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Tattoo artist manages to ink deal with Highland to open town’s first studio – The Times of Northwest Indiana01.12.22

Sip, the popular local coffee shop chain with cafes in Crown Point, Highland and Cedar Lake, will try out a smaller format at its newest location in Munster.

A Little Sip will open in the Hammond Clinic on Calumet Avenue in Munster, just south of the Borman Expressway and the Hammond border. The counter-serve coffee shop will cater to patients, doctors and anyone looking to grab a coffee on their commute.

"It's as soon as you walk in," Sip owner Rhonda Bloch said. "It's right there to the right. We normally have a big space, so it will be challenging to do a smaller space. I'm interested in what it will be like in the business aspects. There won't be much waste with the inventory."

The Munster Sip will offer a full menu of coffee and espresso drinks, as well as juices and smoothies. People will be able to get lattes, frappes, iced coffee and hot tea. The food menu will be limited to grab-and-go items like bagels, croissants, donuts and fruit salads.

Block had been eyeing the spot for some time and recently worked out a deal when the space became available.

"Patients, doctors, nurses, so many people pass by there in the morning," she said. "I see them pass by with Dunkin, Starbucks and McDonalds cups and know many would prefer local coffee if they had access to it."

It may appeal to commuters on their way to Chicago.

"We're hoping for that," she said. "It's very accessible. You can just park and run in the door and see us right there."

It will replace a coffee shop that closed in the Hammond Clinic.

"It just served drip coffee," she said. "They weren't really into coffee, which makes it hard to do a local coffee shop well. Plus COVID hit."

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Chapter One Tattoo San Diego | Chapter One Tattoo San Diego01.12.22

Cash Scott

Specializes in black & gray and color realism, portrait work, and Japanese traditional @cashscotttattoo

Born and raised in California, it was easy for Cash to be inuenced early on by an array of incredible art. It was within his own home that hefound the most support, encouragement, and inspirationread more

Specializes in classic bright and bold American traditional. @Isaacjctattoo @deathlyloversclub

Isaac grew up in Southern Indiana and learned to draw from his father. Isaac did his apprenticeship under Bob Gibson back in Pheonix, Azread more

Specializes in Japanese traditional, black and gray, American traditional and blackwork. @Coltonjamesphillips

Colton was born and raised in the city of San Diego. He always had the desire to create and imagine from a young age. Driven by his artistic desire, he pursued his passions while attending The School of Arts at San Diego State Universityread more

Specializes in color and black and gray realism with a painterly influence. @bodrov_artist

Born and raised in the Ukraine, Slava has been painting for his entire life. He held his first tattoo machine in an art class in college and hasnt looked back sinceread more

Specializes in Neo Traditional, Black work & Watercolor. @daggerface

Specializes in Neo Traditional & Illustrative work. @kennybtattoos

Specializes in black & gray and color realism & portrait work. @eagles.klaw

Specializes in fine line, ornamental, black work, stylized portraits. @olivia.tattoo_

Specializes in single needle and mini portraits. @danielcollinsart

Specializes in traditional tattooing with a European influence. @caseyxsullivan

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Who killed Stephanie Crone-Overholts? Body parts of woman, 47, wash up on Florida bay – MEAWW11.30.21

TAMPA, FLORIDA: A Florida man has been accused of murdering Stephanie Crone-Overholts, 47, who disappeared earlier this month. The dismembered body of Stephanie was found in a bay, following which Robert Kessler, 69, has been charged with second-degree murder and abuse of a dead body, Interim Chief Ruben Delgado of the Tampa Police Department announced.

A human leg was first discovered from McKay Bay near the 22nd Street Causeway Bridge on November 11. The next day, more body parts were found in the same area. An image of the victim's tattoo was released by Tampa police in an attempt to identify the remains. The tattoo, located below the lower right calf, featured three hearts with the names Sean, Greg and Zach. There have been other horrific cases of victims being dismembered. In August, Brian Williams an Indiana man, 36, decapitated a woman and set fire to her house and in November this year, Bailey Boswell who helped her boyfriend hack victim into 14 pieces was sentenced to a life term


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Stephanie's family got in touch with Tampa authorities after spotting the tattoo on the news. Police said that Stephanie had recently relocated from Erie, Pa., to Lutz, Fla., in the Tampa area, and was staying with Kessler. Her family reported her missing some weeks ago. During the investigation, Kessler claimed that they had been living together but she had apparently left a few weeks earlier. Upon investigating the case, authorities found that Kessler's claims did not add up.

Stephanie's car was later found abandoned, with bloodstains inside the vehicle. Delgado said that more blood was found inside the residence after authorities obtained a search warrant and subsequently searched Kessler's home.

