Marked: Season One

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Arts Documentary hosted by Peter Ginn, published by History Channel in 2010 - English narration

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Marked: Season One From prison and street gang marks to U.S. military tattoos, Marked unravels the meanings behind these secret symbols. Travel to some of the most menacing places in the world for an inside look at modern-day societies whose ultimate symbols of acceptance are tattoos earned through unique rites of passage. From outlaw bikers to hardcore prison gangs, HISTORY™ uncovers the culture and customs of these fringe societies, delving into the minds of its members as they explain what the mysterious ink decorating their bodies means on the streets, inside prisons and to them personally. Tattoo artists and cultural experts explain the technique and history behind these “marks” and the groups they adorn, putting the experiences of the main characters into perspective and detailing a world in which initiation rites, turf wars and the fierce pride of belonging to an outlaw family are all part of the territory. From prison and street gang marks to U.S. military tattoos, Marked unravels the meanings behind these secret symbols.

• This documentary series explores in depth the history of the tattoo worldwide.

[edit] The Devils Cage

In prison, tattoos represent self-identification and belonging. To those who have them, they represent the rejection of straight society and membership in the outlaw class. Marked goes deep into the culture of prison tattoos, discovering how these illegal marks are secretly created behind bars, and decoding the meaning of the strange symbols that cover many prisoners' bodies. We explore the secrets behind the marks through the experiences of current and former prisoners, and examine the bloody ways that these initiation marks are earned.

[edit] Death Ride

For outlaw motorcycle gangs, tattoos prove dedication and mark alliances. The bikers who wear them live by their own set of rules. Marked goes inside the clubhouses of three of these underground organisations to examine how ink separates these riders from the pack. Witness rituals never before seen on television, as members get permanently branded with tattoos rife with dark, devilish iconography. The engines roar as we decode the hidden meanings of some of the most popular biker images and learn what it takes to live the rough and tumble biker lifestyle.

[edit] Barrio of Blood

In Southern California, black and grey tattoos connect a culture that started in the barrios of Los Angeles in the 1940s and survives on today's rough streets. Amid the sun and palm trees, ink marks territory and serves as a reminder of blood spilled on neighbourhood streets. Marked dives into the origins of this distinctive tattoo style, born in the violent, gang-saturated California prisons and refined on the streets of LA. Artist Freddy Negrete, one of the originators of the Chicano style, takes us on an exclusive journey, deep into this unknown world, where we decode the ink that decorates the bodies of current and former Chicano gang members.

[edit] Pure Evil

In Russian prisons, tattoos tell all. From crimes committed to time served and even ranking within the strict hierarchy, these dark and detailed works of art are a secret language that contains all vital information and can mean the difference between power and subjugation. Marked goes deep inside the world of Russia's infamous prisons, revealing how these illegal images are controlled by the ruthless Thieves in Law, the notorious gang that rules the prisons with an iron fist. We decode the mysteries and meanings behind the ink through the accounts of violent ex-cons and career criminals who reveal their terrifying deeds and the brutal conditions inside Russian prisons.

[edit] The Kill Zone

The warriors of the United States military use ink to symbolize their secret lives, lived on the edge. Coded symbols indicate membership in elite, highly trained units. Tattoos memorialize battles fought and friends lost. From the shores of France and the jungles of Vietnam, to the treacherous mountains of Afghanistan and dusty streets of Iraq, soldiers, sailors, and Marines have been willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. In this episode of Marked, we explore the origins of military tattoos, from the ancient warriors of the Roman Empire to the Western sailors who brought ink to these shores. We hear from veterans and men currently serving, as they share their stories of combat and survival and decode the ink that decorates their bodies.

[edit] Death of the Yakuza

No criminal group in the world is more closely identified with tattoos than the largest: Japan's Yakuza, 80,000 strong. In this episode of Marked, we go deep into Japan's underground for an exclusive look at the stunning full body-suits of ink thatmark the skin of today's yakuza. Hidden within the layers of spectacular imagery are secret codes that reach back far into Japan's bloody samurai history: violent warriors, images of hell, prostitutes, and a range of predators from tigers to dragons. Wehear from yakuza as they share stories of their criminal pasts, the significance of their tattoos, and the pain they experienced in getting most of their bodies tattooed the old fashioned way: by getting poked over and over again with needles fastened tothe ends of sticks. Master tattoo artist and former yakuza boss Horizen guides us through the intricate process of creating a traditional Japanese tattoo, or tebori, from scratch, demystifying this ancient craft in which everything, from making the inkto sharpening the needles, is done by hand.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC
  • Video Bitrate: 1863 Kbps
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1.733
  • Video Resolution: 720 x 400 (16.9)
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps CBR 48KHz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: 45 mins
  • Framerate: 29FPS
  • Number of Parts: 6
  • Part Size: 638 MB
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  • Source: DVD

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