I'm Rocky, INKED’s new editor—fucking great to meet you. Our cover girl, Ruby Rose, shot by Warwick Saint (1), is a gem from Australia who talked to Alison Prato (8) about her job interview for MTV Australia, which included downing beers with Bam Margera and wandering the streets of Australia as a kissing bandit.
I had never even seen your magazine before. Then, yesterday, walking through the bookstore, Ryan Phillippe’s gorgeous face made me stop in my tracks and back up. As an inked woman who loves tats and Ryan, I was more than happy to dish out my money for your magazine.
Name: Emylee Disario Occupation: Model Hometown: Boston I got my first tattoo on my 18th birthday; it’s of my zodiac sign, Gemini. From there I spent 19 hours with Mike Francis at Blacksmith Tattoo on my family tree rib piece. The tree features me and my parents as Native American animals: a lynx, owl, and hawk.
As owner of Harbor Motor Sports (HMS), a sick car customizing shop in the OC, John Sarkisyan sprays rides on the job, draws tattoo designs when on break, and, at night, turns into Slang 500, SoCal graffiti muralist. His three artistic outlets coalesce on this BMW M3.
If you pay more than $30 a bottle, you shouldn’t mix your rum with much besides ice. Tossing In juice or soda with Brugal or Zacapa will likely drown out all the subtle flavors of leather, vanilla, cocoa, and oak that emerge during the aging process. Keep it simple: Fill a lowball with ice, pour in some rum, squeeze a lime if you’d like, lightly swirl the glass, and sip. The world should have just become slightly brighter.
Use the basic formula from the old pirates’ rhyme: “One part sour, two parts sweet, three parts strong, four parts weak.” Sour is usually lemon or lime juice. Sweet: fruit juice and/or grenadine. The strong is rum. We usually go with something basic but high quality, like Bacardi Superior or 151. No matter what, these taste best when made in large quantities and served out of a new trash can with cut fruit.
Rum is the troublemaker of the liquor family, the preferred hooch of pirates, bootleggers, and, well, us. Even its invention was illegal. It was created by slaves on sugar plantations in the Caribbean who were trying to find a way to make their lives halfway tolerable.
When asked for samples of his work, Steed Taylor suggests a Google Earth search of New Smyrna Beach, FL. A few years ago, he painted one of his road tattoos at the Atlantic Center for the Arts there. For this NYC-based painter and printmaker, the only way to appreciate some of his work is to grow wings or look through a satellite.
When a toy promises “rotating chin guns” our ears perk up; when it’s from Star Wars our wallets are drawn. The AT-AT ($100, hasbro.com)—if you don’t know what that stands for, move on to another item—stands over two feet tall, which is sweet, but tough to hide when you bring a date home.
Knuckle Duster Corkscrew
The most masculine way to open a wine bottle is with a samurai sword; the second most is with a chrome-plated steel Knuckle Duster Corkscrew ($13, thinkgeek.com). Nobody likes a wine snob, but swishy types will drink your rosé and like it after they see you procure this bad Larry.
Remember when your mother picked out your clothing? You looked lame but at least you didn't have to put forth the effort. Enter Threadless’s 12 Club ($200, threadless. com). For a year, the apparel company will handpick a newly designed funky shirt every month and mail it to you by the 15th. Take that, your mother.
The modern nightstand table often looks like a mess of plastic and wires, as cell phone companies focus more on handsets than their chargers. The iRetrofone ($195, etsy. com) harkens back to the days before emoticons infiltrated text messaging. It cradles your iPhone with a base that can plug into your computer’s USB port, once again enabling you to slam down the phone (though we don't recommend it).
You may think that your joint is killer: You have the right art on the walls, the perfect couch, a huge flatscreen. But look down: You can upgrade your floors. McKay Flooring nailed it by turning old whiskey casks into floorboards (about $129 each, mckayflooring.co.uk). Never worry about spilling a dram again.
leather motorcycle seats
These one-of-a-kind leather motorcycle seats ($400, electricsolos.com) are tattooed by Alex Higgins of the Tattoo Factory in Chicago. Using a good old ink-and-electric-machine approach, Higgins tattoos each seat by hand, making your ride as custom as it gets.
