On Thursday, October 11th the premiere for Tattoo Nation,
the first feature length documentary about the revolutionary style of
Black and Grey tattoo art, will be held at the Arclight Theater in
Hollywood. The film traces the origins of tattoo and its explosion into
The following week on Thursday, October 18th the film will be
released nationwide and shown at special theatrical screening events in
over sixty cities. Tattoo Nation holds its international
premiere on September 29th in London, England during the
worlds largest tattoo convention.
Incredibly 40% of U.S. adults under 40 years old have at least one
tattoo and its estimated that the total number of Americans who have
one or more tattoos is 45 million. Tattoo Nation examines
the concerns of tattoo expression and acceptance, a topic that provokes
intense debate as Gen X and Y age.
The iconic tattooed actor Danny Trejo, star of the cult-classic film Machete
and regular on the TV series Sons of Anarchy, narrates.
Trejo can credit his iconic Black and Grey tattoos with propelling the
success of his acting career. With such an authentic voice, the film
tells the tale of how it all started when Charlie Cartwright and Jack
Rudy boldly opened the first tattoo parlor, Goodtime Charlies,
in the heart of East LAs Chicano community in 1975.
Tattoo Nation presents a streetwise history of the Black
and Grey tattoo style via archival footage, original interviews,
photography and a vibrant music score. The film showcases the journey of
a niche community art form blossoming into a worldwide phenomenon. The
legendary artists, at the forefront of the movement, tell their stories
for the first time. Original interviews include Jack Rudy, Freddy
Negrete, Charlie Cartwright, the iconic Ed Hardy, celebrity
tattooers Mister Cartoon and Mark Mahoney, LA Inks Corey
Miller and tattoo legend Kate Hellenbrand, among others.
Visions Verite in Association with Nine Times Entertainment Presents Tattoo
Nation. Directed by Eric Schwartz, Produced by John Corry, Narrated
by Danny Trejo, Written by John Corry and Lee Fulkerson, Co-Producers
David Oropeza and Edgar Hoill, Original Score: Ramon Balcazar, Edited:
James Gustafson and AJ Cies.
MOVIE TRAILER & INFO: www.TattooNation.com