In March 2018, elite tattoo artists from across the globe came together in Chattanooga, Tennessee to celebrate the intersection of literary fantasy and artistic magic at the inaugural Literary Ink convention. “Literary Ink: A Wizard’s Journey” explores the lives, dreams, techniques and artistic inspiration of four of these Tattoo Wizards.
Ebony comes all the way from Australia to make tattoo magic at Literary Ink. She just celebrated her 10th year as a tattooer this past March.
Ebony grew up hanging out at her parents' comic book store and was inspired to pursue artistic endeavors from a young age. She enjoys tattooing a range of styles and subject matter, but is most passionate about and known for super colorful, Neo-Traditional tattoos with bold line work and fine details, focusing on florals, animals (especially birds) mythological creatures and anything Harry Potter (duh!). She recently relocated to New Zealand to be with her hella cute Irish boyfriend Myles. When Ebony’s not tattooing, she enjoys painting in watercolours, spending quality time with her 8 year old chihuahua Taquito, taking long ass naps, killin’ it at 80’s trivia, thinking/talking about Literary Ink, complaining about hot weather, snacking, buying antiques
and counting down the days until she’s back in Chattanooga with her people.
Jennifer Edge’s brain-cogs are always turning, she is a bottomless well of ideas and dreams, relentlessly striving to grow Main Line Ink and herself as an artist. 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. Well known in Chattanooga for her watercolor prowess and Trash Polka renderings, she tends to find unique ways to use line and color. Her sketchy 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 their pup, Birdie.
Born and raised in Southern California, Chelsey began her career in 2006. With her inspiration from Disney, Harry Potter and a splash of cult classic pop culture Chelsey has a style all her own. She met her husband Andrew at Disneyland in the summer of 2014 and headed to the Bay Area of Northern California. There she opened her own studio in Oakland, California called the Gold Flamingo LLC in May of 2018. During this time, she connected with other like-minded tattoo artists and founded Babeland; a group of unique and talented tattooers who travel the US, creating and showcasing work, all while making memories & lasting friendships. Chelsey will soon be closing The Gold Flamingo LLC and heading back to Southern California with her husband Andrew. They look forward to a new adventure!
Hailing all the way from Cuba, Aniel Frenandez is an artist to watch. His fine art background and understanding of color and composition meld together seamlessly to yield truly inspired visions. Aniel has only been in the industry for two years and he excels with realism, but his extraordinary talent packs its 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.
Much of the film was shot in one of the most recognizable tattoo shops in Chattanooga, TN. Located on East Main Street in Chattanooga’s Southside Historic District, Main Line Ink is a tattoo establishment and art gallery that hearkens back to the quirky, eccentric days of the early tattoo parlour. Just right around the corner from Chattanooga’s iconic Choo Choo, among the newly revamped and revitalized Main Street art district, Main Line Ink has established it’s place among other progressive businesses who seek to hold tight to the charms of the past, while embracing a creative, forward thinking vision of the future of Chattanooga’s art scene.
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 behind the successful kickstarter feature documentary "Harriet's Secret". He has a successful track record as a filmmaker and cares deeply about his projects and the people they involve. In 2014 Axel helped Aniel come to the US to follow his dream of becoming a world class artist. With this film their journey comes full circle, and since the documentary takes them both back to Cuba to tell Aniel's story from its 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.