Welcome to the wild world of INKED sports. In the following pages we’ll touch on athletics that even ESPN hasn't yet created a channel around. From basketball to wakeboarding to noodling, we're celebrating the finest tattooed athletes in their games of choice.
I am an aspiring actor, tattoo artist and enthusiast, and, above all else, a soldier in the U.S. Army currently deployed to Iraq. I have been here for two months and just picked up my first copy of INKED, which was the Ruby Rose edition [August 2010].
Name: Kellen Graham Occupation: manager at Johnny Cupcakes Shoppe Hometown: Los Angeles My first tattoo was done a few months after I turned 18, at a shop in New York City that I can't even remember the name of. After watching a friend get tattooed for three hours, I got a tiny star on my lower back.
The CW has tapped Maggie Q to play spy Nikita in a series by the same name this fall. Rarely flaunted before, at least one of Q’s tattoos will be on display in the types of outfits that come with the sexy espionage job. She explains the origin of the phoenix on her thigh as coming from when she was still making a name for herself in Asia.
For those who feel that adding water to good scotch is a sin against nature, we would point out that scotch makers do it. Whisky can come out of the barrel up to 150 proof. Drink it like that and it’ll take your goddamn head off. So the kindly distiller, concerned with your continued relationship with your goddamn head, mixes it with what? Water! They’ll bottle it down around 85 or 05 proof, but that’s still likely too hot to drink neat without the burn.
Ice, on the other hand, is whisky’s enemy. First off, you’re chilling the spirit, which cools its natural aromas and flavors. Then, over the course of your drink the ice will melt, meaning that when you first get it it’s too strong, and by the time you finish it’s too weak. It will be perfect at some point in between, but only for a precious minute or so, which you will invariably miss because your friend Dave is being a dickhead, trying to show everyone how he combines break dancing and kung fu. Again.
l½ oz Johnnie Walker Red ½ oz Lillet ¾ oz lemon juice l tsp Velvet Falernum l tsp orange marmalade l tsp fresh ginger juice 10 black peppercorns Muddle all the ingredients, then double strain and pour over rocks.
In many places on earth, the stuff you get when you distill fermented, malted barley and then age it in wood casks is called whiskey. In Scotland it’s called whisky. “Ease up, Scotland," you might say. “Why you gotta hate on the letter e?" At which point Scotland would turn to you with a dangerous three-toothed grin and growl something unintelligible that roughly translates to, “We were here first."
A bicycle accident almost killed Shay Bredimus, but it also gave life to his art.
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Some say if you've never been scared or hurt, you've never taken any chances; chance has truly played Its part in this artist's life. Shay Bredimus was 10 when he was hit by a car, landing him in a coma with severe brain trauma. Operations left a 12-inch scar from ear to ear and a circular stamp above his right eye where the bicycle handlebar lodged.
Lamps aren't usually something one gives too much thought to— unless you're Philippe Starck. He fashioned a handgun table lamp ($1,756, flosusa.com) and semiautomatic floor lamp ($2,812) that are available In chrome or an 18K gold-plated option. Light 'em up.
Tecmo Bo shirt
No Mas, a T-shirt company named after the phrase Roberto Durán muttered to the referee when he was getting pummeled by Sugar Ray Leonard, printed this smart Tecmo Bo shirt ($34, nomas-nyc. com) featuring a bigger athletic hero from the '80s. The greatest video game running back, in all his pixelated glory, scores again.
Billboard Messenger bags
Most messenger bags advertise the designer's name across the front, but they aren't paying you for that free advertising. Defy Bags changes all that with a sweet line of Billboard Messenger bags ($90, defybags.com) featuring a variety of styles that don't scream its name.
The Princess Bride Game
The Princess Bride now has its own board game. The best part of Storming the Castle: The Princess Bride Game ($20, thinkgeek. com) is that when you've left all but one player in the dust you can holler out, “So, it is down to you, and it is down to me."
Metal Speedcar Racer
The Metal Speedcar Racer ($120, dwr.com) hearkens back to a time when gas cost pennies and rudimentary aeronautics informed automobile design. It has functioning wheels and steering—if you are a toddler. We like it as a decorative piece for a shop with a Prohibition-era feel.
Rolling on curved trucks with seven wheels each simulates snowboarding, allowing you to carve up the cement like it's fresh powder. The Flowboard ($120, shop.discovery.com) is also made from seven-ply Canadian maple, so it's durable enough to grind from spring to first snowfall.
