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Episode 17 with James Spooner

This week we sit down with James Spooner. James owns and operates Monocle Tattoo. Being a vegan for over twenty years, he pioneered a vegan tattoo procedure in Los Angeles in order to be consistent with his politics and lifestyle.

He describes himself as a pretty literal tattooer. “I’d be happy tattooing portraits, pictures of animals, and pretty ladies all day everyday”. One of his favorite things about tattooing is challenging clients to be more creative with their ideas. “You want a song lyric? Let’s illustrate the song instead! You want a bible verse? Let’s recreate a scene from the bible on your arm!”

He also is an award winning filmmaker and illustrator. His documentary film Afro-Punk sparked what many consider to be a movement within the black community. He is currently working on two full length graphic novels. You can follow him here: “Spooners No Fun”.

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Episode 16 with Matt Nathanson

This week we have a great talk with Matthew Adam Nathanson. Matt is an American singer-songwriter whose work is a blend of folk and rock and roll music. In addition to singing, he plays acoustic and electric guitar, and has played both solo and with a full band. His work includes the platinum-selling song “Come On Get Higher”.

https://mattnathanson.com/

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Episode 15 with Michelle Cruz Gonzales

Michelle Cruz Gonzales was born in East LA in 1969 but grew up in Tuolumne, a tiny California Gold Rush town. She started her first band in that small town at the age of fifteen and moved to San Francisco two years later. She played drums and wrote lyrics for three bands during the 1980s and 1990s: Bitch Fight, Spitboy, and Instant Girl.

In 2001 and 2003, she earned degrees in English/creative writing from Mills College, where she also minored in ethnic studies. Michelle has published in anthologies, literary journals, and Hip Mama magazine. She teaches English and creative writing at Las Positas College, and she enjoys reading her work and lecturing at colleges and art spaces around the country.

She sings and plays drums in an English department band, loves to sew with her mom, even though she never thought she would, and she’s at work on a satirical novel about forced intermarriage between whites and Mexicans for the purpose of creating a race of beautiful, hardworking people. She lives with her husband, son, and their three Mexican dogs in Oakland, California.

Michelle is the author of The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band

The Spitboy Rule: Tales of a Xicana in a Female Punk Band