You may remember Inked magazine from the first four issues that were published in 2005 and 2006. I do. I picked it up thinking, finally, a magazine for guys who want their culture, music, style, and—of course—women with a little edge. A few months later, as luck would have it, I had the opportunity to take over the mag (sounds fucked up, but it’s true).
TOP ROW:Photographer may not have any tattoos, but he doesn't mind watching other people get inked. “The best part of photographing Mario Barth was listening to him tell stories and watching him work," says Leuner of his portrait shoot with the tattoo artist (page 32).
I was 21 when I got the tattoo on my chest. A guy named Steve Gatrost, in Louisville, KY, did it. I liked his graffiti style so I asked him to design something with traditional tattoo motifs, like sparrows and a sacred heart. The banners say “strength," “honor," and “straight edge."
The best thing about using a straight razor—other than the bad-ass factor—is that it won't get clogged with shaving cream. You can also lay it directly on the contours of your head, which makes it hard to miss spots. The Art of Shaving Straight Razor (theartofshaving.com) has a sharper edge than most razors because of its carbon steel, hollow-ground blade.
You're probably used to the way a traditional razor handles, so if you're a beginner this might be the way to go. Use your non-dominant hand as a guide, and try to shave without a mirror— the reverse image can throw off your game. The razor in the e-Shave T Stand Shaving Set (eshave.com) uses drugstore blades, but it looks a hell of a lot cooler in your bathroom.
Once you've committed to the look, invest in a razor that's designed specifically for the job. The Headblade uses regular blades loaded into a contraption that fits on your middle finger so you can stroke the razor over your scalp as if you were wiping away sweat. The Headblade Sport (headblade.com) has wheels to make the job even easier.
First, calling it product-in the singular, without an article-makes you sound like a pussy. Now that that’s settled, look for a shaving cream that’s slippery and not too thick, so it won’t clog your razor. You might also want an exfoliator, which you use to scrub your head before shaving (it removes dead skin cells so your hair stands away from your scalp and is easier to shave). Try the stuff from Ritual (yourritual.com), if only for the tagline: products for a better shit, shower, and shave experience.
Back in the day, guys with shaved heads were “monks or skinheads,” at least according to Headblade founder Todd Greene. But these days the demographics have changed significantly. Shaving your head will earn you membership in a club that includes men who want to show off their ink (like Load, pictured left), UFC fighters (less for opponents to grab), swimmers and triathletes (less drag), and guys who are embracing hair loss (uh, you can figure that one out).
STACKED DECKS: THE ART AND HISTORY OF EROTIC PLAYING CARDS, by The Rotenberg Collection: They've been banned; they've been collected; they’ve captivated the attention of many a teenager. Now all of those antique erotic playing cards have been bound together in this anthology that explores their metamorphosis and allure through the years.
The Boston lads come back to brawl on their sixth studio release, The Meanest of Times. The Murphys have kept up their swagger with whiskey-drenched sing-alongs and Irish folk-punk anthems, a signature style that evokes fist pumping and boot stomping whenever it's played. Produced by the band on their new vanity label, Born & Bred Records, The Meanest of Times features guest appearances by Spider Stacey of The Pogues and Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners, bringing together three generations of Irish folk bands.
It seemed as if the arrogant yet dapper Swedes had fallen off the radar since their last breakthrough album, Tyrannosaurus Hives. Little did everyone know, they were touring like crazy, collaborating with huge hip-hop stars, lending their tunes to commercials, and traveling all over the world to record their new album. Produced by Dennis Herring, of Modest Mouse and Elvis Costello fame, this album Is everything you've come to expect from the Hives, but bigger, louder, and with more big names behind it (Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Jacknife Lee to name a few).
