A little more than 100 years ago, horses were the main means of transportation in the United States; families had carts or stagecoaches and rogues rode in the saddle (the 100,000 horses in New York City dropped about 2.5 million pounds of manure on the city streets each day—and people are concerned about carbon emissions).
SEX, ISSUE I used to visit the bookstore every month just to get my copy of INKED. For Christmas I was so excited to receive a subscription to your magazine. Then I received "The Sex Issue" in the mail. For years I read articles about tattoos, everyday people, celebrities, and different cities and shops.
SPEND. GROOM. RIDE. Name: Karen Jarman Occupation: bartender, cocktail waitress, voiceover artist, and culinary school student Hometown: Market Harborough, England My first tattoo was a terrible black dragon on my lower back. My cousin's friend took me to get it done at a shop in Edmonton, Canada; I don't remember the name.
Kristin Bauer van Straten, the actress who plays saucy and sultry vampire Pam De Beaufort on True Blood, has been giving her new arm piece the light of day. When she first debuted the work of Los Angeles tattooer F. Kirk Alley, fans wondered if Pam would then get a tattoo on the show.
We have the most versatile spirit to thank for cocktail culture. Vodka, you're the best.
MILAY'S PINEAPPLE GINGER MARTINI
1/2 oz Sobieski vodka 1/2 oz ginger liqueur 1/2 oz pineapplejuice Shake it up with ice, strain, and serve.
There's a time and place for flavored vodka; unfortunately, for bubble gum and blueberry, it's never and nowhere. But some flavored vodkas enhance drinks better than others-like the amazing Effen Cucumber, which complements a dry martini or gibson.
There are so many different vodka brands because it's quick to make; unlike bourbon, vodka has no aging process. Thus, there's a lot of crap on shelves. If you drink vodka without a mixer (like a champion], grab Poland's Sobieski or Iceland's Reyka.
Vodka is the utility infielder of the liquor roster. Because the hooch is supposedly tasteless it can be mixed with anything (and it is), highlighting the mixer rather than the alcohol. For that reason, there's no need to wash out a $40 bottle with orange juice or tonic—stick to the middle-of-the-road stuff.
Rob and Christian Clayton's world is filled with imagery of small vermin, an oversized hypodermic needle, and gas masks, but bright, electric colors and a sense of humor make their work seem uniquely upbeat. The Clayton Brothers, as they're known within the American outsider art movement, collaborate on largescale mixed-media pieces and 3-D sculpture installations.
Temple makes a laptop sleeve ($79, templebags.com) that cloaks your computer like it's a missive sent during World War II, complete with a 1930sor 1940s-era European or American stamp. Don't let it fall into the wrong hands.
After ripping apart a bike in his off-time, art director John Ryland noticed that some of the parts on the ground of his garage would make cool lighting stands. Now he and his wife, Betsy, sell lamps made from mtorcycle springs shock absorbers, brake rotors, and transmission gears through their Etsy store ($150, etsy.com/shop/betsyryland).
Grip this and rip a daiquiri: The Blenderblaster GX ($449, blender blaster.com) uses a four-cycle Honda gas engine to crush ice, pulse, frappe—whatever. Just take it out of the garage (because of the exhaust).
With its soft but tough leather and overall badassery, Schott NYC's Lightweight Waxy Cowhide Fitted Motorcycle Jacket 626 ($480, schottnyc.com) is like our second skin.
BURN AFTER E-MAILING NOW THAT'S A <p moved="true">KNIFE</p> From the great tradition of hobos fashioning shanks out of railroad spikes, Bronks makes a handy cutting tool ($200, <p moved="true">bronksknife works</p>.com) out of the same thing Look out, Boxcar Willie.
After a recent onslaught of '80s horror remakes and reboots, it seems we've moved on to a '90s revival of sorts. The highly successful Scream franchise is back! It's been 11 years since Ghostface slashed his last throat, and Wes Craven, the director of the original trilogy, is back along with the lone survivors of the original bloodbath: Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), Sheriff Dewey (David Arquette), and Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox). It's like 1996 all over again—dope!
