For this issue's shoot with British band Gallows ("Made in Britain," page 48), photographer Trevor Paulhus tracked the band down in Austin, TX, where they were performing for the South by Southwest music conference. "The band was worn out from a show the night before, but they were awesome to work with," says Paulhus, who checked out the band's show after the shoot.
Next week marks the end of an era. Record Revolution, the record store where I worked all through college, is closing down. Based in the small town of Dekalb, IL, the shop was the center of the local music scene for more than 35 years. I spent countless hours behind the counter playing my favorite CDs of the time (Rancid's ...And Out Come the Wolves, J Church's Prophylaxis) and reading music and skateboard magazines.
To everyone getting Chinese/Japanese tattoos: Please, for the love of God, research what you're tattooing before you get inked! Remember, cool one-liners are generally culturespecific and usually don't translate well. Also, don't forget to ask questions about the fonts as well.
NAME: Danielle Pickering OCCUPATION: Bakery manager HOMETOWN: Los Angeles My first tattoo was an anchor and life ring with my dad’s name around it on my right calf. I was 18—barely legal! My mom paid for it as my birthday present. My dad loved it. Peter Campbell, at Ship Shape Tattoo in San Pedro, CA, has done all of my tattoos, and I won’t ever go to anyone else.
Thanks to hip-hop's love, Patron is now one of the most popular tequilas on the market, and its citrus flavors and clean, crisp taste make the position well deserved. It's versatile enough to be used in a high-end margarita, or enjoyed neat or on the rocks like a fine whiskey.
Aged in French oak barrels for three years, the Añejo version of 1800 Tequila has savory hints of butterscotch and toffee with a peppery finish. Like any other fine, complex spirit, this isn't made for mixing. Pour it in a rocks glass, kick back, and let it do all the work.
One of the best tequilas for the buck, Hornitos Plata is a young, double-distilled tequila made from pure blue agave. Hints of clove and almond complement its fresh herbal flavors. Use this in cocktails like margaritas or Mexican martinis.
CABO WABO REPOSADO
Sammy Hagar may have destroyed one of the greatest rock bands ever, but he's more than made up for it with Cabo Wabo, one of the best tequilas around. The Reposado is aged 4 to 6 months in oak barrels and combines a rich flavor with a smooth, sippable finish.
Overindulgers everywhere groan when tequila is mentioned. Judging by its reputation, Mexico’s number one export has body-slammed its fair share of boozers. The truth is, there are plenty of top-shelf tequilas meant to be sipped instead of licked, slammed, or sucked.
A good DJ never sleeps: When he’s not spinning for House of Pain and Cypress Hill, turntable titan DJ Muggs creates killer beats for the Soul Assassins, a collective of artists and producers. Intermission shows Muggs can make beats for any style and flow. Check opening track “Gangsta Shit,” a southern thump featuring Dead Prez member M1 and Texas hip-hop legend Bun B, as well as the title track, where RZA, B-Real, Planet Asia, and Rev. William Burk shred lines over an ominous beat. Don’t miss “Do It,” built around a blasting horn riff and featuring La Coka Nostra debating doing the right thing or listening to inner demons. Someone is in trouble.
TAKING BACK SUNDAY New Again
For years, Taking Back Sunday fans have been scratching their messyhaired heads, wondering how the hell the band isn't bigger. We aren't sure either. On their latest, TBS jitter through tracks that are as good as anything The Killers have written in years. The off-kilter rhythm of "Cut Me Up Jenny" builds into a huge chorus, and the album highlight, "Sink Into Me," bounces and rattles as singer Adam Lazzara yelps, "You tell me that you're better and you'd rather just forget that things have gone too far." Don't miss "Lonely, Lonely," a hand-clapping rocker that explodes into growls and a massive chorus that could fill Madison Square Garden. There's no reason TBS couldn't either.
NEW YORK DOLLS
For all of their acclaim as punk godfathers, the New York Dolls were really just a kick-ass rock n roll band-which explains how they're capable of pulling off a sweet rock album that doesn't sound like a punk leftover that's been rotting beneath CBGB's floorboards for the past 30 years. "Better Than" is a twangy rocker that sounds like early '70s Rolling Stones, as singer David Johansen brags about his girl. And opening ass-shaker "'Cause I Sez So" shows off the original lipstick snarl of the classic Dolls. The rest of the album is more laid-back and moody, including a stripped-down take on the classic "Trash" and the doo-wop "Lonely So Long."
RANCID Let the Dominoes Fall
"We got it right, you got it wrong, we're still around," Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong boasts on the band's first album in six years. The song "Last One to Die" is a fist-pumping ode to the Bay Area band's survival skills, which have helped them dodge the pitfalls that swallowed lesser punks. That survival theme permeates the album, from a frantic tribute to the military ("The Bravest Kids") to a heartfelt ode to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina ("New Orleans"). Produced by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, the sound isn't so much polished as pristine, meaning you can hear every snarl in the line "That motherfucker is up to no good!" on the ska rave-up "Up to No Good." We hear you loud and clear, Tim!
