Literary Ink follows 4 amazing tattoo artists at the first ever Literary Ink Convention taking place in Chattanooga, TN in March 2018. The documentary will explore the lives, dreams, techniques and artistic inspiration of these 4 main characters; while the event is taking place with over 70 elite tattoo artists coming from all over the world to celebrate the intersection of literary fantasy and artistic magic.
TONE & STYLE
Think “Chef’s Table”, but instead of chefs we have tattoo masters. The film will be extremely visual. We need to express the creative process of the artists through images that create awe and are just freaking cool. This is not a reality show style project, nor one of those simplistic videos about tattoos. We will make the documentary with a cinematic approach, and the heart of the movie comes from the personalities of the 4 talented people we choose to feature.
Chelsey Hamilton… How do I begin to explain Chelsey Hamilton?
Chelsey Hamilton’s work is flawless. She has two Disney purses and a white Honda. I hear her cats insured for $10,000. I also hear she does car commercials… in Disneyland. Her favorite movie is Aladdin: the return of jafar. One time, she met John Cena on a plane – and she could see him. she married my boyfriend in Vegas… it. was. awesome.***
This lady is a bottomless well of ideas and dreams. Relentlessly striving to grow her shop Main Line Ink and grow as an artist. Jennifer’s brain-cogs are always turning. She is the mind behind the Literary Ink Convention, and after meeting with Axel Arzola a few times she accepted the challenge to make this film along side the convention.
Well known in Chattanooga for her watercolor prowess and polka trash renderings, she tends to find unique ways to use line and color. Her scratchy style is all her own, and her clients are as loyal to her as Death Eaters are to ole Voldemort. Jennifer is a color-outside-the-lines kind of artist, and she thinks outside those lines too. When she isn’t working her tattoo magic, she enjoys spending time with her lovin’ wife and thier pup, Birdie.
Hailing all the way from Cuba, Anier is an artist to watch. His fine art background and understanding of color and composition meld together seamlessly to yield a truly inspired visionary. Anier excels with realism, but his extraordinary talent packs it’s punch in any area of tattooing he approaches. He’s always up for a challenge, and his work never fails to blow us all away. Anier has a love for his craft that is palpable. If this shop is unlocked, he is in here with his nose to the grindstone, and genuinely thrilled about that. If you want a realistic tattoo, he’s your guy!
Axel Arzola | Director-Producer
Axel was born and raised in Havana, Cuba. In 2012 he immigrated to the US and received a scholarship to study film at Lee University. His films have screened at festivals in Canada, France, USA, Chile, Sweden and Cuba. In 2014 Axel was one of the producers of another successful kickstarter feature documentary called Harriet’s Secret. He has a successful track record as a filmmaker and will carry this story with passion and vision.
In 2014 Axel helped Anier come to the US to follow his dream of becoming a world class artist. This film makes their journey come full circle, and some of the film will take them both back to Cuba to tell the story from the place of origin. From the streets of Havana, to the beaches of Hawaii, Axel has traveled the world making movies and his passion for stories is contagious.
Will Vest | Cinematographer
Will is a Cinematographer from Tennessee who has worked in everything from corporate videos to short films and music video, and many different types of projects in between. My ultimate goal in everything that I create is to tell a story as effectively as I can. Angles, Lens choice, Color, etc all play such a vital role in the process of visual communication. The projects that I love the most is when you pair a powerful story with powerful visuals.
Will and Axel met in 2017 during a work trip to Nigeria were they both worked together to capture one of the biggest crusades in the continent. They clicked immediately and since then have been waiting fo another chance to collaborate.