1. 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)

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  2. "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
    Sean Starr
    Kayleigh Starr

    Sign Painting Apprentice
    Taylor Darley

    Directed and Produced by
    Nathaniel Day

    Tai Day
    Chase Lee
    Greg Israel

    Camera Assistants
    Jazzy Gonzales
    Jorge Salazar

    Stainless Studio Tattoo Owner and Artist
    Rob Holland

    Music by
    Lymbyc Systym

    Edited and Audio by
    Nathaniel Day
    Greg Israel

    Special Thanks to people who gave feedback and advice during the production.
    2012 Ai Digital Documentary Class
    Evan Burns
    Danny Cooke
    Vince Williams
    Danny Patarack
    Doug Holmes
    Omar Sebita

    End Credits Font by
    David Smith
    The font can be found at David Smith's website, and can also be seen on John Mayer's new Album Born and Raised.

    David Smith Website Link


    You can also see the documentary by Danny Cooke on David Smith at


    This video was a huge inspiration for my film.

    Cameras Used

    Panasonic Af-100
    Canon 5D Mark ii
    Canon 7D

    Edited in Premiere Pro CS5
    Colored with Colorista II

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  3. About the artists:

    Ozuma Kaname

    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.

    Horiyoshi III

    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
    Show runs:
    August 26th, 2010 to September 18th, 2010

    Known Gallery
    441 North Fairfax Avenue
    Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  5. 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
    Machindo Productions
    In Association with Propaganda Pictures
    Executive Producer: Neal Koch
    Producer: Marcus Kuhn
    Associate Producer: Richard Kennedy
    Original Music By Lucero


    horiyoshi3tattoo.com - Yokohama, JP
    yellowblaze.net - Yokohama, JP
    justgoodtattoos.com - San Diego, CA

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