When you ask people what kind of music they listen to, they give one of two answers: “Metal!” or “A bunch of stuff.” And most music magazines constrain themselves, either to “Metal!,” hip-hop, or commercial stuff (with Bieber and Snooki on recent Rolling Stone covers, Rebecca Black can't be too far behind).
SEXY MACHINE I must admit I have never been a huge fan of tattoo magazines, finding it hard to really give a shit about tattoos on people I’ve never even met. However, after picking up the INKED “Motorcycle Issue” I am changed. Walking past the newsstand it was hard to ignore the trifecta of a beautiful koi fish tattoo sitting on a beautiful cheek sitting on a beautiful Harley.
Name: Meg Raiano Occupation: Retail manager and dancer Hometown: Hicksville, NY My first tattoo was the word “worth" in Hindi. It’s now part of a huge thigh piece that’s a memorial for my uncle. He died in 2007 from cancer, and the tattoo is there to remind me of what I lost.
G-Funk's crooner Nate Dogg died in March, and his 213 group mate Snoop Dogg immediately visited Mister Cartoon to have his friend immortalized on his forearm. Cartoon created a compelling, stoic portrait of Nate and put “All Doggs Go to Heaven" underneath.
Prefer spicy over sweet? There are more options than a Bloody Mary.
Sugar is a problem in this country’s collective diet, and in its bars. But sweetness is a cop-out. Empty a bag of sugar on any sustenance and the masses will consume it: cereal, cocoa (M&M’s and Mars would go bankrupt if they switched to unsweetened chocolate), and crappy cocktails.
Notorious rock-concert-flyer artist Derek Hess picks up the fine-line pen.
“Isn’t that crazy?” exclaims Derek Hess. “In art school, I never would have dreamed of being in the Louvre. I was worried about getting the chicken wings cut on time for wing night." Hess, a born and proud Cleveland native, is referring to the famed museum in Paris where a portfolio of his concert art rests in the permanent poster collection.
Strap yourself into Gibson’s Marc Bolan Les Paul ($7,056, guitar stores). It’s a modified version of the monster that the T. Rex frontman used to shred folk music.
sterling silver pendant
Yep, this is a sterling silver pendant ($150, ransoun.com) modeled after a Bic pen cap on a 27-inch chain. Back in the day, before there were personal computers, people wrote with pens, and they used the caps for an entirely different purpose.
USB Rocket Launcher
The USB Rocket Launcher ($30, the dilbertstore.com) plugs into your computer and launches projectiles almost 20 feet.
Marketing in Hollywood leans heavily on star power, so movie posters are routinely just photos of the top billing. But when American films hit Poland—where they don't know Jeff Bridges from Jeff Goldblum—something magical happens ($35, polishposter.com).
Skull Teapot in Flowers
UK-based design whiz Trevor Jackson took a teapot and turned it on its head with his Skull Teapot in Flowers ($1,200, far4.net). Earl Grey rues the day he ends up in this decanter.
Marble notebooks are for 12 year olds. Get a spiral sketchbook bound in an actual album cover from acts like The Beatles, the Boss, and Otis Redding ($16, coolplanetstore.com) instead.
This stylish little guy is a Fyrkat Grill ($60, bodumusa.com). Its flame-kissable surface is more than a foot in diameter, yet It’s compact enough to save space in your garage so it won't slowly turn to rust in your backyard.
The Jambox speaker
Wireless is the new paperless. The Jambox speaker ($200, jawbone. com) picks up Bluetooth and has a 10-hour battery life. It may be smaller than a brick, but it pumps out music louder—and much, much clearer—than those boom boxes from the '80s.
With evil yellow eyes and horns poking through his hoodie, this Detroit Devil ($66, htxbstudio.blogspot. com) by Ryon Xavier Smith could be a villain in the next Toy Story movie. They come in a bunch of colors (blue, yellow, purple, white, and black) but they all have a sinister grin.
From Etsy seller WalnutStudiolo: “Originally designed by and for a ‘hardcourt bike polo’ aficionado, we since learned that this useful item [$22, etsy.com/shop/WalnutStudiolo] can hold all kinds of things to your bike—why not a six-pack?” Indeed.
WHO: Corey Stewart SPOTTED AT: The Ace Hotel, New York City WHERE HE GETS TATTOOED: My neck piece is a sacred heart with "rise above" scrawled across the collarbone. It was done in New Orleans at Electric Ladyland Tattoo, by, I believe-it was a long weekend-Annette LaRue.
Patrick DeWitt, author of Ablutions: Notes for a Novel switches gears in The Sisters Brothers. The thriller follows contract killers Eli and Charlie Sisters on their way to “Gold Rush” California to hunt a man who probably doesn’t deserve to die. Striking a satisfyingly dark balance between the brutal work of Cormac McCarthy and the comic adventure stories of Mark Twain, this will draw you in and won't relent until you feel for its damaged heroes.
In the summer of '79, a group of friends witness a horrible train crash while shooting a Super 8 movie. Soon after, strange occurrences spread throughout the town, and It’s up to the local deputy to uncover the truth behind the phenomena. So what the hell is causing hell to break loose in this small town? With producer Steven Spielberg on board and the Amblin Entertainment logo attached, one can’t help but feel nostalgic for that '80s sci-fi bliss. This might be the surprise hit of the summer.
