It's been 30 issues since the relaunch of INKED. If this is your 30th installment, thank you for being a part of the conversation; if it's your first, where the hell have you been? In this, our anniversary issue, we check in on inked subjects and ideas that have metamorphosed and are conquering 2011 anew.
I loved the Ruthless feature, it painted a pretty picture of her, who did the story and who shot it? Skylar Austin Eugene, OR Editor's note: The photographer was Chris Fortuna and Rebecca Swanner wrote the piece. Somehow we omitted their bylines, sorry Chris and Rebecca!
Name: Mary Mendenhall Occupation: Student Hometown: Philadelphia My first tattoo is a quote from my favorite Kurt Vonnegut book, Slaughterhouse-Five. I got it on my ribs and it says, "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt." I got it the day after I turned 18.
The rapper of "Shine" and Lights Out combined the two notions in his new infrared tattoos. Lil Wayne's stars and lip print on his face and neck made their debut on the single "I'm Not Human" from the new EP I Am Not a Human Being. "I want everybody to know beforehand, when you see the black light and you see the kiss and the stars, don't think that I got some shit painted on me.
When you're in a social setting, shots happen. Cheers!
Shots can be many things: sweet, sour, strong, shaken, layered, made with Jell-O, or sucked out of a beautiful person's navel. But at the end of the day, they're really about one thing: speed. This is wonderful for several reasons. First, they're a jump-start.
Femke Hiemstra's winter wonderland comes sans sugarplums.
Femke Hiemstra offers a welcome alternative to corny holiday art. In her piece Le Dernier Désir (translation: the last wish), a snowman suffers through the last few moments of life. The sun starts to rise as he melts into a pile of slush collecting at his feet.
Taxidermy is only cool if you shot the animal and used the rest as meat—or if it's mirthful. Here's an example of the latter: The mythical jackalope ($100, cabelas.com) is captured over your mantel.
Matt Groening breathed life into Lard Lad on The Simpsons and now has done it in vinyl form too ($40, kidrobot.com). Forget other tertiary characters like Cletus Spuckler, Comic Book Guy, and Dr. Nick Riviera; Lard Lad could definitely take Bob's Big Boy in a steel cage match.
If the only things on your door are pin-sized holes that were the result of errant dart throws, cover them up with a photo film ($108, styleyour-door.com) of a portal to a world more interesting than a closet filled with old raincoats.
Humunga Stache fetch toy
Mustaches are awesome. Make your dog cooler than Tom Selleck with this Humunga Stache fetch toy ($12, moodypet.com), which—unbeknownst to the species that can't even see color and thinks that Snausages are sausages—gives him a handlebar.
Drop's 1080p gloves
What's more hardcore than heli-boarding the Himalayas? Shredding up Everest in Drop's 1080p gloves ($35, dropmfg.com). Screen-printed with "metal hands," they have a moisturewicking microfleece lining, leatherlike Chamude goggle wipe, and the ability to summon Satan.
Horiyoshi III has lent his art to fashion. The subdued designs—in this case, a cashmere sweater ($925, horiyoshi-thethird.com)—don't replicate a full body suit by one of the greatest living tattoo artists in the world, but if you are unable to make an appointment with the artist his garb is visually stunning and a touch less painful.
Ray Gun Pen
With the Ray Gun Pen ($130, uncommongoods.com), everything you sign is with a bullet … or a gamma ray. Either way this pen is much mightier than a sword.
Crystal Skull Bottle Stopper
The bottle may not be killed but you can't stick a cork back in it. Instead, slide this Crystal Skull Bottle Stopper ($15, honeyandhazel.com) down the neck of your half-finished wine vessel to guard those tricky tannins from escaping.
smart belt buckle
Rather than donning loud shirts and ridiculously painted jeans, try flexing your aesthetic muscle through a smart belt buckle. Grab a fastener from beltbuckle.com, a site that features Pac-Man designs as well as other dope options—and the opportunity to make your own for $50.
Inspired by WWII sea mines, Alexander Purcell created this Sake Bomb ($98, sakebombstore.com) that functions as a sake decanter with four shot glasses as appendages. It comes in an array of colors, and the ceramic material keeps cold sake cold and hot sake warm. Carpe sake.
