“I need new furniture," laments writer Lisa Freedman after her interview with hot-shot furniture designer Ted Nemeth (“Inked People," page 42). “My crap is boring, comes out of a box, and doesn’t have nearly enough leather.” Freedman has no tattoos but is considering an awesome butterfly on the small of her back.
There’s an ongoing argument at the INKED offices that goes something like this: Who was the first celebrity to bring tattoos to the mainstream? The sides range from Dennis Rodman to Johnny Depp to Pamela Anderson and beyond. What we all agree on is that Pink (page 46) is our favorite tattooed pop star.
Your photos of tattoo artist Julie Becker (“Into the Night," September/ October) were some of the hottest photos to ever appear in your magazine. She's gorgeous. Shane Neuman, St. Louis, MO I freakin' love you guys! You're the best tattoo magazine around!
NAME: Elena Wood OCCUPATION: Makeup artist and hairstylist HOMETOWN: London I got my first tattoo when I was 14. It's a little rose I drew. Some guy in a dodgy shop in Cornwall did it. Surprisingly, it doesn't look that bad.At least it's small and I didn't draw a dolphin or something.
Taking a vacation? By all means, stop shaving. But if you're traveling for work, you might want to pack this bag ($32, getjackblack.com) with everything you need for an I-went-above-and-beyond-for-theimportant-client shave.
MALIN + GOETZ 1 OZ. ESSENTIALS
If you're a Whole Foods type, you'll enjoy these recyclable bottles of all-natural, synthetic-fragrancefree grooming products ($30, malinandgoetz.com). They won't offset the massive carbon footprint of the 747 you're sitting in but, hey, every little bit counts.
M LAB TRAVEL COLLECTION
Enter a plane, travel for a week, and return looking a year younger. It seems like the plot of a new J.J. Abrams series, but it's what can happen after seven days of using the anti-aging skin-care regimen packed in this case ($130, mlabonline.com).
JOHN ALLAN’S THE ROLL UP
Channel your inner Indiana Jones with this rugged leather case ($245, johnallans.com) that has generous two-ounce bottles of all your showerand-shave necessities. Bullwhip sold separately.
You know that guy who gets to the front of the airport security line and rummages though his bag for his laptop while trying to corral all his liquid products into a Ziploc bag at the same time he's taking off his belt and removing his shoes? Don't be that guy.
Maybe it's being squirreled away in snowy St. Paul, MN, that keeps Dillinger 4 so surly and sarcastic after all these years. After disappearing for six years, the punk-rock foursome returns, sounding as pissed as ever while still crow-barring melodies into the crash of chords and cymbals. They bring the fury on the fist-pumping battle cry “Americaspremierefaithbasedinitiative" and poke a middle finger at religion in the frantic “Ode to the North American Snake Oil Distributor." And maybe “Parisonhiltonisametaphor," in which the band sneers about “pretty little casualties in temporary tragedies," is by-the-numbers punk, but D4 still do it better than anyone.
THE BRONX III
Los Angeles maniacs The Bronx use razor-blade riffs to chop up rock ‘n’ roll and punk, then recombines them to make a deadly mix. With singer Matt Caughthran's desperate scream at the front, the Bronx boys pound out heavy riffs that have more in common with Led Zeppelin than Black Flag, thanks in part to the way they ebb and flow before erupting. The big punch comes when The Bronx lock on a chorus and Caughthran blasts, “Young blood, if given the chance, spit fire" on “Young Bloods." The down-and-out snarl of “Inveigh" builds around a wild riff that locks in with drummer Jorma Vik's pounding rhythm. If there's a better band playing hard music, we don't know it.
ILL BILL The Hour of Reprisal
The concept behind III Bill's second album is simple: The Brooklyn MC has one hour to live and must tell it all. With the clock ticking, III Bill has made the album of his career. On this last supper of songs, he throws in everything—killer beats, heavy-metal riffs, and guests ranging from Everlast and Cypress Hill to members of the Bad Brains and Killswitch Engage. The paranoid rhymes about invisible CIA cameras and 9/11 kick especially hard on “War Is My Destiny" (featuring Soulfly screamer Max Cavalera) and the ominous “Doomsday Was Written in an Alien Bible," and “U.B.S. (The Unauthorized Biography of Slayer)" might be the first hip-hop tribute to heavy metal.
