The wordsmith Yogi Berra once said that baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half physical. But in this era of doping, steroids, and electrolytes, I think the physical should get a larger portion of the pie. Nonetheless, the sentiment that sports are head games still rings true.
Your magazine is a breath of fresh air. After tattooing for 22 years, I’ve noticed all the other magazines recycle the same clichés, and feature younger and younger kids trying to be rock stars. It was refreshing to read such quality articles and well-designed spreads that showcase people in the industry as having diverse interests and intelligence.
Name: Jessica Swanson Occupation: photographer Hometown: Wallingford, CT My first tattoo is a skeleton key on my right inner ankle. I'd wanted a tattoo since I was 15, so of course I got it a week after I turned 18, from Michele Mazza at Tattoo International in Wallingford, CT.
When NHL defenseman Andrew Ference was traded from the Calgary Flames to the Boston Bruins, his tattoo artist Scott Ford of Smiling Buddha Tattoo, In Calgary, told him that If the Bruins ever won the Stanley Cup he would fly to Boston and Ink anyone on the team.
This crisp, clean, and citrusy white blend ($13) from the Niagara region recently received a bronze award at the Ontario Wine Awards. The vintner also produces a red blend, called Dare, and a sparkling rose. Best part: The bottle design is by tattoo artist Bob Paulin from Studio 123 in Ontario.
This lush blend of Syrah, merlot, and zinfandel ($14) that comes out of California is the house wine of the INKED office. Its robust flavor draws on black cherry, rhubarb, vanilla, molasses, and dark chocolate. It goes perfectly with a cigar— and the bottle looks pretty boss on your bar.
Mead, wine's forefather, is traditionally made from honey. This particular version ($10) is a fruit wine flavored with honey with a 14% alcohol volume. Its maker, the Cornish Mead Company, also produces fruit wines-and, inspired by the tattoo world, they recently redesigned their bottles.
It’s unfortunate that in the fantasy draft of alcohol, wine went to the snobs. Wine is delicious, wine is one of the purest products you can find in a liquor store, and wine is something that everybody at your table will drink. Even though it is egalitarian, wine seems inaccessible to many.
This isn’t Michael Hussar’s Halloween collection; he paints like this year-round.
If you’ve heard of Michael Hussar or you recognize his work, it’s probably from an early episode of LA Ink when Corey Miller enlists the artist to help with a tattoo design of one of his original paintings. The guys hit it off and end up staging a late-night painting session at Hussar’s studio.
The House of Marley serves up crispy beats through these People Get Ready earbuds ($40, the houseofmarley.com), which come in Rasta colors with a dope wood grain.
Since some shysters will see a lock and still try to pick it, send a warning message with this Marc Jacobs Don't Fuck With My Shit lock ($32, Marc Jacobs stores).
Godfather Lounge Chair
At first blush, this Skate Study House The Godfather Lounge Chair (price upon request, skatestudyhouse.com) looks like the iconic Eames Lounge Chair, but it’s actually made out of skateboard decks.
slaught is upon us with AMC’s The Walking Dead and its macabre new line of toy figures, including this poor guy ($15, bigbadtoystore.com). Point him in Ken’s
At first blush, this Skate Study House The Godfather Lounge Chair (price upon request, skatestudyhouse.com) looks like the iconic Eames Lounge Chair, but it’s actually made out of skateboard decks.
Etsy seller Dellamorteco describes this 10" tentacle candlestick holder ($75; etsy.com/shop/ Dellamorteco) as a “Lovecraftian horror.” We say buy nine and make yourself a Lovecraftian menorah.
To take a page from Johnny Dangerously. “My mother threw out one of my comic books once ... Once.” Comic Salvage saves neglected comics art and fashions it into jewelry, such as these cufflinks ($23; etsy.com/shop/comicsalvage).
cherry 1:6 scale dirt bike
Shred the sandbox with the cherry 1:6 scale dirt bike ($16, metalmulisha.com) of Metal Mulisha’s Brian Deegan.
400-thread-count Egyptian cotton Poppy Playground set
Vice Merchants is an art collective that transforms your bed into a wonderland of intrigue and adventure with sheet sets such as this 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton Poppy Playground set ($199 for queen set, vicemerchants.com).
MRT 0.5 MPact Glove
Mechanix Wear’s new MRT 0.5 MPact Glove ($45, mechanix.com) ramps up protection without compromising dexterity—and the rubber exoskeleton looks sick.
