Final Project: Artful Ink

Ezgi & Iulia on tattoo artists

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For this film project, we focused on two tattoo artists in two different tattoo parlors in Budapest. Our initial plan was to include all four artists that we had been interviewing and interacting with for our ethnography project. However, we decided that Rob and Kati—our two main characters—was enough for a 10-minute film project.

After getting footage while they work with their customers and also while they talk to us about tattooing as an art form, our theme for the film became clearer. Both Rob and Kati talked about tattooing in a way that it is something transformed recently into a legitimate art form. They situate themselves in their discourse, as not only tattoo artists, but artists in general. They emphasize that they make art through ink and skin, instead of paint, brush and a canvas. Since most of what they said revolved around the conception of what art is…

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