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Tattoo Arts and Film Festival

Fri, Sep 4, 3 – 9:30 pm; Sat, Sep 5, 10:30 am – 5 pm; Reception: 5 – 7 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
To complement our special exhibition Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, VMFA will present the first-ever major Tattoo Arts and Film Festival in Virginia. Honoring the rich history and tradition of tattooing and its enduring and evolving impact on contemporary visual culture, the two-day festival will include feature films plus a session exploring Japanese anime, talks by world-renowned experts, gallery tours, and more.

$25 for a two-day festival pass (VMFA members $18)

Click here for a schedule of events. Individual films: $8 (VMFA members $5).



Tattoo Arts and Film Festival - Festival Pass

Fri, Sep 4, 3 pm – 9:30 pm; Sat, Sep 5, 10:30 am – 5 pm; Reception: 5 – 7 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
To complement our special exhibition, Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, VMFA will present the first-ever major Tattoo Arts and Film Festival in Virginia. Honoring the rich history and tradition of tattooing and its enduring and evolving impact on contemporary visual culture, the two-day festival will include feature films plus a session exploring Japanese anime, talks by world-renowned experts, gallery tours, and more.

$25 for a two-day festival pass (VMFA members $18)

Click here for a schedule of events. Individual films: $8 (VMFA members $5).



Eastern Promises

Fri, Sep 4, 3 – 5 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
2007, 100 min, rated R
Viggo Mortensen was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Nikolai, a shrewd criminal trying to rise in London’s Vory v Zakone Russian Mafia, where tattoos are earned for status and respect.  A nurse (Naomi Watts) becomes tenuously intertwined in this sinister underworld.  Veteran director David Cronenberg, noted for his edgy, visceral images, delivers.
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Part of the Tattoo Arts and Film Festival. Learn more.



Tattoo Nation: The True Story of the Ink Revolution

Part of the Tattoo Arts and Film Festival | Fri, Sep 4, 7:30 – 9:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
2013, 86 min. Not  rated; content may not be suitable for children.
How did tattoos go from being something that someone puts on you to something that comes from within you?  This groundbreaking documentary, screening for the first time in Central Virginia, tells the story of how three artists from one L.A. tattoo shop revolutionized the art of tattooing.  With Don “Ed” Hardy, Freddy Negrete, Travis Barker, and Danny Trejo.  
Special guest speakers: Takahiro Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka) Kitamura, exhibition artist, tattooer, and curator; and Timothy Hoyer, exhibition artist and tattooer
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Part of the Tattoo Arts and Film Festival. Learn more.



Utamaro and His Five Women

Sat, Sep 5, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
1946, 91 min, B&W. Not rated; mature content
This Japanese classic is a fictionalized portrait of the famed 18th-century Ukiyo-e artist Utamaro and his relationship with five courtesans who inspire his work. Artists of all types will connect to director Kenji Mizoguchi’s study of passion and determination. In a highly evocative scene, Utamaro sketches a picture on the back of his beautiful model who is honored to have it tattooed into her skin. 
Special guest speaker: Takahiro Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka) Kitamura, exhibition artist, tattooer, and curator
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Part of the Tattoo Arts and Film Festival. Learn more.



Japanese Anime Tattoo Traditions

Sat, Sep 5, 2:30 – 4:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

Some content may not be suitable for children.
Learn about Japanese anime technique and style along with connections to manga and tattoos. Excerpts of several anime series will be shown.
Special guest speaker: Anh Do, VMFA and VSU faculty animation specialist
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Part of the Tattoo Arts and Film Festival. Learn more.