Behind the Scenes at the “Word Made Flesh” Book Trailer Shoot

On Sunday, August 15, 2010 Eva Talmadge and I shot a book trailer for our forthcoming photo-anthology, The Word Made Flesh: Literary Tattoos from Bookworms Worldwide. First we spent a couple of hours with our videographer, Dev, at Eva’s apartment. We answered some questions, tried not to cut each other off too much, and did an impromptu scrounge of Eva’s library for books that inspired tattoos included in our book. I guess we found about two dozen. Then it was off to the legendary Fineline Tattoo on 1st Street and 1st Avenue. Fineline is the longest continually running tattoo shop in New York City, with a history that goes back into the underground days when tattooing was still illegal in Manhattan. Eva and our agent, Brandi Bowles, got themselves some literary tattoos from Mehai Bakaty, the son of Fineline founder Mike Bakaty and a worldclass tattooist in his own right. (I had initially promised to get inked, too. Needless to say, I bailed.) The trailer itself should be available sometime in the next couple weeks, but in the meantime I offer the following photo gallery- a preview of the preview, if you will (please do).

Dev gets Eva mic'd up for the interview.
I speak with hand gestures on a range of subjects.
Okay, this is where the real fun starts. Dev, Brandi, Eva (in the chair) and Mehai at Fineline.
Mehai puts the gloves on. Also pictured: the final moments in the life of Eva's unmarked arm.

This explains itself, right?
A look at the work in progress. These rectangles--representative of a window and a door--are from a poem by Daniil Kharms that appears in the Oberiu anthology of Russian poetry (Northwestern University Press) edited by Eugene Ostashevsky.
Victory!
Brandi's tattoo went on her inner bicep, so she had to lay out on this fold-out table.
Dev, Eva, and Brandi's very supportive fiance, Matt.
Brandi on a break just before the final stretch of coloring the letters. The tattoo is a quote from John Cage, "Begin Anywhere," drawn in the style of the cover of the Neil Young album Harvest. Above her head, to the left of the vaguely Masonic symbol and behind the translucent skull in a tophat, you can see the always-tempting Steal Your Face logo.
Another happy customer.