EAGLES OF DEATH METAL
Eagles frontman Jesse Hughes once predicted the band's third album would be about “dick swinging in Hollywood and acting tougher than you really might be." Damn right. On “Anything 'Cept the Truth," Hughes pours on excuses after he comes home late to his girl, and “Wannabe in L.A." chronicles his move to the city as he confesses, “I came to L.A. to be rock and roll/Along the way I had to sell my soul." Later, Hughes cops to having had his heart broken (allegedly by friend Kat Von D) on the moody “Now I'm a Fool" and croons, “What good's a heart if it ain't on a sleeve?" on the title track. Hollywood claims another one.
SUPERSUCKERS Get It Together
During their 15-plus years, the Supersuckers have tooled their sweatthrough-your-wife-beater rock ‘n’ roll into a perfect roar of muscle and melody. On their first album in five years, the Suckers replace their usual songs about booze and rock with a collection of tracks about the havoc the two can wreck on your life. At least half the songs are about leaving or being left by a lover, and typically wise-ass frontman Eddie Spaghetti is shockingly sincere. “She Is Leaving" and “What It Takes" are boozy breakup anthems. Later, Spaghetti gets twangy on the ballad “Breaking Honey’s Heart." The power-chordpropelled death wish “When I Go, I'm Gone," on which Spaghetti instructs us to leave him where he drops, is one of the band's best.
VARIOUS ARTISTS All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Covering Johnny Cash is a good way to fall on your face, but that doesn't stop anyone from trying. For this tribute, the folks at Anchorless Records found that the best way to pull it off was to recruit young punks known for the same sincerity as the Man in Black. Hot Water Music's Chuck Ragan brings a folkrevival howl to “Wreck of the Old 97," and Lucero frontman Ben Nichols reinterprets “Delia's Gone" into a ballad more remorseful (and guilty) than the original. The surprises come from the dark, electronic cover of “God's Gonna Cut You Down" by The Gaslight Anthem (a band we could see nailing “Big River") and a spooky version of “Ballad of Teenage Queen" by the Dresden Dolls. There are a few misses here, but the overall spirit rolls like a steaming locomotive.
Bartender Tracy Helsing gets fired up about classic American beers.
Made by Anheuser-Busch, this clean, refreshing beer is Budweiser's scrappy little brother. A pitcher of Busch and a plate of hot wings are mandatory for any sports-bar menu.
The bucking horse on the Colt 45 logo comes from the kick of this rich malt liquor's 6.4-percent alcohol content. And, as Billy Dee Williams always says, "Colt 45: It works every time."
The crisp, easy drinkability of Old Style goes great with hot dogs, hamburgers, and any other meatbased meals that you can eat with your hands.
PABST BLUE RIBBON
Before it became the “in" beer to drink in the hipster community, PBR (with its iconic can) was a staple in every neighborhood dive bar across America. You know, the good bars.
Why is an ice-cold inexpensive beer one of life's greatest pleasures? On one hand, it's cheap. And on the other hand, well, it's cheap. Classic American favorites such as Busch, Colt 45, Old Style, and Pabst Blue Ribbon offer a rite of passage to kick-start a drinking career.
After blowing away gamers with modern combat in Call of Duty 4, the bestselling war series goes back to the history books with another game based on WWII. Do your part by melting the Wehrmacht with flamethrowers, gunning down grunts with machine guns, and blowing up defensive entrenchments with grenades. Later, the action moves to the Pacific Theater, where you'll run and gun through banzai ambushes on Asian beaches. If the Axis offensive overwhelms your slow trigger finger, form your own band of brothers and roast Nazis with up to four players in the campaign mode. This is WWII, so don't count on M-16s and air strikes to save you. You'll be stuck fighting for your life with jeeps and M1 Garands, just like Granddad.
Guitar Hero World Tour
At the rate that new Guitar Hero and Rock Band games drop, we'll be playing Guitar Hero: Winger by next year. For now, though, the jams are righteous. Guitar Hero World Tour takes a page out of the Rock Band tablature and now includes a full band set-up, with bass, drums, and vocals. Not content to simply mimic the masters, World Tour turns the amp to 11 with better instruments and a killer set list loaded with riff-rocking juggernauts such as Tool, Van Halen, and Jimi Hendrix. The new wireless sunburst guitar can handle slide playing, and the drum set works cymbals into the mix. Serious shredders can also create cover songs and original material using the groundbreaking Music Studio. This may be the last Guitar Hero game you ever need to buy.