Beard Lube Conditioning Shave
In honor of the 10th anniversary of Jack Black (the grooming company, not the corpulent actor), the brand is offering a special-edition 33-ounce bottle of its Beard Lube Conditioning Shave at a discounted price [$60 [$88 value], getjackblack.com).
Germans have engineered some of the best: Mercedes, pilsners, and buxom fräuleins. Now, with the help of Biomega, German brand Puma has turned its attention to the urban bicycle. The colorful and agile machines— including the Disko ($970, us.puma-bikes.com)—are greener than Priuses.
Anon Hawkeye Goggles
We always hit up Burton for what we call “winter shades." Their Anon Hawkeye Goggles ($100 and up, burton.com) are par excellence, with layers of face foam that allow your eyes to breathe while still keeping out Mother Nature's cruel, cold winter breath.
Hello Kitty Tank headphones
Aerial7, whose headphones wrap your ears in a wall of sound, teamed up with Sanrio to put out these slick Hello Kitty Tank headphones ($80, aerial7.com). They hit stores midOctober, but the hepcat INKED reader with the best Hello Kitty tattoo will get a set before anyone else on the block. Visit inkedmag. com/hellokitty for details.
cardboard picnic boxes
You ever notice how when women eat outdoors it's a picnic, but the only time men can dine al fresco is at a tailgate or barbecue? We think it has to do with the emasculating picnic basket. That's no longer an issue thanks to Boxsal, a company that's created various cardboard picnic boxes ($35 each, boxsal.com) that look more like White Castle Crave Cases.
When I first heard Bad Religion as a teenager I dug the fast rhythms and threepart harmonies immediately, but I wasn’t truly hooked until I listened to the lyrics. Instead of singing about girls and parties, Bad Religion was singing about Operation Rescue and the Kyoto Protocol. For the last 30 years Bad Religion has been rocking and educating the masses with their intellectual brand of punk rock. Led by singer and UCLA professor Greg Graffin, the band continues to take a critical look at society, religion, and politics on their 15th album, The Dissent of Man. One of the purchase bundles of The Dissent of Man comes with Graffin’s new book, Anarchy Evolution, his doctoral thesis, and a hoodie. Graffin isn't the only bookish guy in the scene; in fact, with him and the group below, punk rockers could probably destroy team nerdcore in a quiz bowl competition. See if you can link the musicians below to their offstage accolades. Charlie Connell
Let's face it: Jackass isn't really a movie. There's no plot, no twist ending-it's just 90-plus minutes with a bunch of crazy guys doing in sane stunts and stupid, hysterical shit for our viewing pleasure. And based on some of the flinch-inducing antics these guys have been known for in the past, to some-but not us-it's a viewing displeasure. Well, Johnny Knoxville and his band of knuckleheads (including director Jeff Tremaine) are back, this time in 3-D. So who knows what sorts of bodily fluids will be flying at our faces like we're at a Gallagher show. No poncho required.
The Saw series got off to a killer start in 2004, breathing life into torture horror. Here we are, six years later, and the seventh and supposedly final installment is ready to give us our last gasps. 3-D is the trend, so it's a no-brainer that they're going to go out with a bang and as much in-your-face splatter as they can. Tobin Bell reprises his role as Jigsaw, and this time the mastermind's plan comes full circle in this brutal endgame. From what we hear, the killer's twisted traps even start happening in public. Jigsaw will be missed, but we're ready for one last satisfying mindfuck. -G.M.
Two big box-set releases hit stores this month. The sci-fi horror series that sprung from an egg 31 years ago finally makes its high-definition debut in the Alien Anthology collection. The six-disc juggernaut contains two versions of all four films, including the director's cut of Ridley Scott's Alien, the special edition of James Cameron's Aliens, and the special edition of David Fincher's underappreciated Alien 3.... Before there was a hot tub time machine, there was the DeLorean. Marty McFly and Doc are crisper in the Back to the Future Trilogy-now available in the 25th anniversary Blu-ray set. Go 88 miles per hour to your video store. -G.M.
ROCK 'N' ROLL
"Photography happened to me," Mick Rock says. From an impromptu shoot with a beatup camera and his buddy Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, Rock went on to become the man who documented rock 'n' roll. Mick Rock Exposed is the culmination of 40 years of music's best peering down the business end of Rock's camera. From Iggy Pop and David Bowie to the Sex Pistols and the Ramones to Snoop Dogg and Lady Gaga, Rock has taken the soundtrack of our lives and put it into the theater of the eye.
