I had been wanting to do a short film about tattooing and tattoo culture for a some time, so when my good friend and tattoo artist, Bill Canales, told me he was getting ready to do a complete backpiece, I knew that I had to film it from start to finish. It would be the perfect opportunity to put together a short form documentary.
This is not the finished piece, this is just a montage I put together so I could share some of the footage I had obtained during the several month process of completing this award-winning backpiece. Originally meant to only be seen by the people directly involved with the project, we've decided to share it with everyone.
Tattoo Artist's Name: Bill Canales
Shop Name: Full Circle Tattoo
Client: Denny Le
Filmed by Mike Flores with a Panasonic HVX200, Cinevate Brevis, and Canon EOS lenses (15mm f/2.8 Fisheye, 35mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4, 17-40L f/4)
"Keepers of the Craft" is a short documentary about the art of traditional sign making. This video was shot for a Digital Documentary in the Spring of 2012 at the Art Institute of Dallas. Starr Studios, of Denton, Texas is owned by 20 year veteran sign maker Sean Starr.
This is my first documentary I have ever made. I hope you all enjoy.
Sign Painters and Starr Studios Owners
Sign Painting Apprentice
Directed and Produced by
Stainless Studio Tattoo Owner and Artist
Edited and Audio by
Special Thanks to people who gave feedback and advice during the production.
2012 Ai Digital Documentary Class
End Credits Font by
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Born in Niigata, Japan in 1939, Ozuma Kaname began studying traditional
Japanese painting under his uncle, artist Sakai Soushi, from a young age.
Moving to Tokyo at the age of 18, he trained as an art dealer while working
at a printing company. Afterwards, he moved on to the publishing industry
where he illustrated tattoos. The majority of his work continues to be
tattoo-related along with other traditional Japanese themes; and often
serves as a source of inspiration for master tattooist Horiyoshi III, whose
clients in turn, are often depicted in Ozuma's paintings.
Born Yoshihito Nakano in 1946, Horiyoshi III is the second tattooist to be bestowed the honorific title—the tattooist affixation "Hori" means engrave—in a line started by his master, the legendary tattoo artist Yoshitsugu Muramatsu, or Shodai Horiyoshi of Yokohama (Muramatsu went on to dub his son Horiyoshi II, and later Nakano was named Horiyoshi III).
His images are classical Japanese woodblock print motifs such as the phoenix, dragon, snakes, tigers, samurai warriors, Buddhist gods to name a few as well as background images of waves, clouds and various flowers. Among Horiyoshi III's published works are 36 Ghosts, 108 Heroes of the Suikoden, 100 Demons, and The Namakubi (severed heads), 100 Dragons and 58 Warriors. Horiyoshi?s artistic genius and generosity of spirit have had a defining impact on the world of tattooing, taking it to new levels in this new century.
Opening reception: August 26th, 2010
August 26th, 2010 to September 18th, 2010
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Gypsy Gentleman Episode 7: Japan Part I
Marcus Kuhn presents the seventh edition of a brand new tattoo and travel magazine.
Featuring interviews with Shige and Horiyoshi III
In Association with Propaganda Pictures
Executive Producer: Neal Koch
Producer: Marcus Kuhn
Associate Producer: Richard Kennedy
Original Music By Lucero