HATEBREED For the Lions
Lasting 10 months is a lifetime for a hardcore band-forget about lasting for over 10 years. But for over a decade Hatebreed have wrecked pits around the world, and here, for the first time, they pay tribute to the bands that have moshed before them. With original guitarist Wayne Lozinak back in the fold, Hatebreed tear through amped-up versions of punk classics-such as Black Flag's "Thirsty and Miserable" and the Bad Brains' "Supertouch"-that force the band to tone down their usual brutal force. That muscle is better flexed on a snarling version of Slayer's "Ghosts of War" and a cover of Agnostic Front's "Your Mistake" that wrings everything out of the original rift.
Former Distillers frontwoman Brody Dalle dropped the mohawk and snarl for her new band, Spinnerette, but that doesn't mean she hasn't remained as tough as a black leather jacket. With a backbeat that borrows a bit from husband Josh Homme's band, Queens of the Stone Age, and an overblown garage rock sound a la The Kills, Dalle and company shimmy through the hand-clapping "Ghetto Love," and then floor it through "All Babes Are Wolves," where Dalle finally unleashes her trademark growl on the line, "Oh babe! I would die for you!" Elsewhere, she sounds like a female Glen Danzig ("Geeking") and gets it on ("Sex Bomb"). Play this at raging parties once it gets late.
Put your money where your mouth is. Really—your body will thank you.
Oral-B Triumph with Smart Guide
This high-tech system ($150, oralb.com) sends a real-time critique of your technique to a remote display so you know if you're brushing too hard (a habit that can cause gum damage) or not long enough. Necessary? No. Pretty freakin' cool? Yes.
Philips Sonicare HealthyWhite
Did you know you're supposed to brush for two whole minutes? Get in the habit with this brush ($109, sonicare.com) that beeps when you're supposed to move to a new quadrant of your mouth and stops pulsating when two minutes are up.
Interplak Direct Plug-In
The bottom half of this rechargeable plaque obliterator ($45, amazon.com) twists off and plugs directly into an outlet, meaning there are no wires or base stations to worry about in your blearyeyed morning stupor.
SpinBrush Pro Whitening Sonic
For not much more than a regular toothbrush, you can step up to this batteryoperated spinning version ($14.99, drugstores) that whisks away the remnants of your $5 Footlong with 16,000 precision microsweeps per minute.
You’ve spent thousands on a booming stereo system, yet you get pissed off when you have to spend $2.99 to replace your toothbrush. We’re not suggesting your priorities are out of whack, but consider this: If you paid as much attention to your teeth as you do to your tuner, you could actually live longer.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 How does the undisputed champ improve the Sweet Science? More science. Fight Night Round 4 uses a new physics-based collision-detection system that creates fluid movements, glancing blows, and realistic body damage. Fighters with great reach, like Muhammad Ali, get better results by keeping their distance. Inside sluggers-like pre-facial-tattoo, pre-prison-sentence, and pre-HannibalLecter-impersonation Mike Tyson-must stay in close to be effective. Legacy Mode is where the realism really delivers: Fight too defensively and you'll rarely knock people out or gain enough notoriety for a title fight. To become champ, you must demonstrate technical prowess, persevere in bouts with bitter rivals, and deal impressive knockouts without resorting to ear-biting.
GHOSTBUSTERS: THE VIDEO GAME
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Wii, PC With Ghostbusters III tied up in preproduction shenanigans for two decades, creators Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis ditched Hollywood in favor of gaming. This original script, penned by Aykroyd and Ramis, picks up two years after the completion of Ghostbusters II. New York's obsession with the supernatural is at an all-time high; the Ghostbusters are revered as heroes, and the city is opening ghost art exhibits and selling ghost memorabilia. As a recruit, you join the parapsychologists turned phantom exterminators to test Egon's new spirit-stopping equipment. Armed with a PKE Meter, a modified Proton Pack, and several ghost traps, you join the original cast of the movie to fight Vigo, Slimer, Gozer, and the infamous Stay Puft Marshmallow Man when they return to spook Manhattan.