Sean Overholts, Stephanie's son, had released a statement earlier this month, saying, "This has been a living nightmare. It is unimaginable what she went through. My mother will be deeply missed," the Tampa Bay Times reported. The motive behind the murder is still unknown, and how Stephanie died or how long her body was in the water has not been revealed.

The nature of Kessler and Stephanie's relationship has not been disclosed by authorities. According to Kessler, he had invited Stephanie to stay with him after meeting her at a fast-food restaurant. Kessler had learned that she was living out of her car.

Who is Robert Kessler?

When Kessler was charged with Stephanie's murder, he was already in jail on a drug charge. Florida Department of Law Enforcement records found that the suspect has faced criminal charges on some 40 occasions since 1986, mainly involving the sale of cocaine and related offenses in the Tampa Bay area, and has been sentenced to state prison at least four times. He had even been sentenced for as long as seven years. The investigation, Delgado said, involved help from the sheriffs offices in Pasco and Pinellas counties, as well as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Kessler has denied responsibility for the killing.

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Medical tattoo – Wikipedia10.20.21

A medical tattoo is a tattoo used to treat a condition, communicate information, or mark a body location.

A crude practice of corneal tattooing was performed by Galen in 150 CE. He tried to cover leucomatous opacities of the cornea by cauterizing the surface with a heated stilet and applying powdered nutgalls and iron or pulverized pomegranate bark mixed with copper salt; the practice was revived in the 1800s.[1] With the rise of Christianity, tattooing declined and eventually became banned by a papal edict in 787 CE.[2] The practice of corneal tattooing was revived by Louis Von Wecker in the 1870s.[3][4]

During the Cold War, threats of nuclear warfare led several U.S. states to consider blood type tattooing. Programs were spurred in Chicago, Utah and Indiana based on the premise that if an atomic bomb were to strike, the resulting damage would require extremely large amounts of blood within a short amount of time.[5][6][7][8]

Similar to dog tags, members of the U.S. military may have their vital information tattooed on themselves, usually on the rib cage below the armpit; they are referred to as "meat tags".[9][10][11]

Tattoos have also been used to provide notice to emergency personnel that a person has diabetes mellitus; people with this condition may fall into a diabetic coma and be unable to communicate that information.[12][13]

Medical tattoos can also be used to disambiguate infant twins where one requires specific medical attention. This is done by tattooing a freckle or similar mark in an area that neither twin naturally has that mark, with the intent of not being recognizable as a tattoo by a casual observer.

Tattoos have been used as fiducial markers as an aid in guiding radiotherapy.[14] Similarly, Scott Kelly utilized marker tattoos in the positioning of sonogram probes for multiple checks for atherosclerosis while on a long-duration mission on the International Space Station.[15]

A paramedical tattoo is a cosmetic tattoo applied because of a medical condition or to disguise the results of its treatment.

During breast reconstruction after mastectomy (removal of the breast for treatment of cancer), or breast reduction surgery, tattooing is sometimes used to replace the areola which has been removed during mastectomy, or to fill in areas of pigment loss which may occur during breast reduction performed with a free nipple graft technique.[16] Other uses include simulating the appearance of fingernails and covering scars.[17]

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Community raises concerns on operator of new business – Washington Times Herald10.20.21

LOOGOOTEE The fact that a convicted sex offender has opened a tattoo shop near a preschool brought out an overflow crowd of more than 30 to Tuesdays Loogootee City Council meeting.

Makenzie Wagoner, 19, made an impassioned plea for city officials and the public at large to take action to protect young children. She does not want the business closed, but rather forced to relocate some place away from children.

Indiana law prohibits sex offenders of minors from living within 1,000 feet of any school property, public parks and certain program centers. However, individual counties may impose other restrictions around movement, employment and alcohol consumption.

Wagoner pointed out that Indiana, unlike Illinois and a few other states, does not restrict a business owned by a convicted sex offender from being located near a school. She would like to see Indianas law changed.

Mayor Noel Harty said he would try to arrange a meeting in Loogootee soon between Wagoner and two local state officials, State Sen. Eric Bassler of Washington and State Rep. Shane Lindauer of Jasper.

Wagoner provided documents to the Times Herald which showed that Charles A. Taylor had been registered as a sexually violent predator in Illinois on Jan. 20, 2010. He was convicted March 8, 2005, of predatory criminal sexual assault. He was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Taylor now lives in Loogootee. A document provided by Wagoner states the Indiana equivalent for the Illinois charge is child molesting, a felony.

Wagoner works as the youth librarian at the Loogootee Public Library. She is currently a student at the University of Southern Indiana, pursuing a double-major in early childhood education and elementary education.

Im fighting for this, but I should not be fighting alone, Wagoner said. He is going to offend again, it is only a matter of time.

Wagoner criticized Harty for attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month for Taylors shop. She also said neither the mayor nor police chief Jim Floyd had notified the owners of the preschool nor Loogootee school officials about Taylor.