MJ. Air Jordan. His Airness. Michael Jordan earned several nicknames during his remarkable basketball career, but when he dropped in a last-second shot against the Utah Jazz for his sixth championship, number 23 engraved a definitive title: the greatest of all time. Now you can relive the 10 defining moments of his career in NBA 2K11's retrospective mode, The Jordan Challenge. Featuring authentic rosters for every matchup, historical commentary, old-school courts like Boston Garden, and the ’80s-era short shorts, gamers can be like Mike. Developer Visual Concepts even painstakingly re-created every classic Jordan move, from the tongue-wagging drives to the draw-dropping dunks. To bring the rest of the game up to Jordan's level, 2K11 has improved all of its gameplay basics: simpler dribbling mechanic, refined shooting that lets players alter shot angles, and recalibrated passing that better differentiates between the stars and the benchwarmers. Play if you like: basketball legends, short shorts
DEF JAM RAPSTAR
Think you're the best rhymer from around the way? Drop your science alongside the best in Def Jam Rapstar. A Guitar Hero for the street corner, Rapstar features an impressive song catalog that spans every era of hip-hop. Kick it old-school with Biz Markie or Slick Rick songs, relive the gangsta rap era with 2Pac and Ice Cube tracks, or spit some new classics by Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Once you've mastered your craft, test your lyrical might against others in freestyle battles backed by beats from DJ Premier, Just Blaze, and Danja, or record your performances and post them on defjamrapstar.com for the world to judge your talent. Play if you like: hip-hop, 8 Mile —M.B.
This remake of the ultraviolent arcade classic ups the gore factor with impalement, dismemberment, and enough blood to feed the casts of Twilight and True Blood tor a millennium. When college dude Rick Taylor discovers his science teacher has kidnapped his out-of-his-league girlfriend, he channels his inner Jason Voorhees and storms the necrobiologist's mansion. What follows is a blood symphony of no-holds-barred bludgeoning scored by riff-heavy metal as Rick cracks the skull of every abomination that stands between him and his hottie. If you prefer old-school bloodletting, fire up one of the three original games also included on the disc. Play if you like: Halloween, Friday the 13th —M.B.
NEW MEDICINE “Laid” A sing-along-ready rager. THE GAY BLADES “Too Cool to Quit” Get past the goofy name-it’s dripping with palpable passion. TIM KASHER “I’m Afraid I’m Gonna Die Here” Kasher bares his soul on his solo debut. “Don’t Turn The Lights On” Hard to believe this isn't already an '80s dance classic.
Tattooed fragrance developer Ben Gorham launches a cologne inspired by our favorite liquid: ink.
“The beauty is that everybody has their own relationship with them. They're subjective and often quite extreme, so people either love or hate them." Ben Gorham isn't talking about tattoos. Rather, the heavily inked former pro basketball player is talking about perfume—specifically, the fragrances in his line, Byredo Parfums.
The home of the Wright Brothers and Mark Wiseman has high dunes and killer wavesperfect for hang gliding and water sports.
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Mark Wiseman, an Outer Banks resident for nearly 20 years, is also resident piercer and manager at Vertigo Tattoo Shop (7594 Shipyard Rd., Manns Harbor). Vertigo’s owner, Brian Mervine, fought tooth and nail to get Dare County to welcome his tattoo shop, one of the first in the area.
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Forget about Zipcar. Manhattan's Classic Car Club is the best automotive idea since the cup holder. The two biggest purchases most people will ever make are a house and a car, and—forgetting about finances for a second—part of the tough decision is the thought that you'll be married to your purchase.
Bring Me the Horizon's frontman, Oliver Sykes, is metalcore's screaming answer to Justin Bieber. Boyish looks aside, this British band makes music that comes from more than youth angst and metal roots. “Our sound is a mix between classic rock, classical, electronica, everything," Sykes says.
“My first tattoo was a really sweet tribal butterfly on my lower back, like every 19-year-old," says Danielle Colby, laughing. How she's metamorphosed. Today, the 34-year-old artist, fashion designer, and seamstress from Clinton, IA, is a main reason many tune in to American Pickers—the History Channel's runaway hit on turning junked, rusted, and sun-baked goods into profit—on Monday nights.
Graham Elliot has had a hell of a week. Just the other day he was in New York alongside Gordon Ramsay for the premiere of their new show, Fox’s MasterChef, then before he knew it he was back home in Chicago packing a few things for a flight to L.A., only to return back to Chicago in time to cook President Obama a birthday dinner and begin setting up Chow Town for this year's Lollapalooza, all while keeping plans rolling on his new sandwich shop, Grahamwich.
Kyle is champion freestyle motocrosser, and his beautiful wife, Casey, recently launched her own makeup line. Together, then play in a band called Piranha feber and raise two young children. Wipe your feet. It's 2010, but when some in this country describe the American family they sound as if they're living in the 1950s.
