Ryan Hope’s debut feature, Skin, is a documentary that tests the boundaries of art and the human body, Skin is a dark, stylish examination of tattoo culture as high art.
Featuring contributions from Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Raymond Pettibon and in association with Dasha Zhukovaâ€™s Garage Magazine, the film is a beautiful visual essay from the frontiers of contemporary British art.
Beginning in London before crossing America coast to coast, Ryan followed the lives of five individuals whose bodies would become canvases for these seminal works of art. Jack, AJ, Leaf, Shauna and Conrad were five very different people, living in different parts of the world. The one thing they had in common was that their lives were about to be changed forever. Shooting on the road, Ryan left London for New York and eventually Los Angeles. On his journey he visited some of the best tattoo parlours in the business, including The Family Business in London, Kings Avenue in New York and Gold Rush in Costa Mesa, California. Here he saw the work of some of the worldâ€™s foremost contemporary artists etched on human skin by master tattoo artists Mo Coppoletta, Mike Rubendall and Lindsey Carmichael, respectively. The culmination of the trip was a photoshoot for the debut issue of Garage Magazine, fittingly conducted by renowned designer and photographer Hedi Slimane.”