Tattoo You is based upon the award-winning short play of the same name by Lisa Kenner Grissom.
When two women meet in the bathroom at their 20th high school reunion, their troubled past breaks the cool veneer of the present. Some scars don’t fade away.
From the writer:
People often ask, is this story true? Did this happen to you? The answer is no--the story and characters are entirely fictional. I did go to my high school reunion several years ago, and I had a great time reconnecting with old friends. But as a writer, I'm a keen observer with an active imagination. So I also saw that some people hadn't changed all that much. I noticed that some people, years later, still reverted to those classic archetypes: the popular girl, the shy kid, the partier and the bully.
When I sat down to write, this story came forth--two women meeting in the haunted space of a high school bathroom, where past and present converge. It wasn't until the play was out in the world, in front of audiences, that I fully realized its impact and the universality of the situation I had created. People from all walks of life could relate to the characters. After seeing the play, they would approach me and share their stories.
In the writing of the play, I revisited my own memories of junior high when it seemed like everyone had their turn at being bullied at one time or another. We got through it, but did we forget? And how did those memories shape who we are today? I realized this was a conversation worth having. The adult perspective doesn't come up when people talk about bullying. And that's why we are making this film. Because there are countless stories of people overcoming bullying to lead hugely successful lives. (Check out News and Facebook) Because those who experienced bullying--I do not think of them as victims--are more that just survivors. They are heroes. And they have much to share and to teach us.
The story of Tattoo You leaves much to the imagination because most, if not all of us, have experienced some form of bullying. We can fill in our own blanks. Maybe you were the bully; maybe you were the bullied. Maybe it happened to you as a kid in the locker room; maybe it's happening right now in your job. Maybe you have witnessed it; maybe you have participated. Whatever the case may be, I hope this play makes people think--and then talk. About the power of our actions, about lasting consequences, and about the question of forgiveness.
Thanks so much for your interest in this project. And thank you for your help in bringing this story to the screen.