We love that photographer Patrick Hoelck sports a Che Guevara-style beard and military cap and that he can tell you how much a million dollars weighs in $100 bills. We also love his photography, which is why we were stoked to have him shoot the lovely Diablo Cody (“Diablo Cody Says No," page 50).
“B sure 2 ask about her band Yak Spackle," read the text message from a Chicago friend after I told him I was interviewing Diablo Cody for this month's cover story. “I think she played in The Brewsers [note the spelling]" read a message from another friend.
GALLOWS POLL Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I loved the Gallows cover and story in your June issue. They are one of the best bands around right now, and Frank Carter rules. He's a tattooer, a punk rocker, and a guy who doesn't hold back his opinions.
NAME: Kimberly Sidebottom OCCUPATION: Account manager HOMETOWN: Sacramento, CA I was a daydreamer as a little girl, so it’s only appropriate that my first tattoo was a star on my back. I was 19, and Joe Randolph at Electric Voodoo Tattoo in Vacaville, CA, did it.
Delicious Japanese rice wine is the next big spirit. Here's everything you need to know to go from sake novice to sake sensei.
DEWATSURU KIMOTO JUNMAI
This old-style sake is produced in the original kimoto brewing method that uses no additives, giving it a great mellow flavor. Its high acidity stands up to grilled chicken, soups, and fried foods. Serve this one cold.
MANABITO JUNMAI DAIGINJO
An extra year of maturation in the bottle adds incredible depth and complexity to this junmai daiginjo. Layered aromas of licorice and white pepper give way to an exceptionally smooth finish. This one's great served on its own; if you like to eat when you drink, pair it with oysters or leafy greens.
HORIN ULTRA PREMIUM JUNMAI DAIGINJO
Horin is fermented slowly at very low temperatures—the perfect way to make a clean, refined, and smooth sake. Its subtle fruity flavors of pear and melon go well with salads, shellfish, and fish. And no one would fault you for drinking it on its own.
This isn't your normal sake. Aged in cedar barrels, it's one of the few sakes that has hints of rich wood to complement notes of floral and citrus. Its unique flavor profile and powerful full-bodied richness make it a rare experience. Plus, it's available in a cool wooden cask.
What vodka is to Russia and bourbon is to Kentucky, sake is to Japan. Although you've probably ordered this ricebased spirit only at Japanese restaurants, sake is now gaining popularity everywhere from fancy hotel bars to dingy local watering holes.
Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 [Capitol Records] While classic Beasties albums covered everything from hip-hop to punk to acid jazz, the trio's latest release focuses mostly on the B-Boys' backbone—beats and rhymes. Hip-hop's early days Influence the throwback beat and crowd cheer of “Make Some Noise" and the track “Too Many Rappers," a teardown of the state of hiphop that's loaded up with references to J.J. Fad and Stetsasonic and topped off with an appearance by Nas. The brilliant “Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win" is a dub thumper featuring vocals by Santigold and the Beasties’ wild rhyme style that should serve as the blueprint for the Boys' future.
EVERY TIME I DIE
New Junk Aesthetic [Epitaph] Our winner for best tattoo? Every Time I Die singer Keith Buckley, for his portrait of Maury Povich with the words “Keith, you are not the father." Buckley's biting sarcasm is what makes ETID more than just a band with big riffs and brutal tempo changes. On “The Marvelous Slut" the drums thunder behind scratchy guitars as Buckley screams, “Where you lay your head is a matter of pride," while the stop-start riff on “Host Disorder" is the best example of ETID's sound—a car crash of American hardcore and rock ‘n’ roll. “Goddamn Kids These Days" is a raging temper tantrum of jittery guitars and skull-pounding drums that could easily trash a Povich set and send the audience scurrying.
