Top row: “How is your life going to change after you get the New England Patriots helmet tattooed over your entire head?” is a question writer Cory Jones thought he would never ask. Then he posed the question to New Hampshire resident Vic Thompson for this month's look at sports tattoo obsessions (“Balls Out," page 62).
There are a few things you should know about my devotion to the Chicago Bears. I can sing “Bear Down, Chicago Bears” on cue. During football season, I carry a press-on mustache and aviator glasses just in case I need to do my impression of Mike Ditka.
Thank you so much for your article on Tila Tequila [“180 Proof," August], She never looked sexier! I'm sure you'll receive a few letters saying that she has no talent, but I don't care. I think she's fun, and A Shot at Love is hilarious.
NAME: Ramona Sidlo OCCUPATION: talent manager HOMETOWN: New York City, NY I got my first tattoo in St. Louis. It’s two footprints on my back that I used to have some cheesy saying about that I would tell people. I can’t remember the saying. I’m not even sure my parents knew about that one.
Bartender Lisa Hare shows off the new way to remix the classics.
If you spend as much time in bars as you should, you've probably noticed a change in what people are drinking. While everyone still loves a nice cold one and a shot of Jack, there's been a resurgence in the cocktail. Classics like the Manhattan and martini will always be tipple-sipping stalwarts, but the new era of cocktails is being ushered in by neverbefore-heard-of ingredients like cinnamon oil, honey syrup, and something called creole shrub.
[Columbia] AC/DC guitarist Angus Young once said, “I'm sick to death of people saying we’ve made 11 albums that all sound the same. If fact, we've made 12 albums that all sound the same." Amen. For their 16th album, the gang lay down the brutish, stick-out-yourchin rock that they've been cranking since Bon Scott was above ground: meat-cleaver riffs, thundering drums, and Brian Johnson's gritty wail. They flex on “Spoilin’ for a Fight" (sure to be a UFC anthem) and get sweaty on “Anything Goes," which shows a bluesier side of Johnson. Add four songs about “rock" (bringing the total in their catalog to around 100), and AC/DC show they still rock. For that, we salute them.
HANK WILLIAMS III Damn Right Rebel Proud
[Sidewalk] As the son of Hank Williams Jr. and the grandson of Hank Williams, Hank III was born with big cowboy boots to fill. Instead, he embraced the rebel side of his roots, flipped the finger to Nashville, jammed with Pantera, and wrote songs that make Toby Keith sound like a sissy. On his latest, Hank III plays an updated version of his granddad's music. But where Hank I sang about “Lovesick Blues," Hank III croons, “I'm all messed up and driving around town/ My old trick done had to kick my ass out." Later, he fires off a tribute to punker GG Allin (“P.F.F.") and gets loaded (“6 Pack of Beer"). But it's high lonesome tracks such as “I Wish I Knew" and “Stoned and Alone" that show his roots.
THE STREETS Everything is Borrowed
[Vice] Success has served Mike Skinner well. The UK MC’s early rhymes were rugged looks at pub life with all the grit of punch-ups, drug binges, and police run-ins. Four albums and an Aston Martin later, Mr. Skinner sounds absolutely sunny. The swinging beat and pumping synth of the title track bounces as Skinner sing-songs, “I came to this world with nothing/l leave this world with love," and he sounds downright Partridge Family on “Heaven for the Weather." Later, he airs his environmental concerns over the noisy guitar riff of “The Way of the Dodo." Thankfully, he's back at the booze on “The Sherry End," joking with friends, talking smack, and reminding us why he's one of the most original MCs on either side of the pond.
THE CLASH Live at Shea Stadium
[Legacy] Diehard fans of The Clash would argue that every show the band ever played was legendary, but among them are a handful of particularly incendiary performances where they proved that they really were the Only Band That Matters. This opening slot for the Who, knocked out in the pouring rain at Shea Stadium in '82, has long been praised as Joe Strummer and Co. in top form. On this first official record of the Shea showdown, the Clash stomp through “Police on My Back" (with Strummer snarling at the crowd to shut up and “stop yakking”), “Career Opportunities," and a booming version of “Clampdown." It's a document of the best band at their best.
