While shooting this month’s “Shop Talk” (page 90), photographer Adam Krause learned a valuable lesson—bring extra underwear. “The shop girl I photographed wasn’t wearing any underwear when I was taking her portrait so it was a little tricky to put her in some poses, but I could relate to her situation since I wasn’t wearing any either.”
Some machines are just bigger than others. Here at INKED, we’re a small but scrappy operation: Four people in a little office, sweating and swearing while putting together the magazine with only occasional breaks for beers or tattoo appointments.
I appreciated your Brody Dalle issue [May 2009]. Brody is a “real” girl and you will never find her on the cover of Vogue (thank god!). She’s been through real life, and I love that her tattoos tell the story. Plus, she’s beautiful and a mother so I found your article very interesting.
NAME: Annaliese Nielsen OCCUPATION: Owner, Godsgirls.com HOMETOWN: Los Angeles The first tattoo I ever got is Emily the Strange on my back. It’s a stupid tattoo. People ask me sometimes if it’s Marvin the Martian, and I can’t even be offended.
When it’s hot outside, nothing will quench your thirst like a cool, crisp hefeweizen.
Crisp and dry, this German wheat beer brings flavors of banana and citrus without being sweet—it's also one of the author's favorite beers in the universe. Find a patio and a lawn chair, then put a few of these back on your next lazy summer afternoon—you can drink it all day long.
LEINENKUGEL'S SUNSET WHEAT
Orange and spice dominate this Wisconsin wheat beer. But since it's a Belgian Wit-style beer brewed with a lager yeast strain, it has a little bit of blueberry at the front of the palate, which gives it its notorious Fruity Pebbles flavor. This isn't a bad thing.
MICHELOB HONEY WHEAT
Medium-bodied and silky smooth, this wheat beer combines a light, hoppy crispness with a rich maltiness. It's available only in Michelob's wheat beer sample pack, which also gives you their stellar Shock Top Belgian-style white and Dunkel Weisse.
ST. PETER'S WHEAT BEER
This complex English wheat beer kicks off with toasted green apple and earthy hops, then rides out a flavorful malty twang. Bonus: It comes in a cool old-timey medicine bottle that somehow makes this already great beer taste even better.
There are a million reasons to write about wheat beer, or hefeweizen. It's one of the oldest types of beer, dating back to 1040 A.D. Germany. It's refreshing and light, despite being made with 50 to 70 percent malted wheat, which gives it a cloudy appearance.
When Alexisonfire vocalists George Pettit and Dallas Green growl, "We are not the kids we used to be" on opening track "Old Crows," it's a sign that the Canadian post-hardcore group isn't the band it used to be. Maybe the line is a reference to the huge leaps the group has made on their latest album, adding bigger melodies and giant choruses. "Young Cardinals" shifts from straightforward punk blast to a throbbing Deftones-size chorus, while "Emerald Street" is a frenzied tale of halfway houses and inner-city strife. The blistering indictment of the U.S. on "Sons of Privilege" is delivered with a snarling guitar riff, a massive chorus, and the perfect blend of passion and aggression. Don't miss this.
STREET SWEEPER SOCIAL CLUB S/T
The big guitar riffs from former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello need an even bigger mouth to back them. With Rage vocalist Zack de la Rocha in limbo, Morello has turned to Boots Riley, the lead mouth of controversial hip-hop group The Coup. The dangerous duo spit heavy venom and politics on this 11-song set that delivers all of the thunder of Rage with a stronger dose of funk. Riley is brilliantly rancorous as he jabs at politicians, cops, and the rich (“May the caviar pâté you were eating block your airway"). It might be enough to get fans off their feet to dance or take to the streets to riot—as Riley spits, "Meeting in the break room. Here's where we plot it."