LA COKA NOSTRA
A Brand You Can Trust [Suburban Noize Records] We can already hear hip-hop critics calling new supergroup La Coka Nostra the white Wu-Tang. It makes sense. With members including Mr. White (a.k.a. Everlast), DJ Lethal, Danny Boy, Ill Bill, and Slaine, the crew is a throwback to the wild ruckus days when MCs spit lines back and forth over loud beats. Opener “Bloody Sunday," built around a Black Sabbath-style guitar riff, outlines Coka's philosophy of guns, women, and drugs, while guest Snoop Dogg pimp leans on the hustler anthem “Bang Bang." It's not all thug; on “I'm an American," Everlast spits about oil and imperialism between samples of JFK and Richard Nixon. Don't miss this.
HE IS LEGEND
It Hates You [Tragic Hero] Just who is He is Legend? The North Carolina band used to play pounding post-hardcore, but these days they sound more like a sludgy southern rock band. The transformation definitely suits singer Schuylar Croom's voice, which swoops between an Alice in Chains howl and a low growl. That range goes well with the string-bending riffs and rock crunch of tracks such as “Stranger Danger" and “China White III,” which show off the band's Stone Temple Pilots influence, and “Party Time!" with heavy guitars that rage like their early hardcore days. But this album is more about showing off the band's new rock sound, even if that means shedding the things they once did so well.
Shaka Rock [Real Horrorshow Records] The turbine-powered riffs of Jet’s raggedy rock stalled out somewhere over their last album, which was more Oasis than AC/DC. Shaka Rock is a return to form even if it’s not obvious from the start. Opener “K.I.A. (Killed in Action)" is a jerky, half-time track about being disillusioned with commercial society that leads into the dub-heavy “Beat on Repeat." It’s a rough takeoff until “She’s a Genius" kicks in with the boogie-rock guitars Jet do so well. “Seventeen" starts with a mellow piano riff before being obliterated by overblown guitars, while “Let Me Out" delivers perfect '70s rock, including muted guitars, self-righteous lyrics, and up-front drums. It’s a party record, sure, but not until much later in the night.
Gold Country [SideOne Dummy] When they come out from behind the amps, some of your favorite punk rock singers can actually, well, sing. Last year's Revival Tour proved it by featuring stripped-down performances by members of Against Me! and Avail along with Chuck Ragan, beloved singer for Hot Water Music. On his third solo album, Ragan lends his gritty howl to folky tracks such as the foot-stomping antiwar song “Glory." The revival really starts with “Done and Done," a sing-along jam about friends and good times that carries through to “Get Em All Home," an ode to life on the road complete with fiddle and pedal steel that still feels punk, even without the power chords.
The world's most photographed footballer has apparently never heard the maxim “Everything in moderation." Already with six fragrances to his name, he's launching Signature Story ($50, beckham-fragrances.com), an herbal, woody cologne with notes of wild basil, rosemary absolute, and cedar. Maybe this latest fragrance will be his last—after all, 7 was his lucky jersey number back when he played for Manchester United and only had, like, three colognes to his name.
Victorinox Swiss Unlimited
Although the Swiss Armed Forces don't actually see action with other countries, they are one of the bestoutfitted armies in the world. Now the maker of their iconic knives has a new creation: Victorinox Swiss Unlimited ($75, swissarmy.com). A blend of absinthe, silver fir, and génépi (a rare alpine plant), the scent brings to mind the winds and woods of the Alps. Will it become part of the standard-issue Swiss Army kit? Doubtful. But its cool rubberized canister is certainly worthy of a spot in your survival pack.
Ecko by Marc Ecko
After supporting the rights of graffiti artists to posses the tools of their trade (Valspar, Krylon) and starring in a video where he tagged Air Force One, designer Marc Ecko knows his way around a spray bottle. And while fragrance isn't exactly paint, his new Ecko by Marc Ecko ($59, Macy’s) proves he knows what he's doing with an eau de toilette too. The mix of ginger, grapefruit, and musk is great to spritz on when you're just chillin'— or tagging.
