Sponsored
Categories: Film

Tattoo Uprising

Sponsored
Sponsored

We all want to believe the things that interest us are Important Things, but even by that standard Alan Govenar’s documentary Tattoo Uprising takes an inflated view of its subject, the history of tattooing. The word “uprising” is generally associated with slave revolts, for starters, and it doesn’t help that Uprising begins with context-free footage of a smiling Japanese woman serving drinks to white men in a jacuzzi, intercut with a white woman in cowgirl garb slowly removing her top to reveal a tattooed chest. Nothing shakes up the status quo like colonialism and heteronormative pandering, huh? (Suffice it to say, we see no #MeToo tattoos.)

Tattoo Uprising is most interesting when it makes use of rare or never-seen footage from past documentaries, such as Les Blank and Werner Herzog showing off their dueling tattoos in a Burden of Dreams outtake. But Govenar’s stated conclusion that tattooing has gone “from being the most forbidden art form in the Western world to one of the most common” is debatable at best — the most forbidden? Really? This proclamation is rather hilariously set over a montage of tattoo-shop storefronts that could be reused as-is in a documentary about economically depressed neighborhoods. On the plus side, Burning Man isn’t mentioned in Tattoo Uprising at all. That would be truly revolting.

Not rated. Opens Friday at the Roxie Theater.

Sponsored
Sherilyn Connelly

Recent Posts

Ardalan’s Hosting a Mardi Gras Parade at Dirtybird Campout

Ardalan’s Hosting a Mardi Gras Parade at Dirtybird Campout After a decade-plus with the label, the funky S.F. producer and…

22 hours ago

Best CBD Oil For Dogs in 2019 – CBD Oil for Pets Reviews

The spotlight on CBD continues to grow bright. New CBD dog products are springing up daily, making it difficult to…

1 day ago

How to Stop Cars from Killing People

On a stifling Friday afternoon in the Tenderloin, over 30 people gathered in a bright intersection. They had signs and…

3 days ago

Gig Economy Bill Becomes Law, Much To Uber And Lyft’s Chagrin

California has an official law on the books to protect gig economy workers, roughly a decade after the gig economy…

3 days ago

The Grilled Cheese At Zeitgeist Will Set You Right

After a long week of work, a nice sunny patio and a frosty brew are the perfect combination for strolling…

3 days ago

‘Africa State of Mind’ Will Stay with You

The average American knows embarrassingly little about Africa. So many have called Africa a single “country” — most notably George…

3 days ago