You Won’t Regret That Tattoo
‘You Wont Regret That Tattoo’ is a short documentary that explores the meanings and memories behind the tattoos of an older generation, and challenges the belief that ink is something that people will come to regret.
This short documentary by Director Angie Bird involves interviews with a group of older people to talk about what led them to get a tattoo, and what that choice meant for them. Different walks of life, yet all signed by indelible marks that have individual meaning connected to a person’s history. In ‘You Won’t Regret That Tattoo’ we find out that some tattoos were made as a joke, others to mark life-defining events such as entering the army, others symbolize relationships.
Whilst not using the most innovative of documentary techniques or cinematography, ‘You Won’t Regret That Tattoo’ is nevertheless, an interesting piece of documentary film making that shows the importance of tattoos to people’s lives. Tattoos are shown to be a part what of the person has become, whether that is for better or for worse. “I never understood women who act only according to what their husbands”, says one woman who got a butterfly tattoo because after beating a serious illness, a butterfly represents how she feels.”There are events in my life that basically drove me to commemorate those occasions,” says Rick Gadde, who got his first tattoo when 17 to mark “the loss of a dear friend and also, sending an abuser of my brothers and I to jail.”
Whatever the reason for the tattoo, we learn that they all stand for turning points in the interviewee’s lives.
Director: Angie Bird
Run time: 12 mins 48 secs