Platform: PlayStation 3 With their deviant attitude and road arrogance, bike messengers are already hated. So when Empire City discovers it was courier Cole McGrath's package that caused a huge explosion that turned six city blocks into rubble and spawned a plague that forced the government to place the entire city under quarantine, out come the pitchforks. With the city left unprotected, lawless gangs vie for control as the helpless populace struggle for survival against the plague. It's not all bad for McGrath, though; the explosion grants him the ability to wield electricity in devastating ways. As he comes to grips with his newfound shock abilities, McGrath must decide whether to harness his powers for good or live up to the bike messenger creed by continuing to make life hell for anyone in his vicinity.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Alex Mercer knows he's a badass. After waking up in a Manhattan genetics lab, he discovers he can run up the sides of buildings, turn his arms into clawlike weapons, and absorb people to adopt their form, abilities, and memories. He just doesn't know why. Piecing the puzzle together won't be easy, as the city suffers from a sinister virus that is transforming New Yorkers into hideous, bloodthirsty creatures. With the military rolling in tanks to neutralize the infected, Mercer must disguise himself to avoid capture while searching the city for clues. Only by absorbing the memories of associates can Mercer piece together his amnesiac tale. Hurling taxicabs at choppers is so much fun, you might end up taking your sweet time rounding up the facts. Matt Bertz
For all the fun of being in the Ramones, the godfathers of punk had rules, including a ban on tattoos. It led to battles between band enforcer Johnny Ramone and rebel bassist Dee Dee. In the DVD History on My Arms ($19.95, amazon.com), Dee Dee details the stories behind his tattoos, from junkie drama to the time a tattooer refused to ink him with a tombstone engraved with "Mom." The stories weave through Dee Dee's tumultuous relationship with punk legend Johnny Thunders and their war over who wrote the classic heroin ode "Chinese Rocks." Fascinating.
Tattoo giant Don Ed Hardy is the bridge between modern tattooing and the early artists who cranked out battleship tattoos in port towns around the world decades ago. Influenced by his upbringing in California, Hardy combines the explosive art of the '60s with traditional motifs while still respecting tattoo traditions. The 144-page book Ed Hardy: Art for Life by Alan Govenar ($24.95, teneuesusa.com) explores Hardy's life by tracing his art from the earliest flash drawings to his current obsession with Japanese pottery. Your coffee table needs this.
There are endless reasons to ride a bike, ranging from exercise and environmental concerns to a DUI and a repossessed car. (We'll let you guess which category we fall under.) LA Ink star Corey Miller teamed with Nirve bicycles to design the Skulls cruiser ($599, nirve. com). The frame includes a double-crown fork, frontdisc brakes, and 3-speed gearing, while the frame, chain guard, and fenders feature skull illustrations by Miller. Cruise to the store on smooth 24-inch tires and a pillowy saddle seat. Just be sure to brown-bag the bottle. Trust us on this one.
BALL AND CHAIN
Wallet chains aren't for everyone. Your accountant doesn't need to worry about having his wallet fall off the back of a motorbike, slip out of a back pocket while he's perched on a bar stool, or drop in a parking lot after a late-night dust-up. Lucky him! For the rest of us, the Lucky 13 Devil Head wallet chain ($16, luckyl3apparel. com) straps cash to your side and looks good doing it. Added bonus: The killer devil's head on the chain also doubles as a bottle opener to create more of the situations that necessitate a wallet chain in the first place.
If you're like us, you have accounts spread from one end of the web-iverse to the other. The Palm Pre smartphone (about $250, palm. com) pulls all of your contacts from Facebook, Gmail, and other sources and combines them into one list, and will even track your conversation with someone as it jumps from IM to text message. The touch-screen phone comes loaded with GPS, WiFi, a 3-megapixel camera, and a slide-out keyboard. And unlike an iPhone, the Pre can run multiple programs at the same time. Your productivity just went up 30 percent.
A look at low-end showbiz through the work of Molly Crabapple.
Molly Crabapple describes her world as glittery, snarky, and subversive, and the same words describe the corseted ladies, cabaret settings, and sarcasm in her illustrations. The New York native inherited natural artistic talent from her mother’s side, and she honed her skills on a solo trip overseas that included Morocco and Turkey—and in Paris, where she spent endless hours practicing pen and inks in a local bookshop.
Snorkel, river raft, and relax when you visit Costa Rica's cheaper, cooler cousin.
Ten years ago, the only tattoos in Honduras belonged to gang members. These days, you're more likely to see them on expats who work in the country's burgeoning adventure travel industry. One of them is Myles Bean, a rafting guide living in La Ceiba who has the words “I'm Alive" and “Me Too” on top of his feet.
Ford and Kia make cool box-inspired rides without cutting corners.
As the SUV craze sputters to a halt, automotive designers are learning to provide space and flexibility in cool box-shaped vehicles, all without, um, cutting corners. Honda led the way with the Element (said to be fashioned after a Malibu Beach lifeguard station), and Toyota followed with the hugely successful Scion xB.
"I got tattooed by [Paul] Booth live on the radio inside one of our studios for the first official bloodshed in company history!"
