We gave photographer Chris Fortuna this month's toughest assignment: Hit the beach and photograph four gorgeous tattooed women for our "Inked Girls of Summer" feature (page 42). Lucky stiff! "The shoot was great," he reports. "I have never been on a shoot where all the models just totally rocked any ideas I threw at them."
By the time you read this, I'll be gone. After more than two years as editor of INKED, I am stepping down. The issue you hold in your hands is my last. During my tenure at INKED, I wanted to do things differently. I wanted this magazine to feel inclusive, whether you just got your first tattoo or were running out of room for ink.
I just picked up the December/January edition of your magazine and noticed you featured my artwork. That was probably the most amazing thing that ever happened to me! I’ve been apprenticing for about a year and I always think one day I'll make it into a tattoo mag.
NAME: Caltlyn Callaway OCCUPATION: Student HOMETOWN: Atlanta, GA The stars on my wrist were my first tattoo. I still love it! It was the day of my 18th birthday and I went right after school to Joey Wallace at Karmic Tattoo, outside of Atlanta.
Tequila isn’t just for shooting anymore. It’s for sipping. Okay, fine, you can still shoot it.
DON JULIO 1942
The Don himself created this limited edition bottling, named after the year this fine distillery was established. It's smooth, rich, and clean; he clearly made a tequila you can't refuse. ($125)
Priced at about $300, this tequila is one of the most expensive on the market. Handcrafted by a "maestro tequilero," it combines platinum tequila with a hint of extra añejo and comes in a crystal decanter. The ultimate tequila experience.
DON ROBERTO AñEJO
Aged for 18 months in oak barrels, this herby and super-smooth tequila has notes of grilled pepper, leather, and wood on the front and finishes with citrus and butter. ($64)
Be careful-this Herradura is so smooth you might forget there's actually alcohol in it. If you let this (or any of these tequilas) anywhere near salt, lemon, or margarita mix, we will personally revoke your drinking license. ($60)
Most tequila is downed with the close-your-eyes-and-jump approach. You slam a shot, cram a lime in your mouth, and then … wake up naked … next to a total stranger … in a jail cell. But we’re here to defend the sipping of our little friend, and even to go as far as to say that tequila (ahem, good tequila) should be held in the same regard as single malt scotch or cognac.
Since passing away in 2003, Johnny Cash has become the 2Pac of country music, pumping out posthumous albums from his now legendary sessions with Rick Rubin. If American VI:Ain't No Grave is the final installment, it's a fitting way to go out. Comprising cover songs ranging from Sheryl Crow's foreboding "Redemption Day" to the Ed McCurdy classic "Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream," the album reaffirms the fact that Cash could effortlessly create lasting music with his signature tenor and minimalist instrumentation. The standout track on the album is the previously unreleased Cash original "I Corinthians 15:55," a redemptive song that sees Cash making peace with his own passing.
The Dropkick Murphys' St. Patrick's Day shows in their hometown of Boston have become the stuff of legendsand hangovers. Live on Lansdowne, Boston MA captures this annual event so accurately that you can almost taste the Guinness. The 20-song compilation spans the band's decade-plus career and showcases their Celticinspired punk, from upbeat traditionals like "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya" to the piano-driven sing-along "Tessie" and crowd-pleasing "I'm Shipping Up to Boston." Live on Lansdowne is teeming with fan favorites that prove the Dropkick Murphys' brand of music translates just as well in an arena as it does in a musty barroom.
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN
Boy, have we missed The Dillinger Escape Plan. While some of the time since the prog-metal band released 2007's Ire Works was certainly spent practicing guitar scales, it seems much of it was dedicated to songwriting, as Option Paralysis sees the band finally realizing their Faith No More obsession without abandoning their own schizophrenic sound. That doesn't mean the band has gone soft, proven by the seizure-inducing tech metal masterpiece "Good Neighbor" and sinisterly syncopated "Room Full of Eyes." The biggest surprise is the album's closer, "Parasitic Twins," a NIN-worthy track that (like other sonic experiments on the album) the band manages to make their own.
Dr. Dog have always prided themselves on their lo-fi aesthetic, so it's slightly odd that they worked with producer Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, The Vines) on their latest. Thankfully, the improved production enhances the band's sound on harmony-rich songs like Shadow People." While Shame, Shame still teems with the band's brand of psychedelia, confessional songs like "I Only Wear Blue" showcase a darker side, proving there is real emotion beneath the atonal guitar solos and space-age effects. "You could say that we're alone but we're lonely together," the band intones on the unsettling "Jackie Wants a Black Eye"—and that sentiment is far more embracing than it is alienating.
