If you are reading this magazine, you are most likely a nonconformist, like myself. But I bet you still wave the flag of the United States—or have it tattooed on your body. It’s a symbol of a country in which we have the freedom to have our voices heard or rock our ink without being marginalized.
Far be it from me to argue with the roots of Scott Ian and the boys—after all, The Damned Things definitely have some rock royalty roots. I do have to point out, however, that although Thin Lizzy were themselves original rock royalty, they never recorded “Black Betty.” That was Ram Jam.
Name: Jessica Chang Occupation: owner of Demons NYC, a Brooklyn-based clothing company Hometown: Oskaloosa, IA My first tattoo was of a nautical star. I was 17 and I was tired of waiting to be legally allowed to get a tattoo, so my friend did it in her kitchen.
Those crazy kids on Jersey Shore love them some tanning beds, alcoholic drinks, and ink. During their excursion to Italy, Jennifer “JWoww” Farley picked up this black-and-gray shoulder piece of a cross, praying hands, and the letters “RIP OMA” in Florence.
USA’s gift to the world is going through a resurgence.
Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Bourbon
Wild Turkey Bourbon
Hudson Baby Bourbon
Bourbon is American as apple pie, baseball, and democracy. It is our slightly sweeter, smoother, and richer spin on the hooch from the British Isles. But bourbon drinkers don't stick to one label like scotch drinkers do; they enjoy the freedom of sampling the varieties on the market—and that includes a wonderful influx of small batch distillers as of late.
Pastel-colored cupcakes, hot pink cotton candy, rainbow-swirl lollipops, red roses, fuzzy forest creatures: Eric Bailey’s world is a bit like Dr. Seuss’s, except the girls are much hotter. Born and raised in northern California, Bailey attended the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.
To praise the backbone of the USA, G.I. Joe crafted 12-inch figures of modern members of the public service ($20, hasbro.com). While the figures give kids real American heros to look up to, they also make a cool gift for firefighters, police officers, and soldiers.
18"x 24" poster
Saber gave Betsy Ross’s Old Glory an updated look through his painting Tarnish. For $20 you can get an 18"x 24" poster of the piece (saberone.com).
Custom Coin Rings
Custom Coin Rings takes quarters and silver dollars and forges them into man jewelry. If you peruse their Etsy shop (etsy.com/shop/custom coinrings), you'll be able to pick up something that honors your home state—or at least Susan B. Anthony.
Before Ice Cube was in Disney movies, he spit gangster rap and represented with Raiders gear. The guys at Teruo Artistry created this Raiders shirt ($29, shopteruo.com) that combines two strong California symbols.
Gnome Be Gone Garden Monsters
Those smug-looking garden gnomes have finally met their enemy! These Mini Gnome Be Gone Garden Monsters ($50, cleanair gardening.com) will eradicate any cuteness Infestation.
Kikkerland Graffiti Cocktail Shaker
We get the same satisfaction out of hearing ice cubes clink when we make drinks as we do when hearing the ball inside a spray-paint can rattle. Now the two experiences are combined in the Kikkerland Graffiti Cocktail Shaker ($20, unicahome.com).
Heavy Metal SS Tee
Affliction’s Americana collection celebrates our country’s craftsmanship. Check out the Heavy Metal SS Tee ($54, afflictionclothingstore.com) for a sampling of the line’s taste.
Anti-Theft Lunch Bag
Sick of coworkers stealing your lunch? Pack your sandwich into an AntiTheft Lunch Bag ($8 for 25, thinkofthe.com); they fake the appearance of mold on your PB&J. The downside: No one will want to eat with you.
College Football Helmet Cufflinks
If you bleed your school colors, wear your heart on your sleeve with Game-Used College Football Helmet Cufflinks ($180, uncommongoods. com). The battle-forged accessories come from the gridirons of Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, LSU, UC Berkeley, and USC.
America Military Montage Zippo
Every man should have a Zippo. And if you are the type that hangs at an Army Navy store, you should have the America Military Montage Zippo ($29, zippo.com).
WHO: Thomas Gastelum SPOTTED AT: Midtown, New York City WHERE HE GETS TATTOOED: Kat Von D was my go-to artist for years, and the last tattoo she did on me is Leonardo Da Vinci's Fetus in the Womb on my left wrist. Being an artist myself I appreciate the masters that played an important role in history and respect Leonardo Da Vinci's artistic and scientific contributions to understanding the miraculous phenomena that govern the growth and development of the fetus in the womb.
