The Brutal Tattoo Ritual Built on Pain

The Brutal Tattoo Ritual Built on Pain



Tattoos hurt, but for most people, the pain is just a means to an end. Tattoo artists are usually mindful of their client’s pain threshold, catering for breaks and mitigating any unnecessary brutality. It’s abnormal for tattoo artists to restrain people while they’re getting tattooed, or for the tattooee to bolt upright in agony to escape the needle’s unrelenting penetrations. Nor is it very common to see sadistic mirth occupying the faces of multiple tattoo artists as they inflict the unnaturally long, thick, shallow lines seemingly without pause.

Enter Brutal Black. It’s the tattoo project where mandalas come to die and where pain is prioritized over aesthetics. Ritual and rebirth are at the forefront of this project helmed by Valerio Cancellier and Cammy Stewart. They take those brave enough to be tattooed by them on one of the most brutal experiences one can imagine; far beyond one’s threshold for pain to create an entirely new experience.

CORRECTION: This text was adapted from a VICE article on Brutal Black by Fareed Kaviani: https://vice.video/2iHZF5r. Due to an oversight, he was not properly credited in an earlier version of this synopsis. We regret the error.

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  • VICE Reply

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

    WATCH NEXT: Hong Kong Tattoo Legend: VICE INTL – https://vice.video/2zV9C9p

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Mr. Anonymous Reply

    Do they not… like… realise how downright terrible they look? I get the whole "express yourself and who you really are" thing, but if these tattoos are some kind of representation of who you are, then perhaps you need to be locked up in a padded cell for a little while. Just sayin'.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Kashif Reply

    The fact the guy says it feels like torture says enough

    To each their own but this does not seem like art it seems more like these people need a therapist

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • yo yo Reply

    God this is the stupidest thing Iโ€™ve ever seen this is no longer art

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • cactusmac Reply

    The healing process must be a nightmare. Cleaning and disinfecting, showering, putting a shirt on, the skin peeling away. If youโ€™ve seen any of the hellraiser movies, this is like becoming a cenobite damn near ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • lukas Korcowicz Reply

    Sadistic people working on masochistic people

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Suryanwarrior Mowa Reply

    If you want pain comme to a kyokushin session in full limite and i promiss you will receive enough pain to be satisfied. Come to our Dojo and you can feel pain for the next 60 years of your life with this system soon you will be out of skin to torture yourself.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Linda Van Galder Reply

    Well, there are a lot of terrible ways to die. This is bad. What about my particular case? Let me share. In 2011 I went to an orthopedic doctor because I was having some thoracic pain. I thought I knew what pain was then. This doctor had a plan for me. He operated on me 3 times. I was on Medicaid at the time and this doctor told me he had a plan for me where I could work again full-time and he made promises that there is no way in hell he ever planned on keeping. It was a teaching hospital. I let this guy operate on me and I could swear right before my last surgery, when I almost died from this, with broken hardware and a 2-inch screw stuck in my ileum, that I saw death in that man's eyes. I have never saw such a cold, inhumane stare, and it scared me. I should have backed out of that last surgery, but I said, "Let's do this." I signed away my life as a normal person. Each year I continue to deteriorate and the pain has spread. It is over my chest, shoulder blade, collarbone, entire spine and neck, buttocks, left leg. Right now, as I am typing this, the pain is abnormal and it makes you want to scream and you scream and cry and nobody will help you. I have been to the ER and they send me home and say go straight to pain management. Pain management will not manage my pain. In fact, last visit the doctor laughed at me and said "You walk better than I thought you could," I do not know if I have been cursed but I am enduring torture every day that most people would not live with. I think about dying daily. One doctor told me if you ever feel like you can't endure the pain anymore come and see me right after telling me that he had killed a woman due to paralysis and she died a month later. He said you will never be straight and you are going to continue to get worse. He said live with it or come see me. So, I came here to see what other people do in pain. What would make someone want to do this? I just want out of my damn pain and want a normal life, but if I can't have that, then the alternative is death. I probably have another year naturally if I hold out, but why wait?

