“The Digital Nomad Lifestyle: (Remote) Work/Leisure Balance, Privilege, and Constructed Community”


My latest article, “The Digital Nomad Lifestyle: (Remote) Work/Leisure Balance, Privilege, and Constructed Community,” was published in the International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure. You can read the full article at this link: https://rdcu.be/bdQxf

This paper overviews key concepts about the digital nomalifestyle, which is defined as the ability for individuals to work remotely from their laptop and use their freedom from
an office to travel the world. This concept has found a lifestyle movement that sells itself via personal blogs, Instagram feeds, in-person conferences, news features, and numerous e-books. Based on interviews with thirty-eight self-described nomads, this papeoverviews the digital nomad lifestyle around the themes of privilege, inequality, leisure, work, and community. Stebbins (International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, 14353, 2018) concept of serious leisure provides one theoretical perspective, in addition to other sociological theories of leisure, work, and community.

LA INK: Tattooing, gender, and the casual leisure of tattoo television.

3.jpgMy latest article, “LA INK: Tattooing, gender, and the casual leisure of tattoo television, has been published in the International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, online on 4 December 2018. You can download the article here: LA INK article or find it online at this link: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41978-018-00026-8


Tattooing has historically been associated with masculine subcultures. Therefore, men are often represented as tattoo artists—rarely women. LA Ink is the only reality tattoo television show that has a predominantly female cast. How does this representation impact women working in the tattoo industry—the object of the representation? Interviews were conducted with seventy women who are either tattoo collectors, tattoo artists, or both, and asked about their thoughts on the representation of women on tattoo television shows and the impact on the industry. Interviewees also provide insight on their experiences of being a heavily tattooed woman or artist. This article uses Robert Stebbins’ theoretical framework of ‘casual leisure’ to hypothesize that the target audience of LA Ink and other shows, is more likely casual tattoo collectors of both genders, less invested in the tattooing profession than artists or serious collectors. The article also uses feminist theory to understand the particular role of women working in the male dominated industry as well as the social differences for women when they become heavily tattooed, as compared to men.


Tattoo, Reality television, Casual leisure, LA Ink, Women, Gender 

Antigua, Guatemala

I made it to Antigua, Guatemala in October 2018 for my first trip to Central America. I rented an awesome Airbnb in the center of the small, tourist village, from which I could explore the central town as well as hang out on my rooftop deck and watch Fuego Volcano spewing hot lava at night. I hiked the Pacaya Volcano and witnessed hot, red lava rocks rolling down the side of the mountain. I visited the closest coffee farm to town and saw coffee plants for the first time, as I pursue my new hobby of coffee and espresso education. I visited the markets at Chichicastenango and my tour guide allowed me to watch his children perform in their Mayan dance practices. Check our more Flickr photos.