Harty said he had not found out about Tayors legal status as a convicted sex offender until five days after the ribbon cutting.

Floyd did not comment during the meeting, but his department issued a press release. It stated: It has come to our attention that there are concerns about a registered sex offender opening a business in Loogootee. We are aware of this happening and found no legal authority to prohibit it. We are aware of his registry status and there is no law prohibiting the operation of this business by this individual. We, as police officers, are obligated to operate within the bounds of the law as they are written.

Later on, the press release stated: Freedom of speech is a constitutional right. You have the right to choose who you do business with and to express your concerns; however, harassment, intimidation, threats, violence, vandalism, etc. are illegal and may result in criminal charges.

The sex offender registry administrator is Cpl. Joshua Seymour of the Martin County Sheriffs Department.

Wagoner gave the Times Herald a copy of comments to her allegedly made on Facebook by Taylor. He said the law allows him to work anywhere he wants, including next to a daycare. He accused her of trying to take away from his children, stepchildren and wife. Despite his conviction, he claims he has done nothing wrong.

After she spoke, Wagoner was loudly applauded by those attending the meeting.

In other business, Cameron Hedrick, a Loogootee High School graduate and owner of Hedrick Web Design, presented the council with a proposal to redesign the citys existing website. The initial cost would be $6,720, plus $18 an hour for any additional work outside of this proposal. The recurring cost would be $1,170 annually.

Harty suggested the council members study the proposal at home and then return at the Nov. 8 meeting to discuss the matter and ask questions.

The final financial report on the city pool operations showed a loss of $11,853.96. Due to coronavirus, the pool was closed in 2020. In 2019, the pool operations lost $8,692.15.

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Don’t judge these teens by their tattoos – Northeast Indiana Public Radio10.20.21

Who do you think of when you picture someone with tattoos? The answer is different for everyone.

Julian Fausto and Eric Guadarrama built a whole podcast around the question, deciding to look at the pros and cons of getting tattoos in "Teens and Ink." Julian is a senior at J. Sterling Morton East High School in Cicero, Ill., and Eric is a junior at Steinmetz College Prep in Chicago.

This year they took their passion for the artistry of tattoos and made it into a podcast. Julian's teacher, Mark Sujak, submitted their work to the NPR Student Podcast Challenge, and our judges chose "Teens and Ink" as one of this year's finalists, from more than 2,000 entries.

The podcast starts the way any conversation with Eric and Julian does: no nonsense.

"All right listeners listen. Imma start from the beginning: Ever since I was younger I knew I wanted tattoos," says Julian.

Eric jumps in with a prepared question: "Sorry to interrupt, but who influenced you to want a tattoo?"

The answer is the same for both of them: rappers, WWE stars and pretty much everyone in their lives.

"Ok, please continue," Eric said.

Eric and Julian are cousins, but more like brothers. When they're together they can't help but tease each other, act tough and then break always cracking each other up. They grew up together; sometimes in the same house, sometimes a short drive away from each other. This year, Julian is a senior and Eric is a junior.

Julian has one tattoo and another one scheduled and Eric is prepping for his first one.

The students give a balanced argument in their podcast about the pros and cons of tattoos stigmas, regrets, and cost are all discussed but it's clear that Julian and Eric really do love tattoos.

One big reason? Julian is an artist, and he wants to draw all of his own tattoos and maybe even give them to other people one day. Julian said he can't remember when he started drawing because it was so long ago.

"Not to sound corny, but it was like day one," he tells me.

"I used to draw too," Eric says. "But then ... just looking at his stuff is like, 'I'm so amazed.' So I just focused on my own things."

While we talked, Eric kept pulling his phone out and showing pictures of the original designs Julian had drawn on him, some dating all the way back to middle school.

"So that's Bart Simpson, and then on my eyebrow, it says Chicago," Eric explains. "Then I got a cross, and then after that, the heartbeat thing. And on my, like, chest, I had a girlfriend that I was dating back then." He laughs: "We're not with her anymore."

They told me they've liked tattoos from such a young age because everyone they loved had them. It was a very normal, comforting thing. "Everyone I look up to has tattoos and my mom has tattoos everyone in my family has tattoos," says Julian.

Eric and Julian say their moms got their first tattoos together when they were 13 in a friend's basement. But when Julian's 16th birthday rolled around, he wanted a professional one. He drew it himself, researched an artist online, and drove to Indiana with his mom. (In Illinois, even with parental consent, you have to be 18 to get a tattoo.) And now he's ready for more.

"My goal by the end of college is I want [from] my neck down," he says.

Eric and Julian hope their podcast and their story will encourage people to not judge a book by it's cover. Or a person by their tattoos.

