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Photojournalism and Documentary Photography

How to make a tattoo

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For the first assignment I choose a tattoo shop. I simply love tattoos (even though I only have one yet), and I thought that it could be interesting for other people to see the creation of something that will last forever. Especially for those who never got the chance to see it, I suppose a few nowadays.

I followed all the instructions given to us by the course director: all manual, no zoom, 35mm lens, black & white, 400 ISO. I shoot a bit more that asked, 70 pictures rather than 40, just because it was a very long process, around 4 hours, and there where many things to shoot. So I made a rough selection and I choose the following 21 pictures.

I believe the most difficult part for me was to push myself a little bit at the beginning and struggle with laziness, shyness and shame and ask the tattooist the permission, explaining my purpose. Actually he was really open to do it. I presume that it is just my sense of discretion. Sometimes I convince myself that I can bother other people, but it is something I have to overcome, sooner or later.

Paola Sarappa

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A special thanks to “A True Love Tattoo” studio – Denmark Place, London.

Written by Paola Sarappa

19/01/2011 at 1:27 am

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  1. Spectacular pictures! Well done.


  2. really cool. how did you manage to put the slideshow?? i was trying to do the same!


    Alice Calcagno

    20/01/2011 at 1:50 am

    • Ciao Alice! That’s very easy…you upload all the pictures you need and after saving you click on “insert slideshow” and that’s it! Let me know if this makes any sense… 😉



      21/01/2011 at 8:22 am

  3. Hey! Nice set of pictures. I also tried to get to tatoo shop but they all said no… 🙂



    27/01/2011 at 10:18 pm

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