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Tattoo Nation (2013)

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How did tattoos go from something that was put on you to an expression that comes from within you? That transformation is the subject of a new groundbreaking documentary film, TATTOO NATION.


Eric Schwartz


John Corry (screenplay), Marc Jakubowicz (screenplay) | 4 more credits »





Credited cast:
Don Ed Hardy Don Ed Hardy ... Self
Freddy Negrete Freddy Negrete ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Travis Barker ... Self
Joe Bauman Joe Bauman ... Self
Miguel Bohigues Miguel Bohigues ... Self
Chuco Caballero Chuco Caballero ... Self
Catfish Carl Catfish Carl ... Self
Mister Cartoon ... Self
Charlie Cartwright Charlie Cartwright ... Self
Erin Chavez Erin Chavez ... Self
Tennessee Dave Tennessee Dave ... Self
C.W. Eldridge ... Self
Andy Engel Andy Engel ... Self
Kore Flatmo Kore Flatmo ... Self
Juan 'Pint' Gonzalez Juan 'Pint' Gonzalez ... Self


Tattoos used to be a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. But now it seems everywhere you go, everywhere you look - somebody is wearing some ink. In fact one out of every three US adults under 40 has one or more tattoos. So what happened? How did tattoo go from something that was put on you to an expression that comes from within you? Tattoo Nation tells the story of a few people who helped transform the world of tattoo, and the way we think about tattoos, forever. That transformation is the subject of the new documentary film, TATTOO NATION. TATTOO NATION follows three tattoo pioneers, Charlie Cartwright, Jack Rudy and Freddy Negrete, and shows how a new, fine line technique using detail and shading to achieve a remarkable realism on skin revolutionized the world of ink. In 1975, Cartwright and Rudy boldly opened the first tattoo parlor in the heart of... Written by John Corry

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Forget what you THINK you know
3 June 2013 | by itguybydaySee all my reviews

Ironic how Ed Hardy has become associated with douchebaggery, since starting out as one of the pioneers of tattoo ART.

Both informative and entertaining, the film is 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.

Regardless of your opinion of Ed Hardy, 'tribal' art, or tattoo-as-art-as-personal-expression in general, it's well done and worth a watch.

... and I don't have any ink!

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4 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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