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Forget pencil and paper: one Montreal artist has taken to animating with needle and ink. Phil Berge has been creating animation from tattoos for years — and he’s inviting his fellow citizens to take part.

The process is simple. Berge, a tattoo artist by trade, inks each frame of a short animation cycle onto a different person (the people generally don’t know each other). He takes a shot of each frame, strings them together, and voilà. The artist recently attracted attention on Tiktok with a video compilation demonstrating his process:

The video, which has amassed over 2.3 million views to date, explains his current, and most ambitious, animation project to date: a 60-frame cycle of Koko the Clown dancing from the 1933 Fleischer cartoon Snow-White. As of this week, he had completed 54 of the frames.

There are plenty more examples of Berge’s artwork on his . In some cases, the entire cycle is tattooed onto one person, as in this loop of Felix the Cat:

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Alex Dudok de Wit

Alex Dudok de Wit

Alex Dudok de Wit is Associate Editor of Cartoon Brew.

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