Review: FST: The World is Watching
Following on from last week’s news about the new part of the Frith Street documentary, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, I’ve finally had a chance to watch it for review. This is part two of the documentary- you can find part one’s review here.
This second part, called The World is Watching, sees the guys at Frith Street talking about tattooing’s current popularity, and how media on Facebook and Instagram has made such an impact on how tattooers work. This is becoming something that’s very prominent in tattooing, especially in how a tattooer shows off their work or any news they have from the shop, so it was inevitable that someone would talk about it in a documentary like this. For their honesty and modesty, you’ll be glad that it was the guys at Frith street who talked about it at such length.
When it comes to tattooers who have been working before the days of Facebook talk about social media, I think it’s very easy for some to be quite negative. Some of them long for the days when you had to look in the phone book for a tattoo shop, or when you had to know people who would share their magazine collection with you so you could see what was happening on the other side of the world. I can see why people get nostalgic, but a lot of those people will still be happy to share with you their work all over the internet, so what they’re saying loses a bit of credit. Frith Street’s tattooers are quite different to this- they take social media and tattooing’s current acceptance in their stride, and they’re happy to use them as tools for their businesses.
It’s quite refreshing to have tattooers who are as talented and hard working as the Frith Street crew to say that, actually, social media is not ruining tattooing- in fact, sometimes it can be really great! As someone who used to work for a shop updating their blog constantly, I can also tell you that it can be hard work, but it can be fantastic to be able to show people so far away what’s going on in the shop with just a few clicks. Yes, it can have some down sides, such as when people try to steal artwork or feel the need to constantly make enquiries without going to the shop, but overall, it’s not too bad at all.
Without getting into the specifics of what the guys talk about and spoil it, I think that you should give it a watch- you’ll love it! You can buy or rent it from Vimeo right now- click here to go to the documentary’s website to see how! Once again, here is the trailer:
Thanks very much to Stewart Robson for sending over the film- you rock!