New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert (“Inked People,” page 42) completed his interview with writer Rick Florino while cruising around Hollywood. “Chad drove right by my apartment when we were on the phone,” laughs Florino. "I could hear a police siren outside and on the phone, so I asked him where he was.
Someone stole $203,000 from Led Zeppelin in 1973, but it wasn't me. (Hell, I wasn't even born yet!) In fact, they never caught whoever did it. I always loved the idea that someone out there pulled off a robbery this big, so one day I decided to write a novel about it.
WE LOVE YOU TOO Even though I don't sport tattoos or piercings, I had to pick up your magazine with Pink on the cover (January 2009). Great issue and great material. I do love tattoo art and your magazine certainly sports many great artists. Also, it was great to see interviews with Lemmy Kilmister and Janeane Garofalo—two people who, apparently to the rest of the publishing world, don't seem to exist.
NAME: Cindy Frey OCCUPATION: Photographer HOME COUNTRY: Belgium I used to collect Tank Girl comics so my first tattoo was “Tank Girl” on my back. It was also my nickname. I didn’t show my dad because I knew he would throw me out of the house. I showed him a few months later—after I moved out—and he didn’t like it.
Blended or single malt, Scotland's brown water is the best way to stay classy.
MACALLAN SINGLE MALT SCOTCH
Finished in sherry casks, this single malt is richer and slightly sweeter than other expressions. It kicks off with dried fruit and clove flavors and finishes with toffee and ginger.
This blended scotch is widely believed to be the second most popular malt whiskey in the world. Its subtle peat and smooth vanilla make it one of the easier drinking whiskies on the market.
This blended whiskey from the oldest working distillery in the Scottish highlands was the favorite alcoholic beverage of gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. What else do you need to know?
A 16-year-old version of this "luxury whiskey" is being released for the first time (it's normally sold as a 14-year-old). The orange, butterscotch, and heather flavors make this one of the premium single malts.
Scotch. Ron Burgundy loves it and your grandfather probably has it for breakfast. But how much do you know about it? One of the biggest misconceptions about Scotland's best beverage is the difference between "blended" and "single malt."
"I know by now you think I should have straightened myself out / Thank you, drop dead," Morrissey sneers on the opening of his latest album, signaling that the king of melodrama is back. This time, Moz brings with him a lot of muscle—louder guitars, faster drums, and a frantic pace, thanks to late producer Jerry Finn (Green Day, Blink-182), who completed this album shortly before passing away. Morrissey’s massive vocals sweep through "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris," a jangling ode to the city, and later he pouts around the strings and ringing guitars on "Sorry Doesn't Help." Moz loves writing about mortality, and "One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell," with dramatic horns and sweeping vocals, might be his best statement on dying since his Smiths days.
FAKE PROBLEMS It's Great to Be Alive
When Fake Problems started out, they had one problem—constant comparisons to Florida's other folky punks Against Me! Somewhere between 200 shows a year, an album, and an EP, the four-piece forged their own sound, a jittery mix of punk propped up on a dance rhythm. On their second album, the band thump through "Diamond Rings," a mashup of Clash rock 'n' roll and Bee Gees falsettos. The tale of dysfunction in "You're a Serpent, You're a She-Snake" stomps with an off-time guitar rhythm behind singer Chris Farren's snarl, but it's "Heart BPM," a strippeddown ode to what it feels like "to be young, to be dumb, to be drunk as hell, and to love" that could make any passed-out punk smile.
How does My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank lero describe Leathermouth, his new side project? "It's about hate. Hate that boils up inside and eats away at you." No joke. With lero on vocals, Leathermouth tears through fuzzed-out rampages that recall The Bronx and Damaged-era Black Flag. Working off a list of institutions to leave with black eyes, lero snarls, "The NYPD ain't got shit on me" ("Catch Me If You Can"); takes a shot at government propaganda ("I Am Going to Kill the President of the United States of America"); and lashes out at therapy and the "pills that never fucking work" on the temper tantrum track "Sunsets Are for Muggings." Totally savage.
RED JUMPSUIT APPARATUS Lonely Road
Florida rockers Red Jumpsuit Apparatus play modern rock too well. So well, in fact, that the main complaint lobbed against their debut album was that the mix of '90s rock (from Jimmy Eat World to Hoobastank) didn't reveal much about the band behind the songs. On this follow-up, Jumpsuit settle into their bombastic modern rock sound. Singer Ronnie Winter's wail tears through the radio-ready opener "You Better Pray," and the chugging chorus and snare roll of "Pull Me Back" make a modern, revved-up Candlebox. Is it groundbreaking? Nope. But there's a stadium full of kids dying for the band to sing along with on the verse "Skip classes/Take chances/Have fun" on "Senioritis."
