Reclaimed with Ink
A Documentary Film
Your body is all you really truly possess. It is the physical space that houses your soul. If that gets taken away, it can completely reduce who you think you are, unless you can find a way to reclaim it. UnScarred will tell the story of people who have been physically scarred, through trauma or illness, losing something that was uniquely theirs and, through the art of tattoo, have become empowered and reclaimed their bodies.
Inspired by the story of breast cancer survivor Molly Weingart, the film will explore the personal journeys and struggles of people with varied backgrounds, and what getting a tattoo has meant to them from long held spiritual and religious taboos to family and societal expectations.
We seek to uncover the feelings of tattooing in various communities from the words of the Bible to the modern day. How have opinions changed over time? Does context matter as far as why someone gets one, or where the tattoo is on the body? Is it our place to judge how others express themselves artistically on their own bodies?
The film will highlight the impact tattoos have had on each person’s life as they overcame their own personal struggles and tattoo taboos in order to find great joy, relief and empowerment. To some this film will serve as inspiration for them to take the next steps in their tattoo journey and for those who come in with biases it should leave them asking the questions of what those biases are rooted in and why.