The Living Proof Magazine Artist Alliance put out this skateboard deck ($60, livingproofmag.bigcartel. com) featuring art by the sought-after photographer (and INKED contributor) Ellen Stagg. The photo Stagg selected for the limited edition run of 100 is a bare-backed Justine Joli. Don't you dare grind on it.
Put on a damn helmet (a bandanna isn’t going to protect your melon in a crash) and make it a sleek cap from Ruby (starting at $965, boutiqueruby.com). Each shell—you can go with one of the standard designs or customize your own—is crafted with the King of Cool, Steve McQueen, in mind.
Memento Mori collection
Alas, poor Yorick, letter writing is waning. But we still post because we think the novelty of receiving an envelope gets a point across better than an e-mail. Our favorite vehicle is D.L. & Co.’s Memento Mori collection ($175, dlcompany.com) of crisp skull stationery In a sharp, black, resin-cast box.
This film is loaded with so much testosterone, one might grow a third testicle during a viewing. The Expendables are a group of mercenaries on a mission to overthrow a ruthless dictator in South America. How powerful are Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, and Randy Couture on the same billing? Surprisingly, it doesn’t rip a wormhole in the universe—but they brought back the '80s.
THE OTHER GUYS
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg star in the action-comedy as two oddly paired detectives who idolize the city’s top cops, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the supercool Samuel L. Jackson. When they up the ante in an effort to outshine their idols, chaos and hilarity ensue. Director Adam McKay is responsible for some of Ferrell’s most well-received outings, including Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers—we're confident that this is the comedy of the summer.
Piranha was in dire need of a remake, and this month it comes to the screen. It’s spring break and Lake Victoria is filled with thousands of drunk, partying tourists when an underwater tremor unleashes hundreds of maneating fish. Among the possible chum is Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, and Christopher Lloyd. With stylish director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Mirrors) at the helm, there’s tons of gore, flesh, and in-your-face 3-double-D cleavage to enjoy.
MADDEN NFL 11
It’s that time of year when cheerleaders procure their pom-poms, Ray Lewis scares the shit out of rookie quarterbacks, and Brett Favre adds to his interception record. The NFL is back, and—as it has been for the past 20-some years—Madden is riding shotgun. This year’s version puts the skill back in the skill players with a new locomotion system that places the ankle-breaking moves at your fingertips. By eliminating the speed burst button and accentuating player acceleration and agility, the game more accurately reflects the difference between an all-world back like Chris Johnson and a washed-up has-been like LaDainian Tomlinson. The rewritten offensive line intelligence helps your lead blocker put his helmet on the right guy. EA Sports also redesigned the play calling and audibling interfaces to speed up the games, added a new three-on-three online team play mode, and revamped the Super Bowl experience. Oh yeah, and Gus Johnson is now in the booth: “Bam!” Play if you like: Beer, Sundays, America
Think you’re a wise guy? Put your La Cosa Nostra skills to the test as Vito Scaletta, a World War II vet who can’t find a decent job to support his family and so joins his wisecracking best friend, Joe Barbaro, in performing odd jobs for the local outfit. As you rise from a petty thug to made man, sharpen your racketeering skills by extorting, robbing, and whacking your way through a Grand Theft Auto-style open world that impressively captures the vibe of 1940s and ’50s America. No witness protection program exists in the 1950s, so staying alive will take the luck of a Luciano and the trigger finger of a Genovese. Play if you like: Goodfellas, Grand Theft Auto IV —M.B.
DEAD RISING 2
Dead Rising 2 throws more zombies at you than all the George A. Romero flicks combined. With a gameplay engine that can generate up to 6,000 undead at a time, there’s no shortage of lifeless targets. Chuck Greene, the MacGyver of the zombie apocalypse, uses his love of duct tape to create impromptu weapons like kayak paddles with chainsaws at both ends and footballs rigged with hand grenades. Team up with a buddy to up the body count even further, or become a contestant in the Terror Is Reality game show that challenges you to complete American Gladiators-style tests of skill amid countless reanimates. Play if you like: Left 4 Dead, Zombieland —M.B.
Maybe if my parents were murdered in front of me I’d understand Batman, but they’re retired in Florida, playing bridge. I'm a normal fella like you. I was raised on a steady diet of punk rock, Star Wars (I have the Imperial logo on my shoulder), comics, and video games.
