Please realize that videos come in a wide variety
of formats. And that there is a lot of not very good
amateurish videos out there. I will not attempt to list them all.
Most of them are only for the few fanatics. But anyway you are
welcome to send me information, if you know of any that you think
should be included in the list. The list will grow!
- "Märkt för livet"
En film av Bill Watts. - Swedish video
meant for TV broadcasting. Good quality film, editing and
text. ca. 30 minutes. Swedish and English speaking.
General presentation of tattooing in Sweden and
Scandinavia. Presents people and tattooists. Among who is
Erik Reime doing a hand tattooed petroglyphic from the
bronze age, at the site in the woods in Sweden.
See photos in Erik's
- There has been a LOT of tattoos in recent movies.
A lot of it is quite negative, though.
Playing on old prejudices and misunderstandings. Like
when tattoos are only associated with nasty bikers and
criminals. As for Robert De Niro in Cape Fear. He
depicts a psychopathic murderer just out of prison, set
on revenge on his former attorney. He is filled with bad
prison tattoos - and he shows them. And his tattoos are
there to show what a bad character he is. I do know that
prison tattoos exist! They are part of life. And part of
the whole tattoo scene. But included in a film like this,
it also helps keep the unknowing public believe that
tattoos go with the psychopath.
Any gang movie will feature tattoos. Any heavy
metal music video will feature tattoos.
- There is also very good acceptance of tattooing
As in a film like The
Bounty. With Mel Gibson as Fletcher
Christian, and Antony Hopkins as Captain Bligh. This is
the third major film about the famous Mutiny. A lot of
the film is happening in Tahiti, and the crew receives a
lot of very high quality tattoos. Fletcher Christian is
even seen being tattooed in the style and technique of
The Bounty can be got on Laserdisc
and is a must for anyone:
Orion Home Video. Catalogue no: ID2593OR. NTSC.
Widescreen. Dolby Surround. 133 minutes. 1984.
A movie like Once were Warriors
tells about unreflective male
abuse, of power and self esteem. Violent towards wives
and children, and even fatal. It is happening among the
low status Maoris of New Zealand. But the wife and her
children grow out of the abuse, and finds new strength in
the ancient Maori beliefs and customs. And one son gets
his Maori facial tattoo as a strong statement of
belonging to a culture that is good. There is a lot of
tattoos in that film. Both good and bad. But they play a
Once were Warriors
uniquely good film, and can be got on laserdisc:
Criterion - Fine Line Features. Catalogue no: 282. NTSC.
Widescreen. Dolby Surround. 102 minutes. 1994.
- A movie like The Rose Tattoo had a tattoo as an
The Illustrated Man is a screen version of Ray
Bradbury's famous short story of the same name.
- Irezumi (The Spirit of Tattoo) 1982
- is a famous Japanese movie where the heroine gets a back
piece, while the tattooist's apprentice makes love to her
during the tattooing process. It is also a dramatic story
of family and betrayal, and quite a fascinating film.
A lot of people has seen it on television - and
It is called Schneecristall (Snowcrystal) in German, and
The Japanese Tattooed Woman (den Tatoverede Kvinde) in
Skin Art - Branded for love
- Fox Video. Can be got on Laserdisc: Widescreen and Dolby
Surround. 90 minutes. Rated R. Catalogue No: 4278-80.
This is not exactly a fabulous mainstream movie. But the
liner notes reads as follows, so you can judge for
In this mysterious, erotic thriller, an
obsessive passion frees a tormented man from the dark
secrets of his past.
Will (Kirk Baltz) is a brilliantly talented, but deeply
tortured artist whose particular expertise has taken him
into the back streets of New York City. It's here that he
makes his living - tattooing newly imported Asian women
smuggled in from Hong Kong by Richard (Jake Weber), a
ruthless pimp who trains them for their new profession.
Will's relationship to the women is sympathetic yet
tightly guarded... until Lily (Nora Ariffin) arrives.
Instantly, Will finds himself unable to resist this
exquisite woman, an erotic creature who triggers not only
his desire, but disturbing long-buried memories.
Desperately drawn to Lily, but painfully aware of her
future, Will must wrestle with both his passions and his
conscience for the survival of his very soul.
Unique and suspenseful, SKIN ART is as intelligent as it
Well, what can I say? This is quite
typical of a lot of the ways tattoos has been used.
You might want to check the biggest Movie Data Base on the
for more information.
24. april 2012