The name Marisa Kakoulas may ring a bell, as she's one of INKED's most prolific contributors. Now she's turned her extensive ink knowledge into a collection of volumes called Black & Grey Tattoo. The first book, Traditional Black & Grey, touches on the work of fundamentalists like Jack Rudy. Then the Paul Booths of the world talk about their demons in Dark/Horror, and the final say is in Photorealism, which displays the finest culmination of the two-tone art. -R.M.
Twenty-eight years after Tron came out, geeks are finally getting a sequel. Sam Flynn is the tech-savvy son of Kevin Flynn (played by Jeff Bridges) who finds himself in a virtual world of gladiatorial games while investigating his father's disappearance. Flynn and his son must journey across this deadly cyber universe encountering dangerous obstacles along the way. With special effects being vastly greater than they were in 1982, this is sure to be visually stunning. We hope to get a seat next to "Tron Guy."
Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) is back, but this time he and his wife (Teri Polo)—who can be milked, right?— have two kids, and uptight, ex-CIA father-in-law, Jack Burns (Robert De Niro), is coming for a visit on their home turf. If you've seen the first two in the series, you already know what you're in for. This time Greg must prove he's the man of his own house to the always skeptical Jack. Everyone's back, including Owen Wilson and Barbra Streisand, with Harvey Keitel, Laura Dern, and Jessica Alba added to the mix. —G.M.
Director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette) returns with a film about a hard-living actor named Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff). After receiving an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning), the two form a bond and Johnny begins to re-examine his life. It's an enlightening father-and-daughter story from a director who comes from a bloodline of prime Hollywood talent. Hell, this thing has already won the Golden Lion for Best Picture at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Welcome back, Sofia. —G.M.
Bond Girl or James Bond? Both
Angelina Jolie is CIA agent Evelyn Salt, who is on the run after a Russian spy accuses her of being part of a plot to assassinate the Russian president. It's a hyper-kinetic action film with edge-of-your-seat chase scenes, and Jolie is both brilliant and convincing in the role. We don't want to blow the ending for you, but let's just say the film keeps you guessing whether Salt is really a double agent or one of the good guys, err, girls. There are moments that may suspend your belief and throw the laws of physics out the door (and no, we aren't talking about Jolie's anatomy), but hey, it's an action flick—and a well-crafted one at that. -G.M.
DEAD SPACE 2
Dead Space scared the bejesus out of gamers with a masterful mix of haunting sound effects, startling visuals, and the most frightening creatures since H.R. Giger's xenomorph in Alien. While the original game conjured feelings of hopelessness and isolation aboard a derelict ship located light-years away from any human settlement, the sequel brings terror to the masses. The mysterious and deadly Necromorphs have infiltrated the densely populated space station Sprawl, where Dead Space hero Isaac Clarke conveniently happens to be stationed for PTSD treatment after surviving his first encounter. In spite of his catatonic state, Clarke must use his knowledge to aid the men, women, and children desperately trying to escape with their lives. If you outlast the Necromorph onslaught, jump online to fend off the horde as a security officer or become a monstrosity and terrorize your opponents. Play if you like: Alien, Left 4 Dead, H.R. Giger
With LittleBigPlanet's Sackboy, Sony found a new PlayStation mascot. The so-cute-you-couldscratch-your-eyes-out puppet starred in one of the most original platforming games since Super Mario Bros., luring players with four-player co-op, a stunning arts and crafts aesthetic, and an easy-access creation suite that allowed gamers to build their own platforming levels to share with the community. Two million user-created levels later, the sequel is finally here, boasting more tools to let gamers construct whatever genre of game they can conceive. Sackboy also returns with a new batch of unique platforming levels featuring narration by famed British comedian-journalist Stephen Fry. Play if you like: Super Mario Bros., game development, rag dolls —M.B.
