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By Emily Booth, Thursday 14th May 2015
The Tattoo. It seems nearly everyone has succumbed to the ink with roughly a third of UK men and woman going under the needle. Previously the domain of bad bikers, gangs and sailors it has since become uber glamorous and sexy with David Beckham doing it for us girls, and Angelina Jolie for the boys.
Tattoos and the symbolism that surrounds them is steeped in cultural history on a global scale; From Cleopatra getting her eyeliner tattooed to tribal leaders getting inked for battle in Neolithic times the Tat has always been immensely significant representing status, spirituality, life events and even punishment.
But why am I banging on about tats? Well my curiosity was piqued while researching the Network premiere of The Tattooist (Saturday 23rd at 10.45pm) and consequently discovering The Great British Tattoo Show which happens to also fall on Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th How’s that for a handy link?! Clearly this is a big weekend for Tattoos in the UK and whether you L.O.V.E them or H.A.T.E them there is definitely something in the ink.
So what of the film? Delving deep into the Samoan tradition of spiritual Tattooing this film is a Singapore/New Zealand joint effort written by Black Sheep’s Jonathon King and has one of the most bizarre plotlines ever! While at a Tattoo Expo, artist Jake becomes intrigued by Tatau, the ancient art of Samoan Tattoos and takes a traditional wooden needle to practice with. Big mistake. He is soon plagued by nightmarish visions for Jake has been cursed by a malevolent spirit. Everyone he marks winds up dead as the tattoos themselves become real life manifestations. Weird. In this case a tattoo is not just for life, it’s for death!
The Tattooist, a Network premiere Saturday 23rd 10.45pm
And if you fancy exploring this fascinating art form even more then head to Alexandra Palace, London May 23rd and 24th for the Great British Tattoo Show where you can see the Tattoo awards, fashion and Cabaret shows and a “Beauty and the Beard’ competition! As well as, of course, get a Tattoo!
The thing I love about this kind of thing is it’s celebration of difference and uniqueness, something I think all Horror fans can relate to! For more information on the Tattoo festival go here:
And in case you’re wondering? No I don’t have one! Yet.
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