"Like, you see a 17-year-old kid with 'Chicago', it doesn't mean that he's in a gang, you know? Like, let's normalize having tattoos," says Eric. "If you see somebody with a tattoo, you know, just pretend like it's not even there. Don't think too much about it."

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More than a tattoo shop: An Indigenous activist’s journey to open up a space for reconnections – Southside Times10.08.21

Stephanie Big Eagle poses for a portrait in her shop Sept. 28, 2021, at her shop in Fountain Square. Big Eagle grew up in a military family, living all over the world before settling in Indianapolis during her high school years. (Photo by Jacob Musselman)

It was February 20, 2017, one day before the formal eviction of the Oceti Sakowin tribe at the Standing Rock Reservation after months of protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline, an oil pipeline that ran through the Standing Rock Reservation, potentially endangering an integral water source for the surrounding reservations.

Stephanie Big Eagle, an activist and descendent of the Oceti Sakowin tribe, or the Great Sioux Nation tribe, had been protesting for two months. She remembers that day vividly. She was standing near the edge of camp when around 20 law enforcement officers rushed into camp and started forcefully evicting camp, one day earlier than the agreed-upon day.

After being in the camp for a short period of time, a large thunderstorm came in behind them. Lightning was cracking, winds picked up and it started raining as the officers retreated back to their vehicles.

Their prayers had been answered.

Big Eagle grew up in a military family and throughout her early years, living all over the world. Around high school, her family moved to Indianapolis where she attended North Central High School.

For the first half of her life, she says she was disconnected from her ancestors. But after dreaming and having visions where her ancestors were coming to her and embracing her, it reignited her fire and spirit and drove her to reconnect with her ancestry and lineage.

After high school, she lived in Indiana for a while before going to college in California. She attended Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl University, a mecca for indigenous activists.

I went from knowing nothing [about her culture] to knowing too much and being really angry, Big Eagle said. I was really angry and I was young and I didnt know how to control all that rage because its not taught. Our history isnt taught even to some of us Natives. We arent taught, we are kept from it.

Learning how to channel her anger into something positive led her into her activism work. In 2015, with a friend, she visited the Maori people in New Zealand where she received her facial tattoos from a T moko practitioner.

They are markings of identification and belonging to a certain tribe or status and acknowledging who you were in that tribe and what accomplishments you made in your lifetime, Big Eagle said. In my nation, our markings were also able to help us pass over into the spirit world.

In most indigenous cultures, facial tattoos are a form of protection in life and in the afterlife.

Big Eagle had to search and search to see if the women in her tribe had facial markings.

I was being invited to receive my facial markings by the T moko practitioners but I didnt want to take it on until I knew it was something the women from our tribe did, she said.

Coming back to the United States, Big Eagle spoke with the T moko practitioners about the strength she would need reentering a society where facial markings are still taboo.

After coming back to the United States, she put a story out about why she got her facial markings and what they mean to her. Through that, she was contacted by a tattoo artist in Los Angeles to start learning the traditional art of hand poke tattoos.

One of the bigger things Big Eagle is known for is the tattoo design she created for the protest at Standing Rock.

Her tattoo design was inked into the skin of thousands of people who wanted to show support for the fight for water. Big Eagle offered the tattoo for free to anyone who wanted to receive it. People who received the tattoo were asked to donate to Frontline Water Protectors, the people out at Standing Rock standing up for the water.

The tattoo is centered around the Thunderbird, the bringer of rain. In her culture, when they hear the first thunders of the year, it signals the beginning of a new year and a blessing. The Thunderbird also offers protection and values high integrity, honesty, respect and dignity.

Without the Thunderbirds, we wouldnt have the water, she said.

Under the Thunderbird is a teepee, which represents the gathering place for the chiefs and honors the women, the bringers of life. Under the teepee is the river of life with seven dots inside, signifying the seven bands in the Great Sioux Nation.

Being so disconnected from my ancestry for so much of my life and realizing the power of it through the way my ancestors came in my dreams and reawakened me, Big Eagle explained. Part of my role in my work now and what I intend to do with my studio here is to help people reconnect with their own ancestry and at the same time with Mother Earth.

After reconnecting with her heritage, Big Eagle became an activist and water protector, which is what led her to being involved in the Standing Rock protests. She said being out on the reservation and standing up to protect their water brought her back to what life was like for her ancestors, living in a village and working together as a tribe.

Everybody had their role and everybody was helping each other, Big Eagle said. It was very people oriented and community oriented.

Now, Big Eagle opened up a hand poke tattoo shop in Fountain Square. But her space is more than a place for somebody to come get a tattoo, it is a meeting space. In front of her shop there are items sold made by indigenous creators. In the future, Big Eagle hopes to open the shop as a meeting space for people who want to learn more about their culture.

Her shop is open by appointment only for now and is located at 1339 Prospect Street in Fountain Square.

