The videos from Papercut Pictures keep on coming. The first video was from the London Tattoo Convention, while the second one went behind the scenes and into the minds of the artists. This third one dives into the minds of four specific artists, and talks about a variety of aspects in their personal and professional lives.
Behind the Needle 2 features four more of our favourites: Ryan Mason (Scapegoat Tattoo, Portland), Jo Harrison (Modern Body Art, Birmingham), Steve Vinall (The Family Business, London) and Brian Thomas Wilson (Scapegoat Tattoo, Portland).
Ryan tells us how he needed to find something to do with his life, that wasn’t a shitty job after dropping out of art school, and what’s it’s like tattooing in Portland.
Jo talks about punks, rockers and what it’s like being in the tattoo world as a woman. She was actually pregnant at the time of filming and has since given birth to a beautiful baby girl called Marley.
Since Steve has been able to hold a pencil all he has really done is draw, he sees tattooing as one of the strongest and most permanent ways to put your imagery into the world.
Brian tells us how he got lucky by being offered an apprenticeship and was ‘pretty bad’ for a long time. Now he loves the symbolism of fairy tales in his tattoos. He works with Ryan at Scapegoat, and as you can see from the film, they really love each other, ahh.
Don’t forget all of these videos are courtesy of Zeitgeist Magazine.