Vanishing Ink Ep. No. 4

Stripped and taped together like the music fanzines of a bygone era, Vanishing Ink is a modern tribute to punk culture and radio. It’s a podcast. It’s a fanzine. It’s a DIY culture assault. And it's only avaliable via free subscription. Is this your first time here? Catch up.

Episode 4 Show Notes 

Punk & Politics: Dispatch from DC

Side A

What is Punk? by Allyson McCabe

Side B

The DC Punk Archive, Allyson's interview with Michele Casto

Bad Saint/Pinoy Punk, Allyson's interview with Nick Pimentel

Photos by Brendan McCabe





Michele Casto is a Special Collections Librarian in Washingtoniana, DC Public Library’s local history room. Her local history projects include managing photo reference, teaching house history workshops and co-founding the popular Know Your Neighborhood program series, but her ultimate dream project has been to combine a love of music and local history as co-founder of the DC Punk Archive


Nick Pimentel has extensive experience doing graphic design and visual branding for some of DC’s favorite restaurants and bars, including Columbia Room, Hogo, El Chucho Cocina Superior, Looking Glass Lounge and The Passenger.  You can see examples of his handiwork at Room 11, Petworth Citizen, and Crane & Turtle.

Nick is also a partner in Room 11, a neighborhood wine bar and restaurant, recognized as one of the Best New Bars in the U.S. by Food & Wine Magazine. He co-owns Bad Saint, voted one of the Best New Restaurant in the U.S. by Bon Appetit, with his business partner Geneieve. Nick manages Bad Saint’s visual identity – from interior design to menus to social media.


Brendan McCabe is a freelance photographer and photo editor in Washington, DC. He took the photos of the tape machine and record sleeve that appeared in our newsletter, and the show flyer that appears below!

Brendan was the Photography Editor at Smithsonian magazine for 11 years. Before joining Smithsonian, he was a photo editor for the Associated Press in its New York City headquarters and worked at National Geographic magazine in Washington, DC. 


Brendan holds a MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts  and a BA in History from Georgetown University. He also currently serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve. 


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