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Boomkat Product Review:
Trunk conjure the atmospheric score to John Samson’s 1975 documentary on the (then) secretive world of tattooing, on vinyl for the first time
Steve Joliffe’s flute-strewn soundtrack to ‘Tattoo’ is naturally elected to Trunk’s catalogue. The soundtrack has never been released before in any form, and even the film is hard to find, aside from a YouTube clip, until someone uploaded it to the Internet Archive in 2022. Trunk rescue its musical component from obscurity, ushering proggy kitsch, lounge jazz and stray synth vamps on vinyl into a world where tattoos are now near ubiquitous, to the extent it’s almost weird if you don’t have one. The times, man.
“John Samson (1946 - 2004) was a truly great documentary maker. He must be as I’ve been obsessed with his work for many years. Educated first at Glasgow School Of Art (circa 1963) and then finally in the art of film making at The National Film And Television School in Beaconsfield - he headed there in its opening year of 1971 having made a short film that got him a scholarship. It was at the NFTS that Samson met Mike Wallington, who was to become his right hand man and eventual producer; together as a quite brilliant team they made a handful of inspiring, entertaining and hugely prescient films about important, overlooked, unseen and marginal fringes in society.”