THURSDAY Common Existence
The point where Thursday make it apparent just what they're capable of comes in the dead center of their latest album. After an onslaught of guitars, the group hit "Time's Arrow," a quiet strum-along song that is carried by singer Geoff Rickly's impassioned vocals until it dissolves into electronic noise. But by the next track, "Unintended Long Term Effects," the group is back to loud drums and chugging guitars. The Cure-inspired "Beyond the Visible Spectrum"—with Rickly's haunting vocals and the Robert Smith-ish line "Catch your reflection in someone else's mirror"—is signature Thursday, while the electronic-tinged "Love Has Led Us Astray" shows where they're headed.
AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD The Century of Self
What the hell can be done about And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead? Too noisy to be mainstream and too grandiose to stay indie, the Texas band has fought to stand in the middle—and gathered plenty of believers. That's because, for all of the challenging music out there, Trail of Dead is the most rewarding. On Century of Self, the guitars and piano of "Bells of Creation" drone while the soaring vocals of "Inland Sea" could be straight from OK Computer. For a band known for smashing gear, there are a lot of ballads, including the barroom piano of "Insatiable One" and baroque "Insatiable Two." Can we at least smash the piano?
THE BODY SHOP FOR MEN MACA ROOT FACE WASH ($20, THEBODYSHOP.COM) Before you go near a blade, wash your face with this; it has crushed rice particles that scrub away dead skin cells so your razor skates along the surface of your face.
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GILLETTE GAMER RAZOR ($12, DRUGSTORES) In the year 2020, razors will probably have 16 blades. Until then, we're impressed by the five on this vibrating wonder. Oh yeah-the vibrating? It apparently helps reduce friction for a smoother shave.
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HYDROPLANE SHAVE CREAM
BILLY JEALOUSY HYDROPLANE SHAVE CREAM ($20, BILLYJEALOUSY.COM) Prep your skin with warm water (it softens the hair), then rub on a thin layer of this slippery, clear gel so your razor has a smooth ride and you can actually see the direction your hair grows.
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AFTER SHAVE BALM
BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA AFTER SHAVE BALM ($15, BAXTEROFCALIFORNIA.COM) Capizzano is a fan of this postshave gel with aloe and tea tree oil. It's part of a men's grooming line developed by a Madison Avenue ad exec in the '60s. Don Draper would approve.
These days, anything from a clean shave to a full-on beard works. The only thing that doesn't? Trying to use facial hair to sculpt a jawline when you don't have one (we're talking to you, Mario Batali). That said, you don't want to look like you took a weed whacker to your face and neck.
DRIVE SYNDICATE Even the gutsiest hacker wouldn't dare fuck with your data on a Yakuza-inspired flash drive. Boston-based Mimobot makes 2.5-inch designer flash drives featuring Star Wars and Halo icons, Tokidoki, and others, like this Yakuza drive ($25-$80, depending on memory size, mimoco.com). The hard nosed character features USB 2.0, is available with up to 8GB of memory, and in cludes a full bodysuit tattoo, killer sunglasses, and advice on where to eat in Shinjuku.
T-shirts with Upper Playground
BUTT SERIOUSLY Famed Los Angeles photographer Estevan Oriol is known for his shots documenting street culture in the city and his partnership with tattoo icon Mr. Cartoon. Oriol's latest series of T-shirts with Upper Playground ($24, upperplaygroundstore. com) features signature shots of police, prisons, lowriders, pit bulls, and celebs such as Xzibit. Our favorite? This snapshot of a fine lady representing her turf with a killer "West Coast" tattoo on her tush.
WEATHER BUSTER Finally, an umbrella that can protect you from the elements and would-be muggers at the same time. The Umbuster ($287, srulirecht. com) from Icelandic design house Sruli Recht features a brass knuckle handle and a canopy assembled by famed French designer Guy de Jean. The handle is cut during an intricate five-hour process and is most likely illegal in your neighborhood-just like your switchblade, fireworks, and every other cool thing.
PUNKED Someone must have left Bedtime For Democracy on repeat at the Kid Robot headquarters. The toy house recently released Kid punk 16 ($50, kid robot.com), a series based on three of the golden eras of punk. Each 8-inch-tall figure includes a band T-shirt and album. The `77 edition is Sex Pistolsinspired, while the `80 edi tion is all about the Dead Kennedys. For our money, the `84 edition, with its Black Flag-era style, is worthy of placement on our vinyl shelf.
Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art
INKED IN HISTORY We've read our fill about tattooed circus acts and indigenous people, but we'll always make time for the scalawags who revolutionized tattoo art. The best chapters in Carol Clerk's Vintage Tattoos: The Book of Old-School Skin Art ($30, amazon.com) detail the history of nautical and patriotic tattoos and their superstitions. Complete the treacherous trip around Cape Horn to earn a sailing ship tattoo. Make it 10 times around and you earn a red star tattoo on your forehead. Lucky you!
Your mom might consider Monet's Water Lilies art and Junko Mizuno's manga Pure Trance a silly comic book, but that doesn't mean she's right. Despite decades of blurring lines, some people still believe it's possible to separate "high" art from "low" art.
Alpha Protocol [SEGA] System: P53, Xbox 360, PC Every special agent has his own way of handling business. Jack Bauer ties informants to a chair and coaxes the bloody truth with a mixture of pliers and fingers. Jason Bourne sneaks into an office and hacks the network to locate the vital info. James Bond seduces the terrorist sympathizer in the slinky black dress to retrieve the critical information. As Michael Thorton, a former CIA operative who drops off the grid after the government pins an international incident gone awry on his back, you'll chose between sweet-talking, coercing, and shooting your way through the seedy underworld in this innovative role-playing action title. Be careful which characters you double-cross, since anyone could be your link to salvation.
Killzone 2 [Sony] System: PS3 In the first Kilizone game, the evil Helghan race invaded your planet. Now your squad of pissed off soldiers is eager to return the favor. It's a mission that's easier said than done, given the Helghan planet's harsh environment and your foes' fondness for rocket launchers and massive guns that harvest the planet's lightning. Try to keep your head together (and attached) during the full-scale military invasion as the battlefield erupts in gunfire, exploding vehicles, and crumbling buildings. Shove enough hot lead down your enemy's throat to survive the single-player campaign, then brave the online play complete with rankings and a class system that allows you to combine skills and special abilities to create your perfect supersoldier.
Dragon Age: Origins
Dragon Age: Origins [Electronic Arts] System: PC D&D-style role-playing games finally come out of the basement and into the spotlight. The team behind Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Mass Effect aren't interested in saving princesses or finding rings; Dragon Age takes cues from George R.R. Martin's critically acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire series, skipping the black and white banality of pure good and evil in favor of a new fantasy realm filled with political intrigue and villainous backstabbing. Leading a loose band of adventurers, each with different motivations, you-with your swordplay, magic, and cunning-are the ultimate arbiter of justice. Each character class has a unique origin story, meaning Dragon Age delivers enough replay value to keep those 20-sided dice in your drawer collecting dust.
Resident Evil 5
Resident Evil 5 [Capcom] System: PS3, Xbox 360 There's only one undead king in video games: Resident Evil. The high zombie of survival horror finally shuffles its way to next-generation consoles ready to scare the bejesus and eat the brains out of anyone brave enough to pick up a controller. RE5 chronicles the search for the origin of a virus that turns well-respected citizens into violence-prone zombies. Protagonist Chris Redfield enters the heart of darkness in Africa, where evil lurks in every unsuspecting shadow. Residents of these sun-drenched desert shantytowns tip you off that you may be on the right track, as the hordes of infected ravage any healthy human in sight. Your best bet for repelling these flesh-starved monsters? Enlist the help of a friend in the new co-op mode.
Diesel fuel isn't just for big rigs. Cars that run on the stuff have been around for years, and the latest models are no longer noisy, smelly, or cranky to start in cold weather. Even better, they save on fuel. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if we lazy dolts in the United States drove diesel at the same rate as Europeans—roughly 30 to 60 percent of vehicles—our oil consumption would drop by 1.3 million barrels a day.
The Down Under is finally getting down with a tattoo convention. This month, more than 100 tattoo artists—including Sabado, Boog, and Rico Schinkel—will convene in Sydney, Australia, for the Tattoo & Body Art Expo (March 6-8).
Ask pro BMX freestyle rider Nigel Sylvester which hurts more—getting a chest piece shaded or taking a header into the ground after missing a toothpick grind—and he'll say neither: It's all about mind over matter. "Riding bikes is physical—you're gonna fall down and get hurt," says Sylvester.
When Heather Gabel created Alkaline Trio's iconic skull and heart logo through a happy accident with a photocopier, she had no idea the countless tattoos it would inspire. "I was at Kinko’s making a flyer and was like, ‘I'm just going to throw this in here,"' she remembers.
Believe it: The Bible is better fodder for tattoo inspiration than it might seem. in fact, New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert probably wouldn't have gotten his first tattoo if it weren't for the good book. "When I was really little, my mom gave me this Bible.