Bruce Springsteen Magic
Bruce iis still the boss, of course, but something magical happens when the E Street Band is at his side. The aptly named Magic is a sonically driven, anthemic, and oftentimes romantic album echoing the giddy pop feeling of the very early recordings. Die-hard Boss fans will chant lovingly to the album's first single, “Radio Nowhere," and E Street rookies will be pleasantly surprised at just how meaty the rock and roll can be coming from tracks like “The Long Walk Home" and “Devil's Arcade." “Girls In Their Summer Clothes" has a gentle Pet Sounds, yearbook quality that has been Intricately roughed up in the way that only boys from Jersey could do it.
Deep in the heart of Brooklyn, a tumultuous, heavy, tortured-alley-cat sound bellows throughout the neighborhood. It is, of course, coming from the practice space of none other than Black Dice, and the sound must be a track from their fourth album, Load Blown. Released through Animal Collective's Paw Tracks records, Load Blown is a compilation of three 12-inch vinyl EPs that were released in the last two years. It is perhaps Dice's most palatable record, with songs often veering in the almostpop direction and more emphasis on composition than the improvisational noise of their past. However, the boys do not disappoint; Load Blown Is still far more abrasive, strange, and noisy than any other album released this year.
Avant-jazz pioneer Herbie Hancock reaches deep Into the poetry and music of his long-time friend and muse Joni Mitchell to create a genre-less and conversational album. Relying on the advice Hancock received from his mentor Mlles Davis to “never finish anything," the profoundly restless musician has always tried hls hand at new mediums, and River Is no exception. Mitchell sings her own child autobiography on “The Tea Leaf Prophecy," as Hancock provides a haunting score-like accompaniment. And, to make this noteworthy collaboration even more Important, the artists enlisted the help of some of the world's most prominent singers: Tina Turner, Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, Luciana Souza, and Leonard Cohen are just a few of the mighty voices lending their chords to Mitchell's prose, poetry, and songs.
Ministry The Last Sucker
AI Jourgensen and his Ministry call it quits with The Last Sucker. It's an abrupt end to a stellar career, as well as the fatal blow in Jourgensen's administration-attacking trilogy, succeeding Rio Grande Blood (2006) and House of the Mole (2004). The album that sends Ministry off Into retirement is proof that it's better to burn out than to fade away. The Last Sucker is an angry, thumping, propane-filled opus; seething lyrics and a brutal tone lace ten fast and furious compositions like a biting cover of The Doors classic “Roadhouse Blues" and the songs that stand as the grand finale, “End of Days Part One" and “End of Days Part Two." Jourgensen cast players including members of Slipknot, Rigor Mortis, Fear Factory, and Revolting Cocks to lend their own to the album and be at his side as he takes his closing bow .-Abigail Bruley
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With grain, water, and yeast you can make a killer bread or one of the most historic American libations: bourbon whiskey. Composed of at least 51 percent corn, the rest malted barley, rye, and/or wheat, some form of whiskey has been produced in Kentucky since 1774.
It's not just the clamor of hard-core Chevrolet Camaro fans reviving this splendid take on the '60s muscle car classic (even connoisseurs of the Hugger—thus nicknamed in 1969 for its road hugging prowess—remember all too well the 2002 35th Anniversary Edition, which was more molto-guido than motor-sport).
If a burgeoning arts scene, new architecture, and Currywurst—the local pork sausage-ketchup-curry concoction—aren't reasons enough to visit Berlin, this winter brings the 17th International Tattoo Convention to the Berlin Arena from December 7 through 9 (tattoo-convention.de).
“Getting the name of a loved one tattooed on you jinxes the relationship," says Eve Salvail. She should know. She had the name of a girlfriend tattooed three separate times—and each time they broke up, she had to get the name covered up again.
Mario Barth grew up in Austria, immigrating to the states in 1995 to set up his tattoo shop in New Jersey. “I started tattooing a long time ago. It chose me to do it," he says. “There was no scene at the time, it was all very underground. I had no financial interest in it, but then I realized I could make money out of it."
