“Ink & Needles” is a personal, casual, dreamy, intimate, and away from stereotypes short film/micro-documentary about the daily life of the renowned tattoo artist Zhuo Dan Ting.

As a filmmaker, I really wanted to make this short film for some time ago but many circumstances had to occur to make it possible. Finally, I got the chance of making it after getting another tattoo myself and meeting Dylan Byrne and Zhuo Dan Ting, managers of Shanghai Tattoo. They were kind enough to let me invade their workplace and disturb their clients with my gear and presence to make this film.

Director: Joán Llabata
Music: Serge Essiambre
Sound design: Joán Llabata
Tattoo Artists: Zhuo Dan Ting, A Tao, Xiao Gao