The Brutal Tattoo Ritual Built on Pain

The Brutal Tattoo Ritual Built on Pain


Yeah, it’s always
the question why, but… I feel more complete every time
I have a session, you know. Everybody wants to look like how you see yourself, you know. For the Brutal Black project, the most important [thing]
is the experience. It’s like a kind of rite
of passage thing, like a ritual. They believe that they want to push
their body physically to its limit. The whole energy
changes in the room. Like, everyone that’s tattooing
goes quiet, focused, unless Valerio tattoos them, and then it’s pain. My job is to take you
to the end of it. And yours is to complete it. Sometimes, I insult people. I say, “What the fuck are you doing? Stay down! Don’t fuck
around with me!” It’s not black. It’s not fucking black! They go beyond their limit,
so from then on it’s all new. In that moment,
they live a new experience, so they go beyond. My name’s Cameron Stewart. Most people know me as
Cammy Stewart. I’ve been tattooing for
almost 12 years. And the Brutal Black Project is basically a concept
that was designed between me
and my friend Valerio for making wide scale blackwork
done in a… what some people might
describe as a chaotic way. The Brutal Black
Project in three words… could be: ignorant,
violent, and primitive. That’s it. When we do a tattoo, we modify a big amount of skin. We work on a lot of skin. It could even be
considered extreme, so there’s a real
transformation of this person. In the beginning,
we were more structured in how we went about making the
tattoos more traditional. Like, we would use
a stencil and preliminary drawing, etcetera. But, after seeing how people
reacted to getting the tattoo, we would change the
concept a little bit, and it became more about the freedom of working on someone
without constraint. I basically want to make people
look like savages. I want it be really
primitive and tribal. If you want a brutal
looking tattoo, there’s only one way to get it, brutally. That’s it. If you want to look brutal, you’ve
got to go through the process. And for the project, the most important [thing]
is the experience. So I’m Frankie. I’m from
the Netherlands. I arrived yesterday in Italy. I’m going to get tattooed by
Cammy and Valerio. I think we started about
half a year ago, something like that. This is going to be my final session
with the Brutal Black Project. I expect a lot of pain, and blood. I’m fucking nervous, man. I’ve always faced my
fear of suffering, of experiencing the feeling of pain. Because it’s not suffering, it’s just a feeling. But in our society, it’s labeled as…
it’s seen as something negative. Like when a kid falls, and his mother goes,
“Oh, you poor thing!” No. He doesn’t need an
apprehensive mother. He just needs someone who can
help him overcome that moment of growth, and overcome his fear. This is kind of what we
do with tattoos. There’s no need for me
to reassure you, to tell you,
“Oh, you poor thing!” Quite the opposite. Sometimes, I insult people. I say, “What the fuck are you doing?
Stay down! Don’t fuck around with me!” But, I only do this once they’ve
gone beyond their limit. They go beyond their limit, so from
then on, it’s all new. They don’t know what to do.
They don’t know how to behave. They have never seen it.
They have never experienced it. In that moment, they live
a new experience. That’s enough! That’s enough! If they’re pleading
with you to stop, you stop, but only if
they really have to. They are essentially in control. It’s not forced upon them. They’re here of their own free will. I think some people look at it
and think it’s like a negative thing. But, as far as I’m concerned,
if they want to get it done, and we want to do it,
and no one’s getting seriously hurt, I don’t see what
the problem is. I started tattooing when I was quite
young. I was only about 22. And I had done basic work,
any kind of work, traditional, Japanese, etcetera. And the work that I made
initially was probably a little bit more refined
and less dense. And, as I got into doing —
learning technique, and being able to put in
heavier amounts of ink, the work changed slightly, and blackwork, I suppose,
is what came out of it. I think I’m drawn to blackwork
because it was extreme, and it was pushing it to the limit. Doing sort of an outsider’s
type of tattooing that wasn’t commercial. It just clicked. For the tattooee, for the person who’s
getting tattooed, I suppose it’s kind of
difficult for me to comment on because, I think their interest in it is different than mine. They’re obviously
interested in having work that appeals to them,
sort of, come to us, because they’ve seen it online, and they want to get
something like that. And some people come maybe
because they want the experience, like a kind of rite of passage
thing, like a ritual. They believe that they want to push
their body physically to its limit. It’s the same as anything, you know,
like skydiving, bungee jumping, anything that releases
adrenaline and endorphins, [blackwork] could be compared to
[as] the same. I don’t give a fuck about pain. You just need to take it. If you don’t feel pain,
you’re not alive. Yeah, I was always into tattooing
when I was younger. My family members,
they all have tattoos. And one time, I went with my
mom to a tattoo shop. I saw how it’s all done
[unintelligible] in the tattoo shop. And I liked it, so… Yeah, it’s always the question why, but it’s the same like, why do some
girls do Botox in their lips, put implants in their ass,
and shit like that, you know. Everybody wants to look like
how you see yourself, you know. This will be the last session
of the Brutal Black Project. We have decided to end
the Brutal Black Project here. We kind of wanted to end it because
we don’t want it to become dilute and overdone. We will work on work together, but the concept will probably
change and develop just so you’re not recycling
the same thing all the time. Clean. Done. I think we’ve already
reached our maximum. We can’t do more than this. It dies here. We kill our own monster. When I start tattooing, I kind of feel like
I want to stay quiet. It’s not even purposefully.
Like, it just becomes that, and you just get submerged in it. I enable people to live their own experience to live freely, to face the challenge with pain. You feel like you perceive your body in its complete wholeness. This is not black! – What?
– This is not black! This is not fucking black.
Please tell him. He keeps torturing him,
and it’s not even fucking black. If it has to be black, you got to
make it black in one round. It’s not black. It’s not fucking black! Goddamn it! Basically, you’re going to get
body-bagged out of here in the trolley. I’ll push you home man, I promise. Too much? Mate, you’ve only just started.
It’ll take a while. I think you’ll get more into it
over the course of time. You think you won’t, but you’re fucking
probably a lot stronger than what you give
yourself credit for. I’m fucking sick. I feel bad for him. Yeah, death to Frankie, man. It’s only going to get worse
throughout the day. The thing is, when someone
comes in initially, they’re like normal and they
have to adjust, so your body will
release endorphins, adrenaline, just to get through it. But initially, it’s not easy. The first hour, not so good. Second hour, easier. Third hour, okay. Fourth hour, if he makes it that far, done probably. I reckon four,
four hours max. So I have to work fast
to try and get the coverage. Wait, wait! Let’s just finish… Let’s finish this spot. -We can finish it, no problem.
-It’s fast. The Brutal Black Project is an experience that’s
100 percent real. You get it as soon as you feel
very strong pain. If you decide to take part in it,
there are no compromises. The only compromise is your limit. Once you go beyond your limit,
that’s it. You have reached your goal. As a tattooist, I think pushing yourself is a good
thing all the time. Not as a tattooist,
as an artist, as anyone in any job or hobby or… In my opinion, you should always
take yourself to the maximum. It felt like torturing
from medieval times. In a session like that, you get to
know yourself a little bit better. I’m still feeling sick, but I’m
happy with — that I could take it. It’s never done. Even if you’re fully covered,
you’re going to find some spot to fill in. It’s never done, because yeah, I feel more complete every time I
have a session, you know.

