The Tattoo Artist
Thriller Feature Screenplay
A tenacious mother must rescue her kidnapped daughter from a drug kingpin who is going to sell her in 2 hours but when the dark world of human trafficking gets deadly, she risks losing everything.
Enter a dark world of tattooing no one has ever seen before. It’s the kind of female-driven story that makes news.
This movie asks the question, what would you do to save your child?
Jasmine Rodriguez is a tattoo artist in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jasmine’s mother was trafficked as a sex slave. She was born during this time. Jasmine stills feels the lingering pain of her late mother.
But Jasmine also feels tremendous gratitude that her grandmother stepped in and protected her from the same fate.
It’s this legacy of grandmotherly kindness that motivates Jasmine to advocate for girls that are currently in the same predicament.
Now, when the girls are in captivity, they are tattooed with “Property of.”
Underneath that is a list of people who are allowed to abuse them.
Jasmine helps these girls escape and regain their dignity by removing the tattoos.
But she unwittingly angers a female drug dealer who sells these girls. Jasmine is ruining her “inventory”, so she kidnaps Jasmine’s daughter in retaliation. Then the drug dealer takes over Jasmine’s shop as a temporary place to do business.
Now Jasmine must help this woman sell drugs and no longer remove tattoos or her daughter will be sold. But by helping to keep her daughter safe, Jasmine facilitates the abuse of countless others. This dilemma is the driving force for the movie.
Fighting to protect your child is a universal theme but condemning others to slavery by doing it is tragically unique. This never-before-seen storyline is what sets this film apart and makes the characters interesting to watch.
And this is when we feel for Jasmine. Everyone has been trapped by fear at some point. Now we truly relate to her.
This is when Jasmine’s daughter comes up with an idea. And this is the same girl Jasmine has sheltered and protected thinking she’s not savvy enough to navigate the adult world.
But now it’s her time to shine.
Spoiler. Jasmine’s daughter fakes her own death thus freeing Jasmine from the bonds holding her back.
In a climactic fight, Jasmine kills the villain then gets a heartwarming surprise to find her daughter is still alive.
Now Jasmine has achieved her external goal of defeating the villain and fulfilled her internal need for saving her daughter. And she gets to continue her mission of rescuing those still in bondage.
Some people rescue cats. Some people rescue dogs. Jasmine rescues people. She’s a no-nonsense individual. Treats everything like a mission.
Jasmine is cool under pressure. She’s also an ebullient troublemaker with a smile that reminds you the best things in life are free.
Jasmine has been through a lot. But she chooses to be wise instead of wounded. Through her eyes we see a new light on life, mothering, and being a nurturing person. She is fearless with deep empathy.
Feisty. Do-gooder. Always wears pleather.
Tragic figure. Wild-eyed abuse victim from France. Joined the Phoenix ballet at 11. Kidnapped at 12 and sold into slavery.
She’s on the run from her owner. Crystal comes to Jasmine as a drug addicted adult slave to have her tattoos removed.
Never sleeps. Always drunk or high. Hallucinates.
Jasmine’s high school daughter. She moved to Phoenix from New York City with her mother to get away from crime. But her boyfriend is still back in the Big Apple.
Myra’s dad is in jail and Jasmine spends too much time at work. So, she feels isolated in Arizona.
Myra wants more independence from her mother because, Jasmine treats her like a child but expects her to act like an adult.
Two henchmen take her hostage at home. Her only communication with Jasmine is via Facetime (this role is designed to be a low-budget confined cameo sourced by a video feed).
Chews gum. Computer hacker. Always feels too hot.
BIG GRETCH L.A.
“Big” for short.
Drug dealer. Pimp. Rapper. Intense narcissist. She started as a sex slave and worked her way up.
If you’re one of those people who like villains, then Big is your jam. She comes from a place horrible abuse and abandonment, so her twisted worldview is understandable.
But she is ruthless. Violent. Impulsive. Only uses compassion to manipulate.
Two-faced sociopath. Can’t keep relationships.
“Family, betrayal, evil, sacrifice, power – this single location micro-budget script has a small cast with amazing characters that A-list Hollwood talent would love to play, and it has great franchise potential.”