In this, the first episode of Season 2 of the Twin Peaks Tattoo Podcast, I had the honor to interview the incredible film director and artist Melissa Reynolds. In our talk we discuss what art means to her, how she approaches the craft of filmmaking, and how she feels connected to her work. She reminds us all to keep telling our stories. That they matter. I teared up multiple times in our chat and you will soon hear why. She shares a very special story about the late great Kenneth Welsh. As a filmmaker, It is no surprise that her storytelling is heartfelt and embodied. And of course we talk about her awesome Twin Peaks tattoos.
Season 2 Episode:Melissa Reynolds
Melissa Reynolds is a filmmaker from the UK. Her first feature film as writer-director - a story about mental health, motherhood and the complex bonds between women - is currently in development with the aim to shoot this year. She cites David Lynch as one of her biggest creative influences, and is deeply involved in the Twin Peaks community, having written for the Blue Rose Magazine, 25 Years Later, and spent 3 years working as a production assistant at the Official Twin Peaks UK Festival.
Short films and Showreel: www.vimeo.com/melissareynolds
Agent/longer bio: www.independenttalent.com/writers/melissa-reynolds
Bonus Episode 7: Dr. Carmen Martines
Dr. Carmen Martines is a multicultural, cosmopolitan psychotherapist in San Francisco. She is a California native with Midwestern roots and a deep experiential knowledge of recovery communities and modalities. We are so lucky to have Dr. Martines share her dissertation research with us.She has a PhD in Transformative Studies and her dissertation, The Transformative Tattoo: What Can Healing from Trauma Look Like? focuses on using tattoos as a transformational tool to reclaim and re-author the body after sexual abuse trauma.
As a psychotherapist she brings tattoo discussions into her clinical work. While she doesn’t have a Twin Peakstattoo per say, we talk about the cultural significance of the show and all its' fairy tale wonder. Along with stories of love, joy and power, a heads up that this episode does also include conversations about sexual trauma, addiction and recovery.
Carmen can be reached through her website: carmenmartinestherapy.com
Articles, Books, and Authors referenced in our talk:
The Transformative Tattoo: What Can Healing from Trauma Look Like? By Dr. Carmen Martines
Twin Peaks: The Return as Subversive Fairy Tale by Courtney Stallings
Sun, Moon and Talia by Giambattista Basile
more links from show:
The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel van der Kolk
Episode 6: Rachel Bennett
Rachel Bennett was born and raised in a quiet suburb outside of Seattle. She went to the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where she focused on women’s health studies. After graduating Rachel attended Bastyr (BAAA STEER) University in Kenmore, WA where she trained for 3 years to become a Midwife, and spent 2 years working in that field.
Throughout her studies she would consistently moonlight as a waitress in various restaurants, she would eventually find herself working at the iconic Twedes Cafe in her hometown. Along with having a love of classic American diners she is also a big fan of Twin Peaks. In 2020 shortly after getting married to her now husband Max, they were presented with the opportunity to buy the cafe.
They took over Twede’s in March of 2020 just as the pandemic was hitting Washington State. Rachel and her husband have poured their lives into maintaining and building upon the legacy of one of the most iconic diners in America.
TATTOO ARTIST: Tyler Ball
Special thanks to @jeremy.rourke for helping make the diner background music pop. Check out his work on insta...
As always thanks to Dr Animal Prufrock for bringing the sounds to life and co-producing this podcast with me.
Thanks for listening!
Episode 5 :Lain Freefall
Lain Freefall is a British Chinese tattoo artist, model and actor. She has frequent guest spots in the US, Asia and Europe. She works predominantly with geometric shapes, patterns and layouts utilising heavy black where possible and working with the natural flow and shape of the human body.A lot of the works produced are rooted in ancient tribal design, making for striking and powerful tattoos both on larger and smaller scales alike.
Book referenced in our talk:
The Tattooing Arts Of Tribal Women by Lars Krutak
Episode 4: Laura Stewart
Laura Stewart has been a fan of everything wonderful and strange in the world of Twin Peaks since she was 11 years old. She has written on the subject for 25 Years Later, The Blue Rose Magazine and contributed to Courtney Stalling’s brilliant book, Laura’s Ghost. She now runs her own Twin Peaks related website, The Twin Peaks Oracle and dabbles in the world of Tarot. Laura is a practitioner of the oldest spiritual tradition in Tibet, Yungdrung Bön, which laid the path for Buddhism as we know it today. Laura has four Twin Peaks related tattoos so far, but has plenty of room left for more.
Vinnie Guidera is an artist, musician, and Twin Peaks superfan. He researches and collects props from the show and writes about them on his @twelverainbowtrout Instagram page. He has also written regularly for TwinPeaksBlog.com and contributed to the Blue Rose Magazine.
Holly is 26 and lives with her husband in Lancaster County Pennsylvania. She is currently in the process of switching careers completely from health care to construction and is brainstorming new ideas for a full Twin Peaks sleeve.
Big owl, blue roses, owl ring,
Maiden Voyage Tattoo 237 W Main St, Hummelstown, PA 17036
Rob King is a Librarian at Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library. He has written for 25 Years Later and contributed as a fan and scholar of David Lynch’s films to Blue Rose Magazine, Twin Peaks Unwrapped, and Counter Esperanto podcasts. He is co-editor on a collection of essays about David Lynch’s films and Twin Peaks and the American West, which will be released this year by McFarland Books.
Buy his book on McFarland Press:
and wherever books are sold.
Tattoo Artist Website:
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