PORTUGAL THE MAN Censored Colors
[Equal Vision] Portugal the Man came out of nowhere to become one of the most buzzedabout bands last year. Formed in Alaska, the group relocated to Portland, OR, where their spacey jams sprawled out even further. Like lush, melodic My Morning Jacket, Portugal slide through rhythms from neo-soul to reggae. The thread is frontman John Baldwin Gourley's falsetto, which weaves around fuzzed-out guitars, howling cello, and barroom piano. “New Orleans" lurches along with a trumpet and overblown guitar, while the five-minute “And I" builds from organ to a Crazy Horse guitar freakout. Then the simple strum of “1989" shows Portugal can weird out and bring it back in.
TV ON THE RADIO Dear Science
[Interscope] While critics and fans overanalyze TV on the Radio's trippy postpunk sound, the truth is the Brooklyn group is, at the core, a damn good dance band. On their latest, the beats thump while guitarist Kyp Malone trades chickenscratch riffs with pumping horns on the ass-shakin' “Red Dress." On “Dancing Choose," singer Tunde Adebimpe starts with a Chuck D-style rant about the media before throwing down on Axl Rose and American Apparel. Throughout the album, keyboards chime, guitars buzz, and Adebimpe's voice sails, whether it's an atmospheric jam (“Stork & Owl) or a funked-up rhythm (“Golden Age"). It's the best bits of R&B and funk, chopped up, and crammed through a noisy postpunk filter. Don't over think it.
AXE DARK TEMPTATION BODY SPRAY ($5, at drugstores) Suspend judgment on the name and take a whiff of this complex new scent. It's an inviting mix of chocolate (Axe found 70 percent of women find the stuff irresistible), amber, and red peppercorn.
MOLTON BROWN CASSIA ENERGY SPORT BODY SPRAY
MOLTON BROWN CASSIA ENERGY SPORT BODY SPRAY ($36, moltonbrown.com) This scent is based on cassia extract, which smells like a cross between Christmas trees and Big Red gum. Sounds bracing, but it's tempered with citrus and rosemary, so it ends up crisp and sporty.
OLD SPICE AQUA REEF DEODORANT BODY SPRAY
OLD SPICE AQUA REEF DEODORANT BODY SPRAY ($5, at drugstores) If air conditioning and a gin and tonic appeal to you more than a fireplace and a tumbler of Scotch, you'll like this cool marine scent. You can also get the matching deodorant and shower gel.
TAG SPIN IT BODY SPRAY
TAG SPIN IT BODY SPRAY ($5, at drugstores) This fresh, unassuming blend makes you smell like you just showered off in a locker room at some high-class sailing club. But don't get carried away—it does not actually replace a shower.
If you've ever been downwind of a guy who went trigger happy with his cologne, you probably associate men's fragrance with dance clubs, gelled hair, and untucked button-down shirts. But if everyone applied fragrance properly (read sparingly), you wouldn't be as wary of spraying things on yourself.
For 15 years, fashion geeks have been lining up to buy kicks and clothing from Tokyo designer Nigo's label A Bathing Ape. The company helped define modern streetwear (Rule One: Make everything limited edition) and along the way expanded into a hotel, a café, and a record label. This 368-page A Bathing Ape book ($60, bape.com) collects classic designs, photos of BAPE boutiques, and iconic images of fans such as Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. Plus, it comes in three different colors of the infamous BAPE camo print, so you can collect them all. Of course.
We're not ready to ditch our belt buckle collection, either, but there's something cool about a buckleless belt The Elt belt by Icelandic design company Sruli Recht ($95, srulirecht. com) uses interlocking teeth to hold up your trousers. The leather belt's interlocking teeth are cut with precision water jets and lay flat when fastened. The Elt is available in ash, bone, flesh, and rust colors. Now you can breeze through airport security without having to hold your pants up while you wait for your belt to come through the X-ray machine.
A decent candle can cover up the lingering scent of dirty laundry or last night's party and still look cool on a shelf. D.L. & Co. makes killer candles with scents like Salem, Opium Den, Boston Tea Party, and Speak Easy that give off scents such as hickory, gunpowder, pipe tobacco, and cotton leaves. Our favorite is the Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead" edition ($55, dlcompany. com), a deep-red candle that gives off an aroma of marigolds and frankincense. Light it up the next time she's on the way over and you don't want to get off the couch to clean up.
