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Signatures of the Soul - Tattooing Today

Television (Full Length) – 1984

Tattooing — "The world's oldest skin game" — is the subject of this Geoff Steven documentary. Steven scored a major coup when he obtained the services of Easy Rider legend Peter Fonda as his presenter. Shot in New Zealand, 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 star tattooist Ed Hardy) are interviewed and observed at work, while their clients wince their way towards becoming living canvasses.

Most everyone that comes in here treats us real good. I guess they better since they’re going to be on the other end of the needle.
– East Los Angeles tattooist Mike Brown

Key Cast & Crew

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Peter Fonda

Presenter

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Geoff Steven

Director, Writer, Producer

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Graham Smith

Camera

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Julienne Stretton

Research

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Alf West

Editor

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Mike Fitzgerald

Sound

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