Decoder Ring is a podcast about cracking cultural mysteries. Each episode, host Willa Paskin takes on a cultural query, object, thought, or behavior and speaks with specialists, historians, and obsessives to attempt to determine the place it comes from, what it means, and why it issues.
On this episode, Decoder Ring senior producer Benjamin Frisch takes us by way of 4 tales about tattoos and the results of time. First, a glance into a set of 300 preserved tattooed skins from the nineteenth century, then a private investigation into the Tasmanian Satan tattoo, a profile of a person so dedicated to Microsoft he acquired a number of Zune tattoos, and eventually a glance into why Chinese language character tattoos are so typically mistranslated.
A few of the voices you’ll hear on this episode embody preserved tattooed skins researcher Dr. Gemma Angel; Zune superfan Steven Smith; writer of How Music Got Free, Stephen Witt; fairy princess tattoo-haver Mindy Bonner; creator of the Hanzi Smatter weblog Tian Tang; affiliate provost and dean of the school at Clark College Betsy Huang; author and speaker Ryan Takemiya; Dr. Matt Lodder; tattoo artist Misha; tattoo artist Juli Moon; character designer Becky Dreisdadt; Taz-tattoo proprietor Rob Brucker; and animation historian Jerry Beck.
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This episode was produced by Willa Paskin and Benjamin Frisch.