While most parents will say that they love all their children equally, I have a particular affinity for what we produced this month. Our Spring Fashion issue highlights how tattoo culture has influenced the world of style and is anchored by an interview Suzanne Weinstock (1) conducted with Scott Campbell—who created a line for Louis Vuitton, the label designed by his friend and tattoo client Marc Jacobs.
I just wanted to thank you for publishing Omari Hardwick’s poem. Spoken word is art; it’s rap without a beat, yet no other magazine I have seen has the balls to run it—probably because they don't think everybody will get the poetry. But by putting it out there you give people a chance to be exposed to true art. Damien Hazard Sunset Park, NY I like Chris Pontius because he is crazy and I hadn't thought about how nutty his tattoos are until I saw his shoot in INKED. Elise Colter Winnipeg, Manitoba Out of all the tattoo magazines I’ve seen, yours is by far the best.
Name: Nikki Star Occupation: makeup artist Hometown: White Hall, AR My first tattoo is a tribal design on my upper left arm. I was 15 years old, a rebel kid who was angry at the world and addicted to pain, so I went to Heartbreak Tattoo to get it. There is no meaning at all other than it looked cool.
At the People’s Choice Awards, former supermodel Niki Taylor wore a plunging dress that showed off her leafless tree tattoo. That’s right, the woman who was the face of CoverGirl and Liz Claiborne-and who turns 36 this month-has a beautifully eerie back piece.
Whack for the daddy-o, there’s whiskey in the bar.
Northern Ireland's Old Bushmills was founded in 1608, as is proudly displayed on the bottle. Their white-labeled signature is light and warm. It’s best for those who don’t often imbibe Irish whiskey but want to have a tipple with the group.
If you prefer something more golden and buttery, grab Tullamore Dew-the preference of that Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: “When she drank beer, she did not care about what brand or type it was.... When she ordered whiskey, she always chose Tullamore Dew.”
The number-one-selling Irish whiskey in the world is Jameson with a bullet, err, shot. The spicy and nutty elixir is probably the most recognizable in the States. It’s a required part of an Irish Car Bomb for good reason: It tastes better than any.
The Irish have given the United States St. Patrick’s Day, witty toasts, Irish whiskey, and six times Its population (there are more than 36 million self-reported Irish-Americans in the U.S., and about 6 million people in Ireland). Every March 17 we celebrate all four.
To Ludek Pesek Pachl nothing is sacred, except art.
Irreverent yet heartfelt, Ludek Pesek Pachl’s intricate dioramas use found objects lovingly placed in, for example, a hollowed-out television set. Czech fixtures Spejbl and Hurvinek (think Bart and Homer) cavort about in fetish gear in one, then protest the Soviet invasion of Prague in the next.
Turntables had been doing little more than collecting dust until Pixelthis transformed them into clocks ($129, etsy.com).
Alexander McQueen lent his skull pattern to this gorgeous cushion ($675, therugcompany.info for stores). Long live McQueen.
When little Jimmy brings home his report card, he gets a gold star and a spot on the fridge. When our kid brings home his progress report, it gets hung with these Ninja Shuriken Magnets (two for $18, yankodesign.com).
Boxers and socks don’t get much exposure in your overall look, but at least boxers come in awesome patterns. Now Stance gives artists a sock canvas ($14, stance.com), which you can rock by showing a little leg.
Two issues we have with Chinese takeout chopsticks: They splinter, and they don't look like light sabers. That’s why we eat lo mein with Chop Sabers ($20, shop.starwars.com)—then read our fortune cookies like Yoda: “Rabbit year of great luck during.”
Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now—Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything says that a generation of the individualobsessed have Michael Jordan and Alex P. Keaton to blame. David Sirota also touches on how The A-Team made it okay for our wars to be fought by contractors and how the machinations of Sergeant Slaughter and The Iron Sheik color our approach to foreign policy. —Anthony Vargas
BATTLE: LOS ANGELES
After the horrendous Skyline ripped off moviegoers who had the displeasure of wasting their time, eyesight, and money on that poor excuse of a film, the promising Battle: Los Angeles comes along to hopefully deliver a smart, intense, and engaging alien invasion. From the looks of the talent involved, it just might succeed. Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez star in this film in which Earth’s major cities have been obliterated by extraterrestrial invaders, and the last stand takes place in—you guessed it—Los Angeles. —Gilbert Macias
THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU
Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick (whose stories have also been adapted into movies like Total Recall and Blade Runner), this thriller is about a politician (Matt Damon) on the brink of earning a seat in the U.S. Senate who meets a stunning ballerina (Emily Blunt). Paralyzed by her beauty, he is confronted by mysterious men who try to keep the two of them apart. As these agents of fate try to steer him on his predetermined path, the two quickly find themselves on the run facing overwhelming odds. This looks like a hell of a ride. —G.M.
Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) is back with yet another action-fantasy, this time with ass-kicking babes rather than naked, blue musclemen and Spartans. This epic follows Baby Doll, a girl with a vivid imagination powerful enough to let her escape into a realistic dream world that blurs the line of what’s real and what’s not. Imprisoned and held against her will, she soon recruits femme fatales all equipped with various powers to engage in a war against their captures and other crazy shit like samurais and dragons. —G.M.
Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire) didn't disappoint with 127 Hours. Based on a true story about a mountain climber who finds himself between a rock and a hard place with his arm pinned by a boulder, what he does to survive is bone-chilling. Known for one particular scene that’s made some audience members pass out, the film features an Oscar-worthy performance by James Franco. Take it home, but don't watch it alone if you have a history of fainting. —G.M.
DRAGON AGE II
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC Dragon Age: Origins won over retro gamers with its Baldur’s Gate-style role-playing system and well-crafted story. But compared with BioWare’s sci-fi blockbuster Mass Effect, the graphics looked as old as the medieval setting. Rather than pick up where the first game left off, Dragon Age II tells the story of Hawke, a refugee who becomes a legendary warrior. Using a framed narrative structure, BioWare skips the boring training montages and slaps you straight into the heat of the battles. The new dialogue system better informs you of the tone your character will take in conversation, which should help you bed a fair number of maidens in between quests. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: BALDUR’S GATE, THE LORD OF THE RINGS, A GAME OF THRONES —Matt Bertz
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC In a move to stand out from the Call of Duty copycats, THQ tapped writer John Milius—the man who inspired the character Walter Sobchak in The Big Lebowski and who penned Red Dawn, Apocalypse Now, and HBO’s Rome—to bring a fresh perspective to the stale military shooter genre. Milius crafted a somber story in which Korea invades America after our economy collapses. With no standing army, the country is relying on the resistance movement. Winning won’t be easy, as you and your band are severely outnumbered and the Koreans are armed to the teeth and laser-focused on crushing the uprising. The battle extends online with 32-player, battlefield-style skirmishes featuring tanks, choppers, and mechanized drones. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: RED DAWN, HALF-LIFE 2, FRONTLINES: FUEL OF WAR -M.B.
FIGHT NIGHT CHAMPION
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360 The first M-rated game from EA Sports comes out of the corner with a flurry of punches. Fight Night Champion has a new story mode that chronicles the rise of a boxing prodigy as he battles shady promoters and intimidating fighters. It also has new training systems that give you more control over building the perfect prizefighter. A champion needs to change his game to stay on top, and EA retains the belt by removing the haymaker, adding one-punch knockouts, and fine-tuning the controls to make it easier to string together combos. Attack is only one half of the art of boxing, so pugilists planning to stand toe to toe with Tyson and Ali must familiarize themselves with the new reflexive blocking system or risk hitting the mat. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: THE FIGHTER, ESPN 30 FOR 30, MIKE TYSON’S PUNCH-OUT!! —M.B.
On March 17, people will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a couple pints of the black stuff and some corned beef, but the day is also sacred for sports gamblers: It’s the real beginning of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. We spoke to noted gambling sharp Steve Fezzik for a few betting tips.
JONATHAN TYLER & THE NORTHERN LIGHTS “Gypsy Woman” Great if you want classic rock without feeling like you're wallowing in nostalgia. CAKE “Sick of You” Get ready to fall in love all over again. SOCIAL DISTORTION “Machine Gun Blues” The new Social Distortion song sounds exactly like Social Distortion—which is all we want.
