For this month’s guide to visiting Auckland, New Zealand (page 28), we asked writer Sofia Mella to interview local tattooer Adam Craft. “Adam and I argued a bit about the best bars in Auckland,” she laughs. “He thought my ideas were girly and I thought his were too macho, so we reached a happy compromise and included both.” Mella has spent four years being tattooed by Craft.
A few days after I got my first tattoo, I arrived for the beginning of my senior year in high school wearing a sleeveless Slayer “Haunting the Chapel” T-shirt. There were a lot of gasps in the hallway. One teacher asked me to cover it up. Of course, the shock was the entire point.
GLOBAL LOVE I was on my way to Toronto in November for the Metallica concert when I saw INKED magazine with Carey Hart on the cover [November]. I just had to pick it up, considering it wasn’t your conventional tattoo magazine. Your magazine was actually interesting.
NAME: Emily OCCUPATION: Hairstylist HOMETOWN: New York City My first tattoo was the cherry tree on my right arm. I had it done in Salt Lake City. I was 18. I still love it. Jake Miller at 11 Street Tattoo did it—he is very talented. I spent a couple months looking over different portfolios and I decided on Jake.
The mother of all grilled cheese sandwiches lives at Melt Bar & Grilled (meltbarandgrilled.com). The Cleveland restaurant creates towering gourmet versions of the classic sandwich stuffed with everything from pierogies to crab cakes to peanut butter and has been featured everywhere from Fox News to The Food Network.
Stir 1½ ounces of vodka and ½ ounce of dry vermouth in a shaker with ice and strain into a cold martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon. Sure, the original martini is made with gin, but if anyone complains, drink theirs.
Brackett’s favorite drink to make calls for 2 ounces each of vodka, triple sec, and raspberry liqueur mixed with a shaker and served over ice. Her reason: “We’re a rocker bar; we like to keep things simple.”
Pour three ounces of vodka and one ounce of fresh lime juice (make sure it’s fresh—you’ll thank us for it) into a glass and garnish with a lime wedge. Pour the rest in your mouth.
Made from a combination of 2 ounces vodka, 2 ounces lime juice, and 6 ounces of ginger beer, this is practically a health drink. Chug a few before your next workout.
Don’t treat vodka like the invisible spirit in your liquor cabinet. It’s the most important booze in your bar. We don’t know how to feel about vodka. Our favorite boozes, such as scotch, bourbon, and rum, spend years huddled in barrels to infuse maximum fl avor into every last drop.
We’ll be the first to admit that the Drlve-By Truckers’ last proper fulllength (and first since the departure of songwriter Jason Isbell), Brighter Than Creation’s Dark, left a lot to be desired. However, The Big To-Do Is proof that the band have their Southern-fried mojo back. Spanning everything from the hard rocking opener “Daddy Learned to Fly” to the sllde-gultar-drlven “Santa Fe,” the album showcases the diversity of Patterson Hood & Co., while the melodic showstopper “Birthday Boy” confirms that Mike Cooley Is the band’s secret weapon. The Big To-Do only falters on the sappy Shonna Tucker-sung ballad “You Got Another,” which Is a sonic non sequitur on an otherwise excellent effort.
Scotland Is known for a lot of things, like Its whiskey and ... some other stuff we can’t recall. We do know that the country’s second most satisfying export Is the Indie rock act Frightened Rabbit, whose third album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, proves they can transcend their own hype. From expertly crafted ballad “Swim Until You Can’t See Land” to the spacey “Foot Shooter," the band Incorporates more expansive arrangements Into their already seasoned songwrltlng, and the ambient Instrumentation on songs like “Skip the Youth" take the band’s sound to the next level. Although we’re guessing that, like a good whiskey, The Winter of Mixed Drinks Is going to age well, we suggest filling up now.
TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS
Ted Leo may be the hardest-working man In punk. Although his sixth fulllength with the Pharmacists may not have any songs as Infectious as “Me and Mia,” from his Incendiary 2004 effort Shake the Sheets, It Is probably hls most consistent effort to date. While the album Is teeming with plenty of politically motivated rock songs, The Brutalist Bricks also has sonic surprises, such as the half-time acoustic breakdown on “Bottled In Cork” and the dissonant Introduction to the Elvis Costello-worthy anthem “Gimme the Wire.” “We all got a job to do, we’re gonna do It together,” Leo sings over a bed of pounding plano and tribal drums on “Woke Up Near Chelsea.” Leo’s doing his part—what about you?
