Literary Ink follows 4 tattoo wizards 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 the 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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Edge’s brain-cogs are always turning, this lady 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 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 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 thier pup, Birdie.
Ebony Mellowship comes all the way from Australia to make tattoo magic at Literary Ink. Ebony's greatest influence is her dad. "When I was a kid, I grew up in qld, and my parents they owned a comic book shop. My dad is an artist and a writer and he’s just incredible. He always influenced me and encouraged me to do stuff. He used to give me a lot of comics and make me draw out the pictures. So I used to draw out full comics exactly how they were. That’s how I copied it and learnt. I don’t do that style now, it’s heaps different, but it’s where I started with my artistic passion." Her pieces are incredible, and she is always looking to try new things. "I need to progress, and be inspired by different things and different people, so I just need to go somewhere else and make that change. I want to further my career, and just be better. You can always be better." Ebony loves her boyfriend Myles, and her dog Taquito, almost as much as napping before bedtime, drag queens and saying "cunt".
Hailing all the way from Cuba, Anier Frenandez 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 has only been in the industry for 2 years now and he 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.
How do we 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 her boyfriend in Vegas... it. was. awesome.***