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
So far we’ve had three X-Men flicks (not counting Wolverine). X2 was by far the best, and X-Men: The Last Stand was vastly underwhelming. Now, with X-Men: First Class, we get a prequel that appears to mutate back to the better. The plot follows the younger years of Charles Xavier and Magneto, exploring how they eventually become enemies. Some familiar mutants reappear in more youthful form, along with some new ones—and a new director, Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Layer Cake), behind the lens. —G.M.
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
Rabid fanboys of the beloved cartoon moan about everything Transformers, from the robot design down to why the Dinobots haven't appeared in the series yet. And we need an apology for the Jar Jar Binkses of robots, Skids and Mudflap. We hope the third time is a charm for Michael Bay and that Transformers: Dark of the Moon gets rid of the bullshit and focuses more on giant robots fucking each other up in 3-D. Megan Fox is out, so Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is the (human) eye candy. —G.M.
LEMMY: 49% MOTHERF**KER, 51% SON OF A BITCH
There are few men in rock lore who have more fantastical stories than Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. This documentary astonishingly builds up some of those tales (supported by the likes of Kat Von D, Lars Ulrich, and Billy Bob Thornton) while simultaneously showing Kilmister’s indifference to fame and its byproducts. Essentially, it makes him both a mythic creature and the realest person on the planet. Our brain hurts, and it’s not from all the headbanging.
PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 3 When the going gets rough, sometimes it’s best to skip town. After a villain named Beast knocks the snot out of courier turned superhero Cole MacGrath, our protagonist flees Empire City to take refuge in the New Orleansinspired metropolis of New Marais. The city is the rumored home of the Ray Sphere that turned Cole into an electricity-wielding combatant. With a militia fighting to keep invading mutants out of the city, Cole needs to stay on his toes as he searches for answers. Infamous 2 preserves the sandbox approach of the original game, giving you a Grand Theft Auto-style open world to showcase your badassery. With a mission creation system that allows users to share fan-made scenarios, you’ll have more than enough training to prep you for the inevitable rematch with the Beast. Play If You Like: Infamous, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Kick Ass
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC Tired of the lone wolf mentality pervasive in multiplayer shooters? The latest title from Splash Damage rewards tactical prowess and encourages teamwork as players wage war in a postapocalyptic skirmish between an upstart resistance group and a security force trying to keep the peace. By allowing players to switch character classes on the fly and take on new missions as they become available on the battlefield, Brink offers a dynamic and varied war experience unlike anything else. Completing objectives and helping squad mates earn you XP, which can be used to purchase weapon upgrades, new abilities, and customizable outfits. Play If You Like: Quake Wars, Team Fortress 2, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 —M.B.
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC Fright masters John Carpenter (The Thing) and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) make a dark and twisted third installment. The psychic abomination Alma is preggers, and she wants her bastard sons to join her as she unleashes an ungodly new evil upon the world. With one player taking the role of original F.E.A.R. protagonist Point Man and the other as the apparition of his deceased brother, Paxton Fettel (who Point Man felled), this co-op game is steeped in dysfunction. Once you put the family matters to rest, it’s time to fucking run. A new mode pits you and friends against a horde of enemies as an ominous Wall of Death encroaches, absorbing anyone who can't keep pace. Play If You Like: The Ring, Left 4 Dead, 30 Days of Night —M.B.
HOLLYWOOD VS. ALIENS At the end of July, Jon Favreau brings Cowboys & Aliens to theaters. So how are we going to defeat the extraterrestrials this time? With ticket prices the way they are, expectations are high—and Hollywood needs to reinvent the wheel.
HOT TUNA “Angel of Darkness” They feature two original members of Jefferson Airplane, but their relevance hasn't faded. CITY AND COLOUR “Fragile Bird” Dallas Green embraces his inner pop tendencies and churns out a timeless rocker. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE “You Are a Tourist” This is a perfect example of the melancholy indie rock anthem.
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TIGI ROCKAHOLIC DIRTY SECRET DRY SHAMPOO
It's not so out of the ordinary to go days without washing your hair, but in the event that it is, use this aerosol powder ($19, tigihaircare.com), which doesn't require H2O. It'll absorb grease without leaving any weird residue
ANTHONY LOGISTICS FOR MEN ASTRINGENT TONER PADS
These portable pads ($21, anthony.com) do wonders for an oily mug, both cleaning skin and toning down oily sheen. You can also use them to freshen up other sweaty spots, like your back, your feet—use your imagination.
LUSH DIRTY BODY SPRAY
Unless you're on Jersey Shore, dousing yourself with Drakkar Noir is not an option. But feel free to use this much lighter mist ($23, Lush stores) liberally. Think of it as Febreeze for your frame.
All the gum and Altoids in the world can only do so much. These single-use disposables ($5, drugstores) have a breath-freshening bead that dissolves in straight saliva, so you can brush whenever, wherever.
