When photographer Stephan Schacher gathered his trio of models for this month’s fashion shoot (page 58), one thing did not go as planned. “We were all a bit surprised when our female model, Jennifer, showed up with a cast on her arm,” he laughs.
In the past week I’ve run into two different artists who have tattooed me. Both said the same thing: “Where have you been? I never see you." It’s true. I have been lying low (although I recently saw killer shows by Off With Their Heads, Naked Raygun, and Polar Bear Club).
Thanks for your amazing article on Diablo Cody [September]. As a tattooed woman and aspiring writer, she’s an inspiration. Glad to see one of our own kicking ass in Hollywood! Tara Brown El Segundo, CA Your story on Pfc. Marcos Sierra ["Art of War," September] blew me away.
NAME: Alissa Dandrea OCCUPATION: Dog caretaker at High Tail Hotel HOMETOWN: San Francisco My first tattoo was a giant X on my back. Straight-edge tattoos seemed like a great idea then. My parents didn't know about it until about two years later.
The history of tattoos and travel stretches around the world, from the old-time sailors who turned port cities like Honolulu and Tokyo into tattoo meccas to the road dogs who travel to tattoo conventions across the globe today. Hotel Erwin (jdvhotels.com) in Venice Beach, CA, is adding itself to the map with the new Ink & Stay package.
Drop drinks are making a comeback at bars across America. Prepare your liver.
Drinking is the ultimate social lubricant. It can turn an awkward relationship with a coworker into an all-night party with your new best friend. But while a few casual beers can help bring people together, nothing says “let’s kick-start this friendship” better than a few old-fashioned “drop drinks.” There’s something about taking a shot glass full of delicious alcohol, dropping it into a pint glass full of more delicious alcohol, and then chugging that concoction as fast as possible that can bring camaraderie to a bar full of strangers.
San Francisco punks Dead to Me drop their Clash-inspired sound and change up the buzz saw guitars for stop-start riffs that suggest they've been spinning a lot of Gang of Four in their rehearsal space. "Tierra del Fuego" is filled with jittery funk riffs, as is "A Day Without a War," a plea for peace in which singer-bassist Chicken howls, "We'll never be safe again." There are still plenty of nods to Joe Strummer and gang, especially as Dead to Me explore world music influences. They slip through dub on opener "X" and bring Latin influences to "California Sun." Don't miss "Cruel World," Chicken's Replacements-like musing on the state of the world.
THE FLAMING LIPS Embryonic
What a long, strange, really weird trip it's been for the Flaming Lips. The beloved band has survived more than 20 years of musical upheaval while becoming the elder statesmen of experimental rock whose "Do You Realize??" was named the Oklahoma state rock song. The Lips sound stranger than ever thanks to a formula of less guitar, more drums, and trippy sounds. The blown-out beats and throbbing bass lines of "Worm Mountain" and "See the Leaves" show the Lips' psychedelic side. Singer Wayne Coyne lends his trembling voice to "If" with the opening line "People are evil this is true/But they can be gentle if they decide." It's that weird innocence that makes the Lips so endearing.
OLD CANES Feral Harmonic
It's a tried and true formula: the songwriter for a pioneer band spends the winter snowed in with a pile of old records and a collection of instruments and pulls together a twangy album of noisy folk. When it's Chris Crisci from The Appleseed Cast, we'll give it a chance. "Under" has all of the elements of a basement record, including harmonica, mandolin, and slightly offbeat vocals, as does the barren banjo instrumental "Black Hill Chapel." Crisci sounds more confident backed by the tight strumming and tambourine beat of "Trust," a song ripe with Pedro the Lion/David Bazan influences in which he sings, "Little one be careful/There are people out there who'll steal your soul." It's old-timey advice that still stands up.
POLAR BEAR CLUB Chasing Hamburg
Polar Bear Club's debut album made best-of lists everywhere, but it takes until nearly the end of this follow-up for them to prove why. Not that Chasing Hamburg isn't brilliant-it's just that "One Hit Back," a post-hardcore punch to haters everywhere, is so fist-pumping good that its shadow looms over the rest of the songs. "Living Saints" comes close as singer Jimmy Stadt swears, "All my friends are living saints" over guitars that leap from mellow to pit-stirring. Mostly, Polar Bear Club mix the passion and fury of Hot Water Music and Latterman with hooks and a spit-polish (with an occasional nod to Lifetime-see "Drifting Things"). And we swear to spend more time with the rest of the album once we take "One Hit Back" off Repeat.