Past Lives may feature three members of the defunct act the Blood Brothers, but If you’re expecting fractured postscreamo you’re In for a surprise. On the band’s debut full-length, Tapestry of Webs, the four-piece transpose their sound Into a more pop context without forsaking their avant-garde edge. The result Is an album that’s teeming with ambitious, guitar-driven songs—such as “Past Lives”—that are as eerie as they are enchanting. While Tapestry lacks the aggression of Past Lives’ previous act, songs like the droning “K Hole” sound like a logical progression for these musical misfits. If the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a little too safe for you, Past Lives could be your new favorite act.
When you’re named after a Shakespeare play and you have a song that’s named after a Civil War-era naval battle (“The Battle Of Hampton Roads”), chances are someone In your band went to grad school. However, Instead of being plodding and pretentious, Titus Andronlcus’s second album sounds like a collaboration between The Hold Steady and Conor Oberst. What separates them from other acts currently fogging up Pitchfork editors’ bifocals Is that these guys can actually play. The band pull off everything from twangy barroom slng-alongs, such as “Theme From ‘Cheers,’" to fist-pumping ragers like “A More Perfect Union,” and show that an ounce of energy outweighs a lifetime of Irony.
As you can tell by the title, the latest effort from experimental Indie rock act Xlu Xlu Isn't going be 2010’s most uplifting album, but It may be one of the most sonlcally satisfying. Produced by Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, Dear God, I Hate Myself sees Xlu Xlu mastermind Jamie Stewart fully realizing his band’s sound on the swirling, orchestral opener “Gray Death” and skewed, symphonic “The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation." Oh, and If that weren't Impressive enough, the haunting, Morrlssey-esque title track Is just one of four songs that was composed primarily on a Nintendo DS, proving that If you’re driven enough, then 64 bits Is all you need to craft the soundtrack to your own personal catharsis. —Jonah Bayer
<p moved="true">DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS</p> The Big To-Do [ATO] <p moved="true">FRIGHTENED RABBIT</p> rhe Winter of Mixed Drinks [FatCat Records] <p moved="true">TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS</p> The Brutalist Bricks LMatadorl <p moved="true">PAST LIVES</p> Tapestry of Webs [Suicide Squeeze] <p moved="true">TITUS ANDRONICUS</p> The Monitor [XL Recordings] <p moved="true">XIU XIU</p> Dear God, I Hate Myself [Kill Rock Stars]
The faster your new tattoo heals, the sooner you can go back for more.
Friday Jones Heal Crème
Yeah, we know it itches. Rather than scratching— and potentially messing up—your new tattoo, spread on some of this cream ($5.95, 212-2427979) that soothes skin with zinc and clove oil.
Out to Sea SPF 30 Sunscreen
Protecting new tattoos from the sun helps speed healing and prevent fading. This moisturizing sunscreen ($9, out2sea.net) made specifically for tattoos won’t dry out your skin like some alcohol-based sprays can.
Rocco’s Old School Tattoo Balm Push-Up
There’s less chance of infection with this handsfree push-up stick ($12, roccosoldschool.com) that lets you moisturize your new piece without putting your grubby and greasy paws all over it.
H20cean Blue Green Foam Soap
This aloe vera-enriched soap ($5, h2ocean.com) disinfects, moisturizes, and gently clears away the gunk your skin secretes as a new tattoo settles into your skin. Plus, it’s safe to use several times a day, if necessary.
This vegan-friendly lotion ($20, afterinked.com) has grape seed oil to keep new and existing tattoos moisturized, and it doesn’t make your clothes stick to your skin like some petroleumbased products do.
When it comes to post-tattoo care tips, we’ve heard it all: the artist who swears by diaper rash ointment; another who prefers Vaseline. A shop that recommends covering new work in plastic wrap for a few days; and another that suggests taking a hot shower after your session.
