Tattoo Documentary Pre Production


First Mock Up and Production Notes

By: Jared Abrams

Mitch O’Connell is one of the best graphic artists out there. He has designed a few tattoos for me in the past. I have been waiting for a while to get some more color. I have just been too darn busy with the HDSLR stuff to get anything done. So I figured that if I shot a little doc about the process from start to finish I could kill two birds with one stone.  I sent Mitch a mock up of what I was gunning for, no pun intended.  All of my recent tattoos have been to celebrate my family. I see it as a way to keep them close to me forever.

Mitch took the mock up and designed this very cool sketch.  The old school flintlock pistols are his style and I dig the collaboration.  They remind me of my Father, who I have never really known. He owned a little Derringer. It was the first real gun I ever held.  I went back to Mitch and asked for a little more flair and some stars. I wanted to be able to give each pistol it’s own touch to represent each child properly.  He added the stars and flare.  Mitch has promised to go on camera and give us a little run down of his process.

Now that the design is complete, we are ready to get some ink.  Dave Hatton does all of my ink. He is one of the best Traditional Tattoo Artists in Los Angeles. I stumbled upon him a few years ago when I wanted a massive shoulder piece. That one took about eight hours in one sitting. We got to know each other and I have never even thought of using anyone else. The plan is to literally shoot this one lying down. I will be in the chair interviewing Dave while he slings the ink. Misa Garcia from JAG35 will be shooting some BTS and my main man Chris Collins will be spinning two more cameras, one in each hand.

Mitch O'Connell First Pencil Draft

Final Line Drawing For Tattoo Artist

Final Design With Shading And Color

Jared Abrams is a cinematographer based in Hollywood, California. After many years as a professional camera assistant he switched over to still photography. About two years ago a new Canon camera changed the way the world sees both motion and still photography. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time.