Zombie Strippers DVD
The best movie collections include plenty of zombies and porn, with the Zombie Strippers DVD ($25, amazon.com) stuffed in between. When a government experiment goes haywire and a deadly virus is unleashed on a Nebraska nudie club, stripper Kat (Jenna Jameson) is turned into a brain-eating pole dancer. Club owner Ian (Robert Englund) realizes that zombified strippers are a better draw, and soon the entire staff is going undead and chomping on customers in the champagne room. We always wondered what went on back there.
American Hardcore Music
Bookstore shelves are filled with photo books designed to make old punkers weepy for the golden age. The authors of Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music ($29.95, radiosilencebook .com) dragged out more than old photos. They raided the closets of Youth of Today, Suicidal Tendencies, and others and photographed their vintage jackets, T-shirts, flyers, and stickers. Old letters from legends like Kevin Seconds and Glenn Danzig show that they were once just kids building a scene one show at a time.
[Bethesda] Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PC If Fallout 3 is any indicator, maybe our pending nuclear apocalypse won't be so bad. When we finally leave our bunkers, we'll get to decapitate mutants, and there won't be a suburb or a Starbucks in sight. The story-driven action RPG takes place 200 years after a nuclear war has melted down the fabric of American life. When your father, a renowned scientist voiced by Liam Neeson, leaves the vault for the wasteland once known as Washington, D.C., you set out to track him down. Along the way, you'll find survivors, mutated beasts, rogue armies, and the occasional leftover nuke just begging for detonation. Fallout 3 plays like Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion injected with guns. Play the hero and save the meek or skip the charity missions to kick some ass. We suggest you detonate the nuke.
[Sony] Platform: PS3 The concept of this quirky title is simple: Give a Mario-style game a hand-sewn makeover and allow up to four people to play at once. Each player can customize a Sackboy or Sackgirl with thousands of clothing options from capes to cardboard boxes. As players complete levels and collect the “Fluff" spread throughout the environment, they unlock new objects and items that can be used to design their own levels. While the game includes more than 50 levels, LittleBigPlanet's real draw is the endless pool of user-made levels that will be available for download. As players create new levels, they can upload and share with other gamers. Screw it. With this many free levels, who needs sequels?
Rock Band 2
[Harmonix] Platform: Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, Wii If you're one of the last Americans who still plays a real guitar instead of strapping on a plastic ax and pretending to be Hendrix, congratulations. For the rest of us unskilled musicians, Rock Band is as close as we get to feeling the satisfaction of nailing that killer riff or wailing vocals in front of a backing band. For the second tour, Harmonix delivers a tour bus full of killer songs, including a great mix of indie rockers (Dinosaur Jr., Jane's Addiction, The Replacements), hard rockers (AC/DC, Alice in Chains, Megadeth), and classic rockers (Bob Dylan, Allman Brothers, the Who). Owners of the original game can also import every tune from the first disc and all of their downloadable songs to create the ultimate set list of rock anthems.
Gears of War 2
[Epic] Platform: Xbox 360 The first Gears of War laid down a volatile mix of shotguns and chain saws strong enough to put hair on Clay Aiken's chest. This time, 'roid-raging soldier Marcus Fenix is on the offensive. Sick of fending off attacks from the Locust armies, Fenix and his crew leave their crumbling cities and drill underground to face the invaders head-on with upgraded weapons and moves. (Try using a dead Locust as a shield!) Gears is really about multiplayer action, and this sequel includes three new multiplayer modes and a five-player co-op standoff where you and your comrades must fend off waves of Locust soldiers. Don't be the sucker who strays from the pack. It won't end well. —Matt Bertz
“I enjoy the act of cutting," says Chris Bourke of his current infatuation, lino-printing. Reproduced on boards, bikes, and buttons, Bourke's prints blend the darkness of Albrecht Dürer with the trippyness of Frida Kahlo. Just don't call him an artist.