Prince of Persia
Someone finally gave the Prince of Persia a fashion makeover. After years of looking like an emo warrior, the prince has ditched the guy-liner in favor of a gypsy-vagabond style in this re-imagination of the classic series. The new prince still scales seemingly impossible walls and slays foes with his aerial sword swinging, but the dark and gritty look of previous games has been replaced by a vibrant comic-book style. Also new is Elika, a sexy black-magic woman, who saves the prince's ass with spells and deadly combo attacks. The game's open-world setup allows you to tackle missions in any order as you piece together the story and try to save the world. It's a volatile blend of artful battles, gorgeous vistas, and brain-buster puzzles. Just don't scuff up the prince's new clothes. —Matt Bertz
Left 4 Dead
Want to find out who your true friends are? As a deadly pandemic spreads throughout the world turning humans into bloodthirsty zombies, you and four “friends" must work together to survive the onslaught with limited resources. The infected are everywhere, and to fend off the waves of brain-hungry bastards, your group must cover one another's backs and refrain from splitting up. Friends pass you ammo when you're out and patch your wounds while other survivors hog the resources or make a run for it, dooming you in the process. A unique gaming system orchestrates the pacing, sound, and difficulty for each scenario, ensuring that you'll never know what is going to happen when you cock the shotgun to smoke some undead.
Punk history has been writ ten so many times that most mohawked kids can talk about the recording of God Save the Queen" like they were there. Two new books are worth adding to your punk library. The Clash ($45, amazon.com) is the first of ficial book from the band and includes photos, memora bilia, and artwork. Skins & Punks ($40, amazon.com) collects shots Gavin Wat son took of his punk friends while he was still a teenager growing up in England. It's an intimate look at the young and the reckless.
HTC Touch Pro
Before smartphones, we didn't know where to be or how to get there. Now we dump everything into the HTC Touch Pro (about $500, htc.com), which sorts contacts, appointments, and other gibberish into Win-dows Mobile 6.1. The flip-out keyboard pumps out e-mails and text messages while the 3.2-megapixel camera snaps photos. Then connect to a Wi-Fi network, fire up the Opera browser, and hit the Web on the 2.8-inch screen. It's like having a personal assistant in your pocket. We named ours Lloyd.
To keep the lines in your new ink spit-polished and sharp, Tattoo Potion ($10$15, tattoopotion.com) uses vitamins A, D, and E to keep your skin healthy without clogging your pores like a greasy cheese burger. Plus, the lotion is fragrance-free so you won't smell like you bathed in hand lotion. If you plan on passing out in the sun for a few hours, try Tattoo Potion SPF 30 sunscreen, which will stop harmful UV rays from turning your pin-up girl tattoo into a Smurfy blue blob.
Your collection of well-worn Playboy magazines stays hidden in your nightstand, but here's something you can proudly put on a shelf. Kid Robot's new Hugh Hefner 3.5-inch vinyl figure ($10, kidrobot.com), cre ated by design group eBoy, shows the Playboy founder in his trademark robe, as cot, and captain's hat and includes a limited-edition poster. Also available: a 7.5inch model of Ms. November 1978 designed by artist Paul Pope. They're the per fect gift for all three of your 20-something girlfriends.
High Sierra's AT405
Hustling through the airport terminal on your way home for the holidays is easier with light luggage capable of roll-ing through crowds and over toes. The foam structure of High Sierra's AT405 ($175, highsierrasport.com) keeps it light, even with the heavyduty inline skate wheels. And the three-in-one bag can be used as a rolling bag or un-zipped into a backpack or a daypack. Pockets and other storage areas get your gear organized, while rubberized handles help you scramble from the airport bar to your gate in record time.
The smartest gift a guy can buy a girl is perfume. It always fits, and as long as you don't do something stupidlike tell her the scent reminds you of an ex—then you'll get to enjoy it, too. French perfumer Romano Ricci created Juliette Has a Gun as a series of five rose-based fragrances. Lady Vengeance ($70, juliettehasagun.com) is a blend of Bulgarian Rose, vanilla, and a slight hint of patchouli that the company describes as “contemporary and inevitable." We just say it smells good.
Even with 120 GB of heavy metal in hand, you can find yourself with nothing to rock. To keep the headbang going, the newest Microsoft Zune ($129-$249, depending on memory, zune.com) wirelessly streams and downloads tunes directly from the Zune store. Or crank the FM radio and wait for a killer jam (okay, it could be a while!) and the Zune tags the song for download later. You can even have a “tattoo” engraved on the back (options include tigers, koi, or a skull). One note, Mr. Gates: Use art from real tattooers next time.