CISCO ADLER LIKENS THE HIP-HOP GAME TO BASKETBALL AND OFFERS A RALLYING CRY FOR THE LAKERS, MELODIC ’90S RAP, AND FREE MUSIC FOR ALL.
Growing up, hip-hop and basketball were my life. Lou Adler raised his sons in the recording studio, on the basketball court, and in the Los Angeles Forum. He and Jack Nicholson got Lakers floor seats way back in '73. Jack bought two and my dad bought two.
STEPPING IN FRONT OF THE LENS AS THIS MONTH'S INKED GIRL IS IRA CHERNOVA, who's normally on the other end of the shutter. "People usually think I'm a model and are always surprised to find out I'm a photographer," she explains-with complete humility, we should add.
Former NFL bad boy Kyle Turley turns outlaw country musician.
Offensive linemen are typically anonymous hunks of muscle and pads who only get recognized for a fleeting moment when they commit a penalty. Kyle Turley was not your typical lineman. By appearance alone he stood out from the rest of his uniformed line mates, with his striking tattoos and long blond locks spilling out of his helmet.
WITH FEW BASTIONS OF ACTUAL MUSIC TELEVISION LEFT, MISTRESS JULIYA CHERNETSKY STILL CARRIES THE FLAG-AND INK-FOR ROCK PROGRAMMING ON THE TUBE WITH FUSE'S TOP 20 COUNTDOWN. AND SHE'S PRETTY CUTE TO BOOT.
Born in the Ukraine and raised in Brooklyn on a steady diet of pierogies and metal, Mistress Juliya has risen to be the modern-day Riki Rachtman of Headbangers Ball. After hosting music programs on Fuse like Uranium and Slave to the Metal, she has graduated to the network's Top 20 Countdown (Fridays at 5 p.m.).
EXTREME ATHLETES SHOW OFF THEIR MAD SKILLS AND SICK TATTOOS.
The minute pro wakeboarder Randall “The Vandall" Harris turned 18, he went straight to the needle. He picked up a “California as a continent" design on his left shoulder, which has since been redone by Joe Leonard of Monkey Wrench Tattoo in Santa Rosa, CA, which is an eight-hour drive from Harris's home.
The paragon of pinup tattoos discusses what really makes a woman beautiful, working outside of his style, and why he isn’t any ordinary Joe with two unorthodox projects: creating his own line of pomade and illustrating a cookbook. INKED: You have such a signature style that one can look at a pinup tattoo and know that it’s a “Capo Girl.” What are the elements you put into your work that make it your own?
“We had a high roller come in escorted by two security guards, and he wanted the Pink Panther put on the side of his cheek. No bullshit—on his face, the Pink Panther," remembers Hart & Huntington artist Emiliano Gabaldon. “I couldn't put something like that on somebody’s face.
How did you get into tattooing? The truth is that I believe we are all chosen by some “tattoo force" and we can't escape it. I always bought all the tattoo magazines available and went to all the conventions I could, but never thought of doing tattoos myself.
NAME: Eva Lampert SHOP MANAGER AT: Seven Crowns Tattoo in Toronto I have a lot of roles here. In a typical day I get to be a receptionist, janitor, promoter, handyman, art critic, DJ, and, my very favorite, sous chef when we barbecue. I'm pretty much here to make everybody's day a little easier.
After our West Coast model casting for INKED's Sailor Jerry pinup calendar, we headed over to Bar Marmont to celebrate life, rum, and ink. Sailor Jerry provided the alcohol, we provided the beautiful tattooed ladies, and the combination of the two made our heads delightfully swim.
The opening of Metanoia at P.J.S. Exhibitions in New York drew true appreciators of art to take in striking paintings and drawings by local tattooers. The tattoo artists were Jason June of Daredevil, Josh Egnew from Three Kings, Ryan Bonilla of Bellum Concepts, Stephanie Tamez of Brooklyn Adorned, and representatives of New York Adorned, Chris O’Donnell and Thomas Hooper.
The Roxy (INKED contributor Cisco Adler's joint) hosted Famous Stars and Straps' release party. The slick crowd rocked Stars and Straps and good tattoos and went off-the-wall when Yelawolf rapped “Pop the Trunk" over a tight Travis Barker drumbeat.
“I do a lot of freelance Illustration work as well as tattooing," Stacey Martin says. “When I do either, I make sure to meet all of the client's requirements first and push the boundaries just enough to leave my impression. I admire the look of vintage flash and its simplicity, so I try to carry the same qualities over to my paintings.