100 Comments on "The Brutal Tattoo Ritual Built on Pain"


  1. VICE follows the orchestrators behind the Brutal Black Project, the tattoo collective where mandalas go to die and pain is prioritized over aesthetics.

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  2. I think they are people that like hurting

    Oh and the people that want these sick looking tattoos are sick in the head
    U can’t change my mine. PERIOD

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  3. this is another form of masochism ….this tattoo "artist" just take pleasure seing people suffering under his needles ,he just need a fucking long psychiatric cure oO

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  4. Those 2 motherfuckers should be in jail, this is pure sadistic sick shit, the guy in the end will be disfigured for the rest of his life good luck finding a job, idiot!

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  5. Tattooing shouldn’t be so bloody and tear up so many layers of skin. You can see how hard theyre pressing in, its sick. They Probably just get off on hurting people, people who go to it have theyre own issues too lmao.

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  6. I certainly don’t see any appeal in this. Just looks like scarification to me. Definitely not something you see in societies today but in many small villages in Africa and south/Central America you could find similar practices built more on pain tolerance so I kind of understand it but it’s still odd lol

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  7. So, what’s next? Are they going to perform amputations without anesthetic if people want that done? Would they get into cannibalism if it became chic? Would they beat someone to death in the name of art? Because someone asks to be assaulted it doesn’t make it right.These are two sick fucks taking advantage of people who are in serious need of mental health care! Consent doesn’t make it right or legal.

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  8. I hate to be so judgemental… because I usually keep an open mind about things….but this is FUCKED up ! 😂

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  9. Yo, I was enjoying it until I saw the picture at 4:17, that's fucked up and it's literally abuse. I hate this. Why isn't everyone talking about the way they use force with woman?

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  10. I thought this was really cool on so many levels. I could never do the tattooing in this style nor be tattooed like this. But I give everyone involved props.

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  11. These are a bunch of non talented people that tried tattooing and they suck at it so they just came up with this idea because you need absolutely zero skill to do this

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  12. This is some satanic Shit. You don’t ever see Chicano tattoo artist doing this or any tattoo artist as a matter of fact .

