Midnight Madness Blog: From what I can tell from these photos, you've got a sleeve combining iconic elements from The Thing, Fright Night, Halloween, Evil Dead and Cronenberg's version of The Fly going on. Is there a common thread between these films that made you choose them for your arm?
Josh Ethier: The common thread is that these were films that grabbed me on a first viewing, and still haven't let go. Films that when I first saw them, I had to watch 4 times that week, because I couldn't believe what I was seeing. And aside from STREET TRASH, each film on my arm was released before I was born. But we'll give STREET TRASH a pass, I was six months old when it was released!
MMB: I notice that you've combined poster art/imagery (The Thing, Halloween, Fright Night) as well as actual scenes from the movies (The Fly, Evil Dead). Was this decision purely esthetic?
JE: I started with the poster for THE THING on the back of the arm, followed by a prominent FRIGHT NIGHT placement right next to it. But I quickly realized I was going to need some smaller pieces to start piecing the puzzle together, and make it work better as a sleeve. Plus, as much as I like the poster for AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, it nowhere near as cool as Rick Baker's final creature design growling out of my t-shirt every time I reach for something.
MMB: As popular as tattoos have become, why do you suppose we still don't see a whole lot of them on actors in films?
JE: I think the main reason is because they need to be covered up. I had to get my entire left arm and chest covered for Almost Human. The only ones we left were the smaller, nondescript pieces on my right arm that the character could've possibly had. I'm not sure that Mark Fisher would've had a HALLOWEEN, PHANTASM or TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE tattoo.
MMB: Would you like to plug your artist?
JE: Absolutely! All the work on the horror arm was done by Mr. Monster, who currently works out of The Electric Pen in North Hollywood, California. We've been working on it in between jobs, and I'm anxious to get rid of the rest of the blank space! Hopefully be back for TIFF '14 with some new pieces!
Read part 2 here. Check out Almost Human, premiering Tuesday night at Midnight Madness!
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