As senior editor of Rides, Willie G. spends much of his day denying features to D-list rappers and celebrities who drive leases. When not complaining about hybrid vehicles and the state of hip-hop, the New Yorker contributes to the pages of Mass Appeal, King, Complex, Antenna, and others.
This issue almost didn't happen. During production, summer was in full blaze in New York City, and I'd been skateboarding to the office every day. After spending one weekend working on the October issue, I loaded my laptop with all the files into my bag and then blasted up the Brooklyn sidewalk on my way to the subway.
I never write to magazines but you guys deserve thanks for your story on Green Day [August 2009]. They aren't a band that you would think a tattoo magazine would cover, even though they've got tons of ink. It was great to learn more about their tattoos.
NAME: Anna Katla OCCUPATION: Graphic designer HOMETOWN: Malmo, Sweden I was 18 and wanted a tattoo as soon as possible, so I didn't really think it through and I did a small black snake on my stomach. Charlie Nilsson did it at Old Bones Tattoo.
Expand your vino knowledge and break out a bottle of something new.
REMELLURI RESERVA 2004
One of the best values is Spanish wine. The vino produced in Rioja is particularly good and is growing in popularity around the world. Try the rich and complex Remelluri Reserva 2004 ($23, remelluri.com), made mostly from Tempranlllo grapes. Before releasing it, Remelluri ages the wine in the bottle, so you can drink it immediately.
ROCCA FAMILY VINEYARDS SYRAH 2006
A glass of Rocca's spicy, fullbodied Syrah ($45, roccawines. com) is perfect on a cool October night. The Australians call it Shiraz and the French call it Syrah, but whatever you call it, this flavorful grape is quickly becoming one of America’s favorites.
STAGS' LEAP VIOGNIER 2007
Next time you're about to reach for a bottle of chardonnay, try Stags' Leap Viognier ($25, stagsleap.com) instead. Unlike that other oaky white, the viognier has a lot of acid and fruit (think pear, lime, and peach), helping to stimulate the appetite and pairing well with rich foods like cheese.
PERRIER-JOUËT BLASON ROSÉ
There's one rule to champagne: Don't drink it with dessert. Most bubbly is too dry for sweets and actually tastes better before and during a meal. Perrier-Jouët's rosé ($75, perrier-jouet.com) is no exception. The dry, crisp sparkling wine may be the perfect aperitif—but you'll want to keep drinking it all night.
Forget flaming shots, smoky single malts, and even overproof rum—the scariest of beverages is the simplest: wine. The alcohol made from moldy grapes can humble even the most ardent of drinkers. Between the unpronounceable winery names and confusing terminology it's no mystery why you buy the same bottle over and over again.
AFI Crash Love [Interscope/DGC Records] AFI made their transformation from hardcore kids to goth-punk pioneers look as easy as applying eyeliner. The truth is, they've been tweaking their formula, and Crash Love might be the closest they've come to perfecting it.
Sure, you want to feel the burn, but for how long?
Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak
Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak Rub this blend of Epsom salts and eucalyptus ($35, getjackblack.com) on your muscles, then get in a warm bath and soak. No tub? Scrub it on in the shower. Either way, you'll get relief.
Dr. Hauschka Arnica Bump and Bruise Relief
Dr. Hauschka Arnica Bump and Bruise Relief Put a couple of these pellets ($14, drhauschka.com) under your tongue and let thern rnelt. They're packed with arnica, an herb that helps regulate circulation in connective tissue. (Translation: You'll feel better quicker.)
Ole Henriksen Muscle Comfort Lotion
Ole Henriksen Muscle Comfort Lotion Even a hard-ass like Hess says a massage is the best reward for a punishing gym session. Beg (or bribe?) your girlfriend, hand her this peppermint lotion ($28, olehenriksen.com), and await the tingling, muscle-reviving sensation.
Badger Balm Extra Strength Sore Muscle Rub
Badger Balm Extra Strength Sore Muscle Rub "Heat helps relax muscles so they don't feel as tight," says Hess. If you can't get to a sauna or steam room, apply this warming balm ($7, badgerbalm.com) on sore muscles or joints instead.
If you work out without getting sore, we've got news for you: You're not working out. Whatever it is you're doing, you're not building muscle. According to trainer Jess Hess, lifting weights and doing highintensity exercise creates tiny, microscopic tears in your muscles.
