As the year comes to a close and the holiday season is upon us I'm thinking about a few things: Have we given you an outstanding product over the course of the year? What should we get those special people in our lives for the holidays? And what do we want for Christmas?
Holy moly have you found the prize! Betty Lipstick’s profile [October 2011] is truly one of the most beautiful and interesting you have done since I have viewed your publication. Congratulations to you and to Betty on your hottest layout yet.
Name: Ev Ryan Occupation: model, photographer, actress Hometown: Brooklyn, NY “I was 19 when I got my first tattoo at Green Avenue Tattoo in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. I was a shop apprentice and the only employee without one, so it was sort of my initiation.
The New York Islanders are the first NHL team to bring tattooing into the rink. During select home games at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the team’s management has invited Long Island, NY, shop Tattoo Lou’s to set up a station on the concourse.
Whiskey sealed in wax means delicious Maker’s Mark is in the bottle. For the drinker with good taste and an appreciation of craftsmanship comes the Maker’s Mark holiday pack, which comes with glasswear dipped in their iconic red wax.
CAMUS XO ELEGANCE
Baby, it’s cold outside-and few things warm one up better than a nice sip of Camus XO Elegance. It isn’t as harsh as many topshelf cognacs, its soft notes echo the holidays—licorice and candied fruits—and it’s much more enjoyable than fruitcake.
This Canadian whisky has a luxurious caramel taste-and because of its purple pouch you don’t have to fuss with wrapping paper. You can even personalize a bottle or pouch for a dear friend or drinking buddy through crownroyal.com.
Every year you look at the folks on your holiday shopping list, and every year you wander around Brookstone looking at Waterpiks, solar-powered machine guns, and elbow massagers, trying to picture someone needing such things. Also this time of year: You get so turned around with shopping and Christmas sweaters that you forget Rebecca and Andrew’s holiday party starts in a half hour and you have nothing to bring but leftover Chinese takeout.
As a kid growing up in southern California, Brian Viveros learned to draw anatomy from his father, a bodybuilder and amateur artist. In grade school Viveros, now 35, concentrated his efforts on comic book and fantasy art—then, after graduating high school and having no formal training or art education, he decided it was time to find a niche.
Send a swab of yourself to DNA 11 with the company-provided collection kit, and they'll churn out a unique piece of wall art ($199, dnal1.com) based on a small portion of your sequence.
House Astro Clock
This quirky and futuristic Skate Study House Astro Clock (price upon request, skatestudyhouse.com) is made from polyurethane skateboard wheels of varying colors around your choice of a maple center or one fash ioned from a branded deck.
Does it work? We have no idea. Does it look great when keeping your stuff together? Not really. But This is Spinal Tape ($8, copernicustoys.com) is one hell of a pun.
Moby Dick T-shirt
Rather than slapping logos on T-shirts, Miles to Go emblazons its clothing with clever visual touches inspired by great literary works, such as this Moby Dick T-shirt ($25, milestogoclothing.com).
Normally we are adamantly against temporary tattoos (except on those 18 or younger), but Tattly puts out some featuring art from leading fine artists-such as this design from illustra tor and painter Julia Rothman ($5 for two, tatt.ly)-and that forces us to make an exception.
Bullet Chess Set
This Olde World Collectibles and Creations Bullet Chess Set ($295 and up, oldeworldcollectibles.com) pits .223 caliber brass shell casings against steel casings on a battlefield of hotrolled steel. Not personalized enough for you? Send your own shells to the company and they'll fashion them into a similar set.
cow-snatching Alien Abduction Lamp
Two common fears-the dark and aliens-play against each other in the cow-snatching Alien Abduction Lamp ($85, abductionlamp.com).
You can only make out the macabre idea behind Fools S.T.Q.T.V.M. chair (poolhouse.eu) when you view it straight on; its the patio chair that will keep unwanted neighbors from dropping by again.
Volki updated its Mantra All Mountain skis ($699, untracked.com) with a tip rocker and two bitchin' new designs for this ski season.
Thiago Silva replica
Round 5 makes UFC figures accurate down to their cauliflower ears. Take for instance this Thiago Silva replica ($10, amazon.com): even his tattoos are accu rate (and if Silva gets more work done before Round 5 puts out the next line, they'll update his ink).
Subject: Bobby Hicks Spotted: Gramercy, New York City Where he gets inked: "Twelve 28 Tattoo in Brooklyn is where Ashley Love did my matryoshka [Russian nesting doll] tattoo on my forearm. I've always had an unhealthy obsession with Russian culture and literature, so this tattoo probably has more meaning to me than most of my others."