THE USED Artwork
After the strings and horns of their previous album, The Used return with Artwork, a collection of songs that reignite the fury of their early work. Opener "Blood on My Hands" erupts into a howling chorus as singer Bert McCracken dissects the fakery of relationships. The guitars hit harder and the vocals sound more immediate (possibly the work of new producer Matt Squire). It's especially apparent on tracks such as the anguished "Come Undone" and album closer "Men Are All the Same," an indictment of doomed relationships that dissolves into crackling electronica. It's moody and temperamental, which we count on from The Used.
KASABIAN West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Some musical styles could have been born in one place only, and Kasabian have Manchester written all over them. It's the swaggering mix of the Stone Roses in their melodies, the bump of Happy Mondays in their backbeat, and a bit of glam. On their third album, those influences cause Kasabian's sound to spin from early Pink Floyd ("Take Aim") to near-electronica ("Vlad the Impaler"). "Ladies and Gentlemen (Roll the Dice)" is their most pub-friendly, as singer Tom Meighan brings his boozy Brit rock over a reverb guitar and simple beat. "Fire" is a rocker that rips into a groove that sounds like what Oasis would be doing if they dropped their Beatles fascination.
ANTI-FLAG The People or the Gun
Protest punks Anti-Flag made incendiary albums during the Dubya presidency, so what the heck will they do now? Luckily, there's still plenty to be pissed about. They tear down politicians ("Sodom, Gomorrah, Washington D.C.") and the economy ("The Gre(a)t Depression") with spit, venom, and loud guitars. The band is at their best when they channel their rage into a melody, like they do on "The Economy Is Suffering, Let It Die," a Clash-style rocker built around singer Justin Sane's snarling chorus, "We're so fucked, and we don't give a fuck." The protest ends long enough for "This Is the First Night," an ode to being a punk out all night. We'll get back to protesting tomorrow.
MUNICIPAL WASTE Massive Aggressive
Municipal Waste came to mosh thrash metal, not bury it. As revivalists of the era of crossover groups like Overkill and S.O.D., the Richmond band bring back the blitzkrieg rifts and big drums of those pioneers and update them with modern crunch. The Waste's fourth album delivers whiplash-worthy headbangers ("Shredded Offering") and killer circle pit anthems ("Massive Aggressive"). "Media Skeptic" thunders like D.R.I. as vocalist Tony "Guardrail" Foresta delivers a spitfire rant about mass media. The Waste's latest isn't as silly as their previous album (2007's The Art of Partying), but the guitar shredding on "Horny for Blood" earns them a patch on our denim vest right next to Nuclear Assault.
If you sweated the day away under a hat—or you've got long hair of the rock star, hippie, or hipster variety—try this dry shampoo ($15.99, tigihaircare.com). Just spray it on when you don't feel like washing; it soaks up oil so your strands won't look as if they're plastered to your scalp.
Design Pulse Glow to Pieces
According to Hoad, water waxes and pomades, like this one ($16, matrix.com), "separate and define hair, but leave it with a slightly shiny finish." Use sparingly on hair that's wavy or thick.
Bed Head for Men In Check Curl Cream
If your hair tends to ’fro (see Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill), try this cream ($13.99, tigihaircare.com). And don't feel like you need to crop it short to control it: "I've always been secretly envious of guys who can wear their curly hair a little longer," says Hoad.
Kevin Murphy Gritty Business
For straight or really short hair that looks like you didn't put anything in it, use this ($21, kevinmurphystore.com). (The irony is not lost on us.) "It adds some texture and makes hair look a little scruffy," says Hoad.
Remember the good old days when there was one hair product and it was called gel? Actually, don't get too nostalgic—that was also when most guys walked around looking like shellacked porcupines. These days, men's styling aids have evolved a bit, and John Hoad, the general manager at Pimps & Pinups, a salon with locations in New York City and London, suggests you partake.
Take up a six-shooter with Reverend Ray as he brings down hellfire in this prequel to 2007's surprising western. Near the end of the Civil War, brothers Ray and Thomas McCall abandon the Confederate Army to search for the fabled gold of Juárez. When the gruff duo hit open range, they encounter a violent world teeming with crazed soldiers, ruthless bandits, and warring Apache tribes. As they shoot their way across the country, the allure of untold riches and fast women challenges family bonds. You can switch freely between the sharpshooter Thomas and the grittier Ray, who prefers to kill up close and personal. Later, up the bounty on your head by killing everyone in the new online multiplayer, where bandits, outlaws, and lawmen shoot to rule the wild west.