Recently Mickey has taken a backseat to Pixar. To resurrect the rep of the world's most famous mouse, Disney isn't making a new cartoon; instead, the company turned to legendary game developer Warren Spector (Deus Ex, Thief). This tale begins as Mickey gets sucked into a warped cartoon wasteland that serves as a purgatory for longforgotten and rejected characters like Mickey's predecessor, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Mickey must use his magic brush and paint thinner to transform the world into a set worthy of Disneyland. Packed with extremely rare footage of Mickey's early cartoons, this platformer is a bold new take on the classic Disney universe. Play if you like: Fantasia, Through the Looking Glass, not acting your age —M.B.
Inspiration comes in bound form from two great American tattoo artists this holiday season. The first is part autobiography, part greatest hits, by the wizard of West Coast black-and-gray, Bob Roberts. Inside Bob Roberts: In a World of Compromise ...
BRIGHT EYES "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" DAVID BAZAN "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" DARLENE LOVE "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" JIMMY EAT WORLD "Last Christmas" BLINK-182 "I Won't Be Home for Christmas" SUFJAN STEVENS "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever" THE FLAMING LIPS "Christmas at the Zoo" FRANK SINATRA AND DEAN MARTIN "Marshmallow World" THE BOUNCING SOULS/WESTON "Do They Know It's Christmas?" THE MURDER CITY DEVILS "364 Days" RAY CHARLES "That Spirit of Christmas" FALL OUT BOY "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out" MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
How do you find a new fragrance? It's all in the family.
WOODY-ORIENTAL: Ralph Lauren Big Pony Collection #2
This scent ($50 for 2.5 oz., ralphlauren.com) straddles the woody and oriental families thanks to a dose of musk and chocolate (one of the scents women are most attracted to, according to a study from The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation).
WOODY-AQUATIC: Express Honor for Men
This basil-and mint-based scent ($45 for 1.7 oz., express.com) has some woody aspects, but overall the watery freshness-and the flask-shaped bottle-remind us of a crisp gin drink.
WOODY-CITRUS: Burberry Sport for Men
Lighter than many of the other woody scents we smelled, this cologne ($57 for 1.7 oz., sephora.com) has citrusy notes like grapefruit that do a better job of making it "sporty" than the rubber wristband wrapped around the bottle.
WOODY-SPICY: Marc Jacobs Bang
Burlakova's company, Givaudan, helped develop this cologne ($55 for 1.7 oz., marcjacobsbang.com). It brings to mind the pep of freshly cracked pepper, minus the sneezing aspect.
Men's fragrances are driven by trends, just like tattoos. Back in Louis XIV's day, men and women wore the same floral perfumes made of lavender, roses—basically anything strong and flowery enough to cover up the stench of an unwashed body.
Tattooer John Vale doles out the best venues and vices in Miami.
"We ain't got flash, just pencils and paper and a love for tattooing," John Vale explains of his tattoo shop, OchoPlacas (6240 SW 8th St.) on Calle Ocho in Miami. The shop was opened in 2001 by José Luis Carrera, who passed last year, handing down the keys to Vale and partner Javier Betancourt.
Think the Hummer is the baddest thing on the road? Check out these big rigs.
If the car you drive makes a statement, then a SportChassis declares, "Stay the hell out of my way." The largest production pickups on the planet—with a bed big enough for a king-size mattress—Sport-Chassis are ideal for heavy hauling, transporting boats and other toys to the beach, or just flossing like a rock star or a million-dollar athlete.
She's a young, fiery, sexy hybrid of Joan Jett and Juliette Lewis who says that she wants to model her career "after Janis Joplin, except without the drug addiction and dying when she is 27." She's Juliet Simms, the commanding frontwoman of the band Automatic Loveletter.
New York restaurateur Michael Chernow knew that dropping a late-night meatball joint into the mayhem of rock clubs and hipster dives on the Lower East Side would be a success... but perhaps not this much of a success. "We pulled the paper off the windows and there were literally 150 people waiting outside," says Chernow from a table skirting the sidewalk of The Meatball Shop.
Writer, director, and producer Steven S. DeKnight had three simple goals: shave his head, learn to ride a motorcycle, and get tattooed. He's done all three, and while they might seem like minor ambitions compared to his immensely successful career, it appears they were just as high on his to-do list.
There was graffiti everywhere," Eve says about growing up in the Mill Creek housing projects in West Philadelphia. "It was the thing that you tried to do. We always tried to make our names in graffiti letters." When most people hear the word hiphop, the first thing they think of is music, especially rap, which Eve is obviously familiar with.