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2 transient men attempt citizen’s arrest over alleged crime, hit suspect with baseball bat – The Herald-Times08.23.21

Two men who claim a motorist tried to run them over attempted a citizen's arrest this month when they saw the man the next day, chased him down and hit him with a metal baseball bat as he tried to flee.

It's legal in Indiana for a person who witnesses a felony, or has reason to believe someone committed a felony, to subdue and "arrest" the suspect.

On Saturday, Aug. 7, two transient men riding bicycles near Walnut and Dodds streets saw a man they believed was the same person who, the night before, had tried to run over them with a car. They said the incident occurred along the B-Line Trail at a homeless encampment beneath a bridge on Grimes Lane.

The men did not call police to report the alleged crime, but took matters into their own hands the next day.

"They saw him, identified him and detained him in a citizen's arrest for attempted murder," Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo said.

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A police report filed in the case said the two men hit the alleged suspect with a black metal baseball bat, causing injuries to his leg. The man attempted to run awayand tried to get into a car that was passing by, the report said.

The 42-year-old transient man continued to run, and officers located him in the 700 block of South Washington Street. His leg wound was bleeding, but he refused medical help, and didn't want to press charges against the men who tried to detainhim.

Police learned the man, Robert Dustin Pittman, was wanted on warrants from Orange County on charges of theft, fraud and being a habitual criminal offender.

So a BPD officer arrested him on the warrantsand later also charged him with vehicle theft, four counts of theft and twocounts of unauthorized entry into a vehicle.

After investigating, police said they found probable cause that Pittman had stolen a white 2012 Honda Accord from the 3600 block of South Bainbridge Drive sometime between 8 p.m. Aug. 6 and 6:50 the morning of Aug. 7. Inside the car they also found items that had recently beenreported stolen from parked vehicles in Bloomington.

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The identification came in part from body camera footage from a BPD officer who stopped the car after a suspicious vehicle report. Thedrivertook off running and escaped arrest at that time.

The footage showed a distinct cross tattoo on the driver'sarm that matches a tattoo Pittman has, according to a report filed in the case.

Police said he was not charged in the alleged incident at the homeless camp because officers didn't find evidence at the sceneor proof Pittman was behind the wheel of the car the men said drove into the camp.

Pittman was released from jail on his own recognizance Aug. 10. A jury trial is scheduled for March 14.

In addition to felony offenses, Indiana law also allows a citizen's arrest for misdemeanor offenses where "a breach of peace is being committed in his presence and the arrest is necessary to prevent the continuance of the breach of peace."

The person making a citizen'sarrest is required, "as soon as practical," to notify police "and deliver custody of the person arrested to a law enforcement officer," the law states.

Then, "the law enforcement officer may process the arrested person as if the officer had arrested him."

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Who Runs The World? Kids. : Code Switch – NPR08.23.21


I'm Gene Demby, and you are listening to CODE SWITCH from NPR.


DEMBY: (Singing) I believe the children are the future.

All right, that's enough of my singing. Usually, that's the kind of thing that Shereen handles on the podcast, but it's just me today. So, you know, that's your bad luck. Anyway, in each of the last two years, we have set aside an episode of our podcast to bring y'all some of the best podcasts from young folks around the country. Those podcasts come to us from NPR's Student Podcast Challenge. For those of y'all who don't know, that challenge is where we ask young people to make a podcast and then send it in. And our judges - and Shereen is one of those judges, by the way - pick the winners. So our play cousins on the NPR Ed Team have now heard from more than 50,000 students from across the country - 50,000 - and from students in all 50 states. As you might guess - and relevant to our interests on CODE SWITCH - a whole lot of those young people are making podcasts about who they are or who they want to be and how they fit into the world. So today, we're doing it again. But this time, we're also going to hear from college students as well as the younger folks who usually participate. Here's a little taste.


LUCILLE BORNAND: Hi, I'm Lucille, and I have an important question for you. What do you think of when you hear the word slug?

UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT #1: You know, 1 in 6 Americans get sick from foodborne diseases each year. That could be us.

UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT #2: I wish my parents knew...

UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT #3: I wish my parents knew...

UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT #4: I wish my parents knew...

UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT #5: I wish my parents knew...

UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT #6: I wish my parents knew...

UNIDENTIFIED STUDENT #7: I wish my parents knew how to switch from HDMI one to HDMI two.

ASTRID JOHNSON: If you could change one thing about me, what would you change?

ZOURI JOHNSON: That you don't punch me (laughter).

A JOHNSON: Zouri, you can't say that. I don't punch you.

DEMBY: But it's not all cuteness and slugs. You got politics. You got racism. There's people grappling with these big, thorny questions about culture. Am I missing anything, Sequoia?

SEQUOIA CARRILLO, BYLINE: Lots of podcasts calling for no more homework. That is a big one.

