MODESTO — Charlie Cartwright, retired owner of Modesto tattoo studio End of the Trail, will be on hand for a question- and-answer session after the State Theatre première tonight of the documentary "Tattoo Nation: The True Story of the Ink Revolution."
Cartwright is among the pioneers featured in the film, which chronicles the tattoo's evolution from a sign of rebellion to a mainstream artform.
Cartwright and partner Jack Rudy opened the first tattoo studio in East Los Angeles in 1975 and hired then-recently paroled teen Freddy Negrete.
According to the "Tattoo Nation" website, Negrete "became the first professional Chicano artist employed by a mainstream tattoo parlor a tattoo parlor that was embraced as a new vehicle for self-expression by the Chicano community in East Los Angeles."
The 1½-hour film begins at 7 p.m. at the State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto.
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