Top row: Writer Erica Rose Simpson chatted with Melbourne tattooer Hana Tek (“Get Out of Town!” page 78). “Hana is a quote machine,” Simpson says. “That girl could be talking about your mom’s funeral and you would still be thinking, That's a great pullout quote.” Simpson has a tattoo on her neck courtesy of Tek.
I think Mickey Rourke’s Chihuahuas like me. A few weeks ago, I was standing in the security line at LaGuardia airport, struggling to hold on to my belt, shoes, backpack, and pants, when I noticed Mickey and his four Chihuahuas standing next to me.
KING OF THE HILL Your February issue kicked ass. Erik Ellington, the Bronx, and Saber were all great articles. The “Double Dare” story was super sexy, and the “Drink” page is always a great read. But what really rocked were both the Sailor Jerry and Paul Booth pieces.
NAME: Sam Pribesh OCCUPATION: Filmmaker HOMETOWN: New York City My first tattoo was the Smashing Pumpkins band symbol. It’s “SP,” which also happens to be my initials, wrapped in a heart. I was 16 and it was legal in Canada so we drove over the border from where I was living in Buffalo, NY. My dad was with me.
There’s more to this sugary spirit than you know, matey.
SAILOR JERRY SPICED NAVY RUM
SAILOR JERRY SPICED NAVY RUM Named after the legendary tattoo artist, this 92-proof rum packs in more punch than the sissy rum you're used to-without sacrificing quality and smoothness. You can sip it alone, but cinnamon, vanilla, and allspice flavors also make it the perfect mixer.
MATUSALEM GRAN RESERVA Originally called “the cognac of rums” because it uses the solera method of aging (which is too complex to explain here), this rum is from a recipe that has been around for 130 years. The sweet vanilla, molasses, and plum flavors make it one of the most complex rums available.
CRUZAN ESTATE DARK RUM TWO YEARS Winner of numerous awards, this premium dark rum can be mixed in a fine cocktail or sipped on its own. Hints of vanilla and toasted coconut ride out a smooth finish.
RHUM J.M. VSOP Aged between four and five years, this Martinique sipping rhum (spelled with an H when it's produced in Frenchspeaking locales) has a base of fresh sugarcane juice instead of molasses, and rich layers of woody oak flavor. If you mix this, you're a jerk.
Despite what you may think about rum, the sugarcane-based spirit, primarily from the Caribbean and South America, is one of the most flexible liquors in your cabinet. How many other boozes could be associated with both pirates (who kill and plunder for a living) and middle-aged women (who “only like sweet drinks”)?
1990s Kicks [Rough Trade] Glasgow trio the 1990s are the kind of kids who show up late, do something wrong, and then pile out the door. Dripping in snotty sarcasm, the band’s ass-shakin' punk rhythms bear a few notes of fellow Scotsmen Franz Ferdinand.
This company figured out how to turn organic sugar and grape juice into a slippery, moisturizing shave gel ($8, drbronner.com). They also cap executive pay at five times that of the lowest-paid position. Hear that, Wall Street?
ORIGINS ORGANICS TOTALLY PURE DEODORANT
Prevent pit stink with this spray ($15, origins.com), which gets odor-fighting power from willow bark and clove oil. It’s also a hell of a lot easier to apply than that all-natural crystal rock thing.
REVOLUTION ORGANICS ALL-OVER BODY BALM
The makers of this swivel-up moisturizing stick ($28, revolutionorganics.com) claim it has 22 uses. We found a 23rd: Swipe it over your newest tattoo to keep it protected as it heals.
PANGEA ORGANICS BAR SOAP
This soap ($8, pangeaorganics.com) smells as refreshing as that block of chemicals you usually use, and its box turns into vegetation—it’s laced with seeds, so you just soak it in water and bury it.
If you want to administer oxygen to a tree, we’re not going to stop you. But there are easier ways to save the environment, like using grooming products made with organic ingredients, which are produced with fewer pesticides and chemicals.
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars [Rockstar Games] System: DS Most Nintendo DS games use the stylus and touch screen for writing words and solving math problems. The folks behind GTA would rather have you constructing Molotov cocktails, hot-wiring cars, and tattooing new gang members.
As Brooklynites, we were suspicious of famed perfumer Bond No. 9’s claim that they’d captured the scent of B-town In a bottle. The company’s Brooklyn eau de parfum ($145 for 50 ml, bondno9.com) Is a unisex scent that mixes cardamom, geranium leaves, cedarwood, grapefruit, and juniper leaves and comes delivered In a tagged-up bottle that looks like the side of your local bagel store. It doesn't smell like a crowded L train—and that’s a good thing.