With rampant cheating, broken leader boards, and poorly balanced weapons, the rough launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer mode sent some virtual soldiers AWOL. Bad Company 2 gives those mercenaries a new home. Melding its signature destructible environments with large, open maps and firepower-happy vehicles like choppers and tanks, Battlefield stresses tactics and teamwork over the haphazard running and gunning of its competitor. The popular Rush mode, which pits two teams against each other on an evershifting battlefield, is our favorite. Four-player teams can also tackle two new squad-based modes. Or you can go it alone in the new single-player campaign that finds the misfit B Company running, guns blazing, across the globe.
Talk about a loose adaptation. In the classic poem The Divine Comedy, a timid poet reluctantly journeys through the nine circles of hell, while the video game version features Dante, a revenge-driven mercenary more interested in killing monsters than chronicling their suffering. Armed with a scythe he stole from Death and a holy cross, Dante fights his way through each horrific circle to confront Lucifer. His beef? Satan took the soul of his beloved Beatrice without asking. Along the way, he crosses history’s most infamous sinners, to whom he can offer absolution of their sins—or serve their last rites. While this bastardized take may send literature departments into a panic, the haunting depiction of hell and combat ripped out of God of War make it an action game worth checking out.
Amazing acting, a compelling plot, and a disturbing vibe in the vein of the movie Se7en sounds like the next big Hollywood thriller, but in this case, it’s the next big video game. With a serial killer on the loose, players take the roles of an FBI agent, private detective, reporter, and architect, each of whom is motivated to find The Origami Killer. With the madman running rampant, the choices you make weigh heavily on your protagonist’s survival. Heavy Rain doesn’t condemn or praise you for right or wrong decisions, instead using the choices you make to trigger a new direction in the narrative. Regardless of whether your characters die or survive, the game delivers a deranged film noir vibe and an intense and gratifying experience unlike anything else in gaming.
Sam Fisher is pissed off. After discovering that his employers may have had something to do with the death of his daughter, the Black Ops specialist goes rogue to seek answers. Forget sneaking through dimly lit corridors and hiding in the shadows as in previous Splinter Cell games; this time, Fisher is a rage-driven killing machine. With the new Mark and Execute feature, players can prioritize multiple enemies and set Fisher in motion for a series of badass kill sequences that make Jason Bourne look like Jason Alexander. To uncover the truth about his daughter’s death, Fisher employs the Jack Bauer rules of engagement, allowing players to mercilessly interrogate subjects by torturing them with anything nearby. We suggest starting with the paper shredder. —Matt Bertz
<p moved="true">BATTLEFIELD</p>: <p moved="true">BAD COMPANY 2</p> Systems: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC <p moved="true">DANTE’S INFERNO</p> Systems: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PSP <p moved="true">HEAVY RAIN</p> System: PlayStation 3 <p moved="true">SPLINTER CELL</p>: <p moved="true">CONVICTION</p> Systems: Xbox 360, PC
At this point, we’ve Googled ourselves into a corner, relying on the tech company for everything from e-mail to calendars to video searching for “treadmill fall” (never gets old!]. Google’s first official phone, the Nexus One ($179-$529, depending on contract, google.com/phone] integrates all of your e-mail accounts (Google or otherwise], contacts, calendars, and more into a sleek and thin (11.5 mm] phone powered by a speedy 1 GHz CPU. Open Google Maps or any of the downloadable applications on the 3.7-inch display, plug headphones into the 3.5 mm jack, and snap photos with the 5-megapixel camera. We welcome our new technological overlord.
Desk drawers everywhere are filled with forgotten USB thumb drives. Tyme Machines makes USB 2.0 drives worthy of a spot next to your miniature Millennium Falcon. The Star Wars series includes Yoda, Boba Fett, Darth Vader, and a Storm Trooper in sizes from 4 GB to 1 6 GB ($30-$60, tymemachines.com). The 16 GB holds nearly 134 hours of music, so load it up with “The Imperial March" and that weird song from Chalmun’s Cantina on Tatooine. Just not the Ewok victory song. We can’t support that.
