Canadian pubcaster the CBC is preparing two factual tattoo-centric programs to coincide with National Tattoo Day on July 17, both through CBC Arts.
This Ink Runs Deep is a 16-minute documentary featuring Indigenous tattoo artists from across Canada who are reviving ancestral traditions that disappeared during colonization. Artists included are Nakkita Trimble (Prince Rupert, BC), Freda Diesing (Terrace, BC), Jana Angulalik (Cambridge Bay, NU), Dion Kaszas (Salmon Arm, BC) and Gregory Williams (Skidegate, BC).
The short is produced by Aimer Films Inc. It is directed by Asia Youngman and produced by Ken Donguines and Mack Stannard.
Meanwhile, Art Hurts (8 x 5 minutes) profiles female-identifying and gender non-binary tattoo artists such as Nomi Chi (pictured) from across Canada.
The digital series is produced in-house at CBC Arts. It is produced by Lise Hosein, with each episode featuring a different freelance director.
The two programs will be available on CBC’s streaming service Gem on July 15, ahead of National Tattoo Day.