Max Colson: Tales

Photojournalism MA student at the LCC

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Tattoos and Tattoers for Japan

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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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Tattoos, discos, and quite a bit of over-exposure

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Portrait of myself, aged 19 (the disco on the right)

Once in a time long long ago I was a bit younger than I am today and I went and got ‘disco’ tattooed on the side of my torso with a friend of mine. Oooops!

East London’s finest tattoo artist Mr Henry Hate was the man we chose for the job way back in about 2005 and I thought I would go back to his shop ‘Prick’ for my recent portrait assignment. He agreed which was very nice of him. Check out his website here if you want to see some seriously fantastic examples of his work (they are examples of fantastically ‘disco-less’ tattooing I may hasten to add).

ANYWAY. I have to say I had one issue with this shoot and that was over lighting. Not being incredibly experienced in controlling light with portraits, I did find it quite a lot to think about when I’m also trying to maintain a comfortable, flowing conversation with my subject and direct them at the same time. I did get better over the course of the portrait assignment; in all I shot 5 people, and in practicing I gained more experience, but I’m definitely going out to do more portrait sessions so I can really get some real control over this powerful mode of photography. I can see it being real fun once I’ve got all of the technical considerations well and truly under my belt.

As I had decided not to spend a bomb on a off camera flash set up just as yet, I went for the good old natural light with Mr Henry Hate. Unfortunately for this session in my not particularly thinking state I think I made a bit of a rookie error by placing Henry in the middle of some very strong midday sunlight with white paper all around him and didn’t compensate for it properly; in the process I managed to produce a lot of over exposed photos that I’m definitely not putting up! = DOH DOH DOH.

I started to think a bit more sensibly towards the end of the shoot and dealt with the strong sunlight a lot better and cranked out some acceptable shots.

All in all it was not a great start to my portrait assignment but I do think I managed to get some decent headshots, one of which is below:

 

Henry Hate, owner of 'Prick' tattoos in London

Written by Max Colson

March 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm