Books Closed: Tattoos and the Internet Collide, Hosted by Andrew Stortz
By Andrew Stortz
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Tattoo artists will be quick to tell you that things aren't the way they used to be. We sit down with a different tattooer on each episode to discuss how technology, social media and the internet in general have totally changed the way we approach the job.
||Explicit014: Heather Bailey||Tattooer Heather Bailey joins the show this week to talk about developing her style, staying focused on ambitious projects, and why women in tattooing are treated differently.||1/14/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit013: Ami James (Part 1)||(Part 1) Season 2 of the show kicks off with guest Ami James. We talk about his background in tattooing, what it was like to become the most famous tattooer in the world during the height of “Miami Ink,” and how social media has changed the way we s||1/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit013: Ami James (Part 2)||(Part 2) Season 2 of the show kicks off with guest Ami James. We talk about his background in tattooing, what it was like to become the most famous tattooer in the world during the height of “Miami Ink,” and how social media has changed the way we s||1/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit012: Winston the Whale & Pokeeeeeeeoh & Jason Scott||In the Season One finale, Winston the Whale talks about being a young tattooer forging his own path into the craft, and the backlash to doing unique work. Then Pokeeeeeeeoh (Jake Haynes) calls in from Sweden to tell us what it's like to have a 300k+ aud||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit011: Tim Lehi & Cheyenne Sawyer||Tattoo artist Tim Lehi talks about why he is moving from the west coast to a small town in Vermont, then tattooer Cheyenne Sawyer sits down to discuss motivation from coworkers, keeping up with the younger generation, and if any of it really matters.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit010: Scott Harrison||Tattooer and artist, Scott Harrison, talks about why he quit tattooing, how he can finally appreciate his work after the fact, and why he wanted to break someone's leg at a meditation retreat.||8/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: Ashley Love||Tattoo artist, Ashley Love, discusses how she started a worldwide event that promotes awareness of sexual violence, what it takes to continue building the project, and how she tries to find the balance between work and personal life.||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit008: Freddy Corbin||Tattooer Freddy Corbin discusses becoming an elder statesman of tattooing after always being the young guy, tattoo schools, what keeps him motivated after 30 years of tattooing, and finding buckets of human skin.||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit007: Seth Ciferri||Tattooer and machine builder extraordinaire, Seth Ciferri, talks about running businesses in the tattoo world, what the Read Street Forum was REALLY about, why he wants tattooers to get excited about coil machines again, and his obsession with prank cal||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit006: Steve Byrne||Tattoo artist Steve Byrne (@steve_byrne_tattoo) talks about haunted hotels, freehand drawing insane tattoos directly on his customers, keeping family life separate from social media, and tattooing celebrities like Kesha.||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit005: Taki Kitamura||Tattoo artist Taki Kitamura (@stateofgracetaki) discusses how he organizes a tattoo convention that features the highest caliber of work, being surrounded by inspiration at State of Grace, and how he looks toward the future of tattooing while still incr||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit004: AUTOCHRIST & How To Not Get Tattooed||Tattooer AUTOCHRIST comes on the show to discuss his motivation for doing the tattoos he does, and Andrew tries to figure out if the instagram page, "How To Not Get Tattooed" is good for tattooing.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit003: Chris O'Donnell||Tattoo artist Chris O'Donnell discusses his first experiences with the internet, his drawing process and what originally attracted him to start tattooing in 1993 as a 17 year old||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit002: Todd Noble||Tattoo artist Todd Noble sits in on the show and talks social networks, Everence, and plays a game.||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit001: Chad Koeplinger & Jason Scott||Tattoo artists Chad Koeplinger and Jason Scott join the show to open the discussion of how social media has impacted tattooing. Also discussed is the topic of traveling and having real experiences vs. experiencing the world through the screen of your de||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPrologue||This is a brief introduction of Books Closed host, Andrew Stortz. Future episodes will be conversations with various tattoo artists, discussing the impact of technology and the internet on tattooing.||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Best thing goin since pimpin and hoe’n
Killing it Andrew, keep up the great work. Can’t wait for season2
What I’ve been looking for
This podcast is exactly the kind of thing I’ve been looking for in this industry. Hearing from other artists on everyday struggles with work and social media has given me a better perspective. It’s helped motivate me to be a little more active on social media and also allowed me to relax and focus on what’s important, the tattoo. I have a more positive attitude at the shop and I think it shows in my work. Thanks for all the hard work Andrew.
Binge listened to the whole first season. It’s a really smart and fun listen that reaches outside of just tattooing. It’s really fascinating to consider social media’s implications through the framework of a very specific “industry” and “subculture”. I love tattoo stuff of course, but I also love the 90s, and telling all the young people how fun it was to not have a cellphone.
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