Watch This Tattoo Machine Pumping Ink in Slow Motion

published in: Exhibitions, Art By Yatzer, 06 May 2014

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video screenshot, © GueT.

video screenshot, © GueT.

Opening today at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, the exhibition ‘Tatouers, Tatoués’ offers an extensive overview of the tattoo art from around the world, tracing the history of this usually stigmatised art form from the 18th century to the present-day. Whilst the exhibition provides a wider perspective on the subject, we, on the other hand at Yatzer, wanted to share, with you, a closer look at the process of tattoo-making through this short video by Paris-based tattoo artist GueT {Gaëtan Le Gargasson}, where a tattoo machine has been filmed in slow motion. While the needle of the tattoo machine moves too fast for the naked eye to see (producing its characteristic buzz), slowing the whole process down creates a really dramatic effect, exposing all the details of just how the ink is pushed into the skin to create the permanent tattoo patterns. So if you were wondering why getting a tattoo sometimes hurts so much, now you know.

{YatzerTip}: On the occasion of the ‘Tatouers, Tatoués’ exhibition, we interviewed the curator of the Japanese section of the exhibition, Pascal Bagot – who told us, amongst other things, about the impressive dragon tattoo he got on his back by Japanese master tattooist Horitoshi I. You can read the interview here

The last tattooed Kalinga woman, Philippines, 2011. © Jake Verzosa, artist’s private collection.

Poster of the anthropological exhibition: ''Tatoueurs, tatoués'' from 6th May 2014 until 18th October 2015 © Musée du quai Branly.


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