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A journey to the heart of “who we are". Beneath the skin and behind the eye to explore the zone where tattoo art meets portrait art. Read more

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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on July 25, 2014.

A journey to the heart of “who we are". Beneath the skin and behind the eye to explore the zone where tattoo art meets portrait art.

About this project

Join me, Vince Hemingson, creator of National Geographic's documentary “The Vanishing Tattoo” and world-renowned site vanishingtattoo.com, and my award winning team to create a unique documentary film, The Tattoo Project: body. art. image. 

The film follows what happened when eleven fine art photographers and a hundred heavily tattooed people come together in Vancouver for three days to try to make fine art out of tattoo art. In the 1-hour broadcast quality documentary we will take viewers further into the stories, characters, and truths revealed by an innovative three day artistic social experiment. 

In this short video, myself and PJ give you a little bit more information on our campaign.

The Tattoo Project photo exhibition was hailed worldwide as a unique event in the history of tattooing and was attended by nearly 1,000 people – including several legendary American tattoo artists. A stunning coffee table book, featuring photographs from the Tattoo Project, has sold over 14,000 copies (see a free preview here) and the photographers and their images have been featured in many highly regarded media outlets. 

Now, we need you - fans of the project and everyone with an interest in the meeting of the art of tattooing with the art of portrait photography tattoo - to help with the completion of the documentary. We know this film has an audience. It’s an audience of tattoo and photo aficionados that takes its art seriously. So, please, let’s get serious. Support The Tattoo Project. We have 60 days to raise our budget or this exciting film doesn’t see the light of day!

Fine art portraits taken as part of The Tattoo Project
Fine art portraits taken as part of The Tattoo Project

 About the film:

The documentary will feature compelling and revealing interviews with the photographers and subjects alike, and fascinating behind-the-scenes footage of the photo shoots. For the photographers the challenge was to create portraits that not only laid bare character, but also showcased the individual’s tattoo work. At the same time, the photographers needed to create a series of portraits that worked thematically and conceptually for their artistic vision. For many of the subjects, this was the first time they had ever spoken publicly about what their tattoo art meant to them, even the first time they had ever allowed their work to be seen or photographed. For many of them, this meant getting naked in front of the camera, both literally and figuratively. 

In the last act of our film the artists, critics, and the public at large weigh in: Is the portrait a likeness—or is it a revelation? 

The footage that was captured makes for captivating viewing and is sure to be powerfully irresistible to any enthusiasts of tattoos and tattoo culture. 

Here are 4 short samples of the footage we will be using to create the film.

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5% of all profits from the making of this film will be pledged to support other worthy Kickstarter projects. http://kickingitforward.org

Rewards for you:

We value your pledges and we've put together a great set of rewards to say thank you. Starting from a copy of the finished documentary for pledges as small as $10, building through fine art prints from the Tattoo Project and copies of the book, and even including personal portrait sessions with me, Vince Hemingson and tattoo sessions from two of the featured artists Chelsea Chernobyl and Katia. (portrait and tattoo sessions all based in Vancouver)

Above: The Tattoo Project Book included in rewards for all pledges over $75. For a free preview including the account by Bob Baxter click here)

17 x 22" Fine art print of Leah Jung by Vince Hemingson
17 x 22" Fine art print of Leah Jung by Vince Hemingson

Above: 4hr tattoo session with Chelsea Chernobyl included in rewards for all pledges over $1,000.

Meet the production team:

Writer/Producer – Vince Hemingson is an award-winning photographer, screenwriter, best-selling author, filmmaker and the creator of www.vanishingtattoo.com, one of the internet's largest, most popular and critically acclaimed websites related to tattoos and body art, which is visited by some ten million visitors every year. He co-produced, co-wrote and co-hosted The Vanishing Tattoo documentary film, which was broadcast on National Geographic International and was seen by tens of millions of people in over one hundred countries around the world. Hemingson is regarded as one of the world's leading researchers into tattoos and their place within popular culture and he is often called upon to comment about tattoos and body art to the mainstream media. 