NCAA FOOTBALL 10
This Saturday, the pep rally is in your dorm room. Electronic Arts Sports' latest ode to Saturday football lets you earn points for your favorite school in the new Season Showdown mode, where you pit your fans against the opposition's to see who dominates the gridiron. Dropouts can use the new TeamBuilder to create the School of Hard Knocks, then take them to the top in the online Dynasty mode, which now supports customizable conferences. Wannabe Heisman Trophy winners can hog the glory for themselves in the Road to Glory mode. If you become the best at a single position, ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews and color analyst Kirk Herbstreit will chronicle your record-breaking performances with highlight reels, photos, and interviews. Then it's time to go pro.
RED FACTION: GUERRILLA
When the Earth Defense Force adopts a totalitarian government on Mars, downtrodden workers have no choice but to take up arms against its tyranny. Small-time miner Alec Mason's solution? Fight the law and win by breaking everything the EDF owns and shooting all the soldiers in sight. This working-class hero uses everything at his disposal—sledgehammers, remote charges, missile launchers, and even vehicles—to lay waste to EDF propaganda, turn bases into rubble, and disrupt operations. Red Faction's destruction model is the best in video games to date; a well-placed rocket to a support beam will take out the entire building, crushing all those within. For heavy-duty destruction, we recommend the garbage truck armed with a rocket launcher.
UFC 2009 UNDISPUTED
Think you have what it takes to survive the octagon? Create a mixed martial artist, choose his standup and grappling techniques from six fighting styles (boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, judo, and wrestling), and jump in the ring to turn Chuck Liddell into a bloody pulp. With over 80 UFC personalities across five weight classes, that's a lot of ass to kick—but delivering punishment is as easy as cracking your knuckles, thanks to the game's brilliant fighting engine and grappling system. Between fights, players can hone their skills by completing training drills, sparring, and participating in a UFC camp. Once you perfect counters, defensive tactics, and knockdown moves, head online to make your friend tap out like a bitch.
If you're like us, you blow through a pair of cheap earbud headphones a week. Skullcandy makes durable headphones that can survive a bail on a snowboard or a spill on the sidewalk. The Agent ($49.95, skullcandy.com) is part of the brand's new Decibel series, a collection of cushy headphones that are shipped only to independent shops and not mega-stores. They come in black, white, and CMYK, and the padded ear cups seal in the sound of Ride the Lightning and seal out screaming babies.
The Disposable Skateboard Bible
Skateboard culture and tattoos go together like urethane and concrete, with classic skateboard graphics influencing tattooers everywhere (just ask Grime). Former Powell Peralta designer Sean Cliver continues his Disposable book series with The Disposable Skateboard Bible ($39.95, gingkopress.com). Through interviews with pro skaters and company art directors, Cliver traces the evolution of legendary boards from Mike Vallely, Natas Kaupas, and even imprisoned Mark "Gator" Rogowski. Epic!
Chicago clothing company Riot Tuxedo started with sketchy drawings of skulls, wolves, and other subjects doodled by punker Brian "Riot" Anderson. Now the company creates an entire line of T-shirts, hoodies, vests, necklaces, and even switchblade combs. The T-shirts are hand-printed on 100 percent organic cotton and released in limited editions, with the first 25 delivered in vintage record sleeves. We like Gas Mask ($34, riottuxedo.com), featuring a gas-mask-clad owl who looks all business.
Only the Brave
Sorry, guys—dosing your T-shirt with Febreze doesn't count as wearing cologne. When you're ready to step up to something that smells better, try Diesel's Only the Brave ($65, diesel.com). The eaude toilette mixes lemon blossom, mandarin, and coriander leaves with a touch of lavender, black rose, and other scents. Plus, the fist-shaped bottle (complete with "RR" tattoo like the one Diesel founder Renzo Rosso gave himself on his 50th birthday) will make you feel like you won big at the Source Awards.