MxPx bassist-vocalist Mike Herrera and friend Joe Moxley launched Legionnaire Apparel to make clothing with a punk rock and tattoo Inspiration. The gear comes adorned with swallows, skulls, and pistols, and has been spotted on everyone from Say Anything’s Jake Turner to tattooer Oliver Peck. We like the Hula T-shirt ($20, legionnaire apparel.com), a cool take on the classic statue found In tattoo shops and on INKED staffers’ desks.
The history of tattooing and hot rods tangle together like a set of old jumper cables. Author Alexandra Lier spent a decade exploring drag strips, Salt Flats, and garages to pull together Speedseekers ($45, gingkopress.com), a 274-page under-the-hood look at the collision of cars, art, pinup girls, and music. The $125 special edition book Includes a CD of tunes, 3-D glasses, pop-ups, and other features that trick out the book like a set of Keystone Klassics.
Hex Skull and Owl Ring
Jewelry designer Ruben Xolotl Viramontes designed this Hex Skull and Owl Ring ($150, rxvrings.com) after the burial caves of Tzotzil Indians in Chiapas, who place a six-sided eye of God on graves as a symbol of the six nature gods they worship. The 21-gram silver ring includes the number 13, scattered bones, and owls, and Viramontes can add stones or diamonds to the eyes. Each ring is hand-carved, so count on a few charming imperfections. They won’t matter in the afterlife.
Suicide Girls: Beauty Redefined
When the Suicide Girls site launched in 2001, it changed the look of online porn, replacing the blond and the Botoxed with the tattooed and the pierced. The 400-page book Suicide Girls: Beauty Redefined ($40, suicidegirls.com) explores the site’s history, including eight years of gorgeous photos organized by region (from the Midwest to Antarctica) and an essay by founder Missy Suicide. It’s a great excuse to log off and go to bed early to “read.”
SCENT OF A BOROUGH GOVERNMENT ISSUE MOVING VIOLATION HEX IN THE CITY NAKED TRUTH
Running on caffeine and nicotine, Kristen Ferrell talks rapidly, describing her love of the dark old masters (Bosch, Dürer, Goya) and in the same breath revisiting her difficult childhood (Ritalin, lithium, Baptist group home). Given up for adoption by drug-addicted runaways, she was raised by conservative Christian parents in Kansas, where art became her coping mechanism.
The immense changes in the economy (we’re all broke!) and the environment (we’re all doomed!) have shifted what we want in a car. Translation: It’s time to get over our passion for large, spacious SUVs and embrace the more practical Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV).
Every 60 seconds a tattoo convention takes place somewhere around the world, and while there are only so many times you can watch people in strategically hand-cut outfits discuss the meaning behind their fairy flash and tragic tribals, the Hell City show stands out as one of the mustattend events among the tattoorati.
Ben Baller, the man behind Icee Fresh & Co., a high-end jewelry outfit that specializes in classy bling, may have been raised in the Koreatown section of south central Los Angeles, but he was born in hip-hop. “I've been around hip-hop since the late ’70s," Baller explains.
The title of The Loved Ones’ latest full-length, Build & Burn, has a special meaning for the band’s frontman, Dave Hause. “I'm a partner in a small contracting company, and I try to maintain that while playing music,” Hause explains while taking a break from a house-remodeling project near his home base of Philadelphia.
Nichole East’s business card reads “Kid Robot, Toy Baroness.” That says enough. As one of the first employees at quirky-cool adult toy company Kid Robot, she remembers when the team was so tiny that they were excited just to have business cards.
“Landlord’s a cheap bastard,” says singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle, gesturing toward the dripping faucet in his kitchen. It’s par for the course here in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. And given the arctic conditions outside, things could be worse: A sheet of paper taped above the mailboxes in Earle’s building’s entryway announces “1/9 BOILER BROKEN!!!” Fortunately, today is not January 9.
The queen of burlesque bares all about Bettie Page, Marilyn Manson, her first bra, and her secret tattoo.
At first glance, it doesn't appear that modern-day burlesque icon Dita Von Teese has any tattoos. Look closer, and you realize that there is, in fact, one inking on her flawless body: the tiny black dot at the top of her left cheekbone. “I’ve always loved tattoos,” Von Teese says, lounging in her Los Angeles home wearing a purple 1940s robe.
Tattooer Phil Kyle doesn’t actually live in London, but we trust the London Ink star enough to tell us where to hang out. “I’m in London on and off,” he explains. “My own shop, Magnum Opus Tattoo, is in Brighton, a one-hour train ride from London, right on the south coast.” With the TV show filming regularly, Kyle has spent enough time in the city to locate a few favorite spots, including pubs and grub.
