On this bonus episode of Season 2 of the Twin Peaks Tattoo podcast, I speak with my colleague and soul friend Anna Benassi. Anna and I teach together at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. We have both created and we teach graduate level psychology classes based on pop culture that we love. I teach Between Two Worlds: Depth Psychology and Twin Peaks which examines TP from a depth psychology lens and Anna teaches The Psychology of Harry Potter which we will hear more about today. While they do not have a Twin Peaks tattoo (I know, why don’t they tho?) they do have other meaningful ink that we will also discuss.
Season 2 BONUS episode 7 - ANNA BENASSI
Anna Benassi, MA, LMFT, (they/them) is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice that spans the SF Bay Area and is a professor at California Institute of Integral Studies. They identify as an activist, storyteller and visual artist. They teach psychology classes with a bent on pop culture, poetry and art. They are an aquarian, an avid cook and practicing buddhist.
Season 2 Episode TOM CHRISTOPHERSEN
Tom Christophersen is an Australian, Sydney based, Queer performer and visual artist whom is as petrified of beautiful things and death as much as they are transfixed by them. It is primarily the car-crashing of these two themes which permeate the hyper-realistic, almost surrealistic, often dark portraits and films they produce.
Tom aims to bring focus back to portraiture that is of a level of detail it demands an intimate level of engagement from the viewer. Working almost exclusively on watercolour paper with watercolour pencil and acrylic, Tom hopes their traditional, technical approach to drawing and painting provide a fresh, immediate offering to portraiture and indeed representation of the self. The figures and themes within Tom’s work are often autobiographical and based on real life experiences and connections. Tom’s artistic intention has always been to make images that create the necessary disturbances in order to provoke permanent, positive change. Tom lives and works on the stolen Gadigal lands of the Eora Nation.
Purchase original artworks via:
Purchase LOST HIGHWAY 25 Prints from: https://tomchristophersencreates.bigcartel.com/product/lost-highway-prints
Cute article about the Sydney Return Marketing roll out of the posters with the phone number here: https://welcometotwinpeaks.com/news/missing-laura-palmer-posters-australia/
Issue 17 Blue Rose Mag
Spice Girl tat artist @zhanaoliviatattoo
Season 2 Episode 4 KATIE JOHNSTON
Katie is a 31-year-old Texas educator and breast cancer warrior. She recently got engaged to Matt (a somewhat new member of the TP fam), who proposed to her at Spooky Empire with the help of Sherilyn Fenn! She’s been infatuated with the Twin Peaks universe for the last 13+ years, as it has appeared in the highs and lows of her life (sometimes in a serendipitous manner). Being a tattooed teacher in the South can be an anomaly, but she’s happy to forever represent Twin Peaks and what it means to her.
Instagram - @ladylazarus7
Twitter - @ladylazarus007
Will Graves (TP sleeve) Instagram - @willxgraves
Mary (Owl symbol) at Rogues Gallery Tattoo Instagram -
Season 2 Episode 4 Andy Bentley lives in upstate NY (home of the Drew Hazel mystery which inspired Mark Frost) with his dogs Luke and Leia (who you might sometimes hear say hello in the background of this podcast episode!). He is an avid action figure collector and contributes artwork to the Twin Peaks Unwrapped Podcast. He hopes to share the Twin Peaks journey at least one more time with a significant other, and I personally have no doubt he will.
Insta and Twitter: @abuddah
Listen to him on Twin Peaks Unwrapped:
Season 2 Episode 3: Sarah Begin
We discuss our love for the unknowability of Twin Peaks and how important it is to just be present in the day to day-that some things can’t and maybe shouldn’t be explained. We talk about our evolving relationships with these characters over time and the importance of the town of Twin Peaks as a consistent backdrop to the mystery of the show. And of course we talk about her awesome Twin Peaks AND Blue Velvet tattoos. Sarah Begin is a dedicated artsy witchy lover lady; specializing chiefly as an overthinker, who hopes to stray on the "beautiful golden sunshine" side of life. Insta @daily_legacy
Here is her list of Twin Peaks drinks, some of which have yet to be debuted to the public!
Sarah Palmer - iced coffee and lemonade with cayenne dust
Donna Hayward - maple pistachio americano
Leo Johnson - salted blueberry bourbon caramel latte
Garland Briggs - vanilla raspberry cortado with cinnamon dust
Windom Earle - orange cardamom matcha latte
Audrey Horne - blackberry rose vanilla tea latte
Harold Smith - orchid mint americano
James Hurley - caramel pumpkin spice latte
Leland Palmer - amaretto gingerbread latte
Dancing Man - triple cherry vanilla espresso
Season 2 Episode 2: Alison Ivy
Alison Ivy is a chanteuse hiding out as an accountant.Her love of Twin Peaks pretty much permeates her life and she wishes she could astral project to North Bend every once in while. She posts occasionally on Instagram as @agent.ivy and on Twitter as @AgentIvy and if you stay tuned to her social, you may catch a Twin Peaks pin giveaway (her pin collection can rival the best of them).
The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost
The Two AntiChrists by Peter Grey (Book)
The Path to the Black Lodge—- Damn Fine Podcasts
Twin Peaks The Return Part 9—Damn Fine Podcast
The Origin of Love (from Hedwig and The Angry Inch) https://dai.ly/x57grk
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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