The Tattooist

RT Docs: The Tattooist

In “The Tattooist,” Rooster Teeth’s Geoff Ramsey explores the subculture of tattoos and takes a crash course from a master tattoo artist. Geoff’s tattoos are a roadmap, drawing paths between different moments in his life. He and his wife Griffon share these stories with their 12-year old daughter Millie, who struggles to understand why they want tattoos.

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  • RogueMusicFreak FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 hours ago

    I got to be honest. Now my respect levels for Geoff and Griffon and for Rooster Teeth in general has risen to new heights. I can only wish i could work for people like them. 

  • GeoffVader FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    19 hours ago

    That was awesome, the Ramsey's are such an awesome family. They're all lucky to have each other, whether they'll admit to it or not.

  • Artemis_117 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 day ago

    Don't worry about Millie's taste in music Geoff. I liked Spice Girls and Hanson until 15, then I fell in love with Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Tomahawk.

  • EVApilot_011 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 day ago

    Funny and heartfelt, it was refreshing to see a real look at tattoos not just someone trying to be "So REAL, maaaan" about the whole thing.

    Barb, your tattoo though very simple, still made me cry.

  • AMAsomeday91 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 days ago

    I've officially decided to get the tattoo I've been thinking about for years. I'm gonna bite the bullet and get my first one thanks to Geoff and Griffin.

  • sirenite FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Beta Tex

    1 week ago

    Barb's tattoo was really sweet 

  • Ramabear FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 week ago

    you don't think you're gonna start crying in the middle of a documentary about tattoos, but when Barbara started talking the reason behind her choice in tattoo, the tears began to fall. 


    a really good video, both interesting and informative and so very, very Geoff. good stuff

  • Zerkle FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold JerkingtheGerk

    1 week ago

    This was great to watch.  That artist Eric was really cool to help teach them and even allow them give him a tattoo to learn the basics.  Also, holy shit!  I saw the hearts on Michael's arm in previous videos, but I didn't realize that he got them for this doc.

  • TonyBarcello FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    The founders of RT have and always will be my favorite members of RT. The big 5. (officially 3) I remember watching the first episode of RvB shortly after it came out. Been watching ever since.

  • goodnightdua FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    I love seeing kids at local shows. It shows them that there's this local scene that really isn't talked about or noticed except at these venues on certain nights. But even at these venues, the local scene is strong and thriving. Kids need to be exposed to that stuff so they're aware of it. So I'm glad Geoff brought his daughter to a local punk show. While she didn't like it, at least she's aware of the underground scene going on!

    • Semilocon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 week ago

      I think it's pretty normal for children of punks to turn out way more conservative than they are. When you cannot rebel against your parents with tattoos and music, you will probably do it another way. She's still young, so that will still take time.

  • JohnMirra FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    2 weeks ago

    After not really watching much of Roosterteeth these past few years as I used to, it's great watching them all again, it feels like everything but nothing has changed, I love all the people who work there. 

  • DrewBridger FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Drew Bridger

    2 weeks ago

    Strangely, I now want a tattoo more than ever... Is that a normal reaction?

  • EdanNightChild

    3 weeks ago

    I love the one Griffin gave Geoff and I love that she did the hearts for Michael.

  • NoobiK FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Another great documentary. Please make more RT docs!

  • JewishT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    By far the best documentary so far by RT. I have so much more love for the Ramsey family. 

  • 8pinjay FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Everyone should watch this, just great!

  • TwinGamers FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Twin Gamers

    3 weeks ago

    This made me want to get a tattoo. I really should get on that. I even know what I want and everything. 

  • DavidtheWavid FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    This was really such a beautiful family story on top of the subject matter. And Millie always makes every video more awesome.

  • FC_Maverick FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    "Professional tattoos cost money!" Hahahahahaha

  • KillerAce245 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    you get that feeling that Millie is the grown up in the family 

  • MTGVarilak FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    Lol, what about any of this website's content could be described as educational... That's cute to think that about the stuff that is made here.

  • hunter479

    3 weeks ago

    One day Millie will realize how great of a father Geoff is. 

  • Walky FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Polite

    3 weeks ago

    Love it.

  • CautiousGamer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    This is my favorite RT Doc by far. I recently got a tattoo on my 21st birthday, and this was just really cool to watch. Tattoo culture is such a fascinating thing, and I'm proud to finally be a part of it. Can't wait to get my next one!

    • tsunamoo

      3 weeks ago

      What did you get tattooed? I'm thinking of getting one as well, I've got a few ideas floating around.

  • Distruzione FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    This was an amazing video

  • StephenDuerr FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Millie is so snarky. I love it. Love the dynamic between her and Geoff.

