Mandy Campbell got tattooed by Monty Holladay at Ventura Boulevard Tattoo Studios (www.venturablvdtattoo.com). Everybody was cool there, and Monty and Mandy were really good about me getting in their personal space while her sleeve tattoo was being applied. I set the tattooed images to “dedicated to the national trust”, which can be downloaded for free.
Because I used uncommon and very fast shutter speeds, you can see the needle and gun oscillate, and even transfer that energy to Mandy’s skin. The image darkens with noise as a result, but the video posted above reveals things you can’t see with your naked eye.
The opening and closing scenes were filmed in my kitchen by attaching my camera to a skateboard, and having it crawl down a plank of wood towards the tattoo stencil which was suspended by a microphone stand. I put the stencil above an airvent on the floor, and turned up the central heating so it would blow air and excite the stencil. A chicken rotisserie and string at the top of the plank allowed the skateboard to drift down at a relatively constant speed. Maybe we’ll call all this “kitchen-core”. It’s the best thing i’ve made in here so far, on or off the grill…(p.s. fortier thanks for lending me the macro lens).
Dedicated to the national trust…Dareck wrote this song, and the first time I heard it, I was reading the final chapters of the last Harry Potter book. So the last chapter of that series and this song is sort of tied together for me. It’s fitting that this video is tied in with fantasy literature…