James Mardsen (X-Men) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) star in this thriller about a couple who return to the South after the wife’s father dies. The looks of the quaint town prove to be deceiving when tension mounts between the husband and the wife’s ex-boyfriend (Alexander Skarsgard). They find themselves trapped—and then things escalate to a life-and-death confrontation. This is a remake of the controversial 1 971 flick of the same name starring Dustin Hoffman, and word is that the film may have a chance at an Oscar.
SHARK NIGHT 3D
A group of teens spending the summer at a lake house are in for a surprise when they discover the infestation of freshwater sharks. Last summer, we got the cleavage and carnage underwater horror romp that was Piranha 3D; this year it looks like Shark Night 3D will fill those flippers. But tit-shot enthusiasts, simmer down: The film has a PG-13 rating, so it looks like we’re in for more thrills and chills than nudity and buckets of blood. Still, who doesn't want a popcorn horror flick from the guy who directed Snakes on a Plane? —G.M.
May the force be with Blu! For the first time ever, the complete Star Wars saga is available in glorious high-definition. Star Wars geeks will freak over this whopping nine-disc set that contains all six films and special features loaded with deleted, extended, and alternate scenes, numerous documentaries, commentaries, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. For those who loathe the prequel trilogy often bashed by hard-core Star Wars fans, there’s also the opportunity to buy the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy as separate sets. —G.M.
The pairing of director Brian de Palma (The Untouchables) and writer Oliver Stone (Wall Street, Platoon) brought us one of the most memorable and iconic performances of AI Pacino’s career: the ruthless Tony Montana. Now you can experience one of the grittiest gangster masterpieces of all time in a newly restored, high-res, high-def picture with a 7.1 DTS master audio track. The set comes with collectible SteelBook packaging, 10 exclusive art cards, a digital copy of the film, and a DVD of the original 1 932 Scarface. Cocaine not included. —G.M.
Marc Spitz’s Jagger: Rebel, Rock Star, Rambler, Rogue is a fantastic look at Mick Jagger and the legendary Rolling Stones. Spitz offers up a definitive look at Mick and the Stones’ formation, evolution, and ascension to rock royalty and pop culture ubiquity while revisiting their highest highs and lowest lows, from “Satisfaction" and Sticky Fingers to the Redlands drug bust and the tragedy at the Altamont Free Concert.
MADDEN NFL 12
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, PLAYSTATION 2, PSP, XBOX 360, WII EA Sports is finally doing its hard-core fan base a solid with Madden 12. Legacy issues like suction blocking, broken tackling, and poor zone coverage? Fixed. The neglected franchise mode? Completely revamped with oft-requested features like custom playbooks, preseason roster cuts, and a new scouting system. The best new feature is dynamic player performance. Previously, two players with similar ratings would hardly operate differently on the field; now, the game takes into account individual play styles more faithful to the athletes. When Michael Vick sees a gap in the defense, he’ll tuck the ball and burst into the open field for a large gain. If Vikings fans get their way, maybe next year they’ll add Cutler’s pouty facial animation too. Play If You Like: Ending the Lockout, Fantasy Football, America!
DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC Cyberpunk sensibilities collide with conspiracy theory in this prequel to the PC classic Deus Ex. Like its predecessor, Human Revolution seamlessly combines elements of first-person shooters, roleplaying, and stealth games. In this world, set 25 years before the events of Deus Ex, nanotechnology is still in its infancy and the biggest players in the military industrial complex are companies slinging mechanical augmentations. Players assume the role of Adam Jensen, a security expert who goes under the knife and receives a full bionic makeover after being injured in an attack. Armed with badass abilities that you can upgrade and customize to your own play style, you must unravel the mystery surrounding the attack while competing corporations obfuscate the truth. Play If You Like: Metal Gear Solid, Thief, Blade Runner —M.B.
GEARS OF WAR 3
PLATFORM: XBOX 360 The 10-ton Xbox 360 juggernaut is back, and it’s packing more retina-searing action than an Arnold Schwarzenegger cable TV marathon. The third entry in the series picks up 18 months after the last left off. The alien uprising is reaching critical mass, and only a few 'roid-raging soldiers are left to prevent the extinction of the human race. Hop online with three other friends to wrap up the trilogy in the co-op campaign, and when you’re done wiping the floor with Locust carcasses, stay for the impressive array of multiplayer modes. With a new matchmaking system, revamped Horde mode that integrates tower defense mechanics, and a new Beast mode that lets you play as Locust aggressors, Gears 3 is the definition of destination multiplayer. Play If You Like: Bulletstorm, Gears of War 2, Battle: Los Angeles —M.B.
