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ILYSM Ep. 32: Bart Willis on Austin’s evolving tattoo culture

Bart Willis, co-owner of Southside Tattoo, has spent more than 25 years learning the art, history and tradition of tattooing, but in the latest episode of "I Love You So Much: The Austin360 Podcast," he explained why there's always more to learn about the craft and more stories to hear from customers.

In a conversation with podcast co-hosts Addie Broyles and Omar L. Gallaga, Willis also shared observations about running a business on the ever-changing South Congress Avenue for the past 15 years, why Austin has such a strong tattoo culture and why hiring artists for a tattoo shop is like putting together a band.

Michelle Breyer, the co-founder of NaturallyCurly.com, former Statesman reporter and author of "The Curl Revolution," joined Addie to talk about the ups and downs of living with curly hair and how she and her co-founders have build a thriving community for the 65 percent of the American population with some kind of texture in their hair.

Austinite Peter Tsai published one of the early Austin food blogs, but these days, he mostly shares what he's cooking and eating at local restaurants through his Instagram account, @supertsai. Peter chatted with Omar and Addie about why having 99 Ranch Market and H-Mart, two of the country's largest Asian grocers, means so much to a mid-size city like Austin and just how far his family used to have to drive to buy groceries.

In our Toast segment, Omar recommended "Revolting Rhymes," a two-part special on Netflix based on poems by Roald Dahl that he says excels as much for its music as its visual storytelling. Austinite Jess Pryles has a new barbecue cookbook called, "Hardcore Carnivore," which Addie says is a must for anyone who loves to cook and eat meat. Co-host Tolly Moseley shared her love of "Call Me By Your Name," the Italian film about young love that has drawn Oscar nominations and international acclaim.

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