Ep. 2: Skin-Wearers

In today’s episode, Jack and J.J. explore skin-wearing, both literal and figurative.  We start with Ed Gein and clothing made from human skin.  Then we move on to flayed Aztec deities and the peculiar war-tokens on the ancient Scythians.  From here, we shrink down to check on ‘skin-wearing’ in the insect world, and then get figurative with internet catfish and female maskers.  We end with philosophical ramblings about the meaning and implications of skin-wearing.


Ed Gein, “The Plainfield Ghoul”

Big Nose George’s Shoes

The Chilean Girl Story

Xipe Totec

The Nine Books of the History of Herodotus: on Scythian Skin-napkins or Herodotus: On the Scythians 


Skin-Wearing in the Natural World

Figurative Skin-Wearing


Additional Resources:

Deviant: The Shocking Truth Story of Ed Gein, the Original Psycho by Harold Schechter

Ed Gein — Psycho by Paul Anthony Woods

Last Podcast on the Left: Episodes 172, 173, 174

Music used in this podcast:

Jimmy The Riffer (Nick Percev) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Expense Reports (Nick Jaina) / CC BY-NC 3.0
I’ll Become Everything (Nick Jaina) / CC BY-NC 3.0
Now Wakes the Sea/ The Billenium Sound (The Fucked Up Beat) / CC BY-SA 4.0

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