Roadies spend the majority of their time hauling equipment and tuning instruments. Not Eddie Riggs. After he spills blood on his badass belt buckle in a backstage mishap, the world's best roadie is transported to an alternate universe ripped straight from a heavy metal album cover.
Spend a weekend filled with tattoos, casinos, and seafood in Evian-les-Bains, the birthplace of bottled water.
Marisa Kakoulas DiMattia
So what if we piled up a landfill of empties before realizing that bottled water was a bad idea. That doesn't mean there isn't a lot of good left in Evianles-Bains, France, the homeland of highbrow H2O. For the past three years, thousands of the internationally inked have descended upon the small town for the Evian Tattoo Show, energizing a place that once catered primarily to elderly tourists in search of sciatica-relieving hydrotherapy.
The redesigned Microsoft Zune HD ($219-$289, zune.com) is gunning for your iPod. The latest version includes a touch screen, HD radio, HD video playback, Wi-Fi, and a web browser. If iPods could sweat, yours would.
When it comes to charity, tattooers tend to go all in. In Las Vegas, 27 tattooers each designed two cards for this 54card deck. All proceeds from the pack, called Stack the Deck ($22, grouptherapylv.com), are donated to Dalton Avenue, a local children's charity. Ante up, everyone—it's worth it.
Long before the U.S. imported toys loaded with chemicals and poisons, Little Johnny played with wooden cars and robots. The limited-edition Gama-Go Deathbot Deathtective ($22, ningyoushi. com) is a retro wooden toy that will go nicely with the lead paint in your apartment.
Draven asked famed L.A. tattooer Tokyo Hiro to design decks that combine two of our loves—classic tattoo art and old-school skateboards. The Muteki Swallow Tail ($159, draven.com) comes complete with grip tape, Gullwing trucks, and Cruise Control wheels. Here's to tattoos everywhere marred by road rash!
The new Street Jesus T-shirt from Texas-based company Before You Judge Me ($26, before youjudgeme.com) depicts the good Lord as a speaker-booming saint. Bless those beats!
Renegade artist Dan Witz has had a 30-year reign on the streets of NYC.
“I consider most art I make to be a subversive act," says New York street artist Dan Witz. “I can't think of anything more paradigm-shifting than free, anonymous art on the street." Since 1978, when he moved to NYC from a Chicago suburb to study art at The Cooper Union, Witz has been dodging police and making his mark, literally, on the city's streets.
Fun and sporty, these under-the-radar rides are worth checking out.
KIA FORTE KOUP SX
2.4-liter 173 horsepower $19,900
SUBARU LEGACY 2.5GT PREMIUM
2.5-liter 265 horsepower $27,995
The parking lot at your local mall is probably packed with cars like the Toyota Corolla. That's because Toyota, Nissan, and Honda have eclipsed other Asian automakers in the States for years. And while their sales dominance won't change anytime soon, the long-standing quality gap is rapidly decreasing.
It was 2004 and Alex Solis, a 5'3", 112-pound, world-famous Panama-born jockey with a track record running over two decades, had just fallen off of a chocolate-colored 4-year-old mare named Golden KK during a race at Del Mar, in southern California.
Big breasts are wonderful. But when it comes to fitting them into a comfortable bra, big-breasted ladies often find themselves jealous of those with smaller cup sizes. The teeny straps, the barely-there cups, the unnecessary padding—they all cause endless frustration.
Many an artist claims that music has saved his or her life, but Dead to Me bassist and vocalist Chicken is living proof that it happens. After getting out of rehab for substance abuse in 2005, Chicken formed Dead to Me with two of his friends from the newly defunct band One Man Army.
Agents, film crews, groupies—it's tough to juggle the responsibilities facing a pro athlete, especially when you're in high school. “One time, a girl actually ran on the team bus and showed her breasts," laughs Romeo Travis, who played high school hoops alongside NBA superstar LeBron James at St.
Motocross racer and tattoo reality-TV entrepreneur Carey Hart broke everythingrelationships, records, his own bodyand built an empire from the pieces.
