Tattoo Nation

Release March 15, 2013 (Limited)
Cast Danny Trejo, Don Ed Hardy, Freddy Negrete, Travis Barker, Mister Cartoon
Director Eric Schwartz
Writer John Corry
Genres Documentary
Studio Visions Verite LLC
Length 85 mins.


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. Now, your mother's got a butterfly on her ankle and your kid's sporting a tramp stamp. What happened? When did tattoos go from the renegade, ready-made, carney cartoons inked as fast as possible to the art form they've become today? That transformation is the subject of the new documentary film, TATTOO NATION. TATTOO NATION tells how a few incarcerated but very talented Chicano artists changed the world of ink forever. It follows three tattoo pioneers, Charlie Cartwright, Jack Rudy and Freddy Negrete, and shows how a new, fine line style using detail and shading to achieve a remarkable realism revolutionized the world of ink. In 1975, Cartwright and Rudy boldly opened the first tattoo parlor in the heart of East LA's Chicano community.

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