‘Art’s Tattoo Removal’ is a modern crime noir about a man moving on after a slimy past.
Arthur Lionel doesn’t kill anybody anymore. He’s moved on. Now, he just cuts little snippets out of people’s skin and the clinging capillaries and corpuscles underneath.
Art removes tattoos, but he doesn’t have a shop, and you won’t find him in the phone book. He removes the tattoos, canvas and all, and hand-delivers them to his client soaked in oil and mineral water.
The underground ‘flesh art’ world is starting to take off now that a Zurich gallery owner bought a tattoo right off a man’s back for over $200,000, and Art’s got a monopoly on the whole market of people who want to flay precious works off people’s bodies and sell them to derma-collectors for a pretty penny.
But when an old mob acquaintance hires him for a job to collect a work from New York’s premiere tattoo artist, Art realizes he may have just stepped into a plot that could send him either to a nice quiet beach for a comfortable retirement, or a life filled with pain pills and skin grafts.