A wise man once said that life is short and hard, like a body building elf (actually, it was Jimmy Pop of the Bloodhound Gang). So escapism has become a major part of our economy, as Americans spend billions of dollars on movies and sports. But even though Major League Baseball and the NFL bring in more than $13 billion of combined yearly revenue, those sports are rarely the subject of box office blockbusters.
BLACK LIPS “Family Tree” Stumbling across this band’s music is like rediscovering the best '70s garage band. BON IVER “Calgary” Frontman Justin Vernon steps outside of his musical comfort zone without losing an ounce of character. ICEAGE “Broken Bone” I think this Danish band is our generation’s answer to Gang of Four.
If you’re off to school this fall (or just wish you were), the good ol' college try isn’t going to hack it in the grooming department.
ECO TOOLS ECO POUF
This thing ($4, drugstores) is called a loofah— learn it, love it, and use it to scrub your back and other hard-to-reach places.
AXE COOL METAL DEODORANT BODYSPRAY
Dousing yourself in cologne is by no means the same as a shower, but a quick spray of this deodorant spray ($5, drugstores) does wonders for post-party stank.
NIVEA ACTIVE 3 BODY WASH
No need to tote a pansy-ass shower caddy to the communal bathroom—this triple-duty cleanser ($4, drugstores) also works as shampoo and shaving cream.
DICKINSON’S WITCH HAZEL TONER
Avoid mountain ranges on your face by swiping on this astringent ($5, drugstores) that removes pimple-producing oil and banishes remnants of your pizza-face days.
The start of a collegiate career is considered an official induction into adulthood, but whether or not you’re going to spend the next nine months with a plethora of free-flowing kegs and Frisbee games on the quad, there are responsibilities that come with the freedom of being on your own.
It's no small wonder that the Navy, Coast Guard, and Marines have big outposts here.
San Diego is home to beautiful beaches, girls in bikinis, and scores of patriots. Since 1979, Fip Buchanan has been tattooing in this city whose name is German for “Whale’s Vagina”—at least according to Ron Burgundy. Buchanan’s range is wide, with portrait work, Japanese styles, and many other variations.
Regardless of the paint job, the best cars on the road are red, white, and blue.
You can get anywhere from 305 to 470 horses with a V6 or V8, depending on the model, but the 470—horsepower SRT8 Inaugural Edition with a HEMI V8 looks killer. It has the soul of an older model with the spirit and technology of a future car. Once you’re done admiring the twin racing stripes, enjoy the fast, smooth ride courtesy of a revised suspension geometry that reduces wheel hop under hard acceleration.
Carroll Shelby deserves to be mighty proud of his legacy and the Shelby GT500. The master craftsman’s namesake is applied to a beast that is powered by a 5.4—liter, 32—valve aluminum—block engine. A sweet option available is the glass roof (SPF50) that really makes you feel like you are in a cockpit, and there are seven different shades of ambient lighting for the interior (I like to keep it humming red all the time).
Yes, you can get the Transformers Bumblebee special edition, but you can also shave off your eyebrows—neither is a good look. What will make you look boss is riding on 20—inch Pirelli PZero ultra-high-performance tires with a 6.2-liter V8 and 420 lb—ft torque. And the thing is a blast to tool around in, especially if you opt for the TAPshift controls.
I got the need for speed, and there’s nothing like the feel of Detroit steel. As far as I'm concerned, the Germans can use their engineering to make clocks and the Japanese can focus on cultivating vending machines that dispense schoolgirl outfits.
A spontaneous badass with a seductive smile, Alaina Beaton is an industrial pop songwriter who goes by the name Porcelain Black. Citing her biggest musical influences as Marilyn Manson and Britney Spears, Black makes music that’s both sneeringly edgy and frivolously infectious.
Logo of his favorite band? Check. Girl’s name? Check. Japanese lettering? Check. These days, American McGee, the founder of game-development studio Spicy Horse, is regarded as one of the gaming industry’s most innovative designers.
You’re flicking through the late-night television options in the haze of half sleep when you pause on the Cooking Channel because of the incongruity of what you're hearing and what you're seeing. From behind a kitchen counter on a cooking-show set that’s art-directed within a half inch of its life, a woman with the stage presence of Rachael Ray and the barely-legal beauty of Avril Lavigne circa 2002 gesticulates as if to say, “You talkin' to me?" The camera cuts to her hands, which are caressing root vegetables as expertly as Martha Stewart while a voice that sounds like a Canadian (female) Tony Sirico narrates the particulars of a beef stew recipe.