It's true a British accent makes anyone sound more interesting, but that's only part of what makes people want to listen to rapper Misfit Dior. She first got attention for starring on VH1's White Rapper Show (she was the only contestant good enough not to have to audition), but she's been rhyming since she was 12.
Considering most, if not all, of the songs from Eagles of Death Metal's first two albums are about screwing almost anything with a vagina, it's funny that lead singer Jesse Holmes never got laid until he met his wife. “Girls didn't want to have sex with me, and they had no problem letting me know.
Stuck in a house for months without television, music, or a phone is like solitary confinement. Add in flamenco-dancing Tyra Banks, vicious fashionista boys, and a gaggle of neurotic women and it becomes a surrealist nightmare. If you survive, you have what it takes to be America's Next Top Model.
Mike Jones is known for giving out his cell phone number, screen name, and e-mail address to fans, but, ironically, he can be a hard man to get in touch with. Some calls to him go straight to a busy signal, and once, while attempting to schedule this interview, his manager said he had just dropped his cell phone in a swimming pool.
“THERE’S A HUGE SNOW BLIZZARD. HOLY SHIT.” Michael Madsen is getting snowed in at his ranch in Montana. Married with six kids, I ask him if his entire family is with him. “Yes, except for my two older ones. They're 16 and 18, back in L.A. pumping pussy.
An exploration of “intimate messages etched in flesh”
Words have power. Words are precise and specific. That is one reason why so many of the newly tattooed choose to express their most deeply felt beliefs in the form of text. Words of devotion, words of defiance, words of pain, words of love—all are expressions of inner emotions made visible (and readable) on skin.
177 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA; 415-431-2100; blackhearttat toosf.com; Established: 2004; Artists: Scott Sylvia, Tim Lehi, Jeff Rassier, Nick Rodin, and Mike Lucena. When you ask Blackheart owner Scott Sylvia what sets his studio apart from the sea of shops in the Bay Area, you are likely to hear words like “established" and “tradition" somewhere in his response.
2113 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA; 415-776-0539; diamondclub firstname.lastname@example.org; Established: 1991; Artists: Bill and Juni Salmon, Nervio, and rotating guest artists. Run by Bill Salmon with Juni, his wife of 20 years, Diamond Club is anything but your average mom-and-pop shop.
Everlasting Tattoo; 813 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA; 415-928-6244; everlastingtattoo.com; Established: 1991; Artists: Mike Davis, Henry Lewis, Justin, Greg Rojas, and Nick Francis. “We are more or less the anti-shop shop," says Everlasting Tattoo’s Henry Lewis about this staple on the San Francisco tattoo scene.
3415 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA; 415-555-4297; Primalurgesf.com; Established: 2006; Artists: Grime, Marcus Pacheco, Yutaro Sakai, Phil Holt, Norm; Primal Urge proprietor Grime talks fast, but his work takes time; his website, grimemonster.com, informs visitors that the wait to get inked is currently a whopping three years.
Seventh Son Tattoo; 1017 Howard St., San Francisco, CA; 415-551-7SON; seventhsontattoo.com; Established: 2006; Artists: Erik Rieth, Jason Kundell, Luke Stewart, Orley Locquio, Joey Armstrong, and George Campise. Seventh Son might be the best amalgamation of all San Francisco's tattoo scene has to offer.
Tattoo City; 700 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA; 415-345-9437; tat toocitysf.com; Established: 1991; Artists: Ed Hardy, Kahlil Rintye, Mary Joy, Clifton Carter, and Fip Buchanan. Co-owned and operated by venerable artists Ed Hardy and Fip Buchanan, Tattoo City, in the heart of the historic North Beach area, is at the apex of the tattoo world.
NAME: Julia Kilduff D.O.B.: 5-3-84 HOMETOWN: Philadelphia OCCUPATION: artist and tattoo artist; juliakilduff.com “My favorite tattoo is the girl on my right foot. I was in love with the man who did it, but she’s faded now, much like the relationship.