Skin Deep by Lulu Jiang is a film that fuses live action and illustration to explore a layered romance about tattoos and their power to psychologically seduce. Using multiple viewpoints and stories nested within one another, hand-drawn tattoo flash is digitized and composited to create a gritty tone from exotically inked images. The film’s juxtaposition of reality and fantasy takes the viewer on a journey that twists and turns to disguise a jaw-dropping ending.
This world, which offers so much idle time, so little challenge, and no real hope, inspires convicts to choose any possible means of expressing themselves. They use their bodies like a canvas, a confessional, an instrument of private communication. In order to establish the identity necessary to survive, they tag themselves with tattoos.
 Gay, Kathlyn, and Christine Whittington. Body Marks: Tattooing, Piercing, and Scarification. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 2002. Print.
2016 Semifinalist, Adobe Design Achievement Awards.
2016 New York International Film Festival
2016 Monmouth Film Festival Official Selection
2016 Locomocion / Experimental Animation Festival Official Selection
2016 Nightmares Film Festival Official Selection
2016 Los Angeles CineFest
2016 SMPTE-HPA Student Film Festival
2016 Midwest Sci-Fi Short Film Festival Official Selection
2016 New York Film Screenings
2016 New York City Independent Film Festival Official Selection
2016 Ouchy Film Awards
2016 German United Film Festival
2016 Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival Official Selection
2016 California Film Awards Golden Awards
2016 Bucharest ShortCut CineFest Official Selection
2016 Arizona International Film Festival
Full film go to https://vimeo.com/164745146 (password: skindeep)