60 episodes

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.

Books Closed: Tattoos and the Internet Collide, Hosted by Andrew Stortz Andrew Stortz

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 620 Ratings

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.

    053 - Zack Spurlock

    053 - Zack Spurlock

    Andrew heads to Savannah, Georgia to sit down with tattooer Zack Spurlock to discuss how he ruined his life for tattooing, which bands your favorite tattoos sound like, and why he strives for individuality in his work. Andrew also shares the story about his close encounter with his dream guest, Fred Durst.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    052 - Filip Leu (Part 2)

    052 - Filip Leu (Part 2)

    Legendary tattoo artist, Filip Leu, sits down to discuss why he is excited to share his work with friends without seeking validation from social media, why no one is a “natural artist,” AI’s impact on making art, and why tattooing done with care is what it’s all about.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    051 - Filip Leu (Part 1)

    051 - Filip Leu (Part 1)

    Legendary tattoo artist, Filip Leu, sits down to discuss what a lifetime of tattooing can do to a person, the lessons his tattooer parents, Felix and Loretta, gave him over the years, and how tattooing is getting too darn detailed.

    • 1 hr 37 min
    050 - Kati Vaughn

    050 - Kati Vaughn

    NYC tattooer, Kati Vaughn, joins Andrew along with his first and only tattoo apprentice, Kenley, to discuss what it looks like to learn how to tattoo today.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    049 - Onnie O'Leary

    049 - Onnie O'Leary

    Australian tattooer, Onnie O'Leary, joins the show this week to chop it up about smut, art inspiration and unwanted face tattoos.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    048 - Justin Olivier

    048 - Justin Olivier

    This episode, Andrew is joined by tattooer and reluctant podcast guest, Justin Olivier. They discuss growing up in New Orleans, escaping hurricanes, the benefits of traveling, and why he likes to keep his head down and focus on his work.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
620 Ratings

620 Ratings

Alexander Kanwischer ,

So good!

Can’t wait for more! I would love to see Eddy Deutsche and Shane Tan get interviewed. Also an idea for a continuing show would be to follow someone’s journey from starting to draw to getting an apprenticeship and finally starting to tattoo and getting clients. Thinking like a monthly or quarterly recap. Thank you for all the work you do!

KyleAcenowr ,

So Good!

Andrew is a stellar host and brings on some very interesting guests. He is always challenging the standard ways of thinking in the industry and it makes the show really special.

Addelilah ,

Insightful interviews

I’ve enjoyed listening to the evolution of this podcast over the years. The host is an excellent interviewer, and the guests are an interesting cross section of the tattoo world. Enjoyable even for just a tattoo fan like me.

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