As part of the Free Arts NYC Annual Auction, hosted by Marc Jacobs, Scott Campbell held a workshop with teens from Good Shepherd Services inspired by the permanence of tattoos.

“Ten kids from the program and 10 volunteers met up at the studio: after an afternoon of telling their stories, the kids drew their names on the volunteers and I tattooed them on,” says the Louisiana-born creative. “Every time the volunteers look at the tattoo they consider the kid, and believe in them. It’s a nice reminder to be generous and not take yourself so seriously.”

The project evolved from the feeling of support and confidence that his friends gave him during the early days of his career in California. “When I first started tattooing I was just some kid in San Francisco until one of my buddies kept bugging me to tattoo him because he really liked my drawings,” he says with a self-deprecating tone that belies his celebrity client list that includes Josh Hartnett, Helena Christensen, and Penelope Cruz. “It catches you off guard sometimes, when people feel you’re more capable than you believe you are. It made me want to be the person that he thought I was.”


Created by Scott Campbell in collaboration with Free Arts NYC
Produced by Ways & Means

DIRECTOR  Felipe Lima
PRODUCERS  Jett Steiger, Lana Kim
SOUND  Colin Alexander
EDITORS  Ryan Dickie, Ed Yonaitis
COLORIST  Sam Gursky
ADD’L SOUND  Brent Kiser

‘Hera’ by Softspot from their album ‘Mass’

Produced with the generous participation of Good Shepherd Services