TATTOO ARTISTS IN MOTION, PART FIVE

Hue presents the last in a five-part video series highlighting alumni tattoo artists. If you haven’t yet, check out part one, part two, part three, and part four.

Chris Torres, Illustration ’97, is co-owner of Chris Torres’ Red Legged Devils Studio, a new ink spot near the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In this video, he talks about how tattooing on skin differs from drawing on paper.

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TATTOO ARTISTS IN MOTION, PART 4: VINCENT CASTIGLIA

Here’s video number four in our ongoing series featuring tattoo artists who graduated from FIT.

Vincent Castiglia, Illustration ’04, owner of Arcanum Studio, creates chillingly lifelike work on skin. In this video, he shows off his version of the Coney Island Cyclone.

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TATTOO ARTISTS IN MOTION, PART THREE: MAGIE SERPICA

Magie Serpica, Illustration ’07, is co-owner of Milk and Honey Tattoo on Castleton Avenue in Staten Island, NY. Here she explains how cover-ups are done.

When tattoos get old, they begin to fade and warp, or they no longer represent a person’s values. Serpica applies a new, bolder tattoo atop the old one, so that you’d have to look really closely to see evidence of earlier work.

This is part three of Hue’s video series on alumni tattoo artists. Don’t forget to watch parts one about Victor Modafferi of Bullseye Tattoo and part two about Johann Florendo of Mean Street Tattoo!

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TATTOO ARTISTS IN MOTION, PART TWO: JOHANN FLORENDO

Get ready for some body-sized ink!

Hue presents the second installment of our ongoing video series of FIT alumni tattoo artists. Johann Florendo, Fine Arts ’98, a specialist in Japanese imagery, talks about why he likes to do big work.

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SPIKE LEE VISITS FIT TO DISCUSS DO THE RIGHT THING

Director Spike Lee visited FIT recently for an interview following a screening of his 1989 film Do the Right Thing. A frigid February night proved the perfect time to watch a movie that takes place on a scorching-hot summer day in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Lee said he was inspired to write the script in part because “I noticed that in New York, when it gets above 95 degrees, people lose their minds.”

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One student said she was impressed with Lee’s stylish UGGs. (He wore them to stay warm in the stadium during the Super Bowl). David Hamilton, president of FIT’s student association, holds the microphone.

The college’s Black Student Union organized the event as part of Black History Month (“the shortest month of the year,” Lee wryly noted). David Hamilton, president of FIT’s student association, greeted a packed house in the Haft Auditorium with the observation, “Black history is everybody’s history in America.”

From a show of hands, a sizable portion of the packed house in the Haft Auditorium had never seen the movie, which has held up beautifully over 25 years. The characters’ artfully crafted hairstyles, eyewear, and Day-Glo-colored outfits (for which Lee credited his costume designer, Ruth Carter) were redolent of the 80s. Still, some current students came similarly attired—and looked pretty chic.

At the climax of the film, a riot erupts. After the screening, one audience member asked whether Lee intended to stir up trouble. Lee answered, unequivocally, no. “That was a criticism of the film—that it was going to incite riots. There was a fear that you’d see the movie and run out and start smashing things. I don’t think Chuck D [of the band Public Enemy] who wrote the song ‘Fight the Power’ for me [it opens the film] was talking about taking up arms. It was more like mental stuff.”

Toward the end of the night, Lee invited students in the audience to talk about the obstacles they faced as they trained for creative careers. Many described their parents’ objections. “My father went to Harvard and my mother went to Columbia, and there’s no way they’ll pay my tuition to study fashion,” a student said. Lee counseled everyone to stick with it. “Parents,” he said, “kill more dreams than anybody.”

Lee revealed that the “Love and hate” speech given by the character Radio Raheem (above) was inspired by a scene in Charles Laughton’s 1955 suspense classic “Night of the Hunter”:

The manager of films for FIT’s student association also helped organize the event.

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