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM “Orphans” With this track, New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem reconcile their punk roots with a classic rock sensibility to craft a song with a sense of urgency so overwhelming it’s palpable. AGAINST ME! “Because of the Shame” The Gaslight Anthem may come from the same area as Bruce Springsteen, but Florida’s Against Me!
He who smelt it is fine-but if she smelt it, she’ll leave.
BALLA POWDER FOR MEN
Dust this powder ($15, groominglounge.com) on to “keep your boys dry,” says Gilman. It stops sticky situations and odors-and doesn't make you smell like a baby.
RITUAL NATURE CALLS
Place a few of these drops ($9, groominglounge.com) in the toilet post-business and the bathroom won’t need to be fumigated. “Lots of people leave it in their bathrooms for guests too,” Gilman says. Bringing these to a Labor Day BBQ trumps the guy who brought potato salad.
AMENITY FOOT & SHOE SPRAY
Prep your shoes with this stuff ($32, groominglounge.com) before a hot day, and then spray down your feet when you get home too. “It’s got menthol so it’s really cooling,” says Gilman.
AXE CLINICAL PROTECTION ANTIPERSPIRANT
A deodorant masks odor but doesn’t stop sweat. An antiperspirant does both, usually with about 17 percent of the sweatstopper aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly. This stick ($7, drugstores) has that ingredient at 20 percent-the most you can get without an Rx.
While you are squeezing every last drop of fun out of summer in 90-degree temperatures, your body is trying to cool itself and squeezing out rank toxins in the process. "This time of year, lots of guys come in asking for something to help out their ‘friend’ who has an odor issue," laughs Mike Gilman, cofounder of Grooming Lounge, a mini chain of men’s spas near Washington, D.C. “Who else are they going to ask?
The Jersey Shore is more than just a playground for spikyhaired orange people. Just ask tattooer Desmond Mooney.
After tattooing for 14 years in the Garden State, Desmond Mooney teamed up with Doug DeSilva in 2006 and opened the doors to White Lotus Tattoo & Art Gallery (59 Main St., whitelotustattoos. com) in historic Toms River, NJ. "There is a lot of history and tradition in our area," he says.
We care about aesthetic and performance when it comes to our rides, so we dispatched our automotive writer to test-drive the best. We could have used other metrics to determine our three favorite rides, but we were mostly concerned with one thing: Regardless of RPMs, how revved up did we get behind the wheel?
If Amy Winehouse and Adele scissored, the result would be Gin Wigmore. This Kiwi’s songs are soulful and raw but yet somehow delicate. Her music took her out of New Zealand to conquer Australia, and now she’s ready to make a household name of herself in America.
Lauri Ditunno isn't your average cake store owner turned reality TV star. Although the spunky pastry chef is best known for her role on the WE Network’s Amazing Wedding Cakes, her approach to decorating veers way beyond star tips and buttercream.
Meet the face of the new Cooking Channel: Chuck Hughes. Most of the week he mans the famed Montreal restaurant Garde Manger, and when he isn't there he’s filming Chuck’s Day Off. The show’s premise is as simple and straightforward as its title.
GET TO KNOW RUBY ROSE, AUSTRALIA’S HOTTEST MTV VJ AND ONE OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST SEX SYMBOLS.
Ruby Rose is not a household name in America-yet-but in her native Australia, she’s a bona fide It Girl. The 24-year-old model turned TV host first turned heads during MTV Australia’s search for the next big VJ when the competition called for playing the Century Club game (downing 100 shots of beer in 100 minutes) against Bam Margera.
MAROON 5'S ADAM LEVINE IS HAPPIEST WHEN HE'S ON THE ROAD.
For me, there is nothing more exhilarating than being on a bike. The feel, the sound, the experience can't be duplicated. Riding links you to your surroundings in a fashion that no other mode of transportation can. Sure, you’re able to see the country driving in a car, but you are also sitting in a climate-controlled box.
LOOKING AT HER INK-COVERED BODY, it'd be logical to assume that Marilyn Rondon is a "biker chick." The only caveat: Her two-wheeler is the kind without an exhaust pipe. “On a perfect day I'd grab a grilled cheese with bacon, then ride my bike aimlessly around Manhattan before stopping to get day-drunk.
