top image: still from MR X by alex nicholson
in alex nicholson‘s short film duncan X‘s tattoos come to life as he explains the stories behind them. the video offers a highly personal insight into X’s thoughts on his craft and significant moments in his own life.
alex told designboom a bit more about the project:
DB: how did the project come about?
AN: over the last few years duncan has tattooed me several times and I’ve gotten to know him quite well.
DB: how long did production take?
AN: about 4 weeks in pre-production and tests, 1 day to shoot and a further 10 weeks in post with MPC.
DB: what do you think the popularity of tattoos today tell us about this moment in history?
AN: there’s loads of factors to this. today tattoos are more accessible, and they are almost socially acceptable. artists are getting better and so is their equipment. you can also now get them removed (at some pains).
the following photos taken by peter landers document the making of the video:
illustration by chris martin