DEMBY: Of course. Of course. You might remember Sequoia Carrillo. She's an editor with the NPR Ed Team. Welcome back to CODE SWITCH, Sequoia.

CARRILLO: Thanks for having me back.

DEMBY: So, Sequoia, you have spent I don't know how many months listening to hundreds of these podcast submissions, and I'm just really amped to hear what you're bringing us. Last year, I know I asked you how much time you spent listening to this podcasts, but since then, y'all decided to add college students to the contest. So I'm just, like, terrified as to how much time goes into listening to something like this.

CARRILLO: Really, I could not tell you how many hours I've spent listening to these podcasts but definitely weeks of my life, I would say. Don't get me wrong, the middle school and high school ones are all so cute and bring joy and, like, fresh perspective, all of these things. We'll get to them later. But the college ones have super high audio quality, really good storytelling, and adding them in was really easy, a no-brainer. For example, here's one from our college finalists called "A Tale Of Two Crawfish."

DEMBY: "A Tale Of Two Crawfish." OK. OK.

CARRILLO: Yep (laughter).

DEMBY: All right. I want to hear this.


BRIAN LE: I have a question. Do you like crawfish?





LE: And have you ever had Vietnamese Cajun crawfish?





LE: Interesting. Allow me to tell you a story, a story of two crawfish. There once was a crawfish. His name was Cajun, and he was born in an old town in Canada before moving to the city of New Orleans. Though he wasn't necessarily the most well-liked fellow in the city, Cajun was liked by other Acadians from Canada. He knew how to make food, and he made the best food he could and perfected his craft. Cajun spent years in the kitchen serving mostly Acadians until one fateful day when a local person from New Orleans sat themselves down, curious about what the commotion was about.

DEMBY: OK, so we have an Acadian Cajun crustacean.

CARRILLO: Yeah. So that's Brian Le from Emory University in Atlanta, and he brings us this winding story about two fictional crawfish in New Orleans.

DEMBY: OK, I'm very curious about where this is going, but OK, I'm with it so far. I'm with this.

CARRILLO: So Brian has these two crawfish, Cajun, who we just met, and Viet, who's also a transplant to New Orleans, but she's from Vietnam. She's amazing at fishing and also really great at cooking. But there's a problem.


LE: Viet was a sweet girl, but she was too darn good for the other fishermen to keep up. Everyone asked her because she was the fastest in the water and the cheapest on the books. Unfortunately, this meant that the local fishermen were out of a job, so they enlisted the help of their local Ku Klux Klan to scare Viet into hiding. And, boy, Viet was scared. They burned her boat. They burned her fish. And when she tried to stop them, they even burned her skin.

DEMBY: Wow. That is not where I thought that was going.

CARRILLO: No. And Brian tells this story so well because he starts off kind of with, like, the fun, fictional crawfish. And then by the time you get to the middle, you're like, oh, my God, this is so intense. And he does that on purpose because this story means a lot to him. And while tracking the origin of Vietnamese Cajun food, he was really just tracking Vietnamese immigration in the South. And it let him sit with his own identity as a Vietnamese American from the South. I got to talk to him about this over Zoom recently.

LE: Food is one of the main ways I connect with my culture because I think my parents lost a lot of the traditions and practices when they came over here because they wanted to make sure that I could assimilate. And the surefire way that I can have the most genuine, authentic connection with my grandparents, my family back home in Vietnam is through the food because I know that I'm eating what my grandparents are eating back home.

CARRILLO: So Brian grew up with a lot of traditional Vietnamese food, but also he grew up in Texas. So Vietnamese Cajun crawfish was kind of a perfect blend of cultures. When he was about 3 years old, his mom tried her hand at making it.

LE: For her, she was reconnecting with her culture through cooking. And I was just connecting with it as, like, a kid for the first time.

CARRILLO: But Brian says her crawfish recipe wasn't very good (laughter) until she visited The Boiling Crab in Texas. It's one of the only Vietnamese Cajun food chains in the country.

DEMBY: I've never had Vietnamese Cajun, but my spirit, my body is ready for Vietnamese Cajun. Sign me up.

CARRILLO: It sounds so good, and Brian's mom thought so, too. So when she finished her meal at The Boiling Crab, she went home and immediately tried to recreate the dish.

LE: She, like, memorized the taste, and then she like recreated the recipe at home. And she replicates it for us, like, probably like four or five times a year because it's just so delicious.

DEMBY: So she just cribbed it from the chain. OK. That's very impressive that she pulled it off.

CARRILLO: I wish I could do that. I wish I had that palate (laughter). And Brian said she only went back a couple times to make sure she got the flavors right. But now her recipe is so good that they don't really go anymore. He says it's buttery, garlicky...


CARRILLO: ...Pretty much everything you want from crawfish.

