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Tattoos: A Scarred History (2009)

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Controversial feature documentary that takes a sociological look at the world of tattoos to discover why western society has now embraced the once taboo art form with open flesh. It ... See full summary »


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Controversial feature documentary that takes a sociological look at the world of tattoos to discover why western society has now embraced the once taboo art form with open flesh. It explores the emotional and personal reasons for getting a tattoo alongside horror stories of flesh eating diseases and what's in store in the future for tattoos. Written by Pillay-Evans Productions

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The only risk from a tattoo is... addiction... or is it amputation?





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21 June 2009 (USA)  »

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Shocking, Mind Blowing Doc That Makes You Think!!
12 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched Tattoos: A Scarred History at a special charity event. As someone without any tattoos I didn't really have that much interest in it, but since it was for charity I went along. The film opens with possibly the most absorbing sequence I've ever seen in the cinema. A thing called the human harp certainly sets the tone for what the film was about.

After the initial shock the film settles to follow a woman's journey to discover why tattoos have become so popular, I found some of the topics obvious while others were riveting and raised many questions of my own. After a selection of 'celebrity' interviews (including the late David Carradine) 20 minutes in, the film turns into a gripping, can't stop watching documentary covering all angles of a topic I didn't realize was so massive!

Probably more shocking than any clips of self mutilation or a particularly graphic tattoo of Princess Diana, was the investigation into eBay allowing the sales of dodgy equipment and the abuse of people with body modification, it really made me look at people with facial tattoos/piercings in a whole new light.

I would certainly recommend watching this if it gets a general release, not only is it raising money for a good cause, but also really makes you look at society as a whole and how we judge simply on appearance.

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