Top Row: Photographer Ellen Stagg set up shop in her home for this month's shoot with racecar driver Chica Loca ("Inked People," page 44). "Everything went smoothly, besides people being allergic to my cat," she explains. Stagg has six tattoos, including a purple Corazón de Sangria on her inner right arm, a purple and pink cobra on her left foot, a green rattlesnake on her right foot, and a large golden eagle on her lower back.
Because the INKED staff is made up of New Yorkers, we don't drive much. Owning a bicycle in Brooklyn is hard enough. A car? Forget about it. Instead, we're stuck shoving through crowds, cramming on to subways, and trying not to puke in the back of cabs (that would be me).
HIGH ROLLER INKED is the best tattoo mag! I just got my first tattoo from Mister Cartoon [above left]. Who else to do a clown? He also painted my wheelchair [above right], I'm a medical marijuana smoker. I was in a drinking-and-driving accident when I was 15 and I'm paralyzed from my armpits down.
NAME: Sandy Lakdar OCCUPATION: actress, director, writer HOMETOWN: Paris I don't remember the name of the artist who did my first tattoo, but it was at a shop in Besançon, France. He did a red and black pentagram well below my navel. Now, getting a tattoo is kind of like a drug to me.
Irish whiskey goes down smooth any time of year, green shirt or not.
Wait a feckin' second—it's not St. Patrick's Day. And hell, it's not even March. So why are we talking about Ireland's delicious brown liquid? Because the Irish "water of life" isn't just for the days when you wear a plastic green bowler hat and try to pronounce "shillelagh" after drinking too many car bombs.
KING KHAN AND THE SHRINES The Supreme Genius of King Khan and The Shrines [Vice] Wig-wearing rock 'n' roll nut job King Khan is a true international mess. The Montreal musician spent time in a few bands before landing in Berlin, forming the nine-piece soul freak-out The Shrines, and flooding the globe with fuzzed-out rock.
Platform: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 The Force is with this classic fighting game. To spice up the action, the latest installment of Soulcalibur comes injected with a heavy dose of Star Wars; PlayStation 3 owners can wield the deadly powers of Darth Vader, while Xbox 360 owners get access to the little green badass Yoda.
The history of pinstriping stretches back in one long, straight, hand-painted line all the way to horse-drawn carriages and further back in time to cave walls. What's certain is this: You can't talk about pinstriping without hearing the name Kenny Howard, best known as Von Dutch.
The Workshop of Filthy Creation: The Art of Johnny Ace Studios
Artist Johnny Ace worked alongside hot rod icon Big Daddy Roth for more than 20 years, cranking out weirdo art and eventually earning the title "Official Rat Fink Artist." The Workshop of Filthy Creation: The Art of Johnny Ace Studios ($19.95, darkhorse.com) collects the toys, posters, skateboards, and other artwork created by Ace and his wife, Kali Verra. It's an inside look at the work of a lowbrow master.
AC/DC edition half-helmet
When your noggin' hits the pavement at 60 mph it doesn't matter what the helmet looks like. Still, we'd rather have Angus Young and gang protecting our skull on the next spill. This AC/DC edition half-helmet ($170, rockhard helmets. com) is Department of Transportation approved, meaning it's strong enough to protect your brain on any highway to hell. It's also available in Slayer, KISS, and Lynyrd Skynyrd editions.
The Dark Art of Automobiles
Most artists harbor a hard core fetish for two subjects: human bodies and motor vehicles. Curator Les Ba rany assembled a traveling exhibition of the best art that combines the two, often in twisted and perverse ways. Now released in book form, Carnivora: The Dark Art of Automobiles ($29.95, baranybooks.com) collects art from the show, including pieces by Coop, H.R. Giger, Robert Williams, Guy Aitchi son, and Jason D'Aquino.
UNKL's tiny UniPo vinyl figures have popped out in every form from demons to astronauts, and there's even one based on loud rock legends the Melvins. The lat est are the Speed Demons ($7.50 each, unklbrand. com), which are rumored to have been spawned after UNKL owners attended a NASCAR race. The series includes four figures: three helmetand jumpsuit-clad drivers and one angry cop per with a killer mustache.
There are more touchscreen cell phones to get your greasy fingers on than just the iPhone. The Samsung Glyde ($299, samsung. com) features a 2.8-inch touchscreen for launching applications, browsing the web, locating contacts, and controlling the 2.0-megapixel camera/camcorder with flash. When it's e-mail, instant message, or text message time, slide out the OWERTY keyboard and put those thumbs to use.
MONSTER MASH BRAIN BUCKET AUTO EROTIC FAST & FURIOUS TOUCH & GO
Steve McQueen nailed the concept of cool in the 1968 film Bu!Iitt with his portrayal of Frank Bullitt, a San Francisco police lieutenant who floors a souped-up Ford Mustang through one of the most exciting cinematic chase scenes in his tory (and makes turtlenecks with sport coats cool in the process).