Source Code is an action-thriller about soldier Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal), who wakes up in the body of an unknown man on a Chicago commuter train. As events unfold and the train explodes, killing all onboard, he discovers that he's part of government experiment that allows him to inhabit another man's identity during the last eight minutes of his life. Stevens must now relive that memory over and over again until he discovers who the bomber is so he can prevent the attack. —G.M
In this epic fantasy-adventurecomedy, the valiant Prince Fabious (James Franco) embarks on a journey to save his beloved Belladonna (Zooey Deschanel) from the evil wizard Leezar (Justin Theroux). Joining Fabious are his boozing and bungling younger brother, Prince Thadeous (Danny McBride), and Isabel (Natalie Portman)—a hot lone warrior with an agenda of her own. McBride co-wrote the script, so it's no wonder it looks like The Princess Bride on crack. —G.M
Now available on a loaded Blu-ray/ DVD combo is this uplifting drama about professional boxer "Irish" Micky Ward. Christian Bale delivers a tour de force performance as older brother Dicky Eklund that earned him the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor and an Oscar nomination. You'll dig some of the special features, including the making-of documentary The Warrior's Code: Filming the Fighter and Keeping the Faith, the true story of Micky and Dicky as told by their family and friends. —G.M
PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360 The brutal brawler that dominated arcades and enraged PTA committees in the mid-'90s is back. After a series of offshoot titles that failed to gain widespread acceptance, series creator Ed Boon's new outfit, NetherRealm Studios, is going back to what they do best—making fighters bleed and players wince. The new Mortal Kombat captures the ultra-violent essence of the original trilogy: frenetic fisticuffs, blood-splattering body damage, and wince-inducing fatalities that the test the limit of tastefulness and make you question the psychiatric state of the game creators. Familiar faces like Raiden and Sub-Zero return, and if you string together a devastating combo you can unleash a new X-ray move that zooms in to your opponents' anatomy to give you a front-row seat to the bone-shattering blow. Classy. Play if you like: Bloodsport, GWAR
PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC If you thought today's New Yorkers were assholes, wait until you meet the city's new denizens. Crysis 2 opens in the year 2023 with the Big Apple in tatters thanks to a devastating alien invasion. Armed with a second-generation Nanosuit that allows you to redirect its power to give you super speed, super strength, super vision, and cloaking abilities, you're the RoboGiuliani tasked with cleaning up the streets. Powered by the breathtaking CryEngine 3, console owners can now experience Crytek's critically acclaimed sandbox shooter. You can also put your newfound Nanosuit skills to the test with the revamped online multiplayer that features six modes, 12 maps, 80 ranks, and 60 unlockable Nanosuit upgrades. Play if you like: Predator, War of the Worlds, Far Cry —M.B.
PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 3 The end is near! Why spend your last days sipping canned soup in a bunker when you could join the thrill-seekers in MotorStorm: Apocalypse and ditch your last rites for a last ride through a collapsing city? Once you choose your ride from a selection of muscle cars, monster trucks, and super bikes, the only thing that stands between you and the finish line is the catastrophic natural disasters that significantly alter the racetrack as you burn through laps. With 40 races and a new challenge mode that allows you to customize the racing experience by cherry-picking the hazards, adrenaline junkies have several options for winding down their last days. Unbuckle your seat belt, turn up the tunes, and step on the gas. Play if you like: Twister, Split/Second —M.B.
His work certainly speaks for itself, but the folks at Sailor Jerry still wanted to tell the complete story of Norman Collins. Now they have, in Homeward Bound: The Life and Times of Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry. Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins revolutionized traditional bold-line American tattooing from his small shop in Honolulu's Chinatown district amidst brothels and gin joints, and this coffee-table book is published in honor of his 100th birthday.
D.R.U.G.S. "If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is" Former Chiodos frontman Craig Owens successfully channels his rage. BRITISH SEA POWER "We Are Sound" The terms high energy and indie rock don't have to be mutually exclusive.
Don't ever consider taking a regular razor to your wedding tackle; an electric shaver like this one ($40, grooming lounge.com) used wet or dry is your best bet.
PANASONIC NOSE AND EAR HAIR TRIMMER
While we are sure nose hair has biological value, most men seem to do fine without it. This trimmer ($15, amazon. com) has the added advantage of doing the ears too.
BACK& BODYGROOMER AND SHAVER
If The 40 Year Old Virgin scared you from waxing, use a body trimmer. This one ($50, The Sharper Image) features an extension handle to help you tackle out-of-reach areas.
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"Just cleaning up the stray hairs in between your eyebrows can make a huge difference," says Gilman. Split a unibrow with this ($10, drugstores).
Nothing ruins a sweet back piece like some hair pushing through. Even though it's a testosteronecharged, animalistic link to when men hunted dinner, excessive body hair's presence today shows the opposite sex you are behind the times.