John Varvatos Rock Volume One
John Varvatos made his name designing clothes, but his real passion is rock ‘n’ roll. Don't believe us? Check out his Sirius XM Radio show, Born in Detroit. That love of music inspired his new fragrance, John Varvatos Rock Volume One ($82, Bloomingdale's). “Like a great song, the right scent can also trigger a secret memory," he explains. Spray on this mix of rose and coffee and see if you have a night as memorable as the first time you heard Appetite for Destruction. —Jennifer Goldstein
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Systems: Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PSP Madden NFL fans have spent years kneeling on the Astroturf and begging for an online franchise mode. This year, EA Sports delivers. For the first time in the series' history, you and your friends can choose teams and build a complete league, including player trades, live drafts, and the ability to track your league from a PC or iPhone. Elsewhere, a revamped pass-blocking system eliminates the need for 25-yard drop-backs, head tracking makes it easier to see the field, tweaked player ratings further separate the scrubs from the stars, and a weekly highlights show recaps all of the action. Madden may have retired from broadcasting, but the fat man still has a few all-star moves.
BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM
Systems: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Batman is a box office superhero, but the Caped Crusader has suffered through a Bat Cave full of shitty video games. Arkham Asylum breaks the shame cycle with a brooding tale that plays to the Dark Knight's strengths. After Batman escorts the Joker to the famed psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Gotham City, Harley Quinn and the Joker free the inmates and lock Batman inside. With the inmates running the asylum, Batman must use his detective skills to foil the plan while coming face to face with many of the super-villains he sent to Arkham to rot. With foes like the Riddler, Penguin, Scarecrow, and Two-Face, this explosive game packs a punch in line with Batman's brand of vigilante justice.
Systems: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, PSP, DS Months after the original Dirt was released, the game's namesake, Colin McRae, tragically died in a helicopter accident. The famed rally racer's spirit lives on in Dirt 2, which fittingly culminates with the Colin McRae Memorial Cup. To get there, drivers must survive races on the most extreme off-road tracks around the world. Dirt 2's motto? Pavement is for pussies. These gritty tracks favor winding roads and deadly jumps on courses composed of gravel, mud, and shallow water. Code masters packed the game with a huge selection of rally cars and off-road vehicles, and an overhauled physics system to help them stay on track. If you blow a turn and chop that tree into firewood, hit the Replay button to correct your fatal error.
Systems: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Nazis are heartless bastards—which is exactly why they make great video game fodder. In the latest title of this long-running series, super-soldier B.J. Blaskowicz battles Nazi occult researchers who have opened a gate to an alternate dimension in hopes of exploiting a new power source called Black Sun. As the Allies' most renowned ass-kicker, Blaskowicz jumps through the portal to dispatch the SS troops and their paranormal comrades. For the first time in the Wolfenstein series, Blaskowicz isn't fighting alone; fellow fighters offer side missions and upgrade your arsenal to include disintegration beams, particle cannons, and other weapons that turn German troops into sauerkraut. —Matt Bertz
Say hola to Señor Blanco. In honor of the 15th anniversary of 55DSL, the clothing line partnered with famed toy design house Kidrobot to create this limited edition hombre ($70, diesel.com). The chubby plastic dude comes decked out in a 55DSL shirt designed by Italian art studio Vasava, red spectacles, gold-capped tooth, bandage,and a toughlooking “Fifty-Five DSL" tattoo across his stomach. Only 1,555 will be created for toy and fashion geeks everywhere. Snatch one up now, amigo.
Japanese artist Shige ranks as one of the foremost tattoo masters in the world. Considering his waiting list, this book might be the closest you're getting to his art anytime soon. Published by State of Grace Tattoo, where Shige makes frequent guest appearances, Shige (stateofgracetattoo.com) is a gorgeous 328page tome that includes a foreword by Japanese tattoo godfather Horiyoshi Ill and photos of Shige's work and travels. The $240 hardcover version is already sold out, so watch for the softcover coming soon.
Designer Johnny Cupcakes started his T-shirt line as a joke and sold it out of the trunk of his car. Now there are bakery-themed Johnny Cupcakes stores in Boston and Los Angeles where kids line up to buy limited edition shirts and standards like this Crossbones Classic ($35.99, johnnycupcakes.com). Johnny has expanded the line to include everything from belts to board shorts, and recently offered a one-night cruise in Boston complete with a limited edition shirt and a buffet that (we're assuming) included cupcakes.