The Calavera Flight hoodie
You have to cover your tattooed carcass with something. Try Black Market Art Company, a SoCal company that creates gear with designs from real tattooers. Over 100 artists, including Rick Walters, Tim Hendricks, Clark North, and others, have contributed original artwork. The Calavera Flight hoodie (blackmarketartcompany. com, $50) features art by Rob Silva (aka Hot Rod Saint) from Sid's Tattoo Parlor in Santa Ana, CA, and pockets deep enough for carrying bombers home from the corner liquor store.
Rome Snowboards Artifact
The neon images of peepshows, booze, and babes on Rome Snowboards Artifact ($370, romesnow boards, com) is a fiberglass tribute to the nightlife—whether that late-night session is in the snow or the local nudie bar. The company describes the board as “smooth and flexible like a pole dancer," and the board's core flexes just enough on slides, so the bronze edges won't hang up on handrails or fun boxes. Take it for a few board slides and the scratch-off graphics reveal a hidden prize underneath. One hint: She's hot!
The Master Half Skull Ring
If you follow fashion advice from Keith Richards like we do, then you bathe irregularly, tie trinkets in your hair, and own at least one classic skull ring. The work of leather and jewelry designer Bill Wall has been spotted on Guns ‘n’ Roses, Buckcherry, ZZ Top, Kid Rock, Jane's Addiction, and other people who know a good piece of rock-and-roll bling. The Master Half Skull Ring ($860, billwallleather.com) is big and beefy, with Wall's signature crowned “B" insignia carved in its forehead. Keef would be proud.
Walking through the Salvador Dali exhibit in New York felt bittersweet for artist and tattooer Vincent Castiglia. “It was amazing," the 26-year-old New Yorker explains, “but as an artist, it's pretty devastating. It's like a knife in your heart.
As the popularity of gas-gulping SUVs chugs to a halt, count on seeing more hatchbacks taking to the streets. We aren't talking poky Gremlins or plastic hatchbacks that crumble on impact. These reconceptualized hatchbacks are well-designed and safe, and they pack plenty of power under their stubby little hoods.
You wouldn't think a tattoo convention would be welcome in a strict city-state that has been criticized for its disregard of individual freedoms—it banned chewing gum for 12 years (1992-2004) and still imposes hefty fines for things like forgetting to flush a public toilet or spitting in public.
Sebastien Grainger, one half of the now-defunct Canadian dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979, is many things, but a great parallel parker is not one of them. In fact, the 29-year-old doesn't have a driver's license. “I had a driving lesson this morning at 10 a.m.," Grainger says, laughing, via telephone from Toronto.
Hollywood hideaway Chateau Marmont, with its cadre of celebutantes, fringed lanterns, and butterfly-festooned decor, has always been known more for its trysts and tragedies than its food. But with the installation of executive chef Carolyn Spence, former chef de cuisine at New York City's Spotted Pig, both Chateau and Bar Marmont are finally building some culinary cred.
“Shit, where am I?" furniture designer Ted Nemeth mumbles into the phone before asking to reschedule our interview, blaming his confusion on a booze-fueled night out. Apparently, a pre-noon phone interview on a Saturday is a ridiculous request for this Brooklyn-based designer.
Laura Satana was born badass. Growing up in the Paris suburbs (think projects, not picket fences) the 31-year-old picked up her first tattoo machine at 15. The setup, a homemade scratcher piece, was a gift from gypsies she often watched tattoo her young friends, sometimes using Satana's own drawings.
FOR THE RECORD, PINK DOESN'T HATE HER FORMER HUSBAND, CAREY HART. BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN SHE PLAYS NICE ON HER NEW ALBUM.
When Pink bursts into Malibu Performing Arts Center, the secluded studio where she recorded much of her new album, Funhouse, the singer fills the room much the same way your best friend would. She struts toward the small gathering of journalists in her enviable Betsy Johnson stiletto heels, a romantic white blouse, and a leather pencil skirt in a rich shade of brown while carrying a full glass of red wine.
Forty years of hard liquor and harder drugs, wild women, and life on the road haven't killed Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister. Can anything?
The hard-livin’ Englishman everyone calls Lemmy, whose real name is Ian Kilmister, sits at the edge of the bed in his Las Vegas hotel room pouring a bit of Coke into a tall glass of Jack Daniel’s. After last night’s concert, Motörhead’s frontman, who’s almost as legendary for his after-hours escapades as for his onstage activities, stayed out until after dawn.
The outspoken actress talks tattoos and politics, tells us why she doesn’t like Dane Cook, and explains that she isn’t quite comfortable with her new role on 24.