This Massachusetts town has more to offer than just witch hunts and an amazing Halloween party. Natan Alexander, the owner of Witch City Ink and Lightwave Tattoos, has been working as an artist since the early '90s. He's plied his trade in Amsterdam and helped legalize tattooing in Massachusetts, where he currently produces the Boston Tattoo Convention.
It was one hell of a winter in the north, Midwest, and, of all places, north Texas, but it's time to pack away your puffy coat, throw on your leathers, and get on a motorcycle. And with so many new sweet rides hitting the pavement, there are plenty to choose from.
Many guys who design motorcycles get into it during their autumn years, after a long life of hard riding. But for 36-year-old Roland Sands, it was a near-death experience that coaxed him into fabricating. "Yeah, I did something stupid," says Sands.
Before the Always Sunny in Philadelphia crew tried to hock "kitten mittens," Maya A. Lake visualized putting gloves on a feline. "In college I had a dream that I had these mittens, and when I put them on this cat, she would stand up and box with me," she says.
Cleveland has had a tough run. From time to time its river would catch on fire, and more recently, favored son Lebron James publicly dissed it by televising his "decision" to leave for Miami. But what Cleveland does have going for it is hope that this will be the Indians' year (one can always hope) and one of the culinary world's sharpest knives, Michael Symon.
LET'S FACE IT: THESE DAYS, THE AGGRESSIVE MUSIC subculture is more heavily segmented than ever before. Kids aren't just into punk or hardcore, they're into metalcore, screamo, crabcore ... the list goes on and on. Standing stridently at the center of this saturated scene is A Day to Remember, a band who has successfully managed to sound metalcore, pop punk, emo, and post-hardcore at the same time without paying much attention to what everyone is doing.
The lovely Jesse Denning is a walking work of artthrough God's hands and the needles of tattoo artists. Her love for aesthetics runs deep, as she has worked in a number of New York City galleries, including Invisible NYC, the tattoo studio and art gallery she once owned a stake in.
IT'S A BITTER, DISMAL DAY IN THE OUTSKIRTS OF WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn; the white stuff has hit New York City for the umpteenth time this winter, cloaking its streets in the imagery of a Charlie Sheen wet dream. Up and down the Union Avenue corridor, there's hardly a hipster in sight.
We are at odds with pop culture. Maybe there is something in the tattoo ink permeating our blood that makes us skeptical, but it seems clear to us that most summer blockbusters, Billboard artists, and mall fashion are created to appeal to the simpleminded masses.
When they signed his birth certificate he became a household name-then he made it legendary on the streets.
There is a "Paul Rodriguez" Venn diagram. One circle represents people ages 44 to 104 who hearthe name Paul Rodriguez and think of the actorand stand-up comedian; the other represents those under 31 who hear the same name and identify it with the three-time X Games golden boy in street skating.
Few tattooers have built a name like Shige of Yokohama. With countless magazine articles, a room full of first-place trophies from conventions worldwide, a book, museum appearances, and, most importantly, throngs of ecstatic clients, Shige is definitely a success.
It's not uncommon to find the crew at Three Kings Tattoo pelting each other with BB gun pellets, seeing who can go the longest without shaving, daring office manager Jes Irwin to eat an entire ice cream cake for $100, or etching each other's skin with the likeness of their piercer, Vito Zerillo, as a garden gnome.
How would you describe the style of your work? I used to describe it as comic book influenced, but I've been told it's closer to bathroom stall vandalism. I like that description better. Or Technicolor blasphemous smart-assery. What makes your tattoos unique?
NAME: Kristian Parra ASSISTANT MANAGER: Starlight Tattoo, Las Vegas Our shop has a wall dedicated to the famous faces that have stopped by. It's mostly Mario Barth's clients like Sylvester Stallone, Pamela Anderson, Tommy Lee. There's also a German pimp, who is famous back home, I guess.
For the left coast Sailor Jerry and INKED Pinup Calendar launch, we took over Mr. T's Bowl in Highland Park, invited The Bronx, Film School, and friends to throw down some sweet Sailor Jerry. To our surprise we also spotted some beautiful tattooed girls who made us wish there were more months in a year.
Love and magic were in the air the night after St. Valentine's Day when Rock of Love starlet Daisy de la Hoya helped us kickup our Iron Fist party at the Palms' Ghost Bar. We were out in Vegas for Magic where we checked out new fashion, like Iron Fist's killer heels, and figured we'd show Sin City how we roll.
Thom Gastelum works as a tattoo artist in the showroom of the apparel company Fremont. Unconventional? Yes, but so is Gastelum. "I attended art school in Pasadena at Art Center College of Design and studied in the illustration/fine art department," he says.