In this sequel, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) faces his toughest foe yet: Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris), an intellectual equal to our favorite detective, not to mention an emotionless criminal mastermind. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, Holmes realizes his apparent suicide is a murder that’s part of a larger scheme designed by Professor Moriarty. It is, of course, up to Holmes and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) to stop him. Give it a week in the multiplexes to see if the buzz for this flick is as good as the first. —Gilbert Macias
Kate Beckinsale makes a welcome return in this fourth entry of the Underworld series. This time our favorite Lycra-wearing vampire, Selene, escapes imprisonment and finds herself in a world where vampires and Lycans no longer live in secret, and humans are conducting an all-out war to exterminate both immortal species. It’s up to Selene to mediate the situation, and she finds herself in the crossfire of all three races. Her character has always been a neutral, loose cannon, so it'll be interesting to see where her loyalties lie. —G.M.
Jonah Hill (Superbad, Moneyball) stars in this hilarious comedy that looks like an R-rated Adventures in Babysitting. Hill plays Noah, a college student on suspension with a lot of time on his hands. His mom talks him into getting a job and he soon finds himself exploring the exciting world of babysitting with the three kids next door. Then a phone call from (who else?) a girl persuades him to leave the house and take the kids with him, and that, of course, leads to a wild road trip from Hades. —G.M.
FAMILY GUY, VOLS
Giggity, giggity. Our favorite dysfunctional animated family is back with a three-disc DVD collection. The set features 13 episodes the way they should be seen: uncensored. Peter, Lois, Brian, Stewie, Chris, and Meg Griffin continue their usual hijinks along with other fan favorite characters like Quagmire, Joe, and Mayor Adam West. Special features include commentaries, deleted scenes, The Comical Adventures of Family Guy, Brian & Stewie: The Lost Phone Call, and The History of The World—According to Family Guy. —G.M.
Pioneer chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio are brothers in blood and in (inked) arms. In their new book, Volt Ink., they demonstrate their methods and techniques for cooking dishes such a twist on the classic roast beef sandwich that calls for beef tongue accompanied by a mustard ice cream and a frozen version of gazpacho. “I became the coolest person in the world when I figured out how to use liquid nitrogen to make Dippin' Dots for my wife,” Bryan reflects. Volt Ink. is a jump-start for the American palate, and an invitation to embrace adventure and indulge in the finer side of the home-cooked meal. —N.F.
ASSASSIN’S CREED: REVELATIONS
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC The latest chapter of the shadow war with the Templars takes master assassin Ezio to Constantinople, the politically unstable capital of the Ottoman Empire. Ezio Is entering his elder years, but don't let the gray beard fool you. He still buries blades In enemy backs with the best of them, flies across rooftops in a flash thanks to the new hook-blade gadget, and uses his new bomb-building ability to get his point across. By uncovering new secrets underneath the ancient city, players unlock new missions that take place during the Crusades, and get to play as Altair, the original assassin who put this franchise on the map. Although these two badasses sheath their blades for good after Revelations, you can build your own shadow agent and take to the bloodied streets of the new story-oriented multiplayer matches. Play If You Like: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, Alamut, Kingdom of Heaven —Matt Bertz
CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, Wíl, NINTENDO DS The biggest game on the planet returns to wrap up the trilogy with explosive set pieces and nonstop firefights. With Washington, D.C. still smoldering from the surprise Russian invasion, Task Force 141 goes on a globe-trotting mission to restore the sovereignty of the United States. Once you tie up the loose ends with a few thousand well-placed bullets, head online to test your mettle against waves of gun-toting baddies in the new survival co-op mode or take up arms against the millions of gamers addicted to Modern Warfare’s frenetic multiplayer mode. Revamped player progression and a tweaked kill-streak system that lets you pick your reward for battle prowess in the middle of a match should keep your adrenaline flowing well into the new year. Play if You Like: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, dudebro-on-dudebro violence —M.B.
THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC Are you afraid of commitment? Then stay away from Skyrim. This gargantuan sandbox role-playing game sinks its teeth into you with hundreds of hours' worth of dragon battles, world exploration, and engrossing side missions. As foretold in The Elder Scrolls, you are civilization’s only hope against Alduin, the fearsome Nordic god of destruction who is reborn as a dragon. To steel yourself for the inevitable clash, you must hone your fighting and spell-casting skills by taking on quests and learning the powerful “dragon shout” special abilities. With a gorgeous new game engine, refined combat, and an impressive Al system that makes the animated world feel like a living, breathing world, this is the one RPG to rule them all. Play if You Like: A Game of Thrones, Reign of Fire —M.B.