VENTURE ONTO THE USS OLYMPIA WITH GHOST HUNTERS' STEVE GONSALVES AND SCARE UP HER STOWAWAY APPARITIONS.
AFTER THE SUN DESCENDS OVER AN AGING BATTLESHIP, HE PREPARES TO creep through the belly of the beast, a flashlight by his side, an EMF meter in his hand, and his heart in his throat as he searches for the souls of a few good men who are still devoted to their service decades after departing this mortal coil.
El Wood (not to be confused with Elle Woods from Legally Blonde-not that you would know that anyway) is so pretty and has such great ink that after gracing our "My First Ink" column, INKED readers demanded to see more of her. "My first tattoo was featured in INKED when I was 18.
This month the Jackass stalwart stars in Sofia Coppola's film Somewhere. Does this mean he's hanging up Party Boy's banana hammock?
If you don't immediately recognize the man to the right, that's because he is normally wearing far less. The artful dodger of cheetahs and nut shots has made a name for himself dressing like Tarzan and male strippers on Wildboyz and the Jackass projects.
An encore of our 2011 INKED and Sailor Jerry calendar contest winner, Laydi Marie.
"Hello, is Laydi available?" "This is she." "Congratulations—you won our calendar contest." Laydi Marie was a makeup artist who spent her time dolling up others for photo shoots when she and a gal pal stumbled across our Sailor Jerry calendar contest online.
Kick Ass, The A-Team, and For Colored Girls actor Omari Hardwick delivers his own lines.
Into the Wild
Before making it in Hollywood, the heavily inked Omari Hardwick expressed himself through poetry. Influenced by the verses of Walt Whitman and Tupac Shakur, Hardwick has penned more than 4,000 works-some even tattooed on his body. With his role in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls captivating audiences in movie theaters, we share his never-before-published poetic tour de force.
Bugs may very well be the love child of Pablo Picasso and Tamara de Lempicka. For nearly 30 years, he's been "painting on people with a tattoo machine," creating a signature style that evokes the modern art masters and sets him apart as an innovator in the tattoo world.
Brian Brenner is a damn good businessman. Besides being a veteran tattooer of 16 years, receiving a few awards from conventions like Hell City Tattoo Festival, and being featured in an array of magazines, he also has a special marketing scheme up his sleeve for his tattoo shops: tattooedtv.com.
How did you get into tattooing? I was working a deadend job in the extremely interesting field of furniture sales, when a coworker asked me to give her a ride to a local tattoo shop. She told the guys who worked there about my endless doodling at work, and they asked me to demonstrate my drawing skills.
NAME: Sally Suicide BODY PIERCER AT: Big Brother Tattoo Studio, Bogotá, Colombia I do piercings, microdermals, and work with the tattoo-removal laser. I have done some tattooing. I did the skull and crossbones on my ankle and learned not to play with the tattoo machines without supervision!
During the CMJ music festival we teamed up with label Fat Wreck Chords to throw a happy hour at Home Sweet Home. Jack Daniel's provided the bourbon and Fat Wreck Chords bands Dead to Me and Smoke or Fire took turns in the DJ booth. By the end of the night everyone was spinning.
Two tattoo icons—Bob Roberts and Bert Krak—combined for Ladies Welcome, an awesomely titled show that hung in L.A.'s Known Gallery over the summer. For some it was the first time they could see either tattoo artists' work up close, and the ones who had been lucky enough to be inked by Roberts and/or Krak served as moving installations.
In honor of their collaboration with MadeMe, Vans threw a sick party at the House of Vans in Brooklyn. The skaters skated, Kelis performed, a girl with a scrunchie grabbed a nipple, MadeMe designer Erin Magee (blonde up top) sparkled, beautiful girls drank beer and a guy with a tattoo on the back of his head watched as Nina Sky spun—there was a lot of action.
"Although biomechanical style may be abstract and purely imaginative in nature, when done with convincing realism it shows a great sense of depth, structure, and movement," Pennsylvania tattooer Rod Graybill surmises about his aesthetic.