Whether you get your buzz on or you’re into the straight-edge lifestyle, keep your beard in check.
LUCKY TIGER MOUSTACHE WAX
Use this wax ($6.75, getluckytiger.com) to twirl your 'stache into the shape you want and keep it in place. “Mustache waxes are also great for taming your face bush,” says Morey. Just rub a little dab between your palms and smooth it on for your desired look.
SCHICK HYDRO 5 BLADE RAZOR
Traditional razors are the most consumer-friendly, says Morey, who recommends them as the best option for daily home use. This new one from Schick ($8, drugstores) has built-in skin guards to help reduce irritation and a flip trimmer that allows all five blades to get at your hair.
SHAVING STRAIGHT RAZOR
The key to this oldie but goodie ($260, theartofshaving.com) is patience: Take your time and shave slowly. This piece, which features a hollow steel blade to ensure the closest shave possible, is a good option for occasions when you need a supersmooth and clean look, like cousin Joe’s wedding.
PHILIPS NORELCO VACUUM BEARD TRIMMER
If you buy an electric razor, make sure to invest in an option with multiple length settings, like this one ($50, amazon.com), which also saves your sink drain by vacuuming up trimmings. Use it to style and shape longer beards or to trim shorter scruff every few days.
A great American once said that a man without a beard is like a lion without a mane. We agree. And since facial hair has made a comeback in the age of technology, the days of sudsy mugs are over, and your face is easier to maintain. “The clean shave is really dying out at the moment,” says master barber Vinnie Morey, co-owner of Proper Barbershop in Hollywood, CA. “But the mustache is making a fullon comeback in 2011, and guys are rocking everything from scruffy five-o’clock shadows to neat and lined beards.” There’s just one caveat: You have to keep your chin clean.
Tattooer Zeb Palmer suggests what to do when you’re a mile high.
You may find yourself in Denver for the amazing mountain air, or perhaps your team has made the later rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Either way, you don't want to spend time in a Gold Rush-themed restaurant. Let tattoo artist Zeb Palmer be your local guide.
I'm at the bottom of a snow-slicked, 45-degree hill in a 2011 Range Rover Sport, ready to climb. Telephone-polethick pine trees line the trail, leaving little margin for error— especially considering this model’s $90,000 price tag. I glance at the terrain response dial to make sure it’s set on “grass/gravel/snow” (check) and slowly apply throttle.
No little girl dreams of growing up to be an executive assistant ... that is, until they’ve watched Simone Reyes and Christina Paljusaj living a fabulous life as Russell Simmons’s right and left hands on Running Russell Simmons. While handling the usual clerical tasks, these two spend their days setting up fundraisers and entertaining Simmons’s celebrity business partners, and their nights attending tony red carpet events.
When Austin “Chumlee” Russell and Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison were boys growing up in Las Vegas, they never dreamt of becoming reality TV superstars. They were just a couple of kids who liked to start trouble and mess around at Harrison’s family business, Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard.
If you think you’re old-school, meet Tricky. The 43-year-old musician and actor grew up in Bristol, England, surrounded by inked family members, and he got his first tattoo—a vampire on his leg—done by a friend when he was just 14. “My great-grandmother had tattoos, but it was more of a community thing back then,” he explains.
JESSICA WHITE OFFERS HER BODY, HER INK, AND HER SOUL.
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Tyra Banks called Jessica White the “model of her generation." She's graced the runways of Oscar de la Renta, campaigns for Maybelline, and Sports Illustrated's swimsuit Issues, and is working on a documentary and memoir/selfhelp book.
AS ALWAYS, DROPKICK MURPHYS, THE BOSTON SHAMROCK 'N' ROLLERS, CARRY THE FLAG AND TUNE OF IRELAND IN THEIR NEW ALBUM, GOING OUT IN STYLE.
CHANCES ARE THAT DURING THE HIGH HOLY DAY OF SAINT Patrick you are going to run into a Plastic Paddy; he or she might be an O’Brien or a Fitzgerald and still think that the real Irish eat corned beef (it’s more of an Irish-American thing), drink green beer (hell no), and listen to U2 (ugh).