DEMBY: OK. First of all, that sounds ridiculous. I want all of this. But I'm thinking, OK, so this is about, you know, picking up tradition and passing it down. Right? Is Brian taking on any of the cooking himself these days?

CARRILLO: Not really. That's still his mom's thing, but he's kind of taken on a new role at the table.

LE: I've eaten it since I was 3, before I knew how to peel the crawfish. And now I'm, like, teaching my little brother and, like, the little young kids in my family to peel it as well.


DEMBY: So I just want to bring this story home. OK. So we have our Acadian Cajun crustacean and our Southeast Asian Cajun crustacean. How does this end?


LE: Vietnamese Cajun crawfish is very hard to find in New Orleans. The oppressive nature of traditional Cajun food leaves no room for innovation despite itself originating from innovation. You will see Vietnamese people making crawfish in the traditional Cajun style in New Orleans. But if you go anywhere beyond the walls, you will find Vietnamese Cajun food everywhere.


DEMBY: Now, Sequoia, I know our editor Leah Donnella was one of your judges this year.

CARRILLO: Yes, one of the best (laughter).

DEMBY: And she could not - OK. I mean, you don't have to say that 'cause she's listening. And I know she could not stop talking about her favorite podcast from this year's batch. I think it was about tattoos.

CARRILLO: Yes. This was one of my favorites, too. It was called "Teens And Ink," made by two high school students from Cicero, Ill., right outside Chicago. And they talked about teenagers getting tattoos.


JULIAN FAUSTO: All right, listeners. Listen. So I'm going to start off from the beginning. So basically, ever since I was younger, I knew since pre-K that I wanted tattoos.

ERIC GUADARRAMA: Whoa. For real? That long? Sorry to cut you off. But before you continue, who influenced you? From...

FAUSTO: A lot of people actually did, but I'm going to tell you main ones - rappers like Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, MGK. But the main influences actually came from WWE, wrestlers such as, you know, CM Punk.

GUADARRAMA: Continue your story.

FAUSTO: All right. So every year, I asked my mom for a tattoo as a birthday gift. And yes, I know that it is illegal since I wasn't even a teenager at the time. But I didn't know 'cause I remember seeing for a photo of Lil Wayne with tattoos. So long story short, after years - and I mean a lot of years - of asking for a tattoo, I finally got one for my 16th birthday.

CARRILLO: That was Julian Fausto and his cousin Eric Guadarrama. This year, Julian will be a senior in high school, and Eric will be a junior. But they've grown up together their whole lives. This podcast goes on to talk about the stigmas around tattoos and why some people even regret their tattoos. But don't get me wrong - Julian and Eric are very pro-tattoos (laughter). They try to give a balanced argument, but it's clear that their hearts are with tattoos. They love it. One big reason for this is that Julian is actually an artist himself, and he wants to draw all of his own tattoos and maybe even give them to other people one day. I talked to them about this recently at Julian's school.

When did you start drawing?

FAUSTO: Not to sound cringe-y (ph) or corny, but, like, since, like, Day 1 basically.

GUADARRAMA: Yeah. I used to draw, too.


GUADARRAMA: But then - but when I saw his drawings, I'm like, damn. I need to stop, bro. Like, I was good at drawing - you can even ask him (ph) - but not too good. Just looking at his stuff is like, damn, so amazed. Like - so I just focused on my own things.

CARRILLO: Eric is so proud of Julian. He kept pulling out his phone throughout the interview and showing pictures of original designs he'd drawn dating all the way back to when they were in middle school.

GUADARRAMA: So that's Bart Simpson. And then on my eyebrows, it says Chicago. Then I got a cross, and then after that, the heart beat thing. And on my, like, chest, I had the girlfriend that I was dating back in the - (laughter) we're not with her anymore. But - (laughter).

CARRILLO: They used to do this thing with deodorant and Sharpie. They'll explain it better than I can.

FAUSTO: There's a thing if - where you draw on a piece of paper with pin. And then you trace it from the back. And you put it on someone. But before you put it on them, you put deodorant. And you put it on them, and you put deodorant again. And it stays on them for a little bit.

DEMBY: So I'm actually interested in how they figured out this deodorant tattoo situation. Like, that seems very ingenious. But also, you walking around all week with a tattoo that smells like Degree or something. You know what I mean? It's, like, a very fragrant...

CARRILLO: (Laughter).

DEMBY: It's very fragrant body art.

CARRILLO: Totally. I think a lot of it was from the Internet.

DEMBY: Got you. OK. That makes sense.

CARRILLO: (Laughter) By the way, the reason that they started on this whole tattoo kick was actually their moms.

DEMBY: OK. (Laughter) That's not where I thought you were going with that.

FAUSTO: I looked up to people that have tattoos. So that made me want to get more. And my mom has tattoos. And everyone in my family has tattoos.