As far as we’re concerned, real wrestling happens south of border. That’s where lucha libre, or free wrestling, is practiced by over-the-top luchadores such as Dr. Muerte, Kid Tiger, and Super Porky. Photographer Malcolm Venville visited the tiny rings dotted across Mexico to photograph wrestlers for Lucha Loco: The Free Wrestlers of Mexico ($25, rizzoliusa.com], a new book that collects 128 portraits and quotes from each luchador on the lifestyle, the injuries, and the mystery behind the masks. “People from work have watched me wrestle but never imagined it was me,” explains Black Lord. If there’s a luchador among the INKED staff, we want to know!
Brooklyn artist Brian Montuori makes hard-core art with a message.
Brian Montuori makes paintings—epic, breathtakingly chaotic paintings—about the crazy and wrong stuff that people do. One example: “Niagara," a colossal canvas measuring a little over 9-by-14 feet that portrays a riot of farmyard beasts tumbling down the famous waterfall.
Tattoo artist Adam Craft’s guide to the beaches, pubs, tattoos, and even eels in New Zealand’s largest city.
BEST CUP OF COFFEE
BEST TATTOO EVENT
BEST PLACE TO DRINK
BEST NIGHT OUT
The main problem with visiting Auckland: Most tourists don't want to leave. The largest city in New Zealand is a dynamic place uniquely set between two harbors and nestled amongst extinct volcanoes and numerous islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
Two unlikely automakers introduce midsize sedans that are so appealing, they actually make midsize sedans appealing.
2011 HYUNDAI SONATA
2011 BUICK REGAL
2011 HYUNDAI SONATA In 2009, the Korean automaker was awarded Car of the Year for Its all-new Genesis sedan. Now meet that car’s little brother. The sixth-generation Sonata Is totally redesigned for 2011—the key word being totally. Midsize sedans rarely stand out, but If you were to spy a rapidly approaching Sonata In your rearview mirror, no one could blame you for thinking you were under attack from a Romulan battle cruiser (though you could be blamed for being a geek). Hyundai calls the design language “fluidic sculpture”; others refer to the style as a four-door coupe. Point Is: It looks good. The Sonata currently offers one engine, a 2.4-liter, 1 98-horsepower 4-cyllnder (It goes up to 200 horsepower with the SE’s dual exhausts) that churns out 184 Ib-ft of torque. That’s a gain of about 25 horsepower over last year’s engine, thanks to new direct-injection technology. And when mated to the 6-speed auto transmission (a manual shift gate Is optional), the Sonata gets a respectable 23/35 mpg. By the end of the year, however, Hyundai plans on Introducing a higheroutput 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-banger along with an even zippier hybrid version. 2011 BUICK REGAL The best news Bulck received last year—well, other than realizing they dropped sponsorship of Tiger Woods just In time— was that It would be one of the four General Motors brands to be kept alive. The bad news, however, was that there were only three Bulck models for customers to choose from. And so, re-enter the Regal, a nameplate retired In the U.S. In 2004 that will now grace an all-new sedan. At least, It’s new In North America; the Regal Is actually a rebadged Opel Insignia, which was named Europe’s 2009 Car of the Year. And unlike past Euro rebadges, the Regal retains the sporty feel of the original, forgoing the alltoo-common suspension softening that’s done to cradle ultrasensitive American butts. The Regal Is Immedlatelyavallablewltha2.4-llter, 182-horsepower EcoTec I-4 producing 1 72 Ib-ft of torque. But buyers may want to hold off 'til the summer, when Bulck will offer a 220-horsepower turbocharged version with 258 Ib-ft of spin and, amazingly for Bulck, the option of a 6-speed manual transmission. Now that’s good news. — Ky Henderson
<p moved="true">2011 HYUNDAI SONATA</p> 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder 198 horsepower about $20,000 <p moved="true">2011 BUICK REGAL</p> 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder 182 horsepower about $26,500 You see them everywhere you go, but you probably don't notice them.
What would Madonna do? That’s a question Erin Magee asks herself every day. “She’s my fashion icon, my musical icon—my everything icon," gushes the Canada-born fashion designer. “I grew up in a small suburb and moved to New York when I was 18 because of Madonna.
