Private Project

Honest Johnson's

An inspiring look at overcoming adversity and discovering one’s identity, “Honest Johnson’s” tells the story of Nate Johnson’s transition from a convicted felon to a tattoo shop owner. In this documentary, we explore Nate’s life in prison and how art sparked the inspiration for his tattoo shop, a place that has come to be an important place for art, community, and acceptance.

  • Jaya Flanary
  • Nate Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Kristine Flanary
    Key Cast
  • “Concrete Mama” photos by Ethan Hoffman, taken at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Washington, 1978-1979. Courtesy of the Washington Prison History Project and UW Bothell Collections. [CC BY-NC]
    (Photo Courtesy)
  • “Pumkin Spice” by Audiobinger, provided by[CC BY-NC]
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Genres:
    tattoo, tattoo shop, prison, art, felons, clean and sober
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 17, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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