© 2011 kristopher jo - isolation-1

isolation & company

Richard, Mitch, Monty and Calah let me film them doing their thing – custom tattoos. I set the images along to our song ‘isolation & company’.

After being shirtless for a few hours, the recipient of this particular tattoo turned and basked underneath the hot lamp I had set up. I pointed the camera at her back, and through the viewfinder saw that as she breathed, the figure on her back breathed in turn. With each breath, his arms and wings postured in an anatomically correct way. He was dark, alive, and discovering the boundaries of the world he had been born into. Wow…


I had one unshielded continuous hot light so close to Calah…it must have raised her body temp a few degrees well above comfortable but she kept on going. I’ve burned myself on those lights before. At one point, I put the camera on a gorrillapod, and gripped the whole set up to the clients upper thigh (i told him it would feel…well,  weird). That way, I could get this perspective while his calf was being tattooed while lying down.

I had a buddy carve a hole in this bucket, and cut some glass, so I could film something that Calah had mentioned. When they rinse the tip of the machines in a jar of water, the ink blasts out like a supernova, and radiates all over. I got it from the top, side and from below. Mitch stayed late to film that one…

To film Monty, I had only two angles I could get. The chair was set to lying position, and Monty is a big dude, so we had less room. I set the tripod to maximum hight, and stood on a chair using tippee-toes to look down to see what he was doing….



  1. Posted July 5, 2011 at 9:08 am | #

    Wow… awesome!

  2. Mike
    Posted September 28, 2011 at 10:26 am | #

    What camera/lenses were used? Just gorgeous. Beautiful song too.

  3. Posted September 29, 2011 at 10:22 am | #

    thanks Mike; I used a canon t2i, with the canon 50mm 1.8II,70-200mm F4, 100mm macro, extension tubes on the 50mm, and the sigma 30mm.

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