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  13. So if a sick person comes and say please cut my hands you do it becuz he want it and you call it democracy and freedom that's why I say the west is fucked and if they go on like this they will be in some deep shit

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  14. I personally think that this is a work of art. I understand people feel uneasy about it but the point of it is to go through the experience of something new. The reason it's free is because the tattooists know how painful it is and the amount you go through to reach the goal, its the fact that you are brave enough mentally and physically to go through with it. These people who participated in the project wanted to push their limits over the maximum, like how you would with very risky and dangerous activities. This is just the way people have chosen to push their limits. It's worth the experience for them and they don't care what they have to go through to get to the goal.

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  15. This is just a bunch of dudes with sado masochistic tendencies I think.(Both the tatooed person and the people who give tatoo).that's why they do it for the 'experience'(in my opinion)

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  16. Something happened in their lives to cause this; abuse, neglect etc. no one is born wanting to give pain and receive pain like this wteff

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  17. There is no reason the client should be bleeding to the point of dripping blood. Yeah ritual whatever cool. Going through more layers of skin than you have too were it could cause scarring. Not cool. People get tattooed by multiple artist at the same time and never go through THIS type of pain. Just my opinion.

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  18. This is pretty weird but hey whatever you like. Props to these poor people getting blasted with 2 machines I would not do that at all. To each is own

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  19. Damn, this is brutal and looks so painful and I know what pain feels like. My jaw is currently surgically wired and screwed shut after being fractured in two places and yet my current experience seems more tolerable than this. I love getting tattoos, but this is on a whole other level. At least the two guys doing the tattooing have gone through this type of process themselves to be dishing out this kind of treatment to others.

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  20. I really don't understand how this is allowed on YouTube. It's really sickening to watch.. what if kids see this? 🙁

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  21. Everyone seems to forget the fact that these people WANT the pain and the experience. Let people do what they want with themselves. Just because it isn’t “normal” does not at all mean it is “sick”

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  22. 5:04 for someone with that specific tattoo, you’d think the last thing he’d want to be is black

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  23. This isn't fully consensual you can't change my mind!!!! The Italian guy was literally screaming and about having to stop and it not being "fully black" like JESUS CHRIST!!!!!! if he really wanted it to be consensual then why is he so fine with pressuring and screaming at the person who wants to stop???? Even in BDSM, saying the safe word means that you stop the act COMPLETELY and make sure the other person is okay. Pressuring someone and making them feel like shit for not continuing makes "consent" worth nothing

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  24. Aalso the whole "but the tattoos are free!!!!" thing is so exploitive. You know what that does? Lure in people with impaired judgement, limited funds and bad coping techniques who may not have been able to afford a well-designed tattoo from a caring and compassionate artist.

    There are PLENTY of ways to "test your will" or whatever. But if someone with a negative view of themselves walks into that studio looking for a challenge, it's going to follow them through their entire lives. A scribble on their face could hurt their job prospects for the rest of their life. People who would benefit from this being free are the ones who will suffer.

    Considering how detached these guys are and how quick that fucking Italian guy was to get aggressive when asked to stop, this just isn't SAFE. Not when the people you could be bringing in are already looking for pain, possibly not considering the emotional and long-term impact

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  25. Man looking like the scribbles and doodles on my 8th grade Math Book. Good look, man. Good look. 😆🤡💩

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  26. it's simple realy: the're satanistst,both of them,the fact that they enjoy inflicting pain and use black EXCLUSIVELY in their work should be a significant enough hint,but the whole "going through pain to change someone" process is realy the iceing on the devils cake! in what posible way can you change for the better by going trough pain that you choose to inflict upon your self for no other reason than the pain itself? ritual? rite of pasage – to were? hell? yeah,there we go…just listen to what all of them are saying,and the skinny guy takes home the gold: "it felt like tourture from medieval times"!!! people that come to them obviously have low self esteem,some may even be straight out masochist,and then there's those who have ( i bet my life on it ) already been tortured/molested by someone in their youth so they don't know of any other way to validate themselves other then trough reliving the pain,or are also satanists themselves,so – to summarise : these two "artists" are LITERARY praying on the weak,not the brave,and they WILL choke on that demonic d**k that they've been sucking once their time is up and their unholy lord swalows their rotting souls whole if they have any left under those black eye lenses…

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  27. They just figured out a way to torture people legally. You can tell its not about "art" its just a front for these sick fucks to get off hurting people. You can see it in there face as they hold people down and watch them squirm…

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  28. How the [email protected]#! is this considered "art"? Take a black Sharpie and scribble lines all over yourself and get the same outcome without all the blood. It's two sadists that are offering to torture mentally ill people for free under the guise of artistic creativity. This is the farthest from creative or art as you can get. It looks like something a 5 year old would scribble on the wall with a crayon.

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  29. Thats fucked up. Just scraping people with needles till they cant take it anymore. It's not art at all.

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  30. Brutal, ruthless and sadistic. I'd do it fuck it. Shit might as well make that my new slogan hehe.

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