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#1 mo samra

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 04:09 PM

hey guys,

I was just curious to find out some information about the industry in regards to body art. I am seventeen years old and I plan on getting a few meaningful tattoos. I also hope to be a DP in the industry one day. what are some of your thoughts on tattoos and getting jobs in the business, will that hold me back, or as long as I can do the job well no one will mind?

thanks much!!
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 04:15 PM

Can't imagine anyone would give the tiniest damn.
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Posted 24 September 2011 - 04:18 PM

so if i had a tattoo on my fore arm, i could still have jobs working as a DP on feature film sets?

and thanks for the response.
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#4 Vincent Sweeney

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 11:54 PM

You are way too young to permanently mark yourself.
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Posted 25 September 2011 - 12:05 AM

First impressions are the extemely important. Do you think you'll be looked at more positively wearing a tattoo? Or less so?
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#6 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:42 AM

I suppose it depends which country you're in, but I didn't think you could get tattoos until you're 18.

Best not to have tattoos on your face and hands and don't have the name of your current romantic relationship in the tattoo.

I guess DPs have done stranger things than have a tattoo, but it really depends on the people you are dealing with and attitudes of people in the country where you live.
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#7 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 08:22 AM

If you really want a tattoo, then just put it where it can easily be covered up for a job interview.

I come from a generation where only sailors and bikers got tattoos, so the whole trend mystifies me -- all I know that it's annoying that so many actors and actresses get tattoos because it makes life harder for the make-up, wardrobe, and camera people to hide them because actors often play characters who wouldn't be wearing tattoos, plus half the time there is a clearance issue because the tattoo is the creation of some artist.
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#8 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 09:00 AM

I believe this was notoriously the case on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, on the basis that that redheaded chick who went to band camp (whose name escapes me) has an ankle tattoo and ended up in some rather questionable costume choices to cover it up.

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#9 John Holland

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 12:27 PM

In my mind people who have tattoos are low life " Chavs" and in this country tend to live or come from a county called Essex.
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#10 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 01:21 PM

Like me.
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#11 Brian Dzyak

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Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:16 PM

It depends. Do you want to work on nothing but music videos and low-budget horror movies for the rest of your life? B)

A person's appearance says volumes about him/her. Clothes are one thing, of course, but so to does hairstyle and overall grooming contribute toward that so important first impression. Maybe a tattoo or "edgy" hairstyle with the trendiest clothes say that a person is "oh soooo cool!," but generally, Producers and Directors are looking for a candidate (in the DP world) who knows what he/she is doing technically to fulfill the artistic desires while functioning efficiently with cast and crew within the parameters of a schedule and budget.

Fun and "cool" can help in the sell, but it can also backfire if your appearance doesn't also say that you're competent. But, you should be who you want to be. Just go in knowing that something like a tattoo could turn out to be a negative for your career depending upon what you'd like it to ultimately be.
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Posted 25 September 2011 - 02:47 PM

Not aimed at you Phil ! I am sure you no what i am getting at though ?
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 06:32 AM

Item on BBC web site about the subject:

http://www.bbc.co.uk...gazine-15060691
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#14 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 07:52 AM

I am sure you no what i am getting at though ?




Yur, innit.


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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:18 PM

In my mind people who have tattoos are low life " Chavs" and in this country tend to live or come from a county called Essex.


Wow! The middle class English are alive and well and living in Cinematography.com Who would have thought!
For me this a deplorable statement and I sincerely hope It's a joke!

I personally work with people who have all sorts of differences be it tattoos, piercings, clothes, culture, I could care less!
As long as they are professional and proficient in there job.

What a load of bollocks! Tattoos! get real!!
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#16 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:51 PM

Get it somewhere that you can hide it if you want. Tattoos are pretty commonplace these days, so I doubt anyone will even notice unless the tattoo is either huge or offensive.
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#17 mo samra

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:59 PM

thanks for all the responses!

Im planning on getting them on my calf and thigh.
so ill be able to cover them quite easily with pants. I was debating to get a piece on my fore arm, but i doubt that will follow through.

and also these tattoos are very personal to me. not some random drawing I picked out at the shop last minute. they involve my love for cinematography( a film reel, and more) and my older sisters birthday with rosses.
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#18 mo samra

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 04:02 PM

I suppose it depends which country you're in, but I didn't think you could get tattoos until you're 18.


I guess DPs have done stranger things than have a tattoo, but it really depends on the people you are dealing with and attitudes of people in the country where you live.


I am waiting till I turn nineteen, so i have another year to think about it. And what do you mean stranger things than a tattoo?!
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#19 John Sprung

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 06:15 PM

Many years ago we had an assistant editor who had a strip of film tattooed around her leg. The only thing anybody said about it was that she had chosen 16mm, when she could have had 35mm for the same price....





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#20 George Ebersole

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 07:31 PM

hey guys,

I was just curious to find out some information about the industry in regards to body art. I am seventeen years old and I plan on getting a few meaningful tattoos. I also hope to be a DP in the industry one day. what are some of your thoughts on tattoos and getting jobs in the business, will that hold me back, or as long as I can do the job well no one will mind?

thanks much!!

Everyone I know under 30 seems to have a tattoo. But, like another guy here said, when I grew up only people living the rough and wild life got them. Take it for what it's worth. I think they're kind of silly and stupid myself and would never get one, but I don't look down on people who get them. To each his own.
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