[Chicago Slices raw: Gary Tattoo Parlor #2]

ROY BOY'S TATTOOS, Gary, IN. 20 minutes of interview with ROY BOY COOPER and wife DEBRA, Don working, and tattooing. Bengal tiger.

00:00Copy video clip URL Static.

00:02Copy video clip URL Roy Cooper in his basement, standing in front of his pet Bengal tiger, talking about the popularity of tattoos. They are seen in advertising, music videos. He says “I have the most tattooed people, and the most interesting footage of tattoos,” in his videos.

01:26Copy video clip URL Cooper says he does very little piercings. He is more into tattooing. Some people, he says, get into scarification. He does not do that in his shop. It’s painful.

02:29Copy video clip URL Cooper talks about his personal tattoos. Many are 29 years old and not placed with the artistry Cooper and his team try to accomplish with attention to the mise-en-scene, how the artwork is arranged on the body. He says that a good tattoo session lasts about 3 hours. A customer can’t sit still for too much longer, and it’s not good to subject the skin to that much constant needle work. An average tattoo session for simple work takes about 20 minutes and is not as painful as people anticipate it to be.

04:56Copy video clip URL Cooper says the social image of the tattoo has changed. A lot of parents now have tattoos. The age limit restrictions aren’t as strict as they used to be. But the parents who have tattoos might let an underage teenager have one, too. A reputable shop might have 4 or 5 employees working at one time.

06:22Copy video clip URL Cooper comments that summertime is the most popular time for people to get tattoos, but notes that the healing time for a new tattoo is better in the winter. Tattoos heal better when there’s no sweat, no exposure to sun. It’s harder to tattoo in the summer because a person’s tan will affect the color. Yellow places on tanned skin will look more yellow in winter when the tan has faded away.

07:24Copy video clip URL Cooper says people need to understand that tattoos are permanent.

07:47Copy video clip URL Stop/re-start digitizing. Cooper talks about how difficult it is to have a tattoo removed and how bad the results are. He sees customers that have tried having tattoos removed and their skin is raised and blemished. Cooper warns that there’s no good way to remove a tattoo.

09:20Copy video clip URL Cooper says he wants to stay in Gary, Indiana, and just be a regular guy. He doesn’t seek fame. He gets along with people from all walks of life.

10:17Copy video clip URL B-roll of customer Brian getting work done on his tiger tattoo. The shading is done and now color is being applied. The tattoo artist, Don, says if a person is going to bleed during this process, it’s usually when the color is being added. Lots of video drop outs.

12:44Copy video clip URL Camera rolls unintentionally as Nathan, the videographer, talks with Cooper about signing a release form. Low exposure resulting in a dark image. Cooper gives Nathan a video of his work to use as b-roll in the finished piece.

13:36Copy video clip URL Video drop outs. Stop/re-start digitizing.

14:35Copy video clip URL Continued b-roll of Brian getting work done on his tattoo.

17:42Copy video clip URL Don cleans up Brian’s tattoo work, applies an antibiotic ointment and bandage.

18:55Copy video clip URL B-roll of artwork on the tattoo parlor walls.

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