First ever tattoo film festival kicks off in Saskatoon

Watch above: The first ever Tattoo Arts Film Festival is ready to take off in Saskatoon this weekend. Carly Robinson speaks with organizers who are encouraged by the acceptance and tolerance in the films.

SASKATOON – Saskatoon is home to a variety of tattoo shops, and now it will be hosting the first Tattoo Arts Film Festival in the world. Festival creator Mark Allard was surprised to find that no other festival dealing exclusively with tattoos exists.

“It’s a very broad thing because tattoo itself is something that captures what it means to be human,” said Allard. “So in return the tattoo film genre is something that covers human narratives and human issues.”

The movies playing at the festival come from all over the world, with many of them playing for the first time in Canada. Also premiering at the festival will be a local film called Lost in a Tattoo Shop presented by On2U.

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On2U owner Veronica Tricker is excited to have the film premiere at a world festival taking place in the same neighbourhood where her shop is located – Riversdale.

“There are tons of different reasons that people get tattoos, for the most part it’s pretty exciting. Tattoos have evolved, in a great way,” said Tricker.

Through submissions to the festival, Allard has seen an overall theme of acceptance and tolerance. He hopes that the festival will become an annual event.

“I’m hoping that it encourages more festivals that have notions of acceptance and tolerance, which is what our movies also encourage,” stated Allard.

The festival runs this weekend at the Roxy Theatre, with tickets available online or at the door.