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Inking of Immunity Episode 22. "The Embodied Experience of the Tattooer" with Dustin Kiskaddon

Owens, Rebecca, Lynn, C. D. and Smetana, M. R. A. (2023) Inking of Immunity Episode 22. "The Embodied Experience of the Tattooer" with Dustin Kiskaddon. [Audio]

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Dustin is a sociologist who became a tattooer while finishing his PhD at UC Davis. He tattooed thousands of people out of an Oakland street shop and interviewed more than 50 working tattooers. While his upcoming book explains tattooing as an emotional, physical, and moral vocation, the book offers a broader statement on the risks and rewards of human intermingling. He’s calling it “Blood and Lightning” in homage to the fantastical language of his tattoo mentor, Matt Decker.

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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: 29 Jan 2024 13:39
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2024 13:39


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

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