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Inking of Immunity Episode 5. Archaeologist Benoît Robitaille talks pre-electric tattoo technology of the Pacific

Owens, Rebecca, Lynn, C. D. and Smetana, M. R. A. (2022) Inking of Immunity Episode 5. Archaeologist Benoît Robitaille talks pre-electric tattoo technology of the Pacific. [Audio]

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Ben Robitaille is an independent researcher specializing in pre-electric tattooing instruments. He lives in a tiny village in the northern Appalachians with his two kids and absolutely no pets. He studied at the University of Montreal from where he obtained a bachelors degree with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Latin American studies. In the course of his academic training, Ben got sidetracked from a specialization in Mesoamerican studies by a long standing interest in tattooing, which he was given an opportunity to explore further in graduate school under the tutelage of Professor Paul Tolstoy. Ben's thesis ballooned completely out of control and for a variety of reasons he stepped back and became a gardener and eventually the co-owner of an organic vegetable farm, his main occupation to date. The cultural history of tattooing technologies has remained an important hobby for him throughout, and next year he will celebrate 25 years of learning on the subject.

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Additional Information: Inking of Immunity Podcast is produced and cohosted by Chris Lynn, Becci Owens, and Mike Smetana. Kira Yancey is the editor and producer. We are tattoo researchers talking to other tattoo researchers and practitioners. IoI is supported in part by the National Science Foundation (BCS-2017553) and the Universities of Alabama (USA) and Sunderland (UK). Follow us on Facebook (Inking.of.Immunity), Twitter (Inking_Immunity), and Instagram (Inking.of.Immunity).
Depositing User: Rebecca Owens


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Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2024 10:32
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2024 10:32


Author: Rebecca Owens ORCID iD
Author: C. D. Lynn ORCID iD
Author: M. R. A. Smetana

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