WHO: James Blackmon SPOTTED AT: Madison Square Park, New York City WHERE HE GETS TATTOOED: My whole right forearm is an Italian-artwork-inspired Roman Catholic vision of purgatory and was done by Luca Natalini, who circulates between New York City's tri-state area and Italy.
There are plenty of tomes that touch on specific genres of tattooing, but Marisa Kakoulas and Michael Kaplan compiled all the best of the world between two covers. Tattoo World is illustrated by visually breathtaking art forms of tattoos from Japan and India to the Americas and Europe. The book features more than 1,000 pieces from 125 artists and hits stores this month. If you're looking to broaden your horizons, Tattoo World is an atlas where all roads lead to good ink.
Despite the mirroring qualities, this is not a remake of John Carpenter’s masterpiece The Thing. It’s a prequel. Horror gurus know that the shape-shifting creature in the original film was unearthed by Norwegian scientists, and this is the story of that team. Since we can't have a whole movie with Norwegians and subtitles, the director threw in a couple of Americans, including a grad student played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Let’s hope they stick to practical special effects like the 1982 film; who needs another CGI shit-storm monster?
A period film about a Shakespeare conspiracy from Roland Emmerich, director of 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, and Independence Day? Set in Elizabethan England, Anonymous explores an intriguing issue: Who actually created all of the literature credited to William Shakespeare? The movie revolves around the political scandals and schemes of greedy nobles lusting for the power of the throne and stars Rhys Ifans, Vanessa Redgrave, and David Thewlis—it’s not Emmerich’s typical big-star-power cast, but they’re great actors nonetheless. —G.M.
WE ARE THE NIGHT
From Germany comes probably one of the best vampire movies in recent years. It’s like some sort of hybrid of The Hunger and The Lost Boys with a touch of a darker Sex and the City. The story follows Lena, a grungy petty thief who gets sucked into the world of a female vampire clique led by Louise, an immortal underground club owner who showers her girls with luxuries, drugs, and other pleasures of a high-end nightlife. Make sure you watch it in German with English subtitles; the English dubbed track ruins the experience. —G.M.
FRIDAY THE 13TH:
For Halloween, one of the greatest '80s slasher series of all time knocks on your door with this new box set. This limited edition compilation also includes a replica of Jason’s hockey mask and a collector’s booklet. Deluxe editions of the first eight films are here (Friday the 13th up to Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan), with hours of bonus features and deleted scenes. You even get 3-D glasses for Friday the 13th Part 3 and that awesome mask. It’s only on DVD for now, so expect the inevitable Blu-ray down the road. —G.M.
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, WII U, XBOX 360, PC The caped crusader’s renaissance continues with the follow-up to 2009’s acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum. The sequel begins in the aftermath of Asylum’s fall and the Joker’s defeat. With the institution that held Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals in ruins, former warden and current mayor Quincy Sharp has walled off a decrepit section of the city and left the goons to their own devices. When Batman infiltrates the quarantined zone to stop Harvey “Two-Face” Dent from executing Catwoman, he discovers Dent isn't the only villain gunning for his head. Armed with improved gadgets like a new zip line for navigating the treacherous open world, the dark knight encounters The Joker, Riddler, and other not-so-friendly faces from the famed comic books. Play If You Like: Batman: Arkham Asylum, Assassin's Creed, The Dark Knight
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360 With the NBA facing a pending lockout and the NHL coming off record ratings, hockey has center ice all to itself this year. To capitalize, NHL 12 brings star power with legendary players like Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe. By leveling up your own created player in the revamped Be a Pro mode, you can unlock nine legends who etched their names in the history books. If you prefer to build a winning team from scratch, begin your quest for the Cup by making smart moves via the improved trade engine, drafting future stars, and signing away prized free agents. With on-ice improvements like jostling in front of the net, signature traits that make star players skate and shoot like their real-life counterparts, and goalie fights, puckheads rejoice. Play If You Like: Gretzky: Great One & The Next Ones, Broad Street Bullies, Old Time Hockey —M.B.
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC, IPHONE The legendary creators of video game classics like Wolfenstein, Doom, and Quake are back with their first new IP in more than a decade. Rage takes id Software’s tried and true first-person shooter gameplay, mixes in some high-octane dune buggy races, and tops it off with a deep RPG-like customization system to deliver its most ambitious title yet. With a devastating asteroid headed toward Earth, world leaders agree to cryogenically freeze their best and brightest deep underground. Instead of finding survivors hard at work rebuilding society to its former glory, you emerge from the slumber years later to find a vicious dog-eat-dog world filled with power-hungry factions and dangerous mutants. Nothing a few thousand bullets can't fix, right? Play If You Like: Borderlands, Mad Max, Fallout 3 —M.B.