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • skyler n Reply

    imagine being able to do that to someone

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Cool Goby Fish Reply

    So the British guy is involved with neo-nazis as well? these two are pieces of shit human beings.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Afrew Spines Reply

    This Italian asshole really thinks heโ€™s some type of new-age Pinhead, lol. What a totally stupid concept, this whole video.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • fredrik grime Reply

    Fucking bummers,the lot ov them,get their kicks doin it.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • max nex Reply

    Valerio is so full of crap he must have problems in sitting down, what he say is the comments of a sadistic idiot and saying he is an idiot being unkind to idiots, The guy just speaks rubbish.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Rozz Emz Reply

    People who have the confidence to tattoo their faces scare me. ๐Ÿ˜•

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Rozz Emz Reply

    People are too crazy now. Humanity just has too much freedom.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • eduardo wolf Reply

    I think I'll skip dinner for tonight

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Lee Grant The GOAT Reply

    This has just put me off getting a tattoo

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • gustavo Reply

    When SADISTS meet MASOCHISTS…

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Alphadog 1989 Reply

    Thatโ€™s not tattooing, thatโ€™s just little kids scribbles on a human. I mean at least itโ€™s free because it looks like shit. I rather pay for what I want and that it looks good ๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿ–•

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • OneMinuteFixed Reply

    Seriously the sickest, saddest thing I think I ever saw on YouTube. Feeling sorry for that guy's parents

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Aussie Legend Reply

    How is this legal wtf

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • MegaJman72 Reply

    The pain angle is interesting and probably something to it, but lots of way to feel pain without scarring and looking like shit. These people should have gone to see a dominatrix

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • RuneScape Legend Reply

    Jesus Christ….

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Megadron13 sketo Reply

    Sick artists

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • maria irinaki Reply

    total idiots;)

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Nipulkrad Msinatagras Reply

    Ignorant. Violent. Primitive.

    3 ingredients to make the perfect masochists.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • goldeng6rl Reply

    so i just got my first tattoo a few days ago and i have no clue how this got in my recommendation but wow this is insane

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • sugarwitch Reply

    Idk why everyone is so mimimi here. Both sides want to do this and these guys are crazy definitely yes but they also know how to respect limits and know when to stop. No one was forced to anything here. And even if they like to hurt people with tattooing, and? The people wanted to participate in the black project because of that, the immense pain to find out their limits. Get over it cry babies they're all adults.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • C C Reply

    Extreme … Too much for many people (like me), but I liked it

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Niccolรฒ Lupi Reply

    PORCODIO!

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • MAKACO MUSIC Reply

    Vengo de parte de Cesar Palma

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • DOBLE RIMA Reply

    Cร‰SAR PALMA JAJA

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Spontaneous-Vulgar-Lingual-Combinations Reply

    Uh good job getting heavy metal poisoning.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Chris Chris Reply

    Seems like I'm the only one who liked these tattoos. Kind of a bummer they don't do this project anymore, because i feel like i would want to go through with it.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Bailey Glass Reply

    I would never go to the Black Brutal Project in my life,and if I see it Iโ€™m running all the way to Anartica

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Samuel Connelly Reply

    ive been tattooing 21 years professionally……..all i can say is these guys are idiots

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Steffi Kl Reply

    Everyone is "eww" while I'm like "hell yeah๐Ÿ˜"

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Tomas Rozo Gomez-Caceres Reply

    sick af !

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • eKAmusic Reply

    Ma tutto ok?

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • George Tadd Reply

    Cammy is a cool guy

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • CovaCata Reply

    Art, this is art. Painful art.

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • osama rajab Reply

    Wtf is this shit
    I feel like i'm watching (saw)
    They look like a serial killers

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • THOT Slayer Reply

    Naruto character

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Brian Avina Reply

    Love how he said about the mother's fr he does not need to be babied he will be ok pain last for a moment you'll be ok

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Anrde Manson Reply

    sensacional

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Anna S Reply

    okay but that one guy looks like dr philโ€™s evil twin

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Sadie Blackwell Reply

    I can only imagine that healing it must be awful because your whole body would be itching ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • Okay You Reply

    Damn u wanna be black that bad just no it ain't easy

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am
  • lusus naturae Reply

    Wow such sterile environment and clean equipment lmao but for real just looks like they turned him into a 1 year olds coloring book or sketch pad. They shame the tattoo community and people like me who take tattoos seriously and as an art not a s&m fetish! Even the tatted remains of skeletal remains was more clean than that and you can't be more barbaric than that. Dumbasses who get crappy tats and think they are tattoo artist's pathetic take their guns and ban from all tattoo supplier's!

    June 26, 2019 at 12:34 am

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