Tattooing — "The world's oldest skin game" — is the subject of this documentary made by Geoff Steven who scored a major coup when he obtained the services of Peter Fonda as his presenter. Shot in NZ, Samoa, Japan and the United States, it traces the history of tattooing from Ancient Egypt through its tribal importance in the Pacific, to a counter culture renaissance that began in the 1960s. Leading practitioners (including superstar Ed Hardy) are interviewed and observed at work, while their clients wince their way towards becoming living canvasses.
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Television, 1981 (Full Length Episode)
A tattooed artist
Television, 2000 (Excerpts)
A later documentary about tattooing
Film, 2002 (Full Length)
Documentary about Samoan tattooing
Documentary series made by Geoff Steven
Television, 2002 (Full Length Episode)
More recent profile of a tattooist
Television, 2004 (Full Length Episode)
Television, 1988 (Full Length Episode)
Another Geoff Steven documentary
Film, 2007 (Trailer and Excerpts)
A horror film with tattoos
Television, 1986 (Full Length)
Another Geoff Steven doco
Short Film, 1972 (Full Length)
An earlier doco on Māori tattoo
Geoff Steven has been an integral part of the NZ television and film industry since 1975. In this interview Geoff talks to Clare O'Leary about his career in television and film (from art experiments to feature films like...
1985 San Francisco Film Festival
Best Arts and Humanities Documentary
Released at: Chicago Film Festival (October 1984)