Traditional tattooing is older than any written language on earth, and it speaks volumes about the fundamentals of our existence. These ancient patterns are founded upon:

  • Cultural identity.
  • A holistic way of life.
  • Interconnectedness.
  • Great respect for nature.

Sadly, modernization and globalization are contributing to the decline of traditional tattoo practices. We are basically at the final frontier of witnessing the last traditional tattoo barriers. It is at a critical time to document the patterns of life before they’re gone forever.

Let’s preserve ancient wisdom together and inspire the world with forgotten perspectives!


We are Sophie and Michael, a couple from the Netherlands, driven by storytelling that matters. Having grown up in a period of breakneck modernization, we are on a mission to preserve our world’s incredible cultural knowledge. Known for our work for the Discovery Channel, the Volvo Ocean Race, and Red Bull, we are eager to deploy our modern skills to do this while the chance is still there.

 Supported by anthropologist Dr. Lars Krutak and his 20 years of traditional tattoo expertise, we’ll travel to the most remote areas of the world and translate the ancient language of the skin into ‘modern understandings’.


Sophie Brouwer

Writer | Filmmaker

Michael Zomer

Director | Filmmaker

Lars Krutak

Anthropologist | Researcher

Floris Tils

Second operator | Filmmaker



Q: Why would I support this documentary?

Your donation contributes to the preservation of valuable ancient wisdom and celebrates cultural diversity. With your donation, you do not only contribute to the financing to the project but you often also receive a reward from the maker.

Q: When will the documentary be released?

We aim to release the documentary in 2020.

Q: What are the differences between the tribes?

Every tribe has its own unique patterns who are all related to different forms of valuable wisdom and cultural history. It’s like reading different books.

Q: How do I stay updated about the project?

If you make a donation you'll receive an invitation for the Patterns of Life Whatsapp group, we will regularly post updates, photos, and videos in this group. Besides, please keep an eye on our website or check our Instagram page: @patterns.of.life.documentary.

Q: How do I get in contact with the filmmakers?

Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. We are happy to reply to all your questions:sophie@patternsof.life


Q: How do I know whether the filmmakers are trustworthy?

A selection takes place before a filmmaker can use the system of GETACROWD. The project, feasibility of the campaign and passion of the filmmaker are viewed in order to determine whether a project qualifies. Furthermore, it is possible to get in touch with the filmmaker yourself. This can be done by email: michael@patternsof.life or sophie@patternsof.life

Q: I would like to contribute in a different way (not only financial). Is that possible?

Of course, we appreciate your support. Please reach out to: sophie@patternsof.life

Q: What happens when a project reaches the target amount before the end of the campaign?

When the target amount is reached, the project is completed successfully. Nonetheless, you can still contribute. It is possible to donate until the end date of the campaign is reached.

Q: What happens when a project does not reach 100% of the target amount.

If less than 80% of the target amount is raised, all donations (minus €0,70 for administration costs) will be refunded to the supporters.

If a project raises an amount between 80% and 99% of the target amount, a project might succeed nonetheless. In such a situation, all supporters will get informed about our ideas for the film, using only the part of the budget that was raised.
Supporters that don't agree will get the opportunity to reclaim their contribution (minus €0,70 for administration costs). When at least 80% of the target amount remains, the project succeeds.

Q: How do I make a donation from a non-Dutch bank account?

Contributing from an international bank account is easy and can be done by credit card or Paypal.

Q: Do I have to pay transaction costs?

No, all transaction costs are covered by us.

Q: What happens with my money?

Your money is collected on a bank account that is managed and owned by the filmmakers. We will carefully invest this in travel expenses, local support, post-production (editing, music rights, color grading). We will be as transparent as possible, if you have any questions or doubts regarding this subject. Please contact us and we are happy to explain it to you personally.

Q: What part of my donation goes directly to the filmmaker?

95% of the raised amount, hence also from each individual donation, goes to the filmmaker. The additional 5% goes to GETACROWD and is used to further develop their crowdfunding system.

Q: Can I receive a proof of payment from my donation?

Please contact us if you like to receive an invoice. 

Q: Is my donation visible for others?

No, your donation is only visible for the filmmakers. Hence, others cannot see whether you support a project, to what project you contribute and how much you donate.

Q: Can the filmmakers view my contact details?

We need the information of the supporters to send out the rewards. We have access to the names, addresses and emails of the supporters. The filmmaker can also see how much is donated and what reward was selected.

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