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

    2 days ago

    This was so incredibly cool.  Rooster Teeth always puts so much care into their content and I love it.

  • Redmike06 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    3 weeks ago

    I'm 20 and I just got my 3rd tattoo last week. As soon as Geoff said he wanted to tattoo an RT employee I immediately thought "Hell yeah I'd let him tattoo me". So I guess he is right about dumb 20 year olds

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

    4 weeks ago

    This documentary has truly inspired me, so I broke down and decided to get my very first tattoo on my right arm at Atomic Tattoo in Austin today. $120 well spent.


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    • Redmike06 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 weeks ago

      That's a clean tat man

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

    1 month ago

    I watched this and was like who are these Coathangers so I bought an album of theirs and thoroughly enjoyed it I then preceded to buy the rest, then I looked up any concerts they did. Turned out they were doing a tour in England in a week by sheer coincidence. So I then traveled 2 hours to Brighton to see them live (first live music performance I've been to) and had one of the best weekends in my life so far, met the band afterwards they were awesome people. Got stuck in London at 1am with no phone battery so I asked some random dude called Harry (also my name) to borrow his phone got talking and he ended up letting me sleep on his sofa at his apartment till the next train comes. So thanks Geoff for beginning this brilliant chain of events         

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

      1 month ago

      Cool story and chain of events. Coathangers are seriously awesome people.

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

    1 month ago

    Held off on watching this... fantastic watch. Rooster Teeth really is a family, a super cool one.

  • Martchelab

    1 month ago

    RT Docs are one of the best parts of Rooster Teeth, really worth getting first just so you can watch them anytime. It makes you feel closer to this community that most of us haven't even met, but feel like we're friends that hangout and stuff, just by watching podcasts and all. I love this feeling of familiarity their content gives us. Keep making awesome stuff! 

  • Gamer3427 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold taC terceS

    1 month ago

    Been putting off watching this since it came out because I just wasn't in a documentary mood for a while. I forgot how great RT Docs are. In particular, I'd say this is one of the most heartfelt videos I've seen in a while, and it was great getting to see Geoff and his family interacting and doing things together.....

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

    1 month ago

    this touched my feels in an awesome way 

  • thatguy12345654 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

    1 month ago

    I really loved watching this

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

    1 month 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

    1 month 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 month 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 month 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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 months 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 months 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

      2 months 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 months 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 months ago

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

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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months ago

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

  • MTGVarilak

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

    2 months 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

    2 months ago

    Love it.

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

    2 months 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

      2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months ago

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

  • Doc_Batman

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

    2 months 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

      2 months ago

      The tears!  :,(

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

    2 months 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.