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.

Episode Date
024: Toothtaker
Tattoo artist, Toothtaker, takes over and puts Andrew on the spot to discuss some opinions previously covered this season. Then the focus shifts to Toothtaker's background, why it's best to be an individual, and not fearing robots taking over the tattoo industry.
Mar 27, 2019
023: Dax McClellan and the Tattoo Marketing Machine
Andrew digs into the offerings of tattoo business guru, Dax McClellan. Does tattooing need online courses about how to post on Instagram? This investigative report tells a story of self-discovery.
Mar 18, 2019
022: Juli Moon
Legendary tattoo artist, Juli Moon, joins the show this week to discuss traveling with a carnival, attending some of the first ever tattoo conventions, expanding her skill set into cosmetic tattoo through trial and error in the 80's, and why she wears her own tattoos as "psychic armor."
Mar 11, 2019
021: Shawn Barber, Matthew Knopp, Beau Brady, Robert Ryan
This episode features a group panel of tattooers Shawn Barber, Matthew Knopp, Beau Brady and Robert Ryan discussing tattoo TV shows, internet fundraisers, sharing tattoo stories and more!
Mar 04, 2019
020: Lindsey Carmichael
Tattoo artist Lindsey Carmichael joins the show this week to talk about what tattooing for 27 years means to him, what it's like to watch his son now become a tattooer, and how the quest for knowledge has become a totally new beast.
Feb 25, 2019
019: Lee Roller
In response to Episode 015, Andrew talks to Lee Roller, owner of Custom Tattoo Design.
Feb 18, 2019
018: Robert Ryan
Tattooer and painter Robert Ryan discusses reluctantly being encouraged to start tattooing, the important of humility, symbolism in tattooing, and how he holds it all together with meditation.
Feb 11, 2019
017: Russ Abbott
Tattooer Russ Abbott joins the show this week to talk about being at the forefront of digital design in tattooing, how he turns his ideas into reality, and proves that a tattooer CAN organize their time successfully to make the most of it.
Feb 04, 2019
016: Bradley Farrell
Is there life after tattooing? Bradley Farrell sits down to talk about his tattoo career working alongside some of the greats, and then giving it all up to pursue other passions. Film making, developing a social network and marketing are just a few of the hats Bradley has worn in his lifetime and it all started with the skills he learned from tattooing.
Jan 28, 2019
015: Custom Tattoo Design & Soundwave Tattoos
Tattooing has become an "industry" whether we like it or not. This week, friend of the show, Jason Scott, sits in to discuss a business that wants to provide clients custom tattoo designs before they even set foot in a tattoo shop. Then, Andrew tries to figure out what is up with Soundwave Tattoos by talking to their creator, Nate Siggard.
Jan 21, 2019
014: 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.
Jan 14, 2019
013: 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 see tattooing.
Jan 07, 2019
013: 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 see tattooing.
Jan 07, 2019
012: 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+ audience on Instagram all while trying to build confidence as a new tattoo artist. Then Jason Scott returns to the show to help Andrew wrap up the season.
Sep 12, 2018
011: 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.
Sep 05, 2018
010: 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.
Aug 29, 2018
009: 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.
Aug 22, 2018
008: 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.
Aug 15, 2018
007: 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 calls.
Aug 08, 2018
006: 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.
Aug 01, 2018
005: 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 increasingly embracing traditions of the past.
Jul 25, 2018
004: 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.
Jul 18, 2018
003: 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
Jul 11, 2018
002: Todd Noble
Tattoo artist Todd Noble sits in on the show and talks social networks, Everence, and plays a game.
Jul 04, 2018
001: 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 device.
Jun 27, 2018
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.
Jun 23, 2018