Shit-talking—and throwing—punk legend GG Allin abused himself and anyone stupid enough to stand front and center at one of his shows. Now Allin, complete with scars, tattoos, and tighty-whiteys, has been immortalized for you to abuse in this 7-inch "Throbblehead" by Aggronautix ($14.95, aggronautix.com). Only 2,000 will be made of this limited edition. Next up in the series: Tesco Vee of the Meatmen and Blag Dahlia from the Dwarves. We're holding out for Dicks singer Gary Floyd.
Robots, devil girls, monsters, and the evolution of lowbrow art legend Coop.
“When I was growing up in Bixby, OK, during the early '80s, you didn't see a lot of people with tattoos," says illustrator, painter, and pop-art entrepreneur Christopher “Coop" Cooper. “The modern tattoo scene only really started happening around the time I moved to California in the late '80s.
Ride the rails across this artsy country and explore castles, cheese factories, and the twisted world of H.R. Giger.
Throughout the ages, Switzerland has bubbled with productivity: It's where psychologist Carl Jung articulated the collective unconscious, the Dada antiart movement began in 1916, and 450 varieties of cheese are currently produced. It's also where macabre surrealist H.R. Giger acquired the Château St.
Think hatchbacks are for people too timid to splurge on a station wagon? That’s probably because you blinked as these speedsters flew past.
MITSUBISHI LANCER SPORTBACK RALLIART
Elsewhere in the world, hatchbacks are ubiquitous. From Tokyo to Wolfsburg, they gamely fulfill their utilitarian purposes as people, uh, do whatever it is people do in other countries. Here in America, however, drivers have typically shunned small, fuel-efficient cars.
If you think that pro skateboarder Jim Greco doesn't give a fuck about anything, you're just misunderstanding the man. “Sometimes you got to get into that mindset where you don't care if you die trying something," says Greco. “Standing at the top of some huge stairs, you say, ‘Fuck it.
“I have a weird thing with voyeurism," says artist Natalia Fabia, whose paintings depict “rad, talented chicks" in private, doing things like hugging a stuffed bunny or eating an ice-cream cone, often while wearing little more than their undies.
Check the walls of your local music venue and there's a good chance you'll find a Set Your Goals sticker plastered somewhere. It's a visual reminder of how much things have changed since the band joined the Epitaph Records roster. “On our old label, we would get, like, 100 stickers and they would be In black and white," singer Matt Wilson explains from the back of band's tour van.
GREEN DAY RETURNS WITH 21ST CENTURY BREAKDOWN, A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL OF PUNK ROCK FURY.
BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG
Green Day’s Oakland, CA , studio is about what you’d expect from one of the world’s biggest rock bands. The fenced-in complex includes a Ping-Pong table, outdoor weight room, vending machines, vinyl library, huge motorcycle garage, basketball hoop, and almost anything else a young punk could want.
If you want to feel amazing, you have to put yourself through hell first. At least that’s the way Sara Blake, 24, sees it. “You just don’t appreciate pleasure as much without pain. It’s why I love running-stopping never feels so good and water never tastes as good as it does after a really hard run.” It’s also one of the reasons she’s into tattoos: “You feel so badass and amazing after sitting through a few hours of pain.” Here’s what else this interactive designer and illustrator from New York’s East Village has to say about her favorite art form.
Metalcore kings Killswitch Engage blow up the formula with their latest album.
howard Jones is disappointed. When the singer for metalcore band Killswitch Engage sits down for a conversation with INKED, it’s easy to get the feeling he’d rather be chatting with Bass Fishing Monthly. We don’t take it personally. “Anytime I get the opportunity to fish you can count me in,” a scratchy—voiced Jones says while casting lures somewhere in Canada (he claims he has no idea where he actually is).