For Volkswagen’s new racer, the company took its lovable Rabbit/GTI and pumped it full of muscle. Released as the new VW R32, the two-door coupe hotshot is a limited edition of 5,000. It’s loaded with a fearsome new narrow-angle 3.2-liter, six-cylinder engine that dishes out 250 horsepower and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. The R32 handles all that raw power gracefully, thanks to the surefooted 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD) system and a standard electronic stability system. Unlike offroad four-wheel drive, which sends power to the four wheels continuously, this sophisticated AWD uses sensors to read the road, the car’s velocity, and other factors to decide which of the wheels gets power when. To balance it all, the car makes the most of its low-wide stance like a muscular Rottweiler—or a steroid-pumped rabbit.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Think of the Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution X as a rambunctious kid that needs a strong hand. The small car (just 177 inches long, 71.3 inches wide, with a 104.3-inch wheelbase) comes packed with an all-new turbo 2-liter, four-cylinder aluminum engine with 291 horsepower and 0-to-60 mph acceleration in a searing 5 seconds, which makes flooring one feel like riding a rocket. To tweak performance even further, engineers loaded this edition with the new MIVEC variable intake and exhaust -valve timing and a new turbocharger. Because of its tiny size and massive power ratio, the Evo demands to be driven with undivided attention and a strong grip. Don’t be afraid to bully it around.
Subaru Impreza WRX STI
The hunter-killer of this class of small but powerful automotive predators is without a doubt the Subaru WRX STI. The WRX STI is already an icon among tuner fans for its quickness, agility, and all-wheel-drive prowess. The newest edition is a five-door hatchback, despite the howls of aging tuner kids who prefer the undercover look of the dull little sedan. Under the hood hides an updated 2.5-liter H-4 flat-four that hits a staggering 305 horsepower with added pickup from a new variable-valve timing system and the IHI turbocharger system. The short-throw 6-speed manual transmission is smooth, clean, and durable enough to handle the massive 300 pounds of torque per square inch. Hit the streets and let the hunt for competition begin.
We're all starting to do the right thing by dumping gas-chugging SUVs, but is it for all the wrong reasons? Sure, making the switch helps the environment, but these days, driving an overpowered little monster is as fashionable as it is noble.
If the unbelievable geography, waterfront restaurants, and nearby vineyards aren't reason enough to visit Cape Town, South Africa, consider this news from Damian McGrath, the founder of tattoos.com: “Tattooing down there is sort of what tattooing was like 15 to 20 years ago in North America.
The explosion of tattooed, pierced, and otherwise modified models can be traced back to one Portland, Oregon, woman who was fed up with “siliconeenhanced Barbie dolls." Using her prior experience on the Web and the camera skills she learned in art school, Selena Moody (now known as Missy Suicide) snapped photos of her friends in pinup-style poses and worked with her friend and former boyfriend Sean Suhl to set up Suicidegirls.com as a place to post these sexy photo sets.
Two years had passed since Brandan Schieppati got his last tattoo—a silhouette on his side of Rocky Balboa—and Bleeding Through's acerbic singer didn't have any immediate plans to get more ink. Then, in early June, a phone call with his manager about the band's upcoming European tour left him rankled.
Born in the spit and blood of the mixed-marital-arts world, Tapout clothing is the uniform for guys who are (or at least want to look) tough. The MMA world was still in its relative infancy in the United States when Tapout was launched in 1997 as the brainchild of Charles Lewis Jr., better known as Mask for his trademark face paint.
Joseph Ari Aloi has been known in the tattooing world for 14 years as JK5, although few stop to ask what's behind the initials, instead focusing on his trippy custom work that rocks the collars, hands, and bellies of Williamsburg, Brooklyn—home to Saved Tattoo, where he's been tattooing for the past two years.
Pit bull attacks, rumored pornos, Uncle Vito's arrest, Steve-O's rehab, wild lawsuits, dick tattoos, and Jessica Simpson. Even secured in his Pennsylvania compound, Jackass general Bam Margera isn't safe from his own wild world.
You can’t help but tip your hat to Bam Margera. While other jackasses might be content telling the same joke over and over, Bam has left the shopping carts behind and parlayed his stupidity into a record label, a straight-to-DVD comedy empire, a rock ‘n’ roll bar, and a wife who, we’re sure he would agree, is too hot for the likes of him.
