6ART – SKIN
Open your mind to an ink revolution. Tattooing is a beautiful art form, and one that comes from within the subject. When done correctly, ink can become an awe-inspiring masterpiece, a gorgeous piece of art. Just because it is on your body doesn’t make it less worthy as art.
This film chronicles the development and rise in popularity of the tattoo art form. Before tattoos became socially acceptable in popular culture, they were seen as marks of criminals and low lives. For years, people saw tattoos as a sign of rebellion. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. Back in the 60’s, tattooing was illegal in most US states, and was done in secret. Artists would not divulge their techniques, most of which were learned in prison between Chicano inmates.
The film includes some of the finest artists in the industry (Ed Hardy, Freddy Negrette, Cory Miller, Tim Hendricks, Charlie Cartwright), all working at a very high level of execution. Regardless if you have ink or not, accept ink or not – the film is informative and entertaining, an intriguing exposé into the very beginnings of the tattoo revolution from it’s humble (and illegal) roots that has created generations and cultures of ink-lovers worldwide.
USA 2013, 87 min, rated M (offensive language)
Directed by Eric Schwartz