Max Colson: Tales

Photojournalism MA student at the LCC

Tattoos and Tattoers for Japan

with 4 comments

Recently I’ve been spending a fair bit of time photographing with the very nice Henry Hate and the rest of his tattoo & piercing team (the very talented Matteo Ceccarini, Adam Lewis and Kat Fury) at Prick Tattoo in East London. I’ve been at Prick on various days, the most recent being the shop’s Tattooers for Japan event to raise money for the earthquake relief. My tactics on this topic were fairly simple really – I just wanted to convey the process of a tattoo session in a photo story. The following images are a few excerpts from some of the sessions that I was present at on that particular day.

I reckon the final edit will work more as a mosaic of moments from the different tattoo sessions, broken up with a few portraits, but for the moment I just want to get some sessions up and serialised. Let me know what you think or if you have any other ideas on how I should approach this:

Prick Tattoo East London Matteo Ceccarini

Robert, before his tattoo session with Matteo Ceccarini

Prick Tattoo East London Matteo Ceccarini

Robert's tattoo design

Prick Tattoo East London Matteo Ceccarini

Robert, halfway through his tattoo session with Matteo Ceccarini

Prick Tattoo East London

Linda's Tattoo Preparation

Prick Tattoo East London Matteo Ceccarini

Linda, halfway through the session with Matteo Ceccarini

Prick Tattoo East London Henry Hate

Adam, before his tattoo session with Henry Hate

Prick Tattoo East London Henry Hate

Adam, halfway through his tattoo session with Henry Hate

Prick Tattoo East London Kat Louise Fury

Prick's chief piercer Kat Louise Fury

Prick Tattoo East London Matteo Ceccarini

Lucy, halfway through her session with Matteo Ceccarini

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  1. Interesting stuff Max i like the juxtaposition of the clinical images against the tattooed individuals……also like the raw tattoo shots….usually when people photograph tattoos they show them at there best……i like the fact that these are not those images – if that makes sense?

  2. in fact looking again, a series of the still life’s like Linda’s tattoo preparations would be really interesting

  3. photo of adam stands out amongst them all…the look of preparation and intent on his face. Why not look at it from the same angle as we were talking about on tutorial? identity, maleness etc

    fjona

    May 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm

  4. @Tracey – I love the clinical aspect to the process too. The laying out of the tools on the table, the sterilisation of everything. Before and afters of the tools perhaps?

    @Fjona – yeah I like that one too. The light and dark adds an intensity to the frame..totally agree with you on the identity/maleness thing. It would be an interesting angle wouldn’t it? Portraits prior to tattooing & capturing how different people react to the pain…hmm

    A few directions to think about here for sure! Thanks for the comments guys, appreciate it…

    Max Colson

    May 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm


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