Every athlete has a story Most of them tell it on the field or on the court or on the ice. Others tell it on their skin.
DARREN MCCARTY DETROIT RED WINGS
TYLER JOHNSON ST. LOUIS CARDINALS
DEANNA NOLAN DETROIT SHOCK
BRENDAN WITT NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Sports and tattoos. Two obsessions that can tell the world who you are and where you’re from. For the fans with tattoos of their favorite teams [see “Balls Out,” page 62], their ink is way to let people know who they’re cheering. For the athletes who play tattoos are a way to stand out in a sea of uniforms and regulations.
While painting your face and holding up a sign might have passed for fan obsession in years past, there’s a new level of fan in the stands today. Face paint comes off after the last whistle blows, but the ink on these fans is going to be there long after the season goes down the tubes.
VICTOR “THE PATRIOT” THOMPSON
KEVIN MCCARTHY JR.
Los Angeles Dodgers Fan, Owner, True Blue Tattoo, Los Angeles, CA Do you give discounts to people who want Dodger tattoos? We have something called Dodger Day once a month where we give away free Dodgers tattoos. One size is free, and you can get bigger Dodgers tattoos at huge discounts.
Amanda Beard has swam in the Olympics four times, dissed Michael Phelps, and been tattooed on LA Ink. Now back from Beijing, she's ready to dive in to life outside of the pool.
michael Phelps is boring. Sure, he's one of the greatest swimmers ever, but where's his personality? His ego? His edge? In the interviews after the Olympics, all he could do was stick to the script: He thanked his team. He thanked his mom.
The comedian and 30 Rock star talks Tina Fey, tattoos, cracking up God, and how getting inked gets him, um, aroused.
Tracy Morgan isn’t shy. Anyone who’s caught him on a talk show knows he’s as quick to strip down as he is to declare his intentions to impregnate half of the audience. (A quick YouTube search will yield plenty of results, especially with the keywords “Tracy Morgan is wasted”).
Bikes, guns, tattoos, broken bones, best friends, and feuds. The uncensored history of the Metal Mulisha, the most badass unit in freestyle motocross.
In the early '90s, a group of motocross racers gave Brian Deegan, founding member of Metal Mulisha: I grew up in Omaha, racing dirt bikes since the age of 10. I raced through the amateur circuits and won championships. I ended up going out to California when I graduated high school.
Even on the crowded subways and streets, the tattooed women of the Big Apple stand out. We threw open our doors and invited them to show off their ink, and they arrived with tattoos of everything from killer zombies to My Little Pony. Here is a look at just some of the ladies who dropped by.
INKED: Where were you born? CARTOON: I was born in downtown L.A., but I grew up in the harbor area down by the docks. I'm grateful because not many people who grow up there get into this business. If you grow up in San Pedro, the two biggest things you can be are a dope dealer or a longshoreman.
When tattoo veterans Brad Fink and Mark Andrews decided to open Iron Age Tattoo in 1994, they modeled the new shop after a place most people hate—the dentist. “When we opened, there were only nine shops in the St. Louis area, and they were all older and dingier," Andrews explains over the sound of music and buzzing needles.
NAME: Gabrielle Adamo shop assistant at : Timmy Tattoo, Huntington, New York I couldn’t get a job to save my life when I moved back to New York from Miami. It’s not easy for a woman with a lot of tattoos to find a new career at 29, unless I wanted to waitress or work in retail.
The old salts behind Sailor Jerry Spiced Navy Rum hosted a screening of the documentary Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry: The Life and Times of Norman Keith Collins. The event was held August 15 at Bar 35 on Honolulu's historic Hotel Street, just blocks from Sailor Jerry's original shop.
For this year's Amsterdam Tattoo Convention, organizers assembled a Tiki theme, including Tahitian art, dancing, and, of course, tattoos. Along with traditional Polynesian tattooers, the convention featured nearly 200 artists from 30 countries.
When Mark Heggie started tattooing in '91, he learned on victims, not clients. “When your last name rhymes with ‘wedgie,’ you discover exciting channels to exact revenge on the meatheads in high school," Heggie explains. “I ordered a Spaulding and Rogers toaster box and started jammin'.