University of Sussex: BA Media Practice




Diana Cui, Harvey Dolan, Hubert Fong , Joe Sheehan

Canvas is a short documentary, exploring the life of tattoo artist and enthusiast Eli who is in the middle of a transformation by covering his whole body in solid black tattoos. Looking into where his love of tattoos first started, Canvas explores how over time Eli has transformed himself, using his white body as a ‘canvas for his art’.

This short film explores the pain that Eli has to endure with each tattoo he gets on what seems to be the most brutal of body parts, whilst also looking at his day-to-day life and how his appearance affects this. Delving deeper into a life of extreme tattooing, we look at whether he thinks it is really worth it and question if he will ever stop with his body modifications.