The Teardown

The Teardown

A podcast about the intersections of tattooing, with dope ass guest artists.

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October 24, 2023 54 mins

This week Vegas is joined by tattooer Jalen Frizzell aka fuzzywuzzums. They chat about how apprenticeships have traditionally been violent and predatory. Exploring the benefits of a traditional apprenticeship, the process of obtaining an apprenticeship, as well as personal experiences with apprenticeships as Black tattooers.

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Fuzzywuzzums 

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This week, Vegas is joined by tattooer, friend and studio mate Krys to chat all things tattoo trends. From Rihanna-inspired sternum tattoos to their most embarrassing trendy tattoos, they break down trends over the years and look at where the industry is going. 

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Krys Ink


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This week Vegas is joined by Tā Moko artist, painter and organizer Julie Paama-Pengelly to talk about the revitalization of the Maori art of tattooing. They talk about how the history of colonization has impacted the art and how the practice and Maori identity is being reclaimed. 

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Julie Paama Pengelly 

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Tattoo culture has largely centered itself with substances but could things be changing? This week Vegas sits down with Faith Alexandra Marie aka Needle Imprints to discuss navigating the tattoo industry as a sober person. They chat about building community in ways that don’t center around substances and talk about how building a spiritual practice can help you stay grounded. 

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September 26, 2023 23 mins

In this episode, Vegas sets intentions for the second season of The Teardown. They have an intimate conversation with the audience about experiences in tattooing as well as their relationship to the practice now. They’ll talk about the highs and lows, and about how they’d like to rekindle the flame they once had for the artform. 

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This episode Vegas sits down with interdisciplinary artist, oral historian and tattooer Tamara Santibañez. They discuss how the tattoo industry has been largely unsafe for women, non-men and racialized folks and explore how to integrate trauma-informed practices within tattooing. They also unpack the ways in which the idea of "safe spaces" have been largely commodified and how to begin to empower our clientele/ tattoo coll...

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March 29, 2022 63 mins

In the final episode of this season, I sit down with Tiff Lee, owner of Heartstrong Tattoo shop in Toronto. We chat about what made us want to open our own shops and talk about ways we’re creating a new, more inclusive tattoo community. 

Content Warning: This episode contains talk of anti-black racism, police brutality, and drug use. Feel free to skip this episode if these topics could be activating for you. 

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This week I’m joined by Joey Ramona, a queer Jewish tattooer out of Toronto’s Corner Pocket. In this episode they talk about how they incorporate religion into their tattooing practice and share their experience of starting out as one of the few Jewish tattooers in the city. 

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This episode I chat with Asheville tattooer, multidisciplinary artist, DJ and herbalist Obsidian. We discuss how black artists are far too often pigeonholed into one art form and break down how white supremacy has distanced us from our traditional art forms. 

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Obsidian @maybeheaven

Linnea (Obsidian’s mentor) 

Imani k brown @ipukekawaii

Flesh and Fluid @flesh_and_fluid

Jalen @fuzzywuzzums

Aaron Davis @aarondavistattoos

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This episode I sit down with Michigan-based artist Carrie Metz Caporusso. Carrie is well known for their ‘roll flowers’, intricate floral designs that are placed in and around the creases of body rolls. In this episode they explain how they came up with the concept ‘roll flowers’ and we discuss the lack of representation of fat bodies in the tattoo industry. 

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This episode I’m joined by Aaron Davis-Holloway, a friend and tattooer out of Atlanta. Aaron is known for his Afro-Americana style. In this episode we talk about how he developed his style and why it’s important to recognize and name this new (but not new) genre of tattooing. 

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February 22, 2022 66 mins

This episode I’m chatting with my friend, professional tarot reader and fellow co-owner of Tru Tattoo Shop, Sam Daveena. We chat about how maintaining firm boundaries can preserve your love for tattooing and Sam shares some of her secrets for staying grounded in a job that can get pretty personal (can you get more personal than a tarot reading?).

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We start the season off with a little spice as I invite my ex Dylan (tendertatting)onto the show to address some recent controversy. We give you a little inside scoop into our relationship and talk about what it’s like dating a tattoo artist, everything from how to deal with differing skill levels to navigating breakups within the industry. Are you ready? 

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February 22, 2022 1 min

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