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We've known Durb Morrison for quite a while now. Durb does great tattoos and has some excellent products that he's pioneered, such as True Tubes and ErgoSquish tubes, which we carry at the TattooEducation store. But most of you probably know Durb because of his spectacular Hell City Tattoo Fest, which is held twice every year in Columbus, OH and Phoenix, AZ. Hell City has long been one of America's most standout conventions. It's packed with all kinds of events and features, but its foundation has always been built on the high skill level of the artists who work at the show Durb personally screens the portfolios of all artists applying to work there.
After 7 years of filming, Durb's friend Russell Dornhecker has released a documentary about the Hell City Tattoo Fest. It's a visual feast featuring the tattoo artists, collectors, performers, painters, showmen and downright characters that populate the Hell City Fest. Whether you've had a chance to attend the festival or not, you'll be entertained by this powerhouse film. Available now at our online store!
Michele and I once hosted an event called Innerstate at one of the Hell City Fests you'll find a couple minutes of it in the Hell City documentary. We produced our own film about the Innerstate event, which features profiles of 40 tattooists working in a highpressure environment over a 5 day period to create a group of masterwork paintings. The documentary comes with a book that has large format color plates of the paintings, along with chapters showing the artists working all week to create them. Since Innerstate and Hell City share such a strong relationship, we're now offering a bundle that includes both films and the book, at a discount price. A must for any tattoo library!
So, if you are like us at the office you might not have a theatre playing the new Tattoo Nation movie near by. The movie focuses on the growth of tattooing in the West Coast and its influence. Notable artists are featured in the movie such as: Jack Rudy, Freddy Negrete & Charlie Cartwright. This a great source of knowledge for fans of the chicano style and gives a good history of Tattoo Land.
You can check out a trailer and see the full movie below:
For years people saw tattoos as a sign of rebellion. A middle finger salute to the rest of the world. Outlaw bikers got tattoos. Sailors on leave in Singapore got tattoos. Lifers in the joint got tattoos. But now in the United States one out of every three adults under forty has a tattoo! So what happened? How did tattoo go from something that was put on you to an expression that comes from within you? Tattoo Nation tells the story of a few people who helped transform the world of tattoo, and the way we think about tattoos, forever. This is the true story of the ink revolution.