53 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

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    • 4.9 • 592 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.

    045: Sharky

    045: Sharky

    Tattoo artist, Sharky, talks about how travels and adventures have prepared her for almost anything, how that same spirit played into the start of her tattoo career, and about her friendship with Lyle Tuttle.

    • 47 min
    044: The Year That Tattooing Stood Still

    044: The Year That Tattooing Stood Still

    The past year has been riddled with shutdowns and uncertainty in tattooing and the rest of our lives. Andrew takes a look back at some unpublished interviews from last May, as well as some current stories from a couple tattooers who are still feeling the effects of the pandemic in different ways.

    • 47 min
    043: Nikko Hurtado

    043: Nikko Hurtado

    Nikko Hurtado is one of the biggest names in the tattoo industry. We discuss the path that lead him there, side effects of the pandemic, new trends in social media, and what's up with Fred Durst?

    • 1 hr 19 min
    042: Hanna Sandstrom

    042: Hanna Sandstrom

    Tattoo artist Hanna Sandstrom talks about her career that has brought her around the world, and how she has slowed it all down to focus on her health and what is truly important after getting a cancer diagnosis.

    • 57 min
    041: Ink Banned in Europe ft. Selina Medina

    041: Ink Banned in Europe ft. Selina Medina

    Have you heard about the ink ban in Europe? After seeing some conflicting information online, I talk to Selina Medina about what is really going on. What does it mean for tattooers? Will the US follow suit and start regulating tattoo pigment?

    • 44 min
    040: Faith (@americanflesh)

    040: Faith (@americanflesh)

    In this episode, I talk to Chicago tattoo artist, Faith (@americanflesh), about how she walked away from tattooing for over 2 years to undergo conversion therapy through a church, what it was like coming back to tattooing afterward, and her inspiration to open her new shop Wish Me Luck Tattoo.

    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
592 Ratings

592 Ratings

tatttman ,

This is the gold standard

Listeners beware: This podcast is the gold standard. It is so clean and thought provoking that it will make all the rest of the tattoo podcasts seem silly and unprofessional. Seriously though, the best guests and the best content all approached with class, and presented in an interesting, respectful manner. Seriously love this one! Thanks Andrew.

14642Joshua ,

Great podcast

This podcast helps feed the addiction to all things tattooing nicely. Ever season has been fantastic.

SPEREIGH ,

Yessir...

Interesting and educational to hear from such an elite group of talent. I believe listening to different cats with different backgrounds, points of view, and objectives when it comes to tattooing and art in general is healthy and refreshing. Great approach and overall flow when chopping it up with the various guests and the humor is a definite bonus. Inspiring content, keep up the good work!

-Spereigh

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