By its very nature, punk rock is defiant, nihilistic, and pissed-off. The music is fast and loud and conjures up images of broken bottles, grimy basements, and screaming piles of snarling youth. Anyone who has ever found himself momentarily caught up in the chorus of a driving “fuck it all" anthem knows the feeling of living just for today.
COHEED AND CAMBRIA “Deranged” The prog-punk act contributed this to the Batman: Arkham City soundtrack. CAITHLIN DE MARRAIS “Birds” The former frontwoman of Rainer Maria transcends her emo roots and manages to give the world smarter, innovative music in the process.
Don't be caught under the mistletoe before spraying on one of these fragrances.
JOHN VARUATOS STAR USA
Rock star designer John Varvatos updated his fragrance ($70, elizabetharden.com) to be evermore youthful and rebellious. It has notes of ginger and juniper and a swing-top cap.
ALL AMERICAN STETSON
For years the scent of Stetson has indicated that you are a man’s man, and recently they put out a cologne for the modern American man’s man ($26, stetsoncologne.com).
The next step in Jay-Z’s line is an olfactory extravagance that projects warmth and swagger. Evolution ($67, macys. com) hits on the aromas of mango, rhubarb, coffee, nutmeg, and rum.
Diesel and Captain America combined powers to produce a bold bottle that holds a scent balancing coriander, lemon, black rose, and ebony wood ($68, macys.com).
“Hey, man, you smell nice,” is something a guy will never say to another guy, and that’s why we’ve enlisted the help of past Inked Girls to help with the finer points of cologne. “It's easy to put on too much. I think one or two sprays is fine. I don’t want to smell you from across the room, nor should your cologne compete with my perfume,” says Inked Girl April 2011 Jesse Lee Denning.
Vermont may have been hit hard by a hurricane this past summer, but the people are resilient-and the mountains are the best on the East Coast.
The East Coast mecca of winter sports is also a bustling hub of art, music, and food. It’s also home to Yankee Tattoo (1 98 Pearl St.), opened in 1996 by father-son team Bill and Eric Henshaw. The staff's versatility and style have long been the gold standard in the area.
If there are car nuts on your holiday shopping list, they have visions of these items dancing in their heads.
FLYING A GASOLINE PORCELAIN SIGN
FLYING A GASOLINE PORCELAIN SIGN Automotive enthusiasts have been out of their minds for Gasoline Alley-esque signs for their dens and garages. This reproduction sign ($19, 50sretrosigns.com) from the defunct Flying A Gasoline company harkens back to the day when service had a personal touch. Now that daily human interaction comes only when the petulant Starbucks barista barks your order but this is a memorial to the era when an attendant would pump your gas and squeegee your windshield with a smile. 50sretrosigns.com also has offerings from motor oil brands such as Mohawk, Sinclair, and Bomber.
PUMA DUCATI 65CC LO SHOES
PUMA DUCATI 65CC LO SHOES The issue with most driving shoes is that they look Europeanfey, even. But these puppies ($90, puma.com) from Puma and Ducati (yes, Euro companies) have the look of a skate shoe and the feel of a tennis sneaker. The leather kicks bear the brand names of both the collaborators and a tire-tread rubber sole so you won’t look out of place when you step out of your car and walk around in public.
GO LIKE HELL
GO LIKE HELL A.J. Baime’s Go Like Hell ($15, amazon.com) is the best racing book in, well, probably ever. He uses the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France as the backdrop for a battle of drivers and their cars—and, more importantly, as a prizefight between Henry Ford II and Enzo Ferrari. At the time, Ford knew that in order to sell cars he had to do the unthinkable and make an American car that could win the brutal contest, while Ferrari was getting on in years and, through the same race, trying to protect his artistry from being compromised. The book is cinematic enough to attract interest from Hollywood director Michael Mann, who is rumored to be adapting it for the silver screen.
TREAD RINGS These rings (prices vary, brian bergerondesigns.com) by Brian Bergeron are for gearheads with non-garage gigs. He hopes that they can take a piece of their passion into the boardroom, classroom, or tattoo shop. The rings come imprinted with car, mountain bike, and motorcycle tire treads and are available in silver, gold, palladium, and platinum. —Robert McCormick
Old-school rockers often gripe that hip-hop is a bland blend of boisterous beats, empty bravado, and melodies cribbed from other people’s albums. But there is one group they can appreciate: The Knux, who deftly blur the lines between rap and rock, with a little six-string sting to go with the bllng and singing to balance their rapping, as evidenced on their sophomore album, Eraser.