CARRILLO: Their moms are sisters. And they actually got their first tattoos together when they were 13. They were in a friend's basement. The guys love that story. But they really want professional-quality tattoos. So when Julian's 16th birthday rolled around, he wanted his tattoo to be perfect. He drew it himself. He researched this artist online. He drove to Indiana because Illinois, even with parental consent, you have to be 18 to get a tattoo. I mean, Julian really put in the work.

DEMBY: So they went to great lengths to get this tattoo. You know, to get these tattoos they wanted for a long time, they went to another state. I'm curious, like, what was the tattoo that he ended up getting?

CARRILLO: He has Chicago written on his forearm in a really cool font. And the I...

DEMBY: OK. But wait, you said that they're from Cicero. But, OK. OK. Anyway. Go ahead.

CARRILLO: (Laughter) Yes. And the I is dotted with the number 16 because he got it for his 16th birthday. And after he turns 18, it seems like he really wants to go all out with tattoos.

FAUSTO: Like, my goal by the end of college is to have my neck down. And then, I'm not getting my face. But I do plan to get something, like, behind ear or something along those lines.

CARRILLO: They're really expensive.


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During Peyton Manning's career, 24,963 boys and 27,466 girls were named Peyton.

INDIANAPOLIS In the decade of the 2000s, when Peyton Manning led the Indianapolis Colts to the best record in the NFL over that span, parents named 24,963 boys Peyton in the United States (according to the Social Security Administration). That name, spelled with an "e", was even more popular for girls, with 27,466 Peytons.

Across central Indiana, kids of all ages are named after mom and dad's favorite Colts quarterback. A bust of Peyton Manning will be unveiled at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction Sunday. The Peyton statue stands outside Lucas Oil Stadium. But perhaps more significant is the living tribute of so many people who carry his name.

Peyton Rodebeck

Pittsboro's Peyton Rodebeck might be the first in Indiana named after Peyton Manning. Her dad loves the Tennessee Volunteers and gave his daughter the name while Manning was still in college.

"It's an honor to be named after him, says Rodebeck, born Dec. 27, 1996. He's a great athlete and a great person in general, so I appreciate it."

Todd Miller said he and his wife were originally thinking about Jordan for their daughters name. But Miller says he thought that name was too popular. Manning being drafted by the Colts meant there would be many more Peytons in central Indiana in years to come.

"When he was just getting started with the Colts, I used to make her mad, Miller said. When he would have a bad game, we'd call her by her middle name."

"In church, people would be talking about Peyton just using the first name, Rodebeck recalled. Everybody knew who Peyton was. I was like, Well, that's me. Then I quickly realized they were not talking about me."

Peyton Clark

Peyton Clark from Ingalls, Indiana, came along July 1, 2000, before Manning's third season with the Colts. When Clark was just three or four years old, he got a photo with Manning at the Indianapolis International Airport. Manning was in a hurry and was hesitant to stop and pose for the photo. But he gladly obliged when he learned the little boy carried his name.

Clarks mother, Betsy Miller, described the photo that her son is not sure he was old enough to remember.

"His older cousin is standing in front of Peyton, Miller said. He's to the side of his cousin. And he's just kind of looking away, like doesn't even know what's going on. But (Manning) was very nice to stop and do that."

"Yeah, I can tell that I didn't know what was going on at the time, but it is definitely really cool to look back on, said Peyton, looking at the photo on his mothers smartphone. "He's got his throwing arm on me so that was pretty cool."

Peyton Tranbarger

Peyton Tranbarger was born Aug. 14, 2010, in Indianapolis - right before Peyton's last season actually playing for the Colts.

"I love the name, but everyone always spells it wrong, said Peyton, referring to many girls spelling Peyton with an a instead of an e.

Her dad is a Tennessee and Colts fan who was going to name his first born child Peyton with an e boy or girl.

"I have to use the word hero loosely as a sports figure, said Jerry Tranbarger. But, man, he really made Sundays fun. You always looked forward to it. He was an awesome guy in the community, never got in trouble."

His daughter has learned more about the man she is named after working on school projects.

"I remember he made a children's hospital and that he has a brother, said 10-year-old Peyton.

Two brothers, her father corrected.

Peyton Andrew Smith

Indy's Mary Smith shows her Colts devotion with a horseshoe tattoo on her shoulder. Then she named her son for two Colts quarterbacks. Her 6-year-olds first name is Peyton, middle name Andrew born Oct. 3, 2014, in the middle of Andrew Luck's best NFL season.

"Only certain people would get tattoos, Smith said. And I think he might be the only one that would be named after both of them. I mean, there's a lot of Peytons probably, right? Have you seen a Peyton Andrew? He might be the first and only."

Those four Peytons cover almost 18 years of passing on the name of the Colts number 18.

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