We all remember where we were on September 11, 2001. These brave men were at the World Trade Center.
Firefighter Joe Scarda was still a teacher on September 10, when he took his medical test for the fire academy. Though he wasn't yet a firefighter, he was about to face his biggest challenge of all. Scarda, along with his class, was still inside their school when the first tower started to come crumbling down.
Alesandra Nicole is a gun-toting badass. Okay, so her gun collection doesn't go past the tattoos on her hips, but the fact that you're going to fall in love with her is a sure shot. “I started getting tattoos at 16,” she says. “I don't really brag about that.
BMXER ROOFTOP, OF LA INK AND STRANGERS IN DANGER, CELEBRATES FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, AND OUR TROOPS DURING HIS TOUR OF IRAQ.
AS AMERICANS WE ALWAYS WANT TO KNOW WHAT’S NEW, WHAT’S NEXT, WHAT’S TRENDING ON TWITTER. AND WHILE WE ALL HAVE PATRIOTISM IN OUR HEARTS AND WE WAVED THE FLAG WITH VIGOR WHEN OUR TROOPS SHIPPED OUT TO IRAQ IN 2003, IT’S EASY TO FORGET THERE ARE STILL MEN AND WOMEN DYING OVER THERE TO PRESERVE HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY FOR PEOPLE THEY HAVE NEVER MET, INCLUDING IRAQISAND YOU AND ME.
This girl came out of nowhere, via Oakland, to dominate the earbuds of the hip this summer with the single "Gucci Gucci." And off the back of just that song, she signed a record deal with Sony [reportedly worth $1 million] to put out her first album. Now she's famous, yet still an enigma, so we asked her to introduce herself.
KREAYSHAWN ON GETTIN’ MONEY I grew up so broke that even this morning I got up and for breakfast I got a cup of noodles, Hot Cheetos, a pack of cigarettes, and some Swishers. I will never get used to having money. I never thought signing a deal was something that I'd want to do.
Every high school guidance counselor says the easiest way to pick a career is to figure out what you love to do and that will be your career. This is easy advice if you love fixing cars or building things. What if the things you loved were pulling pranks, skateboarding, doing bodily harm to your friends, and eating tacos down by the beach?
Before Ami James, Kat Von D, and reality TV, there was tattoo superstar Lyle Tuttle. Tattooing since 1949, Lyle rose to fame in the late ’60s tattooing a predominantly female clientele and celebrities like Janis Joplin, Peter Fonda, and Cher at his San Francisco studio.
KARI BARBA’S OUTER LIMITS TATTOO AND BODY PIERCING
Twenty-two Chestnut Place in Long Beach has a rich legacy in the tattoo industry. It’s home to the oldest and longest-running tattoo shop in the U.S., established in 1927 and made famous by legendary tattooer Bert Grimm, who inked up stationed sailors (and supposedly Bonnie and Clyde) in what was the Pike amusement park in the 1950s.
Why did you become a tattoo artist? I’ve always loved tattoos since I was 6 years old. When I got a little older a guy I grew up around opened a shop in town, so I started going there every day. After about five or six years I finally convinced him to teach me how to tattoo.
NAME: Jeselyn SHOP MANAGER AT: Marco’s Tattoo, Wakefield, RI “SHOP MAMA” IS WHAT WE CALL IT. In regular job terms, I guess you could say I'm the manager. WE ARE NOT LIKE ANY OTHER TATTOO SHOP. There is no flash on the walls, just artwork by friends and local artists.
Sailor Jerry Rum invited their closest friends, devotees, and the well-inked to enjoy their golden elixir along with Mariachi El Bronx at the Brooklyn Bowl in June. Mariachi El Bronx is hardcore punk act The Bronx’s Jalisco-Western-style alter ego.
A few days before they unleashed their self-titled album, Taking Back Sunday took to Live Nation's stage and rocked San Diego. Fueled by Coca-Cola and beer, the TBS faithful banged their heads and showed off their tattoos, turning the House of Blues into a huge summer house party.
What you see with Gus is what you get—no frills and no bullshit, just like his tattoos. “I don’t consider myself an artist," he says. “I do tattoos for strangers that walk through the door, and sometimes I get to add my own two cents." Tattooing out of the venerable Olde City Tattoo in Philly, Gus keeps things real with striking old-school Americana pieces.