You might be sleeping in a tent to see your favorite band, road-tripping in a van, or packed in a beach house with 19 other sweaty bodies—all situations where a shower is tough to come by. So what do you do when the key component of any well-oiled grooming routine is unavailable?
Milwaukee is known for beer, Harley-Davidson (and its sick museum), and, most quotably, its involvement in Wayne’s World. Tattoo artist Brock Stevens opened the doors to Rockstar Tattoo (2707 S. 108th Street, West Allis, WI) in the area a year and change ago.
Is the recession over? Because we missed the “Mission Accomplished” banner. Since a vacation on the Riviera still isn’t in the cards, it’s time to go native and think seriously about getting into the RV lifestyle. Yes, fuel prices are ludicrous, but airline tickets and hotel rooms are even more so—and the rent is too damn high.
When Zoe Jakes was starting out as a belly dancer, she made her living by dancing for Arabic and Persian groups—cultures that traditionally don't approve of tattoos. “I had the girl on my back, but the rest of my body stayed untattooed because I needed to be able to work at restaurants, private parties, and weddings," she says.
The problem with Kuma’s Corner is that the burgers are too damn good. What used to be a Chicago spot for tattooed metalheads to eat meat has now been discovered by foodies and mainstream television (Guy Fieri remarked that they made one of the best burgers he’s eaten).
For BMX vert rider Jamie Bestwick, an eight-time X Games gold medalist, ink runs in the family. The 39-year-old says after seeing tattoos on older members of his family, he always thought images came out better on skin than on canvas. “They just take to life when they’re on somebody’s body,” he explains.
The queen of air kicks, a professional crowd surfer, and a natural charmer, blond bombshell Maja Ivarsson has stage presence (and tattoos) in spades. “I never work out," says Ivarsson. “I think doing 200 shows per year, and all the energy I have onstage, I guess that’s an hour workout every night.
THE DAMNED THINGS HIT THE ROAD FOR THE INKED MUSIC TOUR
THE TERM SUPERGROUP CONJURES UP ALL SORTS OF IMAGES, FROM THE DAZZLING TO THE DREARY. The benefit of such high-profile connotations is obviously a high profile, but great expectations can also be a curse if the players are not up to par. In the case of the hard-rocking The Damned Things, whose members hail from three very different bands, you get a happy, heavy medium somewhere between the thrashing antics of Anthrax (guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano), the fierce metalcore of Every Time I Die (vocalist Keith Buckley and touring bassist Josh Newton), and the hook-laden pop-rock of Fall Out Boy (guitarist Joe Trohman and drummer Andy Hurley).
Ami James and his A-Team take Manhattan, the high-end art world, and TV land.
IT'S A WARM APRIL AFTERNOON IN SOHO AND SOME GNARLY GUYS ARE HUFFING CIGARETTES ON the steps of the not-yet-open-to-the-public Wooster Street Social Club, while the fashionable types—from the tony to the post-hipstery—shuffle between art galleries and flagship stores.
OH, THE ILLUSTRATED LIFE OF INKED GIRL LEAH JUNG. When we called on her for this photographic showcase, she said she’d come to us. “Please don't visit me,” she pleaded. “Not because I don't like visitors, but because there’s a vicious genitaleating squirrel that lives on my porch."
Annette LaRue started hand-poking neighborhood kids when she was 13. At 15, she get her own biker-branded work, the first of an extensive tattoo collection. Then, in 1989, she picked up a tattoo machine and hasn’t stopped since. With a gritty past, flaming red hair, and a sharp tongue, LaRue is often mistaken for a tattoo industry wild child.
The vibrant punk and hardcore scene didn't die in the Bowery with the closing of CBGB in 2006; it just moved to New York Hardcore Tattoo. Interspersed with Sailor Jerry flash and band T-shirts, candid shots of Agnostic Front and Rancid performing onstage line the walls.
What’s the toughest part of portraiture? Having patience and drive. It’s not like a canvas painting that you could stop after 45 minutes and say, “You know what, I'll work on it tomorrow.” A lot of other tattoo styles, you can run an outline around it and call it a day.
NAME: Joni Felix SHOP MANAGER: Club Tattoo, Las Vegas CLUB TATTOO FEATURES TATTOOING, body piercing, and fashion. We have some of the world’s best tattoo and body piercing artists. My next piece is going to be the Corpse Bride; I'm still thinking about where to place it.
For the culmination of a countrywide bartending and tattoo competition, Tuaca flew in masters of the cocktail to shake up some concoctions and show judges-including Corey Miller and our own Todd Weinberger-their tattoos. Evan Hawkins from Atlanta took the crown for his drink using egg whites and Tuaca-and his Day of the Dead sugar skull tattoo.
For the first time in the Warped Tour’s 17-year history, Vans kicked off the traveling music festival in the house that they built in Brooklyn. To get things fired up, MC Lars spit while Ray Barbee, Jeff Grosso, and Steve Alba skated the House of Vans bowl.
With big-name clients like Rihanna, Eve, and Katy Perry, Bang Bang doesn't flinch when altering the appearance of public darlings. “People pay a lot of attention to what I do because of who I tattoo," he says. “I think it's cool [their] fans become fans of mine."