Well, it's Oscar's night. Seeing as how we've reached that time of year, when film, and film making is all the buzz(no pun intended). I thought I would talk about one of the, not so magical parts of the film industry, the portrayal of the Tattoo Industry.
Lets start with the shops, when not in dirty, moldy, often dark cellar looking locations. The other typical setting for tattoo studios, in film, are usually either, generic China Town backrooms, or completely abandoned inner city street corner buildings. With the latter often portrayed with run down interiors, that reflect the city it is located in. It makes me wonder,
has no one, involved in the production of movies, ever been to a modern tattoo studio, or even know anyone who has visited one. With health codes such as they are, now days, no worth while shop owner, would even think about operating a studio in those conditions, and it does the industry a disservice, by making those kinds of shops, seem acceptable to patronize, they're not.
In fact, if the films, that try so hard to portray realism, were being real, the character getting the tattoo, would walk out, and immediately call the local health department, and in the sequel, that shop would now be occupied by a florist(or anything really). But, as bad as the shops are
portrayed, they don't even come close to the artists.
Artists, in film, seem to be the laziest choices as far as casting goes. Usually bound in leather, out of shape, unhealthy, and with some bizarre personality trait(usually creepy, drugged out, intimidating, etc). With little, to no understanding of the craft, half the time, they're not even wearing gloves. Which, in my opinion, is one of the most visually representative features of a tattoo artist, next to holding machines. I would also like to meet the person, who told Hollywood, that it was a good idea, to liter the actor's face, with obviously fake piercings, because that person, should be fired. If the preconceived stereotypes of artists, weren't bad enough, already. Hollywood, doubles down on keeping those stereotypes alive and kicking, by presenting their unrealistic idea of tattoo artists, and the industry, in a way, that isn't purposely meant to be degrading, but more often than not, because it's cheaper and quicker, and to them not a point they feel anyone would get hung up on.
I love film, but like clockwork, anytime I sense a tattoo scene is coming up, I'm instantly taken out of the movie, because I know whats about to take place, and have no choice but to cringe. I feel like, they spend millions to make a movie, from sets, to actors, craft services, location scouting, props, etc etc... So, why does it seem so impossible, in Hollywood, where top tattoo shops are in abundance, to showcase tattoo shops, artists, and the industry, in an accurate, respectful manner?
Don't even get me started on reality tattoo shows...