Whatever Goldfrapp do—from thumping electronica to glammed up romps-they do it for the dance floor. The British electronic music duo's fifth full-length, Head First, is loaded with pulsating pop gems, such as "Alive," that are a step away from the baroque pop of their previous album—and tailor-made for getting down. While Head First does occasionally get close to disco territory, the synthesizer-driven romps like "Shiny and Warm" and "Dreaming" keep the album relevant, not retro. If you're not an admirer of Goldfrapp, Head First probably won't be the album that converts you; but if you are a fan, this is exactly what you've been waiting for your DJ to play.
MATT POND PA
Matt Pond PA may not have the same hype surrounding them that peers like Vampire Weekend do, but when it comes to sweetly satisfying indie rock, it's hard to top Pond's unique brand of heartbreak. Their eighth album doesn't disappoint; from orchestral-tinged bal lads such as "Running Wild" to ambient excursions like "Winter Fawn," the album sees Pond evoking everyone from Death Cab for Cutie to Bon Iver (without copping too much from either artist). Those comparisons noted, it's pretty clear The Dark Leaves isn't ideal for a house party. But if you're in the mood to wallow in your own sorrows, we can't recommend a better soundtrack for suffering.
NYC stylist Russell Manley shows you how to shed that winter scruff.
The name sounds (and the bottle looks) like NASA equipment. But unlike astronaut ice cream, this gel ($5, drugstores) is highly satisfying, with a slick feel that lets your razor glide smoothly.
Kid Glove Oil-Free Pre-Shave Stick
Manley suggests rubbing this balm ($16, sharps usa.com) over your neck to soften the hairs so your blade slices smoothly. Don't confuse this with deodorant or you'll have oddly soft pit hair.
The INKED staffer who neck tested this new high-tech razor (drugstores) said it was the best shave he'd ever had. He usually looks like a yeti, so believe it.
Alcohol can dry and irritate skin, causing ingrown hairs, according to Manley. Use an alcohol-free aftershave lotion like this one ($20, getbarc.com), which also heals the bumps you still have from the shave you gave yourself before you read this article.
When the weather warms up, it’s time to ditch that beard and lose the leftovers that have been hiding in there since Thanksgiving. Once you uncover the neck tattoo that you don't remember getting, you won't want it buried under little red bumps.
It took nearly four years to develop the latest Final Fantasy game, and to answer fanboys everywhere: Yes, It’s worth the wait. This time, the role-playing juggernaut introduces a fresh set of spiky-haired, androgynous protagonists in whose hands the fate of the world balances. To get the job done, players must skillfully employ the improved Active Time Battle system, which now allows you to chain together attacks for a combo bonus. Balancing tactics with the new Role and Paradigm systems, players can fine-tune their party to unleash deadly barrages on enemies and alter strategies on the fly. You'll come for the fantastic creature summoning sequences, marvel at the unparalleled cinematic presentation, stay to unlock new abilities, and remember the flat-ironed hair and leather jackets.
God of War III
Don't get on the Ghost of Sparta’s bad side. His rap sheet is the stuff of ages: He murdered his former boss (the god Ares), attempted fratricide, and kick-started a war against the rest of the Greek gods. The third and final chapter of his story finds Kratos knocking on the door of Mount Olympus. With the aid of the Titans and his deadly double-chained blades, Kratos has the necessary allies and tools to exact his vengeance upon Zeus—and drop any Greek god foolish enough to stand in his way. As with its instant-classic predecessors, God of War III presents jaw-dropping battlefields with a huge sense of scale. Armed with the most stylish combat on the planet and a control system its competitors are blatantly ripping off, this finale cements God of War’s membership in the video game pantheon.
MLB 10: The Show
Can you rattle off the lineup of the 1951 New York Yankees at a moment’s notice? If so, MLB 10: The Show is your game. The deepest baseball simulation in the majors returns with its signature game play, plus a few additions. The new Catcher Mode in The Show lets any wannabe Joe Mauer call games from behind the plate and gun down base runners foolish enough to test their arm strength, while the expanded All-Star Break festivities let you go against all-time greats like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the Home Run Derby. Later, string together your own SportsCenter highlight package of web gems and long balls to share online with the new Movie Maker tool. Now if we could just get someone to deliver a beer and a hot dog to our couch.