SLAYER World Painted Blood
Slayer fans are so devoted that one might throw up the devil horns and scream "Slayer!" through the window as this is being written. The thrash titans built that blind loyalty through an onslaught of savage albums and brutal live shows. The group's 10th album continues the Slayer mission: Take the ugliness of the world and turn it back on itself. Chemical warfare ("Unit 731"), apocalypse ("World Painted Blood"), and pandemics ("Human Strain") all get the Slayer treatment with sharp-as-shrapnel guitar riffs and thundering drums. The stabbing riff of "Hate Worldwide" is vintage Slayer as singer-bassist Tom Araya grimaces, "I'm a godless heretic/Not a God-fearing lunatic/That's why it's become my obsession/To treat God like an infection." We never doubted them.
WOLFMOTHER Cosmic Egg
If you're going to cop your sound from bands that were around 30 years ago, you'd better be damn good at it or make it obvious that you're just taking the piss. Wolfmother never quite did either, leaving the listeners of their debut album wondering, Are they for real? Don't count on Cosmic Egg to clear that up. The Aussie trio thump and bump through the Sabbath-influenced title track, "Cosmic Egg," and deliver their own "D'Yer Mak'er" on the hip-shaker "White Feather." Then frizzy-haired singer-guitarist Andrew Stockdale drops an eye-rolling line like, "Standing in the front of the rainbow/Could you tell me where all the people go?" and you have to stop head-banging, even if just for a second.
Tell your girlfriend we said it's your charitable duty to grow a 'stache this month.
SWISSCO MUSTACHE BOOT COMB
SWISSCO MUSTACHE BOOT COMB Ron Burgundy would approve of this boot-tipped tortoiseshell comb. Use it to keep things classy ($8, amazon.com).
CLUBMAN MOUSTACHE WAX
If the outer edges are reaching past your mouth (tattooer Oliver Peck would approve!), pinch a little of this clear, waxy pomade on the tips to keep them from 'froing ($5, amazon.com).
TWEEZERMAN MUSTACHE & BEARD SCISSORS
Unless you want your lunch to stay with you until dinner, keep the hairs along your lip line trimmed with these sharp little scissors ($12, folica.com).
CONAIR CHOPPER 11-PIECE FACIAL TRIMMER
This electric groomer has multiple mustache and beard attachments so you can tame a walrus situation or scale back to a John Waters special in minutes ($28, conair.com).
It's easy to stereotype a man with a mustache: He has a weak upper lip; he listens to a lot of Arcade Fire; he has a custom-airbrushed van—or a flourishing career in adult film. But no matter what you think of the mustache—be it your own or someone else's—it takes confidence and an abundantly healthy testosterone level to grow one.
Systems: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Finally, a shooter that drops the half-baked sci-fi story and lets the bullets fly. The mission in Borderlands is self-explanatory: The barren world of Pandora holds untold alien treasures, and your job is to find them. Choose one of four characters, take the safety off your weapon, and start shooting your way through baddies in the barren Mad Max-like setting. Your reward? Loot. Tons of it, including more than 3 million weapon combinations, such as shotguns with sniper scopes and rifles that shoot homing darts. With four-player drop-in/ drop-out co-op, you can grind through 160 quests in randomly generated levels to collect the biggest arsenal of futuristic weaponry this side of Comic-Con.
Systems: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 With gamers suffering from a Guitar Hero overdose, it’s time for turntables to take center stage. With consulting help from legendary artists Jay-Z and Eminem, this hip-hop take on Guitar Hero’s addictive gameplay wins over wannabe mix masters with its turntable controller that features a sample button, cross-fader, and a record platform for scratching. Playing as characters such as DJ Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash, and even the late DJ AM, you'll combine over 100 iconic songs from a diverse group of genres to create unique mash-ups—like M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” and Eric B. & Rakim’s “Eric B. Is President”—you won't hear anywhere else. Plug in a Guitar Hero guitar for some multi-instrument coop, or fuel your party with an automated playlist when you're spinning.
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 2
Systems: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the superpower of shooter games. This sequel takes the first-person-shooter genre to new heights with a thrilling story that picks up from the last game and features frantic co-op challenges and the best multiplayer around. The explosive single-player campaign includes dangerous new war scenarios that find you scaling icy mountains to infiltrate a top-secret base, racing a snowmobile down a mountainside while dodging a hail of enemy fire, and tailing terrorist suspects through the crowded Brazilian slums. Multiplayer ups the ante with new customizable kill streaks that let you unleash the fury of an AC-130 gunship upon those suckers sitting in broad daylight.