The new host of MTV's Headbangers Ball, José Mangin, got his first tattoo at 16 (Pantera’s famous Cowboys From Hell logo) and was hooked. But it was his encounter with the band's late, great guitarist, Dimebag Darrell, that got him addicted.
From the outside, the offices of skateboard and clothing company Zoo York look like any other dull, gray building in midtown Manhattan. The inside is another story. Up the elevator and through a conference room decorated with skateboard decks, down a hallway lined with clothing racks and a few used and abused skateboards is a stairwell covered top to bottom in graffiti by renowned artists such as SP One, Skuf, Stay High 149, and Cinik.
Nate Appleman, executive chef at San Francisco’s acclaimed A16 and SPQR restaurants, didn't inherit his culinary chops from his parents. “They don't cook," says the chef. However, Appleman's father did pass on another lifelong passion.
HOW GALLOWS KICKED AND CLAWED THER WAY TO BECOMING THE BEST BLOODY BAND IN THE U.K.
From the doorway of Smith Street Tattoos in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Gallows frontman Frank Carter, 25, looks like any other young tattoo artist as he sits at a desk and traces a drawing of a six-shooter and a rose onto a transparent yellow sheet of paper.
AGE: 24 OCCUPATION: model “The pinup sitting on a spool of thread on my right arm, by Tod Bain at American Tattoo in Bonsall, CA, is my favorite. I would never get a tattoo of a butterfly; they scare me.”AGE: 27 OCCUPATION: sales assistant “My favorites are the
WE SCOURED THE BARS, CLUBS, TATTOO SHOPS, AND RECORD STORES FOR THE BEST BANDS ON THE PLANET. YOUR HEADPHONES WILL THANK US. YOUR HEARING WILL NOT.
Lucero are hardly new kids on the roots-rock block. The band goes back over a decade, something frontman Ben Nichols and guitarist Brian Venable demonstrate with a handshake. “One night in Cleveland, after a show and a night of drinking, we went into a shop at about 5 a.m.," Ben recalls.
The Transformers star talks tattoos, Tupac, Megan Fox, and where he likes his women inked. Hint: You're sitting on it.
Ask Tyrese Gibson how many tattoos he has and he will laugh in your face. “Shit, I don’t know-I’ve got, like, 70 now,” the actor-model-singer says with a chuckle, looking down at his forearms while relaxing in the offices of his Los Angeles-based production company, HeadQuarter Entertainment.
Crammed into tour buses between crazy musicians, worn-out roadies, and wild groupies are tattooers who hit the highways and ink everyone from Fall Out Boy to Avenged Sevenfold along the way. Here’s how they survive.
Any hard-touring rock star will tell you: The road is hell. The best way to survive is to bring the comforts of home along for the ride, whether that’s an Xbox 360, a private masseuse, or a favorite tattooer. Besides, all that time on tour leaves little time for tattoo appointments.
INKED: You just received word that you and Hannah Aitchison will not be returning to LA Ink. What happened? KIM SAIGH: The producers decided they'd replace us because we didn't fit the profile of the characters they were looking for-which is a good thing because, thankfully, we don't have a lot of drama in our lives.
Battle your way through the swirling mosh pit at one of Linkin Park's soldout arena shows and there's a good chance you'll find at least a few diehard fans sporting forearm flame tattoos as a tribute to the band's frontman, Chester Bennington.
NAME: Liz Martin SHOP ASSISTANT AT: Golden Apple Studios, Austin, TX My daily duties include cleaning, of course, paperwork, and hula hooping. Lots of hula hooping! The worst part is when people come in from drinking too hard on 6th Street to puke in the sink.
The INKED team escaped from New York for a week in Las Vegas, where we holed up at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and cranked out a slew of upcoming features, including this month's "INKED Girls Las Vegas" (page 54). We also threw a party at the Beauty Bar, with plenty of free Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, while we toasted our tremendous losses in the casino.
Following up Art Core's previous show, Honoring Metal Through Art, the group organized over 40 artists for Forgotten Saints, an ode to saints who never were. Gris Grimly, Alex Garcia, Vince Locke, and others contributed to the show, which included altars, murals, "holy water," and a confessional.
Twenty-odd years ago, tattooer and fine artist Joe Capobianco started his art career painting the backs of denim jackets for fellow high schoolers. In tribute to those days, Capobianco curated the Fistful of Metal show at Canvas Los Angeles gallery.
Music fans descended on Austin, TX, for the South by Southwest music conference, and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum gave them a hell-raisin' good time. Sweaty fans packed into Beerland to down rum and check out sets by the legendary Circle Jerks, The King Khan & BBQ Show, Gentleman Jesse and His Men, and others.
With nearly two decades in tattooing, Ohio artist Durb Morrison has tattooed in shops around the United States and inked members of bands ranging from Poison to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. “I’ve done art my entire life,” he says.