  • rennegain FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Millie has a bit of a mouth towards Geoff :(

  • ThatFangirl FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Watching this made me feel better about wanting to get a few tattoos on my back and shoulders, thank you for making this!

  • beefiesttaco FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Beefiest

    4 weeks ago

    This was really interesting to watch!

  • StephySawyer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    I just want to say i LOVED this thank you :D

  • Doc_Batman

    4 weeks ago

    Young Geoff looks like Buddy Holly (except for the ears).

  • kiba589 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Carbon based life-form

    4 weeks ago

    This was amazing. I turned it on as background while playing a game and was sucked in and totally forgot about the game. Also this just made me want to get another tattoo

  • RudyFruity FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    When geoff was showing those old photos of himself, my first thought "Fuck, Millie really takes after him in the look department."

  • DaDoviende FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Another one knocked out of the park, can't wait for the next one!

  • bsquaredbennett FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Damn if this doc wasn't amazing. I've enjoyed all of them so far, but this one was definitely the best. It was educational, entertaining, and emotional. The bit about Monty had me in tears. And knowing Michael got his tattoo to represent him, Lindsay, and their baby from Griffon? My heart absolutely melted. All around incredible job, RT. Well freakin' done.

  • FuseUnison FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    To me, BEST RT Doc so far.  =)

    Would LOVE to see a "The Tattooist - pt 2", as a follow up.

    Maybe a few years down the line, when tattooed parents deal with their daughter wanting a tattoo, and how that situation is dealt with.  

    Considering how well this RT Doc was done, I can only imagine how interesting such a follow-up would be.  =)

  • emilyandcolor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold emilyandcolor

    4 weeks ago

    Honestly, amazing. I had such a great time watching this and having an insight into Geoff's life and past. I have 7 tattoos now and I'm only 22, I'm sure I'll get more. As an artist, it's so inspiring to work with another artist and collaborate on your own skin. I've gotten my own drawings on my skin before and, although I'm way better at it now, it's awesome to have a reminder of what I thought was good before. It shows progressive thinking.

    I found solace in music really young, too. I think, like Geoff, that's how I started getting into tattoos and art. I also had terrible self-confidence and tattoos have helped me be more creative.

  • Thr3at Thr3at

    4 weeks ago

    That was such a heartwarming story on tattoos

  • dynvor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    A pleasure to watch.

  • vicisbored FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    I started sobbing when barb talked about the monty tattoo

    • PhoenixRPG FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 weeks ago

      The tears!  :,(

  • IllegalCupcakes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    This was fantastic! First RT Doc I've actually watched and it's really well done! I have three tattoos so far and am starting my fourth next Wednesday. I don't know if I'll ever get a couple's tattoo of any sort, but my mom and I are picking out surprise tattoos for each other here in May.

  • davereyn FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    My favorite RT Doc so far.  Enjoyable as hell.  Using the same dialogue in multiple, different scenes bothered me, though.

  • HooperCanson FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    I'm happy with my Meta symbol tattoo, not only does it mean something to me and people that recognize it, to others it looks like a bunch of Greek letters in a cool design (and that's all I usually say)  

  • Griknor FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    i liked this documentary, just a little surprised that jack wasn't in it and that he didn't get a tattoo from geoff lol

  • johnfolke FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold JohnHimself

    4 weeks ago

    Dude, i really liked this doc, Geoff is such a likeble guy. cool documentary with a cool group of people! Tattooing is hard, i have tattooed myself, and its not easy,

    *My first Rooster Teeth Comment ever! 

  • TmastaTay FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Wuddup :)

    4 weeks ago

    "Smells like weed, that's still the same."


    Sounds like Seattle and everywhere 30 minutes in any direction of Seattle lol

  • averyerin409 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    This came out at a perfect time, because my mom and I are planning for our first tattoos together after I get out of school in May.

    • IllegalCupcakes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      4 weeks ago

      That's about what I did. I turned 18 May 26, graduated May 27, got a spontaneous tattoo with my mom May 28. Now we're starting a tradition where we pick out each others tattoos every May for a mother/son thing, for my birthday and Mother's Day.

  • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Displaced

    4 weeks ago

    I'm one of the only Boston punks I know without a tattoo - looking to fix that soon, but a lot of why I don't is exactly because I would rather have a few awesome tattoos by great artists than a load of okay or regretful ones by mediocre artists. Here's hoping in the next few months!

  • twiffidy FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    4 weeks ago

    Love this documentary, love Geoff and his family, especially love the tattoo Griffon gave Geoff

  • Nirro Quirk work

    4 weeks ago

    Makes my life feel a little uncharted, really contemplating the idea of where I've been and what I've done into a permanent reminder.