THRICE “Yellow Belly” If you’re convinced the best alternative music came out in the '90s, you haven’t heard Thrice. DAN ANDRIANO IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM “It’s Gonna Rain All Day” Alkaline Trio’s co-frontman’s vocals take on a whole new level of emotional depth.
It may look like a cheese grater, but there’s a reason this wonder tool ($9, amazon.com) Is an infomercial success. File off the super dry skin on your heels and prepare to be amazed.
J.A. HENCKELS TOENAIL CLIPPER
Tame those talons using this extra-sharp and powerful tool ($19, groominglounge. com) that comes with a built-in catcher for all the clippings.
EARTH THERAPEUTICS PUMICE STONE
This heavy-duty slougher ($3, Ulta), made from volcanic rock, buffs the tough skin on soles or toes. Use on dry feet for best results.
AMENITY FOOT SPRAY
An invaluable do-it-all, this spray ($32, getamenity.com) keeps feet dry while eliminating the bacteria that cause fun things like athlete’s foot, fungal infections, and odor.
Take a look down. Ah, yes, there they are: your feet. You know, the gnarly appendages found at the bottoms of your legs. If you keep those puppies permanently encased in socks to hide them, you’re not alone. “Most men don’t take care of their feet," says Tom Kelley, director of operations for men-only Nickel Spa in New York City.
Oktoberfest is cool, but the jaunt from Wolfenbüttel to Hamburg is legendary.
Munich has its yearly Oktoberfest from late September to October, but set your GPS northward toward the small town of Wolfenbüttel and you’ll find Germans are more than happy to share a drink with you any time of the year—and it doesn’t have to be beer (Wolfenbüttel is home to Jägermeisters original processing plant and still serves as the company’s headquarters).
There are only a few things in life better than creating your own waves in a Jet Ski, the motorcycle of the sea—and Kenny Powers’s play toy. Kawasaki’s new stand-up offers a finger throttle and doesn't just look mint; it can thrust up to 699 pounds, so you are standing on a rocket. The two-stroke engine combined with a lightweight fiberglass hull zips you through the water so fast, old man Poseidon will raise up and yell at you to get off his lawn.
2012 POLARIS 800 RUSH PRO-R LE SNOWMOBILE
It’s hell on skis. The snowmobile has the sled of a trailblazer and the tenacity of a grizzly bear. While the powder may look placid there is always the risk of hard, bumpy snow underneath, so Polaris fashioned Walker Evans shocks to the front of the ride so you don’t go ass over teakettle when the trail gets bumpy. The 800 Rush Pro-R LE also comes with electronic start and the option for a security system that makes sure your sled doesn’t slip down the hill when you pull over to write your name in the snow.
2011 YAMAHA WR450F DIRT BIKE
Another push-to-start animal, this dirt bike chews up mud while slingshotting you forward. The titanium, five-valve engine has high over-rev capacity and crisp, linear throttle response, while the battery sits low to give you more ballast in handling, and the work-style clutch lets you adjust on the fly. It’s the perfect engineering of weight, speed, torque, and durability that will no doubt make you king of the mountain.
2011 SUZUKI KINGQUAD 500AXI WITH POWER STEERING
It's both a workhorse and a recreational vehicle that was born of Suzuki’s high-performance motorcycle technology; the fuel injection system gives it cherry throttle response and quick engine starts no matter the temperature outside. The power steering means that you can navigate the ATV without feeling that you are fighting a Shake Weight. And this KingQuad comes in a few color schemes, but all have slick black rims.
I'm not so much a bumper sticker guy, but if forced—and if there weren't the choice of Calvin peeing on something—I’d have to go with “My other ride is a sport vehicle." Then again, you’d never see it, because I'd be towing said vehicle behind my bumper.
What’s the hardest part of snowboarding for Janna Meyen-Weatherby? Having her ink covered up. Standing out has always been a specialty for the girl who fashioned her first snowboard by duct-taping her snow boots to a board. By 13, only three years after taking up the sport, she’d won the 1991 U.S.
There’s a poetic contrast surrounding Jamie Bissonnette that only adds to his allure: On one hand, he’s a tattooed-from-head-to-toe punk and hardcore-loving beast who looks like trouble out of his chef’s whites; conversely, his food is so soulfully crafted and beautiful that he’s one of the more promising rising chefs in the food world, enough so to have earned him the honor of 2011 People’s Best New Chef in Food & Wine magazine.
Laurieann Gibson is your typical warrior. Well, except for that directorial Emmy nomination, choreographing everything Lady Gaga (including the “Bad Romance" video), those reality TV shows, and her position as creative director of Interscope Records.