FORZA MOTORSPORT 3
System: Xbox 360 Spend more time with your cars than with your girlfriend? Look into counseling and clear your schedule. With 400 road burners from 50 manufacturers, Forza 3’s garage makes Jay Leno’s car collection look like a used car lot. The second Forza title in three years delivers even more grease monkey realism with a new physics system that includes tire deformation, car flips, and a cockpit view, while the career mode boasts over 200 different events. Drivers who can't tell a stick shift from an automatic can still get into the race with new features aimed at making the experience more accessible, like an auto-braking system to help on those nasty hairpin turns and new race-rewind controls that let you erase the fatal mistake that sent you spinning into the stands.
T-shirt lines designed by tattooers have had a bad rap ever since someone started slapping the name Hardy on everything from T-shirts to energy drinks. Don’t let that scare you off, since there are plenty of killer clothing lines by tattoo artists. St. Louis tattooers Brad Fink and Sean Baltzell created Me Against the World to make T-shirts featuring all of their killer artwork. This monster of a tee is the Fink Reaper and features original woodblock artwork by Fink (meagainsttheworld.net, $28),
Canon VIXIA HF S11
Nobody believes your grainy footage of Bigfoot is real. Time to upgrade to a high-definition camcorder.The Canon VIXIA HF S11 (usa.canon.com, $1,399) records full HD video and captures 8-megapixel still images, then saves them to 64 GB of built-in memory. That’s enough space to stuff 24 hours of highdef footage of Bigfoot frolicking—or whatever it is that he does.
Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry
The origins of your tattoo can most likely be traced to Hawaii during WWII, and the center of that storm was Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins, the godfather of American tattooing. The Incredible documentary Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry, now on DVD (horismokumovie.com, $25), explores his life and his overpowering influence on protégés such as Ed Hardy and Mike Malone. This is better than at least 10 DVDs in your collection. Trust us. We checked.
Black Tattoo Art
Talk tattoos with author and INKED contributor Marisa Dimattia Kakoulas and she’ll quickly school you on neotribalism, dotwork, and her love of black tattoos. She put that expertise to paper for Black Tattoo Art (lastgasp.com, $159), a 536-page tome on black tattoos and their practitioners In Borneo, Athens, New Zealand, and elsewhere. The six-pound book is filled with 500 gorgeous photos, from the hand-poked to the eye-popping.
Enter artist Dennis McNett's world of wolf-bats, Viking lore, and punk rock.
Blame a steady diet of punk rock and skateboarding for Dennis McNett’s artwork. Those two influences informed his style early on. “It wasn’t just punk album covers, it was all of it that was an influence,” says McNett from his Brooklyn, NY, home.
With a background in high fashion, fine arts, and acrylics, picking up a tattoo machine probably wasn’t the logical next step. But then, Cape Town, South Africa, artist Tamar Thorn never cared much for the rules. “You have to have a ‘fuck it’ switch to work in this industry,’’ she says.
The Ford F-150 Raptor SVT proves that you don't need asphalt to drive really, really fast.
FORD F-150 RAPTOR SVT
Being the fastest production off-road truck on the market sounds sort of like being the youngest geezer at the nursing home, or the thinnest person at the Fluffernutter Festival: a good thing, though nothing to write home about. But the Ford F-150 Raptor SVT is so different from other pickupsincluding its F-150 cousins-that it practically deserves to be in its own class of truck.
Lights is a multi-tattooed, sci-fi-loving 22-year-old who also happens to be pop music’s latest rising star. Her ridiculously catchy '80s-influenced, synthbased songs have been featured in Old Navy commercials, and her debut, The Listening, netted her a 2009 Juno for new artist of the year in her native Canada.
The story behind the start of chef Aarón Sánchez’s career is not all that unfamiliar: “I started cooking because I was an undisciplined teenager—coming home late, hanging out with the wrong group of people, not going to school on time—and the kitchen was a logical place to get discipline.” Even though he’s now the executive chef and owner of two well-known New York City restaurants (Centrico and Paladar), Sánchez still possesses his streetwise attitude.
When Jacob Bannon was 13, he dreamed of screaming. “When a lot of kids were thinking about baseball cards and becoming astronauts, I was immersing myself in a culture that I still love to this day,” the vocalist for hardcore icons Converge says.
HE'S DONE WITH DRUGS. HE'S FINISHED WITH BOOZE FOREVER (HOPEFULLY). AND AFTER SELLING A WHOPPING 45 MILLION ALBUMS, HE'S STOPPED CARING WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT LINKIN PARK. MEET THE REBUILT AND REFOCUSED CHESTER BENNINGTON AND HIS NEW SIDE PROJECT, DEAD BY SUNRISE.
There’s a strip mall in Tempe, AZ, the desert suburb just outside of Phoenix. Actually, there are a lot of strip malls. But this particular strip mall is home to the original Club Tattoo, a shop opened in 1995. When Linkin Park and Dead by Sunrise vocalist Chester Bennington enters the shop on a bright, blazing hot August afternoon, he seems infinitely less intense offstage than he does when his voice is barreling into the microphone.