One of rock’s biggest ruffians has turned into a bona fide mogul. He discusses his business ventures, raises the bar on his notorious reputation, and declares that Mötley Crüe is a corporation.
Vince Neil may be best known as the platinum-maned singer for L.A. bad-boy rockers Mötley Crüe, but the voice of such hair-metal classics as “Dr. Feelgood,” “Shout at the Devil,” and that perennial strip club anthem “Girls, Girls, Girls” has range.
THE PORTRAIT OF A CITY IN DESPAIR, AND THE TATTOOED MEN WHO PROTECT IT.
"THERE’S A MAN WITH A GUN INSIDE A RESIDENCE ON THE 1500 BLOCK OF Vinewood. Get going!" barks the man with a Boondocks Saints tattoo, Lieutenant Marty Stefan. Inside the Special Police Operations barracks of Detroit’s Southwestern District, one of the finest of Detroit’s finest, Officer Michael Logan is telling me about his ink, but the discussion ends abruptly.
The legend talks about how, with his mentor Good Time Charlie Cartwright, he created a demand for black and gray work, single needle, and the Beatniks Car Club, an exclusive group who share a passion for “kustom kars.”
As one of the godfathers of black and gray tattooing, you’re the best person to educate people on the basics. Can you describe the black and gray style? It’s something that has evolved over the years. Originally, when [Good Time] Charlie [Cartwright] and I started doing it, we called it “black and white,” like the photography, but then realized—with skin tones being different and so forth—that “black and gray” was more accurate to what we were doing because it was, ya know, from solid black to every shade of gray imaginable.
Within the tattoo industry, Kansas City, MO, is the Galapagos Islands. Well, at least according to Mercy Seat Tattoo Studio owner Chet Duvenci. “What I’ve taken from a lot of my travels, working on the West Coast and working on the East Coast, is that a lot of people dismiss the Midwest and write off its culture,” he explains.
How did you get into tattooing? I graduated with a degree in photography and I had no idea what I was going to do after school. I got lucky and fell into tattooing; I had a friend working in a shop that helped me get a job. Tattooing is similar to sculpture, painting, and photography in the sense that all of the mediums are full of variables and complexities yet completely different from one another.
NAME: Marlene Rubio SHOP MANAGER AT: Inkside Tattoo, El Paso, TX I’ve been working at Inkside Tattoo for four years but I’ve been working in this industry a little longer. My step dad owns a tattoo shop so I’ve been in and out of the industry. I did a few things in between, like work retail.
INKED’s May Issue Release Party rocked Sweet & Vicious in New York’s Bowery. It’s safe to say their bartenders never poured more Jägermeister down anyone’s throats before meeting us. We toasted the good life with our friends, contributors and INKED People like chef Seamus Mullen who was profiled in the issue.
Welcome to Coachella: home of awesome tunes, funky shades and great ink. The three-day festival at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA, featured diverse acts from Jay-Z to LCD Soundsytem to Shooter Jennings & Hierophant. But it's not all about the music, between the stage, tattoos and art displays it is a very aesthetic event.
We dig how professional “Winter Music Conference” sounds. The name connotes suits and meeting rooms but it’s really a mess of clubbers coming from the four corners of the map to turn Miami into the world’s biggest rave. The 25th summit was electric and we enjoyead checking out tattoos inked in faraway lands.
In mid-March, anyone who is anyone in the music landscape finds him-or herself in Austin, TX for South by Southwest. Courtney Love was one of the near-2,000 musical acts squeezed into the music fesitval. She rocked with her new flower tattoos out while cute indie girls sipped Lone Star.
Italy loves company and that is a good thing because thousands swarmed the 15th annual Milan Tattoo Convention. For lovers of skin and ink there were over 200 artists, including the Italian Antonio Prioretti, and for lovers of skin and ink and skin the convention hosted the Miss Pin-up competition and a burlesque show by Voodoo Deluxe.
"I couldn't forget my first tattoo if I tried," Shawn Dubin says. "I got tattooed by a guy who’s arm was twice as thick as my head. He made fun of the fact that I was an 18-year-old string bean and said that my arm was more like a chicken wing, and then he pretended to eat it.