Blog Post #10

Blog Post #10

For the finl project, Chris and I shot a video of a local (Cheyenne) tattoo artist. This is a feature story highlighting the art of tattoos and the pleasure many see in inking up their bodies. Tattoos are a global art form and symbolize hundreds of different meanings for numerous cultures. American culture still holds some bias towards people with tattoos; many people are judged by their tattoos and are often stereotyped negatively.

Trey is the artist featured in the video; he is a gang member from California. His first experience tattooing came in prison; he divulged several meanings for many different gang-related tattoos and shows the camera some of his gang ink. Guy is the second interviewee, shown in the video having work done to his newest tattoo. Guy shares with the camera his reasons for getting a tattoo, being primarily his passion for music; the tattoo is a symbol for that passion and a reminder of what he loves most. He also offers some advice to anyone considering a tattoo, and that is to think it through! Tattoos gain a bad reputation due to their permanence, and when people rush into permanent body ink, they often come to regret it. Also, a tattoo is permanent, (or extremely expensive and painful to remove), so your tattoo will be appreciated best when it comes with a story or special memory, and Guy’s tattoo is an example of the intricate thought process that is necessary in tattooing.

This video serves a second purpose, as it does feature a gang member with a criminal record. Trey appears to be doing fairly well for himself; working, creating, using his art, and acting as a member of society providing a service. This video can also serve as an example of a felon overcoming the hegemonic system designed to marginalize felons, and also shows a creative, artistic, and passionate man, not a violent, gang-banging thug. Thus, this feature story can combat stereotypes involving criminals and gang members, who are demonized in society. 

I actually loved this project! I’ve never filmed anything before really, except maybe something silly with my IPhone. I learned a lot about my camera and I’ve also been introduced to a whole new art form. I definitely plan to make more videos, and why wouldn’t I? My Canon shoots in HD! I  have some things to learn involving shooting technique, and I aspire to teach myself how to shoot great footage manually. This video was shot in automatic settings.

If I could hav done something differently I would have been apart of the editing process. Chris did the editing, and I shot the video, interviewed, and came up with/directed the story. There was a decent amount of footage and I felt like more could have been utilized, and more could have been used to make this a stronger feature. Also, the video recording setting really drains my camera’s battery. I had to shoot this video three separate times because the battery kept dying; normally it lasts weeks before needing to be charged. So that may prove to be frustrating.

I can’t say how I may use videography in my future, but I plan to at least record special events and significant moments, so I can preserve my memories. I would love to improve my budding videography skills and offer my talents to friends and family, and film special times for other people. Video cameras can be an awful lot of fun, from what I hear, and I had a lot of fun  making this video. I can honestly say my camera will be coming with me everywhere I go, so I can snap photos or shoot some video! My next step will be to learn how to edit videos. and who knows, maybe one day I’ll make a masterpiece!

This was my favorite assignment of the semester I think, as it’s a doorway to a whole new level of creativity! I can’t wait to explore this new medium.

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