You need dishes even if most of your meals come wrapped in paper or stuffed in Styrofoam containers. Tattoo artist Paul Timman, known for inking celebs such as Angelina Jolie and Mark Wahlberg at Sunset Strip Tattoo, in Hollywood, collaborated with Ink Dish to create these tattooed dishes ($14-$22 for individual pieces, inkdish.com). The set is currently available in the Irezumi and Tribal Lines pattern (shown), and Cherry Ink patterns will be available in October. That double bacon cheeseburger never looked better.
PSP Go system
Add video game discs to the list of endangered technologies. Just as MP3s gave CDs the dinosaur treatment, new download setups will send games straight to your system with no discs required. Sony's PSP Go system ($249, playstation.com) uses Wi-Fi to download games to 16 GBs of internal memory or a Memory Stick. Compared with previous models, the redesigned PSP is 50 percent smaller and 40 percent lighter. The same can't be said of our waistband. We gotta put down the video games and get outside more.
Mark Zeff designs interiors that rock. Now he's creating "the sexiest hotel in the world."
Mark Zeff has a rep for building sexy spaces. If designing Carey Hart's Wasted Space lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas didn't already do it for him, Zeff's two newest projects are on track to cement his status as the rock world's go-to guy for decadent, vice-inspired interiors.
Tour Prague on your own two feet for art, architecture, and delicious fried cheese.
Your tattoos may attract attention when you travel, but they will go largely unnoticed in Prague. After all, this is a city whose most famous artist, David Ĉerný, has decorated the streets with sculptures of upside-down dead horses, men pissing on each other, and giant crawling babies with coin slots for faces.
After more than a decade, the revered Ford Taurus SHO is back. German automakers had better watch their backs-and check their rearviews.
FORD TAURUS SHO
Starts at $37,170 3.5-liter V6 twin-turbo 365 horsepower
On his first night hosting The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien did a bit about his car. As Billy Ocean's “Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car" bumped, O'Brien motored around town, letting his sexy ride work its magic on Angelenos. He impregnated a hot pedestrian with nothing more than a sexy glance out of his passenger-side window.
Rick Thorne should be dead. in his BMX career of more than two decades, the 40-year-old legend has broken legs, torn ligaments, wrecked his jaw, and lost countless teeth. Once, after coming up short on a gap, he awoke in the hospital to find that doctors had filleted him from ear to ear and pulled the skin of his face down to drain fluid and implant permanent screws and plates that still hold his head together.
Extreme-metal band Suicide Silence made their name delivering wild live shows that often left members with bleeding cuts and chipped teeth. But even they were shocked by what transpired the first time they played Russia. “There were kids pouring lighter fluid on their sweaters and lighting themselves on fire and moshing," recalls vocalist Mitch Lucker.
Bill Wall cultivates the aura of the badass outlaw biker for his brand, Bill Wall Leather, but this soft-spoken 44-year-old designer could hardly be more Zen. Sure, he looks the part of the rebel—arms covered in tattoos, including a One Percenter emblem, which he got back when he did consider himself among the supposed one percent of bikers who live outside the boundaries of the law.
When she was an unknown, tattooed stripper she inked the word "Yes" on her wrist. Then she published a book, wrote a movie called Juno, won an Oscar, and created a hit TV show with Steven Spielberg. Now she's back with the horror movie Jennifer's Body and a middle finger for her critics. Is "the most open-minded person in the world" learning to say no?
There is a tornado in the room but Oiablo Cody doesn't notice. While a hairstylist buzzes around her, clothing stylists lay out a spread of dresses and jewelry, and various people, including a movie studio representative and photography assistants, run in and out of the room, Cody juggles three conversations, all without turning her head away from the makeup artist.
How Taking Back Sunday were reborn as the rock band you should be listening to right now.
