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Behind the Mask

A portrait of a tattoo artist based in London who doesn't believe in showing her face to the world nor to social media. Tattoos should be about the art itself, not the artist.

  • Ece Topcuoglu
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    4 minutes 15 seconds
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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    Black & White
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - University of Arts, London
Director Biography - Ece Topcuoglu

Ece Topcuoglu was born in Ankara, Turkey. She has moved around living and experiencing different cultures. She has moved to the Netherlands at the age of 10 living there for 12 years. During that time, she has lived in Prague, Czech Republic and Hong Kong for exchange programs. She has also lived in Berlin, Germany for two years completing her Bachelors in Film Production. Currently, she is obtaining her Masters at University of Arts, London in Documentary Film.

She hopes to stay in London and create documentaries about individuals and cultural groups around the globe who do not have a voice that needs to be heard.

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Director Statement

Tattoos can be so personal however at the same time they are for the outside world to see. I have always been fascinated by tattoos as they are what defines me and my identity. I knew I wanted to make a film about a tattoo artist in order for me to personally understand their mindset. Millions of people get tattoos, however we only see the outcome of the tattoo itself but not what goes in the background in a tattoo parlour. How does a tattoo artist feel?
I had the privilege in getting in contact with @Oneslutriot as she has a very unique way of thinking about tattoos. From the beginning, she told me she didn't want her face to be shot, as she is against showing her face on social media or to the public. There is irony since she is covered with tattoos that express her identity but refuses to show her real face. This film concentrates on the importance of the craft rather than putting a name on it. This film portrays the importance of art in our society and how we must not get lost in the changing world of social media.