On Friday, Sang Bleu presents the world premiere of Jun Matsui, a documentary unveiling the legacy of Matsui, one of Brazil’s most prestigious tattoo artists. The film also seeks to pay homage to his influence on Brazilian underground subculture. The screening of will happen at Dalston’s Rio Cinema, London and will be followed by a Q&A session.
Matsui grew up in Brazil and moved to Japan when he was a teenager to work as an assembly worker in a factory. Always wanting to be a tattooer, he started drawing whilst also working at a bar. He started tattooing as lots of people wanted to be tattooed but didn’t know where (he calls this approach ‘innocent’) and he soon rose to be within the elite of Japanese tattoo culture. Now universal and back in Brazil, Matsui’s fluid and freehand work is famed for its startling beauty.
Jun Matsui is a beautifully shot film thats seeks to explore Matsui’s craftsmanship and his artistic and personal lives through a series of interviews with the director; it is an exploration of tattooing through arresting cinematography and the spoken word.
The film is directed by Andre Ferezini, a Brazilian film maker whose interests and work deal with subcultures and their societies.
JUN MATSUI interviewed by ANDRE FEREZINI
Produced by – Andre Ferezini
Transcription – Cláudio Cruz
Translation into English – Maurício Buchler
(interviews conducted originally in Brazilian Portuguese language)
More information about the film can be read here.
The screening will be preluded by three other short films; Gait, a film by Sang Bleu, The Last One, a video work by Suzannah Pettigrew and Gorgone, a film by Hope Plescia.
At Rio Cinema, 197 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB, London at 23.30 on Friday 3rd July
More information can be found on the Facebook event here.