At the 2006 Olympics In Turin, Italy, Minnesota native and Burton Snowboard team member Mason Aguirre missed the podium In the halfpipe competition by less than a point. “At the time, maybe 1 was a little sour," Aguirre says from his California home.
With a name that means king forever, it’s only fitting that Omarion’s most notorious tattoo is an O adorned with a crown, his symbol. And for his new album, Ollusion, the former B2K singer evokes the monarch of pop royalty: Michael Jackson. “He was my mentor,” says Omarion.
On This Addiction, Alkaline Trio strip their dark and stormy rock down to its punk rootsblood, spit, tattoos, and all.
Don't take it personally, but Matt Skiba doesn’t care what you think about him. “I adore our fans and I want them to be happy and excited when we put out a record, but as far as putting myself out there I couldn't give a shit,” the Alkaline Trio guitarist and vocalist responds from his home in Los Angeles when asked if he thinks he’s made himself especially vulnerable on his band’s seventh album, This Addiction.
MICHELINE PITT The words warm and fuzzy might not come to mind when you look at these photos of Micheline Pitt, but the Los Angeles-based beauty insists she's a pajama-wearing, pasta-eating nerd when left to her own devices. “I totally geek out on my days off," she says.
There are a few myths Chris “Drama” Pfaff, star of the MTV reality show Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, would like to dispel off the bat: 1) His nickname was not taken from Johnny Drama on Entourage. And 2) Although his easygoing personality has led viewers to believe that he’s a hard-core fan of the green stuff, he is not, in fact, a stoner.
The Doggfather on his 10th album, his first tattoo, and his plans to become the next Oprah.
The Big Apple boroughs of Queens and the Bronx may forever feud over who first sowed the seeds of hip-hop music, butthe paternal roots of the movement’s most infamous subgenre are clear and undisputed: L.A. is the biological father of gangster rap.
The forefather of New York City tattooing explains how to keep order in a shop. Hint: It involves a ball-peen hammer..
“It was all fights there. Because it was all bars and we were young. These guys, they didn’t wanna pay us. A dollar or two was a lot for them. … You didn’t know who the hell was comin’ through the doorway.” -“Bowery” Stan Moskowitz INKED: Let’s start with your father, Willie Moskowitz.
When you think of the desert, you probably think of rattlesnakes, cacti, and Hunter S. Thompson blazing toward Vegas with a trunk full of drugs. It’s time you start thinking of tattoos as well. Some faithful already have, making the voyage to California’s High Desert, where Ignition Tattoo, an oasis of quality tattoo work, inspires tattoo seekers to ditch the hustle of Hollywood for Apple Valley and the custom craft and reputable realism of Ignition’s artists.
INSPIRATIONS Alphonse Mucha, J.C. Leyendecker, Frank Frazetta. Those are probably a few of my favorite artists outside of tattooing. Especially Mucha—his composition Is amazing. His use of organic shapes and his clear and simple design skills are unparalleled.
NAME: Alison SHOP ASSISTANT AT: Industrial Art, Bayonne, NJ I got the job after bugging the owners for a few months. I asked four or five times and even told them I’d be better than the guy working there at the time! Beetlejuice from The Howard Stern Show came in.
Sullen Clothing celebrated the opening of their new Blaq Ink Art Gallery in Huntington Beach, CA. The space is a combination art gallery and clothing store and features artwork by Sullen artists such as Nikko Hurtado, Shawn Barber, Corey Miller, Carlos Torres, and others.
Photographer Marianne Bernstein documented Philadelphia’s tattoo culture by shooting inked people and having them write their stories in a notebook. The collected work, along with interviews and essays by Philadelphia Eddie, Guy Aitchison, and others, is now available in Tatted, a new book from Grit City Inc. The book’s release was celebrated at Pure Gold Gallery with an exhibit of photos.
SoCal punkers Old Shoe Records hosted their End of the Year Bash at the SlideBar in Fullerton, CA. The party featured performances by Far From Finished, The Willkills, and The Sparring. For more photos, go to inkedmag.com.
As tattooer Dejah Garcia explains, she came out of nowhere. “I have moved around so much, even as a child, that I can't really say I am from anywhere. Arizona, I guess," she says. “That's how I learned to draw. It was a free way to entertain myself as a kid.