Skulls Snakes and the Flower of Death, a new short movie by Autobahn explores love, art, death and rebirth and how we experience these through the process of tattooing.
Whilst tattoos might seem simple on the surface, they have meaning that sits “beneath our psyches”, as movie director James Worsley explains: “they reveal a lot about ourselves and reflect our own finite existence.”
The film was created in collaboration with tattoo artist João Bosco, and a book is also available to accompany the film.
Skulls, Snakes and the Flower of Death: A Poem
Life’s most incredible miracle poisons us with its inevitable curse.
Birth comes not alone, but with an irrefutable deal.
Through the eyes of the serpent we see the gift of our existence,
Its representation of fertility hides beneath its skin a brutal poison.
A poison which can cure or kill.
The strike of the serpent punctures our flesh, flooding our bodies with venom.
Our eyes close, the lights dim.
Chrysanthemums engulf us, petals fall gently touching our bones.
After we are gone only nature will remain.
Roots grow through the middle of our skin,
Each flower feeding from us, born out of our being.
And they also fade.
The insuppressible cycle of life and death.
A skull reminds us of our end.
A temporary ship for ideas that can save or kill.
We appropriate, change and make ours.
There is no infinite only an instant.
Nothing is forever but time itself.
Through art we can understand our deepest fears, our morals, our mission on the universe or rather the lack thereof.
Death is humans’ biggest nemesis.
The one fate we cannot avoid.
Nothing illustrates this better than marking our bodies.
Our vessel through this finite time.
To embrace our ephemeral existence is our only choice, our only path to truly seize the miracle that is life.