A drive down Spain's eastern coast is a winding road trip through a bit of everything, from historical castles and wildflower fields to chic hotels and nude beaches. Plan a September road trip along the coast from Valencia to Peñíscola and you'll get to experience it all, including the Castellón Tattoo Convention, which takes place September 5-7.
Ten years ago, when tattooer Horitaka traveled to Japan and sought out tattoo master Horiyoshi III with hopes of starting a back piece, he had no idea what he was truly beginning. "I wanted him to do my back piece, which is now finally completed, and we just hit it off," Horitaka explains.
"It's scary." That's how Bradley Farrell, filmmaker, tattoo artist, and CEO of the social networking site eCirkit, describes what it's like to drive his matte black Ferrari 360 Modena on the track. "Even if you drive really well on the road, it's a totally different feel on the track, especially when you're throwing around a $150,000 car.
Most artists are inspired by art they love, but it was a particularly bad backyard show by a Los Angeles punk group that spurred singer Liza Graves to form a band. "I went home and started my own band because I was so disappointed," Graves remembers.
Rachel Larratt, also known as Chica Loca, takes a hair-pin turn at 129 miles per hour in her 2006 Lotus Elise and finds that the preceding evening's rain has washed away a large chunk of the stretch of Mexican roadway where she's been racing.
Sex sensation Tila Tequila mixed Jell-0 wrestling, catfights, tattoos, and blowup dolls into an explosive cocktail of entertainment, all in the name of love.
While you're reading this, Tila Tequila is taking over the world. Since rocketing into the libidos of men and women everywhere with her saucy MySpace photos, the pintsized model has created an entire industry based on her sex-icon status.
Video may have killed the radio star, but reality TV has downright annihilated the reputation and cred of more than a rising luminary or two. That could have been the story of West Coast Customs, but the California-based powerhouse of builds, which first became a household name from Pimp My Ride, has worked to reposition itself as a no-nonsense center of automotive customization.
He's a former Navy spy, a medicinal marijuana smoker, and a tattoo enthusiast. Meet the other side of the daytime television king.
Take one look at the half-sleeves blanketing both of his upper arms and it's clear Montel Williams lives up to his talk show's slogan, "There's More to Montel." Who would have ever guessed that underneath those neatly pressed shirts, this fixture of daytime jibber jabber is hiding intricate ink murals by the likes of the legendary Zulu from Zulu Tattoo?
When it comes to saving animals, the men of Rescue Ink have the bark and the bite to back it up.
THREE DAYS HAD PASSED SINCIE CLARA, A 3-YIEAR-OLD ENGLISH bulldog, was stolen outside a grocery store in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. The NYPD followed a few leads, but in a city with nearly 500 homicides a year, a missing dog was not exactly at the top of the local police blotter.
Locked up with MS-13, one of the world's most notorious street gangs.
In 2005, photographer Tom Bauer traveled to El Salvador to photograph members of the MS-13 street gang. Working with the makers of the MS-13 documentary Hijos de la Guerra ("Children of the War"), Bauer and his crew bribed their way into two prisons reserved solely for members of the gang.
"Whether it's drawing, painting, or tattooing, I just want to be in a studio where artists can make art." -Phil Holt, Red Letter1 1510 E. 8th Ave., Tampa, FL 813-2141-21435 redletterl.com If you're into neon signs and lots of flash on the walls, then there are plenty of tattoo shops to choose from on the streets of Florida.
In order to bring you the finest tattoo magazine on the planet, we spend countless hours in a dark office, staring at computer screens, ordering bad takeout, and fighting over the stereo (sample argument: Tears for Fears or In Flames?). We broke free long enough to throw a party celebrating our May music issue and the opening of the New York City Tattoo Convention.
Tattooers from around the globe descended on Manhattan for the 11 th Annual New York City Tattoo Convention. Local crews such as Last Rites, New York Adorned, Daredevil Tattoo, Lotus Tattoo, and others set up shop alongside tattooers from Belgium, Taiwan, Japan, and Germany.
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington took a break from touring to celebrate the 13th Anniversary of Club Tattoo, a chain of shops he co-owns in Arizona. The party went down May 10 at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe, AZ, and featured performances by Julien-K, the Delta Fiasco, Comfort for Change, and the unveiling of Bennington's new side-project Dead by Sunrise.
New York Adorned, 147 Second Ave., New York, NY, 212-1473-0007, nyadorned.com Tattoo Artist Yoni Zilber was born and raised in Israel, where he started his career in ink nearly 10 years ago. "I apprenticed with Avi Vanunu," Zibler explains.