Look up at the X Games and you’ll miss the awesome ink in the crowd. Look down and you’ll miss greatest exhibition in modern sports.
It's not so much the X Games as it is our games. For a few days every summer, Los Angeles isn't a town run by starlets fueled with Botox and cocaine, it's where action sports stars rule the Walk of Fame. In a city of unthinkable traffic jams, dirt crews and ramp builders erect harrowing tracks that will launch the brave, bold, and skilled into glory.
DON’T JUDGE BETTY LIPSTICK BASED ON THESE pictures; she insists she doesn’t like being the center of attention. “I have always struggled with being in the spotlight. I don't really enjoy it,” maintains this month’s Inked Girl. She’s adamant that her personality is anything but what her outward appearance dictates.
The seminal skate punk band is still thrashing away.
One of the casualties of growing old is having your friends slip away. Back in the day, unencumbered by jobs, lovers, offspring, and whatever else eventually fills up your life, you and the boys had all day to hang, skate, and rock out. Then you go up the vert ramp of life and responsibilities tear your crew apart; if you are lucky, you remain close with one of the guys.
It’s been more than two years since freestyle motocross racer Jeremy Lusk died as a result of a trick gone wrong, but he lives on in the heart of his wife, Lauren, and in the spirit of anyone who rocks In God’s Hands.
In the “go big or don’t go at all” world of action sports, mortality is omnipresent. While the athletes take calculated risks, they are still gambling with their lives every time they practice and compete, and it is that double-edged sword that commands a large audience for their stunts.
The guitar god rolls up his sleeves and gets to work with a new Jane’s Addiction album, The Great Escape Artist, and a gig hosting Inkmasters, TV’s first-ever tattoo competition show.
Jane’s Addiction flipped the switch and New York City’s Terminal 5 is electric. Dave Navarro is whaling away on his guitar at breakneck speed on a solo so long that Perry Farrell could take a bathroom break while he plays. But he wouldn’t want to miss this.
Troy Denning isn’t afraid to speak his mind; in fact, he makes no apologies. Tattooing since 1992, Denning has strong opinions about the craft in its current state. Laughing at how he sounds like an old man ruminating on the past, he calls himself “Troy ‘You kids get off my lawn’ Denning.” But the brawny Oakland native can get away with it because he’s developed a reputation for bold, strong work that matches his personality.
Erik Rieth never intended to be a shop owner. He didn’t want to be tied down. He longed for the freedom to travel, and in the mid-’90s that’s exactly what he did. Early in his tattoo career he sought out artists who inspired him, like Paul Jeffries in Calgary and Filip Leu in Switzerland, and served as a canvas for their artwork.
Is there any tattoo that you haven’t given yet but would like to? I really enjoy working from the ideas my clients bring me, for the most part. I try to only suggest ideas to clients if I know them fairly well. The last thing I want to do is tattoo something on someone that they totally aren't into.
NAME: Bethany Herrick SHOP GIRL AND PIERCER AT: Permanently Scarred & Perfectly Pierced, Toledo, OH I STARTED AS A COUNTER GIRL and apprenticed as a tattoo artist before completing my piercing apprenticeship. Besides piercing, I handle the customers, sterilize, and clean, and do much of the graphic design for shop advertisements and artist business cards.
We threw our Automotive Issue release party at Wooster Street Social Club, home of cover girl Megan Massacre. The tattooers put down their machines and picked up cocktails composed of Balls Vodka and Prometheus Springs’ spicy drink mixers to toast Megan.
To launch the third iteration of Supra's Skytop, high-top skate lord Chad Muska threw two events in Los Angeles. The first was a backyard barbecue at Factory 413, and later the VIP inked crowd kicked it at Trousdale Lounge in West Hollywood.
This wasn't a rock 'n' roll show—Raekwon and Ghostface Killah from Wu-Tang, and Mobb Deep blew the roof off of the House of Blues Houston as part of Live Nation's Rock the Bells Tour. For more photos go to inkedmag.com.
There are industry parties, red carpet events, and then there's just good ole'fashioned dive bar meet-ups. Here we and our New Jersey drinking buddies got together at our favorite bar in Jersey City: Lucky 7 Tavern. Tune in next month for coverage our Creative Director's cousin's bar mitzvah.
During the day he is Joe Maher, an art director for a premium financial magazine in Manhattan. Then, at night, he puts on his tattoo gloves and turns into Pepper. “I'm a thinker, and art is what I use for getting those thoughts out there," he says.