Snooki and Laydi Marie have one thing in common. “I love pickles! I love pickles more than anyone. Just like wine tasting, I go pickle tasting,” Laydi says. “The only way into this woman’s heart is showing me a pickle—but only if it's kosher.
The star of Chase talks about escaping Tinseltown for Dallas, explains that older male actors get the better roles, and addresses his controversial breakup tattoo.
In the same way Justin Timberlake transformed from Tiger Beat staple to cool guys’ guy, Jesse Metcalfe is morphing from the stuff of a teenage girl’s dreams to badass actor. Metcalfe became a household name during his six years playing the love interest of Eva Longoria’s character on Desperate Housewives when he caused Suzy Homemakers all over America to fantasize about the prospect of an illicit affair with the pool boy.
ON NEW ZEALAND'S NORTH ISLAND, THE TRADITIONAL MAORI ART OF TATTOOING IS GETTING A 21ST-CENTURY UPDATE.
MAKING MY WAY THROUGH THE stale air of the Wellington Airport after a long journey to New Zealand’s North Island, I can imagine what the crew of Captain James Cook’s ship felt like when they reached this same landmass after months at sea: foggyheaded and out of their element, hoping to meet the locals but unsure what to expect.
Air New Zealand (airnewzealand.com) operates 145 flights from North America to New Zealand each week, with direct routes from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Auckland. Ta moko is always custom, so call ahead to set up an appointment before you travel, and expect to pay up to NZ$150 (about $115) per hour.
Not to be overshadowed by a client list that includes Helena Christensen, Orlando Bloom, and Courtney Love, Scott Campbell has become a star in his own right. Campbell forged his own path in the tattoo world; instead of studying under one tattoo artist in particular, he traveled the world, picking up skills and inspiration as he went.
Chris Saint Clark wears many hats (among them a Shriners fez): He’s a member of the fraternal brotherhood of the Freemasons, he schools budding artists with seminars on black-and-gray realism, he helps out in disaster relief as a second lieutenant in the National Guard, and he opened up Nashville’s Kustom Thrills Tattoo in 2007.
What do you like most about tattooing? There’s no other medium I’ve found that can create a dialogue as directly as tattooing, or focus my attention as intensely. What do you think separates you as a tattoo artist? I would say hunger. What’s defined me to this point is that I'm younger than most of the artists I know.
NAME: Jenna Von Fury SHOP MANAGER AT: Tattoo Nation, Wayne, NJ My first job at the shop is to make sure none of my artists burn the place down. But, really, I'm a shop girl—I do all the work that doesn't help me get laid, like taking out the garbage.
We teamed up with Sailor Jerry to shoot the hottest inked women on the planet as vintage vixens for the 2011 Sailor Jerry Pin-Up Calendar. It gets better: Then with friends like Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the pin-up models, a set by The John Spencer Blues Explosion, and Sailor Jerry cocktails, we celebrated the release.
Kim Saigh and Shawn Barber threw a kick-ass party in honor of Memoir Tattoo’s one-year anniversary and Barber’s 40th birthday. In the past year, the shop on L.A.’s Beverly Boulevard has also hosted artists Hannah Aitchison, Henry Lewis, and Terry Ribera.
On December 10, it was ladies’ night at the Tattoo Culture Gallery. Brooklyn’s bastion of creativity displayed Ladies, Ladies!, which featured the works of over 50 talents, among them Juli Moon, Vyvyn Lazonga, Amanda Toy, Virginia Elwood, Pat Sinatra, Debra Yarian, Stephanie Tamez, Kari Barba, and Debbie Lenz.
Jason Lambert and his brother Erin had been fascinated with tattooing since they were “snot-nosed punk kids.” Erin began tattooing and then apprenticed Jason a few years later. Erin even gave Jason his first tattoo: “It was in a grungy punk house while some 400pound skinhead stood over me yelling at my brother to ‘Put that shit in there!’” Now, 14 years into his tattoo career, Jason focuses on pieces that are big and graphic with influences in traditional Japanese and American styles.