Director – Jack Silberman studied documentary film production at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a Masters degree from Harvard University. He has produced, written, and directed dozens of documentaries for Canadian, American (PBS), British, French, and Japanese television networks, as well as for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and others. His films have won more than 60 international awards and have been broadcast on television networks around the world. 

Writer – PJ Reece is an award-winning writer with over 100 hours of broadcast documentaries under his belt as writer, creative director, story editor, and story producer. His client list includes most major networks including National Geographic, A&E, Discovery, and History Channel. For Bravo! Reece wrote "Radical Attitudes: the Architecture of Douglas Cardinal" which won the Leo Award for "Best Arts Documentary". Reece’s credits include The Vanishing Tattoo, Spirit Wrestlers, Weird Weddings, Weird Homes, Storm Warning, The Nature of Things and many others. 

Editor – Alec Richardson is a highly regarded and sought after Editor and Director with over one hundred hours of programming to his credit. His client list includes The History Channel, The Food Network, OLN (Outdoor Life Network), CMT (Country Music Television) Canada and the CBC. Alec’s extensive experience editing live musical broadcasts and numerous musical specials makes him an ideal fit to edit The Tattoo Project, working from the footage of two full documentary film crews shooting a dozen photographers scrambling to shoot more than a hundred tattooed subjects in three days. To date Alec has digitized and is intimately familiar with all of the 24 hours plus of taped footage. His relationships in the music industry also make him an invaluable asset when it comes to constructing and assembling the sound track of the film. 

"Before and After" series by Spencer Kovats for The Tattoo Project
"Before and After" series by Spencer Kovats for The Tattoo Project

Risks and challenges

Unlike many Kickstarter film projects, the film is already completely shot, with over 24 hours of footage. This campaign is seeking to raise funding to complete post-production and get the film into commercial distribution. In preparation for the commencement of editing, all the interviews have also been transcribed. This level of completion dramatically reduces the risks of any issues that could arise.

In addition, the film is being produced, directed, and written by a team of Canada’s leading documentary filmmakers, whose films have, collectively, won over 100 national and international awards and which have been broadcast on television networks around the world.

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  • You selected
    $10 reward

    10 backers

    Digital download of completed 1-hr documentary.

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    $25 reward

    5 backers

    Digital download of a "special edition" of the documentary. Includes an additional hour of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the creative team.

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    $45 reward

    4 backers

    Physical DVD "special edition" of the documentary. Includes an additional hour of behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the creative team.

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    $75 reward

    11 backers

    A physical copy of The Tattoo Project coffee table book (9" x 12") featuring over 200 images.
    PLUS Your choice of physical DVD or digital download of a "special edition" of the documentary. PLUS your name in a 'Thank You' section in the credits of the special edition documentary.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    $200 reward

    4 backers

    One signed fine art print of Leah Jung by Vince Hemingson (17 x 22"). PLUS a physical copy of The Tattoo Project coffee table book (9 x 12") featuring over 200 images. PLUS your choice of physical DVD or digital download of a "special edition" of the documentary. PLUS your name in a 'Thank You' section in the credits of the special edition documentary.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    $500 reward

    2 backers Limited (28 left of 30)

    A portrait photo shoot in Vancouver with Vince Hemingson, includes one fine art print from your shoot (17 x 22"). PLUS one signed fine art print of Leah Jung by Vince Hemingson (17 x 22"). PLUS a physical copy of The Tattoo Project coffee table book (9 x 12") featuring over 200 images. PLUS your choice of physical DVD or digital download of a "special edition" of the documentary. PLUS your name in a 'Thank You' section in the credits of the special edition documentary.

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    $1,000 reward

    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    4hr tattoo session in Vancouver with Katia or Chelsea. PLUS a portrait photo shoot in Vancouver with Vince Hemingson, includes one fine art print from your shoot (17 x 22"). PLUS one signed fine art print of Leah Jung by Vince Hemingson (17 x 22"). PLUS a physical copy of The Tattoo Project coffee table book (9 x 12") featuring over 200 images. PLUS your choice of physical DVD or digital download of a "special edition" of the documentary. PLUS your name in a 'Thank You' section in the credits of the special edition documentary.

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