The urge to see the world has been the fire in the belly of countless folk. The means of transportation may vary, but the destination—anywhere but here— remains the same. Some buy a one-way train ticket while others pack the car and drive until they can't drive anymore.
As comfortable in a tattoo chair as he is in the head chair at a board meeting, Jaime Smith isn’t your typical entrepreneur. He prepares for the risks and losses of every venture he begins, and his entry into the tattoo world was no different.
While working on a project called Songs for Sailors, Québécois singer, songwriter, and pianist Béatrice Martin went through a particularly bad breakup that ended with a guy telling her she had no future, that she couldn't do anything.
FINALLY. AFTER YEARS OF PROJECT RUNWAY, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, Top Chef, and Top Valet Parker, Spike TV has given tattoo artists their due with Ink Master, a worthy new addition to the genre of reality competition shows. And that makes perfect sense, since you can judge a finished tattoo through the TV screen much better than you can judge a turbot fillet from Hell’s Kitchen.
katherine Hartley is lightning in a tattooed bottle—so much so that Monster Energy Drink picked her to add some electricity to their concert circuit as an effervescent Monster Music Ambassador. Her love for music began when she started playing the piano at 6 and continued through high school, where she was immersed in the punk and hardcore scenes.
As Jersey Shore goes back to the Shore, we sit with the guido who has the best tattoos-and rarely covers them with a shirt.
Jersey Shore debuted two years ago with eight self-proclaimed guidos and guidettes who spent their days in tanning booths, gyms, and Laundromats and their nights dancing to house music, drinking, and “smushing” (having sex or, as newish cast member Deena Nicole Córtese says, “doing sex”].
MEET THE WINNER OF OUR SAILOR JERRY CALENDAR CONTEST: LEVY TRAN.
Levy Tran is a regular girl—a girl you’d see In a grocery store, at the mail, or at the gym. She’s the girl next door. But when she gets in front of a camera, something fantastical happens. Around the same time we were casting women—Levy among them— to be featured in the Sailor Jerry calendar, The Chive, a popular men’s blog, received a black-and-white picture of a cute (anonymous) tattooed girl, and requests poured in with people asking who she was.
Don Ed Hardy changed modern American tattooing. He inspired fellow artists and tattoo collectors to move beyond the tattoo “menu” on shop walls and pursue custom, personalized art. Taking the lessons he learned from greats like Sailor Jerry Collins and Horihide of Japan, he created richly colored and intricate large-scale work that fused the aesthetics of Asian tattooing with traditional Americana.
John Lennon had Yoko Ono. Andy Warhol had Edle Sedgwick. Johnny Jackson, owner of Texas Body Art, has Mizuz Inkahoiik. Jackson’s muse comes In the form of a 5' 10" green-eyed pinup who just so happens to be his wife. Together, this dynamic duo Is proving that you don’t mess with Texas.
There’s a spontaneous element to your work. Where does that come from? I think art is all about exploration, play, and constantly generating ideas. In everything I'm doing, there’s always sort of a nervous, inventive, creative spontaneity for my own personal need to see things new appear, to keep things fresh and interesting.
NAME: Shelby Johnson SHOP GIRL AT: Canvas Tattoo Studio, Eden Prairie, MN I WAS THE KID THAT GOT HER FIRST TATTOO AND KEPT GOING BACK FOR MORE. I had gone to tattoo shops and really liked the atmosphere and the people I met. Tattoos seem like a cool field but I'm not really artistically inclined.
We toasted our October issue with Jagermeister drinks-try mixing it with root beer, amazing!-at Pete Wentz's joint, Angels and Kings, in New York's Lower East Side. The atmosphere was electric, the music was quality, and the crowd was filled with beautiful people and the slightly less attractive people we have on staff.
Live Nation brought NOFX, Anti-Flag, Old Man Markley, and Break on Through to the Fillmore at Irving Plaza, and the punk fans brought their awesome ink. Even the merch man was grinning at the sweet skin effects.
This Portland tattooer thinks of himself as a hired gun. “When I tattoo I'm trying to create ... a paycheck. I've got a foreign wife and two dick cats to feed," Ross Carlson says. “Tattooing is a service job; we create what the customer wants as best we can.