Long before Tara Dakides was an X Games champ and leading lady of snowboarding, she was another 18-year-old having doubts about her next tattoo. "He had a twitchy eye," Dakides remembers of the tattooer who took a turntable in payment for a tattoo.
While everyone else has their eyes glued to the action in Watchmen, we’ll be keeping ours on actress, reluctant rock star, and rootless Buddhist Malin Akerman.
Here’s an easy tip for anyone looking to score a free tattoo in Los Angeles: Just walk into a shop, ask to use the restroom, and then casually let slip that you don’t currently have any tattoos but would really love to get something one day. Bingo!
TATTOOS, ACID TRIPS, TWO NEARDEATH EXPERIENCES. THE STORY BEHIND MASTODON’S LATEST METAL MASTERPIECE.
mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds wasn't always on the highway to hell. For most of his childhood, Hinds went to Christian school and attended church every Sunday with his parents and older brother. Then he discovered rock 'n' roll, started playing guitar, picked up a copy of Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible, and finally shed his remaining Christian vestiges with two tattoos: one of Jesus holding a black sheep on his left forearm, one of the devil on his right.
The man behind Miami Ink and LA Ink talks about the shows, the feuds, the money, and what he’s cooking up next.
YOU MAY NOT RECOGNIZE CHARLIE CORWIN’S FACE, BUT IF YOU KNOW that gal next to him you’re definitely familiar with his work. Corwin is the brains behind TLC’s Ink franchise, including both Miami Ink and LA Ink. Whether that makes you love or loathe him, there’s no denying the impact this 36-year-old television mogul has had on the world of tattooing.
WHEN TATTOO ARTISTS AND FASHION DESIGNERS COLLABORATE, THE RESULTS ARE CREATIVE AND SOMETIMES CONTROVERSIAL.
ED HARDY & CHRISTIAN AUDIGIER
MARK MAHONEY & BETSEY JOHNSON
HORITAKA & NIKE
JOSEPH "JK5" ALOI & MISHKA
GRIME & VANS
MISTER CARTOON & NIKE & VANS
TIN-TIN & JOHN GALLIANO FOR CHRISTIAN DIOR
Tattoos are antifashion. Their permanence forbids seasonal changes; they cannot be instantly designed and destroyed on a diva designer whim. And while fashion and tattoos may share needles as a mode of creation, ink is not as easily changed as a hemline.
INKED: How much did having a professional artist for a father influence you as a kid? TIM HENDRICKS: His influence is pretty much everything. Half of it was just getting the raw talent handed down to me. Every one of my siblings got it. I'm just the only one that wanted to do it for the rest of my life.
NAME: Missa SHOP ASSISTANT AT: Island Style Tattoo, Provo, Utah This one time we had a lady come in who wanted "R.I.P." tattooed on her neck. When it was finished, she freaked out because she thought it was backward because of the reflection in the mirror.
Fifty years ago, the tattoo game in Brooklyn was a strictly blue-collar business dominated by hard men with names like one-eyed Max Pelz, Tony the Pirate, Jack Red Cloud, and Brooklyn Blackie. They were tattooers, not tattoo artists. They worked out of parlors, not art studios.
We love the Vans Iconoclasts series of ads featuring black and white portraits of Henry Rollins, Lemmy Kilmister, Stacy Peralta, and others shot by photographer/INKED contributor Estevan Oriol. On December 11, Vans and Oriol celebrated the collaboration with an exhibit at a Last Laugh PopUp store in Los Angeles, and Rollins, Joy Bryant, Mena Suvari, and others showed up to celebrate.
Tattooers Shawn Barber and Vincent Castiglia celebrated the opening of their show "Anathema" at Paul Booth's Last Rites Gallery in New York City on December 13. The show featured new works from both artists, and Barber signed copies of his book Forever and Ever.
The staff at INKED celebrated the release of our January 2009 issue with a wild party at Lit Lounge in New York City. Everyone from Fuse TV VJs to Burning Angel stars to members of the Bouncing Souls and other friends of the magazine packed the spot to slug down free Coney Island Lager and get down to music from DJ Theo Kogan.
The Black Market Art Company invited tattooers and fans to their Gallery Collection party December 13 in Anaheim, CA. The opening featured work by Clark North, Mr. Lucky, Whitney Lenox, and Alex Garcia, and an appearance by LA Ink's Corey Miller.
Consider tattooer Craig Beasley's apprenticeship a trial by tribal. "I got an apprenticeship at this street shop in south Georgia when I was 20," Beasley explains. "The dude gave me a machine and lined up the tribal. One, two, three, go. Pretty insane way of teaching someone how to tattoo, but I appreciate him for giving me the start."