The rock icon turned horror maestro sheds the ghost of John Carpenter in his Halloween sequel and discusses why you'd better make it quick if you have any plans to get him back in the tattoo chair.
When you’re a musician who has built his whole persona around horror movies—christening your first band after an obscure 1930s Bela Lugosi film, decorating your house with dead things, and, well, naming yourself something like Rob Zombie—and you decide to actually make horror movies yourself, you’d better be ready for some serious scrutiny.
Tattooer Thomas Pendleton gave up shop life in Las Vegas to hit the road for his new TV show, Tattoo Highway. Here's his guide to the best spots to visit a tiger rescue, get blessed by Buddhist monks, buy a giraffe skull, and more!
LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS BIG CAT RESCUE
The Edge of Texas Steakhouse & Saloon
Skulls Unlimited International
Outer Limit Tattoos
THE SAN FRANCISCO LEGION OF HONOR
Los Aigodones, Mexico
when tattoo artist Thomas Pendieton left the hit Inked he boughta 1972 Silver Eagle coach on eBay, turned it into a fully funtioning tattoo shop, and hit the road without looking back. His new rolling tattoo shop has all the amenities you could ask for and even more stylerore Pendleton, his wife, Monica and a team of fellow artists set out from Vegas to travel the cøuntry in the skull-laden rig, giving tattoos and gethering footege for their .new A&E reality show Tattoo Highway.
INKED: When you were young did you ever say, “When I grow up, I want to be a tattoo artist”? BOB TYRRELL: When I was a kid, I wanted to be an artist. My dad was an artist, a commercial artist, but he also did a lot of oil paintings. So I wanted to be an artist ’til I was about 14, and then I started playing guitar and that totally took over.
For a guy recently featured In a short series of Italian videos on top East Coast Ink slingers—one who’s also been associated with notable New York tattooers like Steve Boltz and Ell Qulnters—Todd Noble has a pretty simple outlook on tattoos.
NAME: Jess SHOP ASSISTANT AT: Three Kings Tattoo, Brooklyn, NY It can get stressful and overwhelming at times—when an artist needs more paper towels, and someone else needs an appointment made, and a stencil needs to miraculously appear, and the phone is ringing, and a piercing client starts to faint—all while I’m trying to finish washing my hands and talk to a customer about a cover-up!
We celebrated the release of INKED editor Jason Buhrmester's debut novel, Black Dogs, with a bash at Angels & Kings. DJ Theo Kogan spun tunes, Jack Daniels and PBR provided the booze, and everyone including INKED writers and photographers, models, and members of Sick of It All and the Cro-Mags, showed up.
Tattoo artist Brandon Bond and his shop All or Nothing Tattoo hosted the Great Pit Ball in Las Vegas in March. The event included performances by Sick of It All and Madball and the premiere of Bond's documentary, Vicktory to the Underdog. The money raised went to Villalobos Animal Rescue in Canyon Country, CA.
The ladies of Burning Angel celebrated their 7th anniversary with a wild bash at New York’s Webster Hall. Founder Joanna Angel along with stars Jessie Lee, Nova, and others got down (and dirty) to music by Young Love. Here’s to another year, ladies!
The annual Winter Music Conference in Miami Beach, FL, attracts music lovers from around the globe. In between seminars on scratching, a record collector show, and killer performances, partiers hit the pools and the beaches to show off their tattooed bodies.
The crew at Three Kings Tattoo celebrated one year of ink-slinging with a boozy bash at Bar Matchless, located just across the street from their Brooklyn shop. Tattooers Alex McWatt, Matty No Times, Josh Egnew, Annie Lloyd, Mohawk John, and Beau broke out the champagne and cake at the packed party.
“Damn, 20 years in Vegas is a long time,” laughs Austin Spencer. But that’s how long it’s been since Spencer relocated from Houston to Las Vegas, where he works out of Studio 21, the shop owned by his family. He tattoos with a bright, flowing style and counts Aaron Della Vedova, Gunnar, and Jime Litwalk as influences.