THE SUMMER X GAMES ARE A ROMAN CIRCUS OF SKATEboarding, BMX, and motocross—a four-day orgy of sports that don't require teams or uniforms. Balls, however, are a must. Deep into the parking lot of L.A.'s Home Depot Center sits Carey Hart's encampment, a brigade that includes three massive tour buses emblazoned with sponsor logos and the words Hart & Huntington in flowing tattoo-style script.
Everything about Sarah Miller adds up. Don't believe us? Go ahead and challenge this 32-yearold engineering student on her multiplication skills. Heck, Miller will even double dare ya. “I am not a submissive-type person, and I don't ever want to be,” says Miller, who in fact has the words “Double Dare Ya” tattooed across her ribs.
Auto-Tune and soda commercials killed hip-hop. Now La Coka Nostra, a new cartel featuring five familiar faces, have set out to cook up what hip-hop has been missing.
A SWELTERING JULY SUN BEATS DOWN ON LONG ISLAND’S SOUTH SHORE. THE PARKING lot of Jones Beach's Nikon theater simmers in the heat, cooking away at the crowd arriving for the annual Rock the Bells hip-hop mega-concert. Stage right, under a pop-up canvas tent, sit two large, intimidating figures: Slaine, sweat dripping into the American flag draped around his stout shoulders, and III Bill, dressed in black down to his untied Jordan 3s.
The grunge guitar icon resurrects Alice in Chains and tells us why the loss of his lead singer will never be okay.
In the ’90s, Jerry Cantrell and his Alice in Chains mates were one of the biggest bands on the planet. The hardest-rocking act to emerge from the Seattle grunge scene, the quartet dominated the charts and airwaves with songs like “Would?” “Rooster,” “No Excuses,” and “Man in the Box.” However, the band disappeared from the music landscape in 1996 when lead singer Layne Staley succumbed to an addiction that eventually killed him in 2002.
UNDER CONSTANT POLICE THREAT AND WITH NO ACCESS TO AUTOCLAVES, NEEDLES, INK, OR GLOVES, TATTOO ARTIST AND SKATEBOARDER CHE
Nothing comes easy in Cuba. Because of a U.S.imposed trade embargo of more than 50 years, locating everything from car parts to computer components is nearly impossible. Tattoo supplies are no different. Ink and needles are impossible to find.
INKED: What was your first tattoo experience? AMI JAMES: It's funny that we're having this conversation while I'm in Israel because that's where my history starts. When I was 17 years old, I joined the army here, but before that, I went to get tattooed by a guy named Avi Psycho.
Artist Forrest Cavacco is living in the wrong era. In a time when new tattooers can find answers to most of their questions online, Forrest is the last of a vanishing breed who learned the traditional way, with lots of travel and even more years tattooing in underground spots when it was still illegal to be caught holding a tattoo machine.
NAME: Emily SHOP MANAGER AT: Alternative Arts, Charlotte, NC My first tattoo was done here and I've been hooked since. I started bringing friends in to get inked too. I was at the shop so much the owner asked me if I'd like the job as shop manager.
Sinners and tequila lovers (is there a difference?) came out for Confess to Your Mischieve, the first in a series of parties by INKED and Hornitos tequila. Tattoo fans joined artists such as Kim Saigh and Dan Smith at Social in L.A. for Hornitos tequila drinks, dancing, and a confessional booth where sinners could cop to their wrongdoings before creating more.
Nike and the Livestrong Foundation celebrated the release of their latest collaboration, a new Air Force 1 sneaker designed by tattoo icon Mister Cartoon, with a midnight release party at Last Laugh in L.A. Profits from the limited edition kicks benefit cancer research.
State of Grace Tattoo in San Jose, CA, recently published Shige, a gorgeous book that collects the tattoos and art of the influential Japanese tattooer. To celebrate, Canvas LA hosted a release party at which Shige personalized each limited edition copy with a painted signature.
Travis Barker's L.A. store, The Fast Life, celebrated the launch of a collaboration between Rebel8 clothing and Barker's Famous Stars and Straps. The Alchemist deejayed while art icon Mike Giant created a mural for the overwhelming crowd.
“I was born and raised in Miami," says John Vale, the go-to tattooer for INKED photo coordinator Josh Clutter. “I got my first apprenticeship in '98 at a local shop in my neighborhood from a high school friend of mine." Vale left the apprenticeship to attend art school and rejoined the tattoo world in 2002 when he signed on with the staff at Ochoplacas.