Week 5: Documenting the Tattoo Industry

On October 3, 2012, we had four guest speakers join us to discuss how the tattoo industry is represented in documentary film. The guest included Phil Padwe, children’s book author of Mommy Has a Tattoo; Emma Griffiths, tattooist in NYC; Pat Sinatra, tattooist at Pat’s Tats in Kingston, NY; and Jen Carmean, tattooist at Monarch Tattoo in Newfoundland, NJ.

We watched clips from various tattoo documentaries, covering a span of topics: Hori Smoku, Sailor Jerry, Ed Hardy, Tattoo the World, Mario Barth: Under the Skin, Tattooed Under Fire, and Covered.

What did students think of the documentaries and the responses of the tattooists? What did you learn about the tattoo industry?

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