Red Dead Redemption
Finally, a Western worth a fistful of dollars. To succeed where other outlaws have failed, Rockstar Games takes a page out of its Grand Theft Auto playbook, creating a massive open world filled with Mexican bandits, rogue lawmen, and saloon brawls. As the Industrial Revolution sets in, big government gets dirty in an effort to straighten out the wild West. Their proposition to reformed renegade John Marston: Hunt down your former posse or lose the wife and kid. To find the traitors who left him for dead years back, Marston rides out to Mexico, Texas, and the Pacific Northwest. With bounties to collect and animals to hunt, Marston won't have much time for sightseeing, but players can activate the slo-mo feature during shoot-outs to gun down any rotten four-flusher in their way.
Is your bathroom cabinet still filled with ozone-shredding aerosol cans? To help repay your debt to mother nature, Kiehl's has created a collection of AçAÍ DAMAGE-PROTECTING TONING MISTS in honor of Earth Day. Each eco-friendly spray ($26, kiehls.com) has a label designed by musician Pharrell Williams, actress Julianne Moore, artist Jeff Koons, or pro surfer Malia Jones, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to The Rainforest Alliance. It won't completely repair the hole in the ozone caused by your athlete's-foot spray, but it's a start.
TRIK IPOD DOCK
Graffiti-covered cars and boom boxes are long dead in the New York City subway system. (Don't worry: Smelly bums are still plentiful!) But the SONY TRIK IPOD DOCK ($130, sonystyle.com) serves your nostalgia by bumping 75W of sound from your iPod or iPhone (or other system via the auxiliary input) through a tagged-up subway car. Want a different look? The system includes four swappable skins, and others can be purchased from skinit.com.
TIED UP FOR TEA TIME
Old-school Philadelphia art fixture Larry McGearty was the spark behind the Sailor Jerry brand explosion that now includes every thing from T-shirts to spiced rum. His latest project is Sweet Gwendoline, a line that McGearty describes as "a little naughty and never too nice." The first release is a teacup collection titled TIED UP FOR TEA TIME ($25 each, Amberella Gallery, 610-2835669) that features silhouette pinups on porcelain. Despite their refined elegance, we've found they hold Coors just fine.
Make yourself at home in a world of mermaids, abominable snowmen, and chupacabras.
Sara Antoinette Martin’s art is so hard to categorize that she’d rather not even try. “I'd just tell them to Google me,” the Brooklyn artist says when asked to explain her style to someone who’s never seen it. The trusty search engine didn't clarify things.
Tattooer Ernesto Vasquez guides us through the streets and bars of his hometown.
Ernesto Vasquez could have worked anywhere. And he has made his Buenos Aires studio, Historia de Mi Vida, just as international as the city itself. The busy shop in Buenos Aires’s Palermo neighborhood welcomes a roster of revolving artists from around the world.
Detroit hopes the Fiesta, a popular European subcompact, will win over the hearts, minds, and Twitter feeds of young Americans.
People in the United States are understandably suspicious of Europe, what with its rampant socialism, funny-looking money, and shockingly unattractive men’s sweaters. That’s why it may seem odd for Ford to be so gung ho about importing the Fiesta, its economical subcompact that has sold phenomenally well across the Atlantic.
Even before he’d released an album in the States, Australian singer Daniel Merrlweather was selling out venues like Los Angeles’s Troubadour and having big-name acts like Samantha Ronson open for him. “I'm always kind of shocked when people know my music,” he muses.
If you think that punk rock and ’60s girl groups are mutually exclusive, you haven't heard the Dum Dum Girls. The group, which was started in 2008 as a solo project by frontwoman Dee Dee, initially got together in order to perform at last year’s CMJ Music Marathon.
There's something about Hawaii that makes leaders of the men who are drawn to its islands (Sailor Jerry and Barack Obama being two of the more famous examples). Take native Pennsylvanian Michael Fairall: In 2003, he was a transfer student at Hawaii Pacific University with a stick-and-poke on his foot and a leprechaun on his shoulder.
A LOOK AT THE TATTOOED BODIES LIGHTING UP BEACHES EVERYWHERE.
Summer means... Surfing! I can't get enough of it. When the sun is up and the water's warm, nothing's better. I plan on having a relaxing summer, surfing, possibly taking some trips to Mexico, hanging out with friends and family. Good times.
The INKED guide to everywhere you’ll want to be this year, from the wildest tattoo conventions to the world’s biggest paintball battle.