Ellyse Amelia is studying to be a vegetarian chef while writing a novel about a blood-sucking vampire. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, but gets tattooed in south Florida. She’s done most of her recent artwork in pencil, but she’s covered in ink. Yes, Ellyse, 22, is definitely a woman of wide and varied interests.
They pioneered metalcore, then spent a decade pushing its limits. Now ATREYU talk about who they are, where they've been, and why sometimes it's a good idea to wear long sleeves in Orange County.
YOU DON’T FUCK WITH ATREYU FRONTMAN Alex Varkatzas. Behind the two full sleeves and penetrating stare, the singer for Orange County’s most vicious metalcore band is currently in the midst of a training regimen worthy of a gladiator. During his rare moments of downtime from the road, Varkatzas fills his week with 10 two-hour workout sessions that include private jujitsu lessons, high-impact kickboxing, and strength conditioning with an ex-football player.
From indie movie staple to human lie detector, the British actor hasn’t been shy about documenting his life and career in ink. Now if he can just remember how many tattoos he’s got.
Tim Roth, it should come as no surprise, makes a concerted effort not to bring his work home with him. Of course, for a guy who spent three quarters of a movie writhing in blood, whipped out a revolver and held up a diner on a whim, ruled over a planet of monkeys with an iron fist, and bitch-slapped the Hulk up and down the streets of Harlem, it’s less a personal preference and more a survival mechanism.
Mayor John Fetterman took over a dying town and began tattooing the date of every murder committed under his watch. But can one rebel mayor save post-industrial America before it tears him apart?
The 10-mile car ride from Pittsburgh to Braddock, PA, is littered with signals that you're headed to the wrong side of town. Through the depleted neighborhoods of Swissvale and Rankin, you can't miss the decay. Paint peels in big, desiccated flakes from crumbling buildings; trash tumbleweeds blow past shuttered pawn shops with faded signs that read "We buy gold."
INKED: When did you first step into a tattoo shop? FREDDY CORBIN: I went to the shop on Broadway in Sacramento and I pretty much just walked out. It was a really funky, funky shop. I was, like, 17 or 18 and I knew I wasn't going to get tattooed by the guy in there.
Goodfellas is a fitting name for Steve Soto’s latest tattoo studio in Orange County, CA—not in that Joe Pesci way, but fitting for the solid roster of artists who excel in all styles of tattooing for all manner of clients. The crew may look badass, but the relaxed, positive vibe that engulfs the shop belies any gangster connotations.
NAME: Courtney SHOP MANAGER/PART-OWNER AT: Studio 21 Tattoo, Las Vegas I got involved here full-time about four years ago and I am part owner of our family business. The most challenging part of my job is working with family all day. Most jobs want you to leave personal issues at the door, but it doesn’t get more personal than family.
Call it a summer art and recession jam: A huge list of artists crammed into Eastern District gallery in Brooklyn, NY, for Plenty of Room on the Couch, a show with every piece priced $300 and less. Tattooers such as Patrick Conlon, Nikki Balls, Civ, and others joined in and we got there just in time to see all of our fave artworks already snatched up.
Tattoo legend Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins may be gone, but his legacy lives on. The folks behind the creation of Sailor Jerry clothing and rum celebrated their 10th anniversary at Wasted Space in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a party featuring the Raveonettes.
Before he became a tattoo artist, Shawn Barber made a name for himself by painting portraits of tattooers and folks with tattoos. Barber continued his painting series with a show at Shooting Gallery in San Francisco titled Tattooed Portraits: Snapshots.
One of the highlights of the summer for INKED's Brooklyn-based staff is the annual block party thrown by New York Adorned at their Brooklyn location. Free booze and eats plus a killer crowd make for one sweet summer jam! For more photos, go to inkedmag.com.
Tattoo artist Friday Jones celebrated the opening of her new studio, a posh space inside the Sense New York Spa and Salon on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Jones tattooed singer Aubrey Day while partyers, including tattoo legends Lyle Tuttle and Spider Webb, downed drinks and watched a fashion show.
The Rock the Ink series of tattoo fests include tattoo artists, live bands, and more. The Providence, RI, convention featured special guest Bam Margera, a Miss Tattoo pageant, and bands such as Otep and (Hed) P.E. alongside more than 100 tattoo artists.
Artist Gene Coffey works at Tattoo Culture, a gorgeous studio and art gallery tucked into the hipster haven of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. "The shop I work in gets all kinds of requests so I have to be pretty versatile," he says. "I like doing realistic black and gray work, though I wish more people in my neighborhood would get stuff like that."