction with the Ladies, Ladies Art show at Tattoo Culture, which opens the night before. For more screenings, check the film's site

In the first post on "Covered," we quoted Thompson on what inspired her to do the film. It's an important commentary on how women have been and still are generally treated in the tattoo community and bears reposting:

"Tattoo culture has now entered the mainstream with its exponential growth in popularity, reality television shows, and nationwide tattoo conventions. While Kat Von D might have made it to television stardom as a female tattooist, other women's voices from the tattoo community have been notably absent. When women are present, such as in tattoo magazines, they are often sexually objectified. Covered sets out to remedy these oversights by shedding light on the history of women in the tattoo industry and to share the voices and perspectives of heavily tattooed women in the United States."

Hope to see y'all Friday and Saturday!
Jun201004
04:37 PM



What could be better than discussions and close-ups of tattoos in the seventies set to music my parents had on 8-track tape?  Watch the video above and try to come up with something.

Also check Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5.

The third and fourth are mostly close-ups of tattoos, with a lot of boobs and butts and creative posing. The tattoos include facial work and a big penis in one's armpit. In Part 5, there are some large gauge nipple and genital piercing, so yeah, not work safe.

But so many reasons to love, love, love:
  • * Straight-razor shaving
  • * Rotary machines
  • * Rusty Skuse
  • * Flash of pin-up girls in bell-buttomed jumpsuits
  • * "Thunder pussy"
  • * And other quotes like, "Most men tend to go for animals and fierce animals, at that ...You certainly don't find cows or ordinary field animals." Indeed.

And yeah, there are a couple of things that aren't pretty like tattooing with no gloves and dirty fingernails and lots of rings.

Overall, this movie made me very happy. And inspired to wear bell-buttomed jumpsuits.

Thanks again, Broken.
May201004
01:35 PM



I've posted a number of tattoo videos here but this documentary short on Royal Street Tattoo in Mobile, Alabama is by far the very best I've seen. My friend Dave just sent it over, and I had to share it with you right away.

Written by Bijani Casalan and directed by Michael Howell, Live Free is described as a portrait of Royal Street, which "covers the philosophy of tattooing as seen from the eyes of the artists at the shop." And indeed it does, but there is so much more to it. I don't think it's hyperbole to say that it also gets to the soul of tattooing with these artists meditating on what it is that impels them to tattoo and to be tattooed.

My favorite quote is from artist Sean Herman, whom I'm a fan of professionally and personally:

"There are no such things as bad tattoos...they're all something. My stepdad tattooed me, he's 86 and doesn't tattoo at all...it's just a blob of ink but it's probably one of my favorite tattoos ever.[...] It symbolizes something more than if I were to get a portrait of him after he has passed away; it is something he touched, he did.Tattoos have that magical art to it."

Founder of Royal Street, C.W., as well as the studio's artists Pete, Dony, Drew and apprentice Dusty also offer insightful commentary on many aspects of tattooing, such as why the art draws a diverse group of people (including a Southern Baptist preacher), and even their own motivations. [C.W. says tattoos are "milestones of where you are in time."]

Live Free is 15 minutes long but worth every second. To view the art of the Royal Street crew, see their profile in last month's Prick Mag or head to their MySpace and Facebook. pages.
Apr201007
01:37 AM


The "tattooed woman" obsession in the media has not yet waned since the unfortunate Michelle McGee graced tabloid covers for being tattooed and sleeping with Sandra Bullock's husband [her resume in a nutshell]. The upside, as I've mentioned before, is that heavily tattooed women are getting some sort of voice in the news to dispel stereotypes and address tattooing as an art form.

What's been largely left out of this discourse, however, are the stories of female tattooists, so when my friend Kari filled me in on a documentary on these artists, I was stoked.

The doc is called Covered, and based on the trailer (shown above), it appears to cover a range of experiences, from foremothers of modern tattoo like Vyvyn Lazonga who fought to learn the craft to new apprentices who say that haven't met with any discrimination at all. The film also goes beyond the tattooists and addresses how "heavily tattooed women must negotiate social sanctions from strangers, family, friends, and employers, in order to enjoy their love of tattoo artwork."

Amen!

Director and producer Beverly Yuen Thompson, Ph.D. further explains what sparked Covered:

"Tattoo culture has now entered the mainstream with its exponential growth in popularity, reality television shows, and nationwide tattoo conventions. While Kat Von D might have made it to television stardom as a female tattooist, other women's voices from the tattoo community have been notably absent. When women are present, such as in tattoo magazines, they are often sexually objectified. Covered sets out to remedy these oversights by shedding light on the history of women in the tattoo industry and to share the voices and perspectives of heavily tattooed women in the United States."

The film is recently released and will start making the film festival as well as academic circuits. Will keep you posted on screenings.
Nov200924
11:50 AM


Haven't seen the Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry documentary yet? Buy a DVD now  (Amazon Sale: $22.49).

It's not only an intimate look into a man who revolutionized tattooing, as told through his contemporaries including Don Ed Hardy and Mike Malone [RIP], but it also includes ridiculously funny scenes with Philadelphia Eddie.

Just check the scene with him above that didn't make it or this Pineapple Juice outtake. Granted some may question the veracity of Eddie's tales but he can pour a good story.

Via Jason at Inked Mag
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