BONNAROO MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
MUSINK MUSIC AND TATTOO FESTIVAL
BAMBOOZLE NEW JERSEY
HELL CITY TATTOO FESTIVALS
STURGIS 70TH ANNIVERSARY
INK-N-IRON TATTOO & KUSTOM CULTURE FESTIVAL
This summer will not be like last summer. Summer 2010 is going to rule, and it’s going to rule hard. Come on, say it with us! Okay, now that we have your word, let’s get this rolling. In order to make it the best summer ever, you’re going to have to dig music, tattoos, and straight-up partying, which is why we’re tipping you off to the best festivals and events the summer has to offer, complete with must-know insider tips.
She's been a TRL icon and a twangy country Wrecker. Now, sultry singer Michelle Branch returns to her roots and traces her journey through the tattoos she picked up along the way.
Chapter One: Precocious Schoolgirl Tattoo: Blue musical note on her left shoulder
Chapter Three: Grammys Tattoo: Star on her right ankle
Chapter Four: Pressure to Sex Up Her Image Tattoos: "Left" and "Right" on her respective wrists
Chapter Five: The Wreckers Tattoo: A pinup on her forearm
Chapter Six: First Solo Album in Seven Years Tattoo: TBD
At just 26, singer-musician Michelle Branch has had a career with as many chapters and incarnations as someone twice her age. Her major label debut, The Spirit Room, came out in 2001 and featured the massive hit “Everywhere,” which can be heard today in those ubiquitous commercials for Chase Bank (“'Cause you're everywhere to me/ And when I close my eyes it’s you I see”).
The son of country music’s most famous outlaw discusses his apocalyptic new concept album inspired by equal parts shady politics, crumbling economy, and children’s programming.
Fed up with the country music business and itching for a new start, Shooter Jennings decided to pack up and move from New York to California. Somewhere in the middle—that vague expanse of land his father, Waylon, famously proclaimed his love for in “Too Dumb for New York City, Too Ugly For L.A.”-Shooter saw a world falling apart around him.
Ballet is brutal. Just ask Natalie Jean. This Jane of all trades has been dancing since she was young, starting with ballet and graduating into modern dance, tap, and now break dancing. Under the tutelage of noted choreographer Monica Ryan, she learned early on how to express her creative spirit, and as an adult she has channeled that into other performing arts, namely modeling, acting, and, most recently, stunt work.
INKED: You started your tattoo apprenticeship in the ’70s with CJ. Danny Danzl. What was it like learning to work under the old salt? VYVYN LAZO N G A: It was hard for me to deal with him at times, but I am grateful for having been given the opportunity to learn how to tattoo under Danny’s wing.
It must be intimidating owning a tattoo parlor two miles away from the White House. How about operating only two blocks from the house where they filmed The Exorcist? Forget that: Imagine opening a tattoo shop in a city that hadn't had one in 13 years and then throwing open the doors on Friday the 13th.
I am working at Spotlight Tattoo, but I recently opened my own place, called Will Rise Studios. I'll be working at both. I hope the new shop will bring people from around the world to sit in for a guest spot. There will always be room for guests, so hit us up.
My Suicide Girls shoot was done at the shop years before, while I was living in L.A. I moved back and figured since they've already seen me naked, why not give it a try? Not to mention that Joe Pettis is the coolest boss I've ever had! People have been caught on camera having sex in the shop, ghost hunters have found ghosts here, we've had rooftop parties with BB guns—those are just some of the crazy stories.
We're two years old! For our second anniversary, the INKED crew and a few hundred of our closest friends packed into Avenue nightclub in NYC for a celebratory bash. Jack Daniel's provided the drinks and DJ Todd Free spun tunes. Next year we want cake!
Not even a blizzard could stop the Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention. This year's event was held at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel and featured more than 250 vendors. Over 7,000 attendees arrived to see burlesque performers, bands, and an after-party sponsored by INKED. For more photos, go to inkedmag.com.
When Matty No Times, tattoo artist at Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn, needed funds for a liver transplant, the NYC tattoo scene responded. The Three Kings crew threw a packed benefit bash at Union Pool featuring music by Gospel, Drunk Driver, and Tournament, where a special "Save No Times" T-shirt was sold.
When Danny Derrick set out to be a road-dog tattooer, he learned from one of the best: Craig Beasley, who has toured with everyone from Fall Out Boy to Gym Class Heroes. "I apprenticed under Craig in Valdosta, Georgia," Derrick says. "I moved there from California specifically to study tattooing with him."