Zhuo Dan Ting (a.k.a. Ting) set up her shop Shanghai Tattoo after moving to the city from Harbin, a town in northeast China, three years ago. “Think Siberia,” she says of her old home in Harbin. “It was a big, industrial town with nothing to do.
If any country should have a national museum dedicated to tattooing, it’s New Zealand, where the indigenous Maori have been putting needle to skin for more than a thousand years. “One of the reasons we started the museum was to share the history of moko," says New Zealand National Tattoo Museum founder, Steve Maddock, using the Maori word for tattoos.
The best tip that Underskin Tattoo Corp.’s Juan Salgado can offer visitors to Puerto Rico: “Bring your bathing suit and get ready to party. It’s all about the beaches and nightlife—and, of course, tattoos! Enjoy the weather, 'cause over here it’s summer all year long!” Salgado knows the best bars and restaurants, plus the perfect spot for putting that bathing suit to use.
Your tattoo artist deserves a vacation after spending months wrist-deep in blood and ink while listening to you whine. Recently, tattooers Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo), Tim Hendricks, Freddy Corbin (Temple Tattoo), Josh Arment (Aloha Monkey), and Blackheart Tattoo artists Juan Puente and Scott Sylvia hit Mexico's Guadalupe Island with a gang of great white sharks.
“The majority of the population is some kind of mythical creature-teenager straight out of mom’s house, unleashing all their creativity and making rad things happen,” Hana Tek of Voodoo Ink says about her new home, Melbourne. The daughter of punk legend Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman), she migrated here to tattoo, hit the music scene, and find some mean Mexican food.
Skateboarding legend Mike Vallely has shredded every scene from Brazil to Tel Aviv. Next up: your town.
“A lot of pro skaters make a living by shooting a few photos and videos, then sitting on their couches collecting paychecks,” waxes Mike Vallely, one of skateboarding’s most Influential and enduring figures. “I was never comfortable with that.
The world's best rock star gets clean, goes solo, and hangs up on INKED.
Don’t plan on seeing Scott Weiland any time soon. With his days in platinum supergroup Velvet Revolver behind him and no plans to record again with ’90s sensation Stone Temple Pilots, Weiland is moving on as a solo artist-and on his own terms.
INKED: Did you grow up around tattoos? JUAN PUENTE: I grew up in an upper-middle-class household in Orange County, so I was never around tattoo culture until I got into my teens and got into punk rock. Even then, only a few friends had tattoos.
NAME: Mary-Leigh SHOP ASSISTANT AT: Immortal Ink, Clinton, NJ One time a guy came in asking if we could cover up his crappy tattoo with “skin-colored ink.” We were all ripping on him in the back, saying, “Oh we’ll just crush up some unicorn horns and make a magic skin-colored ink!” The whole shop was cracking up, including the clients.
When City of Ink cofounders Miya Bailey and Tuki Carter moved their tattoo shop Prophet Art from Asheville, NC, to Atlanta in 2000, they wanted a new start, both for the shop and their art. According to Bailey, the plan was “to break that boundary of what black people and Hispanic people should be getting as tattoos and reflect more of the lifestyle of the people we were doing.” The simple rule: no more “gangster-type stuff.” They christened the new shop City of Ink and designed the interior to feel more like an art gallery than a tattoo parlor.
We heard your cries for an INKED party in L.A., and we answered. To celebrate the release of the February issue, INKED took over L.A.'s Beauty Bar, stocked the bar with free Sailor Jerry Rum, and packed the spot with musicians, photographers, writers, models, and a slew of cool Hollywood people, not one of which is as cool as the almighty Lemmy.
For the "Scrolls" exhibit at Canvas L.A., tattoo artist and guest curator William Thidemann sent more than 50 artists a wooden scroll-top to create with, and artists such as Scott Harrison, Seth Wood, Brad Fink, and Jenny Lee answered the call.
The crew at the Kreepytiki Lounge in Fort Lauderdale does everything retro at their massive storefront which includes a tattoo shop, tiki lounge, and art gallery. On January 31 the boys hosted "Kreepshow Roots Rockabilly Hot Rod Reunion" a wild party with a pre-'64 car show, pin-up girls, art, and performances by Wayne The Train" Hancock and others.
Skull and Sword Tattoo, 3415 Cesar Chavez, San Francisco, CA, 415-552-4297 theskullandsword.com, langotattoo.com We've been psyched on the stuff we've seen from Skull and Sword's latest team addition, Lango. The Brazilian tattooer was born in Rio de Janerio, where he made his name with a bright and twisted take on tattoos and graffiti.