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You won’t regret that tattoo

There's a lot of talk about tattoos, but this is the first time we see people from an older generation who are proud to sport the ink they wear.

10 – 15 | 2013 | Canada | Documentary | Live-Action | Tattoos

A tattoo is for life… so what if you regret it? This one of the most frequently asked questions to those who have tattoos.

Director Angie Bird started from this simple “argument” and interviewed a group of “senior citizens” to talk about what led them to get a tattoo, and what that choice meant for them. Different walks of life, yet all signed by these indelible marks that are always linked to a history, a memory, a specific symbol. Some were made as a joke, others to mark life-defining events such as entering the army, others symbolize a parent-child relationship, and others represent a closure point with painful experiences – but they all  stand for a turning point in the interviewee’s lives.

In a society that – even though they are now a common fashion statement – still looks down on those who have tattoos, is very interesting to see these people – all from different backgrounds, from suburban America’s good girls with a religious upbringing to survivors of a corrupt system- tell their lives and discover the  meaning is behind something  that – especially among the ‘elderly’ – is still a taboo.

And no, none of the protagonists of this documentary regrets any of their tattoos. Just like the past memories and experiences which they are often linked to, tattoos are a part what of the person has become, for better or for worse. “I never understood women who act only according to what their husbands think is right”, says at one point one of the ladies, and then acts accordingly. Her husband did not agree, but she she got a butterfly tattoo, because  after beating a serious illness, that’s how she feels. People judge and will continue to judge, but the comments of others don’t really matter, especially when, approaching old age, they have less and less interest to listen to people thoughts.

An interesting, touching documentary that’s full of optimism and ends up investigating the strength that every human being has to overcome the difficulties of life, rather than tattoos. Presented in many international festivals, such as London’s Raindance and AFI Docs, “You Will not Regret That Tattoo” is the first documentary by Australian director Angie Bird, whose experience in the world of advertising clearly emerges the immediate and captivating style of the short.

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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