IT'S EARLY EVENING IN ROCHESTER, NY, just hours before Taking Back Sunday’s soldout show at the Water Street Music Hall in support of their latest album, New Again, and the band’s members are doing something they would not have done together just a few years earlier—gathering for a friendly meal.
Crystal Barnidge knows how to move her body. Of course, it helps that this petite Texan gal has been dancing since she was 3. In fact, it’s what led her to relocate to New York City at 18. There, she studied at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance with the hopes of following In the footsteps of her idols.
The rapper-turned-actor-turned-Gamer is out to conquer the world and-what the hell-set the record straight about Jeremy Piven's mercury poisoning while he's at it.
If you can talk financial experts off the ledge long enough to ask them the key to a successful future, they’ll almost all say the same thing: “You’ve got to diversify.” It’s a philosophy that few have embraced as earnestly as the rap community, and few have done it so thoroughly and successfully as Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges.
When Private First Class Marcos Sierra joined the U.S. Army, he didn't expect to be fighting his way across Iraq while tattooing the band of brothers around him. Hooah.
Approaching Fort Lewis on highway 1-5 just outside of Tacoma, WA, beneath relentless sheets of rain and a steel-gray sky, you could forget that you're driving to an army base. Just off the highway, the massive ranks of pine trees open onto the façade of a fort circa 1849.
The godfather of modern tribal talks about his art and influences.
INKED: When were you first attracted to tattoos? LEO ZULUETA: My family emigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. And growing up in Hawaii, I saw a lot of Filipino relatives with tattoos, which fascinated me. Were they indigenous Filipino tattoos?
Ask the owner of any tattoo shop about the path that led him to his business and you'll get a story about hard work, happy coincidences, friendship, and plain old luck. “You know, there's a great quote about luck," says Deluxe Tattoo owner Ben Wahhh (who explains his last name is spelled W-A-H with “as many H's as you want to throw on there").
NAME: Cherry Dollface SHOP ASSISTANT AT: Traditional Ink, Los Angeles The vibe here is very old-school. Tattoos are by appointment only. We're in an amazing art deco building in downtown L.A. There is a machine shop in the back, where tattooers build machines, and traditional flash everywhere.
The annual New York City Tattoo Convention went down May 15-17 at the Roseland Ballroom. Icons such as Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand and Jack Rudy tattooed alongside artists from Taiwan, Sweden, China, and elsewhere while we turned readers on to INKED at our own booth—which was conveniently located close to the bar!
While artists such as Mastodon, Gaslight Anthem, Drive-By Truckers, and other INKED favorites rocked the Coachella stage, the tattooed crowd tried to keep from getting sunburned in the scorching desert heat. Be sure to sunscreen those tattoos, kids!
The biggest tattoo event of the summer is the lnk-n-lron Festival in Long Beach, CA. This year, tattooers filled all four floors of the Queen Mary ship while the surrounding grounds hosted merchants, a classic car show, and a stage for performances by Eagles of Death Metal, The Bronx, The Sonics, and more.
The work of Japanese tattoo master Horiyoshi III is museumworthy, as proved by Canvas LA. The gallery hosted an Evening With Horiyoshi III event featuring paintings, scrolls, and 10 models with full bodysuits from Horiyoshi. The night also marked the launch of the Horiyoshi the Third clothing line.
We love that every Hell City tattoo convention is loaded with special events. This May's convention, in Columbus, OH, included a comedy roast of tattooer Chris Longo, an artist meet-and-greet, live painting, and screenings of tattoo films and TV shows, along with appearances by Guy Aitchison, Kim Saigh, Lyle Tuttle, and others.
Private studio, Vancouver, Canada, 604-633-2635, adamsky.com Canadian artist Adam Sky has a drunk biker to thank for his tattoo career. When the biker showed up too wasted to tattoo partygoers, the crowd nominated Sky. “When the biker woke up, instead of bludgeoning me to death with a motorcycle chain, he told me he thought I was a natural-born tattoo artist and gave me his jailhouse tattoo rig, insisting that I tattoo him and all of his biker buddies."