Janeane Garofalo has never been one to mince words. From the minute she danced awkwardly onto the big screen in the 1994 Gen X-grunge-angst flick Reality Bites, Garofalo cemented her reputation as a fiercely outspoken presence in Hlollywood, a comedian-turned-actress who didn’t look like everyone else and who would go on to choose her movie and TV roles as carefully as the jokes she spewed in her stand-up act.
Tips from top tattoo artists on landing, and surviving, your apprenticeship.
Turn on the TV and you get a very different reality of what it’s like to be a tattoo artist. Truth is, most tattooers do not make out with rock stars, have prime seats at the Super Bowl, tattoo celebrities on private jets, or walk red carpets.
Ask any tattoo great which publication is a must-have in the craft and they’ll point you to Ed Hardy’s Tattoo Time series. Each of the five issues focuses on a specific tattoo theme, from “Music and Sea Tattoos” to “New Tribalism” and the discussions of technique, reference, culture, and history are just as enlightening today as when they were first published in the '80s.
Reinventing the Tattoo
Written by master tattooist Guy Aitchison, this is one of the most comprehensive howto tattoo books. Its focus on composition and design makes it the best resource for developing the artistry of the craft. Bonus: Each book comes with a code that allows you access to online support, upgrade packages, and an online tattoo community.
Tattooing A to Z
Tattoo supply company Huck Spaulding has been serving shops since 1956 and in the '80s created this step-by-step tattoo bible, sparking controversy among tattooists who wished to keep these techniques close to the vest. The updated edition tackles every practicality of the tattoo business from needle making to sterilization to the logistics of opening up your own studio.
Underway Is the Only Way
($75, gkedltlons.com) Assembled by tattoo talents Grime and Horitaka, this 302-page book features candid interviews alongside photos and illustrations from 21 international tattoo masters, including Filip Leu, Mister Cartoon, Eddie Deutsche, Timothy Hoyer, Marcus Pacheco, Jack Rudy, and others. It’s a veritable Who’s Who of top artists discussing the development of tattooing and thoughts for the future.
Tattoo Secrets of a Strange Art
This reprint of the original 1933 “exposé” on tattooing by Albert Parry is filled with technical talk amid the personal accounts of artists and collectors, but don't read it as a howto. The 208-page book provides a powerful history lesson in Western tattooing, like how ex-lovers' names were covered up and tales of a tattoo collector who bought the decorated skin off dead bodies.
Tips from Guy Aitchison on building the perfect portfolio of your artwork
Before any tattoo artist will let you touch a machine, you’ll need to prove you can draw (and then probably mop a few hundred miles of shop floor). The best way to show off your artwork is in an organized portfolio that you can bring to tattoo shops and conventions on your hunt for an apprenticeship.
INKED: Did you always know that you would end up working in art in some way? O’DONNELL: Yes. Even as a little kid, I was known as the kid who could draw. It was like, There's an art contest and Chris will probably win it. That's how I was perceived, even in kindergarten.
In 1990, tattooer Oliver Peck made the decision to never again wear a pair of shoes that wasn't red. "It's sort of an LSD-induced pact I made with myself," Peck explains from the floor of Elm Street Tattoo, which he opened with partner Dean Williams in 1996.
NAME: Christina SHOP ASSISTANT AT: True Blue Tattoo, Austin, TX I love what I do. I'm a full-time hairstylist and a makeup artist. I started working at the shop about seven months ago. I got the job through Jon Reed, who works at the shop. He has been tattooing me for a while.
With summer coming to n end, we filled the fridge with beer, stocked the bar with booze from our friends at 1800 Tequila and Sailor Jerry Rum, and invited over the artists, photographers, models, writers, and folks from behind the scenes of INKED. The mob filled our offices, trashed our desks, and crowded our roof overlooking scenic Chinatown, New York City.
Every year, tattooers and ink fans mark their calendars for London and one of the biggest and best conventions around. The Fourth International London Tattoo Convention, held September 26-28 at the historic Tobacco Dock, built in 1812, attracted renowned tattoo artists such as Tin-Tin, Horitaka, Juan Puente, Seth Wood, Robert Hernandez, and Todd Noble.
Leave it to the Earth-conscience folks in Colorado to host the first-ever “green" tattoo convention. For this year's Denver Tattoo Convention, organizers provided recycled paper towels, organic soaps, bike-delivered food, eco-friendly food disposables, and other awesome ideas.
From his Swiss outpost in Geneva, tattooer Christian Nguyen inks customers and designs artwork for everyone from Burton Snowboards to House of Pain and La Coka Nostra. “I’m now working in my own private shop where I can really focus on the drawing and the relationship with my customers,” the 33-year-old explains.