Some say that discussing the weather is the lowest form of conversation. I disagree. One of the reasons I live in the Northeast is because I like weather. I enjoy experiencing heat, cold, rain, snow—and I actually do relish talking about what’s coming on the horizon with Joey, the guy who pours me my morning coffee.
I can't tell what’s cuter: Coeur de Pirate or her tattoos. While I have no Idea what she’s singing about—I took Spanish, not French—I can't get her songs out of my head. Thanks for letting me know about her, INKED! Cara Iannelli Columbus, OH Merci for putting Coeur de Pirate on your cover.
Name: Hattie Watson Occupation: Model Hometown: Port Neches, TX I got my first tattoo, on my lower stomach, when I was 22. I thought I was going to start small, but I guess go big or go home. It started off with small bats, which didn't turn out the way I wanted.
To keep busy during the NBA lockout, many players looked for day jobs. DeShawn Stevenson, the Dallas Maverick with Abe Lincoln inked on his neck, tried his hand at tattooing. Stevenson reversed roles with his favorite tattooer, Chadillac at Fallen Sparrow Tattoo Company, and gave Chad a bold black 92 (Stevenson's jersey num ber) on the back of his calf.
INKED presents fodder for a discussion on delicious whiskey.
SUNTORY YAMAZAKI 12 YEAR SINGLE MAIT
It is sweet and smoky, deriving a bouquet of robust flavors from casks made of Spanish, American, and Japanese wood. Remember when Japanese import cars were a joke? No one scoffs at the island nation's whisky-making skills.
JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL
Johnnie Walker is one of the finest Scotch whiskys on the market, with color-coded labels that help locate your place on the whisky ladder, from red to blue, a decadent blend. You can even get your blue bottle engraved for $225.
DEATH'S DOOR WHITE WHISKY
This one breaks all the rules. It's clear; it matures in stainless steel casks; it's not from whiskey country, but from Wisconsin; and they spell it whisky without the e. Still, it's a delight, and despite the lack of caramel color, it's got a rich taste.
Whiskey’s start Is mysterious: The Irish claim It was their monks who first distilled the alcohol, and the Scots assert their brand of Scotch whisky predated the Irish. Either way they have both perfected It. Heavenly creatures love whiskey.
Miguel Paredes sees a red wall and he wants to paint it.
Miguel Paredes doesn't get much shut-eye. The New York City-raised, Miami Beach-based artist is a father of four, gallery owner, and boss to more than 120 employees, yet he still manages to find time to paint. “I’m always putting too much on my plate,” he admits.
WHERE HE GETS INKED: “Miss D’Jo at Lark Street Tattoo has done most of my pieces, including the maple and oak leaves in their fall finest on my forearm. I bring her a few sketches, we collaborate, and then she makes it beautiful and inks it on. I like to see and appreciate seasons here in New York City.
Omertá Publications-a com pany formed by Jason June of Three Kings Tattoo in Brooklyn and Javier Betancourt of Miami's Ocho Placas Tattoos-published its first volume, Nun quam Dormio Vol. 1 (the title is Latin for "never sleep"). The duo pulled together work from colleagues, and influ encers they feel are propelling tat tooing forward. Among the artists included are Alex McWatt, John Vale, Hiro, Cristina Garcia, and El Bara. Thefirst printing has a limited run of 150 copies ($80, omerta publications.wordpress.com), so don't sleep on ordering your edi tion. Robert McCormick
WRATH OF THE TITANS
Set 10 years after Perseus (Sam Worthington) defeated the Kraken, this follows the demigod son of Zeus as he's forced out of solitude when Hades and Ares switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus (Liam Neeson). Perseus, of course, is caught in the crossfire. Let's face it: the Clash of the Titans remake was not that great, and it featured the worst post-conversion 3-D to date. This time, since there's no tough act to follow, it has to be better, right? If not, will someone just make a dope God of War movie, please? Gilbert Macias
THE HUNGER GAMES
Based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games takes place in the not-toodistant future where a war-torn North America has collapsed and morphed into what is called Panem, a country divided into a Capitol and 1 2 districts. Each year, all 1 2 districts are forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal, televised event that forces 24 participants selected by lottery to take part in a life-or-death survival game until only one is left standing. The book is part of a trilogy, so if this kicks ass at the box office, two more movies will follow. -G.M.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, WALL-E) makes his live-action fea ture debut by bringing the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs novel to life. Former military captain John Carter (Taylor Kitsch) is mysteriously trans ported to the planet Barsoom, where he encounters strange alien creatures and finds himself in the middle of an epic conflict. The first blush reeks of The Phantom Menace meets Prince of Persia, but taking Stanton's résu mé into consideration, we're hoping that the looks (and cliché dialogue) are deceiving. -G.M.
lmmortals may have been a little flimsy in terms of plot, but what it lacked in story, it made up for with intense visual flair. Tarsem Singh (The Cell) directed what has to be one of the most beautiful-looking films this past decade, with every shot like some gorgeous painting in motion. Mickey Rourke is great, and Henry Cavill proved he has the chops to be a leading man (now we can't wait to see him as Superman). Why the Titans are portrayed as mindless freaks is anyone's guess, but it's a style-over-substance flick that will look breathtaking on Blu-ray. -G.M.
There is an inherent sense of liberation in Scott Campbell's art. The Bayou-born artist and wanderer who wound up in Brooklyn, working out of Saved Tattoo, has developed a meticulously tongue-in-cheek style that toys with its audience like a three-card monte dealer.
BOTTOMFEEDER “You Son of a Bitch” The Gaslight Anthem side project will evoke stage dives and sing-alongs. CRAIG FINN “Honolulu Blues” Somehow The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn manages to name-drop Joan Didion and still keep things rocking. FOXY SHAZAM “I Like It” Foxy Shazam channel the spirit of Led Zeppelin while making their own utterly unique rocker.
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A British import, this shave cream (about $19, tayloroldbondst.co.uk) moisturizes with a blend of assorted natural bounties and also comes in a version for sensitive skin.
Forget the 12-step program. Scoring a smoother—and, hell, safer—shave takes just four easy steps. We asked Ivan Ferdinand, master barber at Moustache Greenwich Tonsorial, in New York City, to share his M.O. for going from bearded to cleanshaven.
The almost-too-cool city of the Pacific Northwest has more to offer than black skinny jeans.
Portland, OR, the cultural jewel of America's Pacific edge, has been home to Infinity Tattoo (3316 N. Lombard St.) since 1993. Owner Amanda Myers, together with her partner and husband, Paul Zenk, and a team of talented artists, provides Portland with a unique rocker tattoo shop.
The past decade has been host to a serious boom in the compact, with everyone from Suzuki to Audi and BMW churning out a hatchback. Compile the success of the Mini Cooper with the steady population increase across our major cities, and there’s evidence that a compact, efficient, and less expensive ride isn't just practical—it’s finally cool.
Tyga is off the leash and off the chain. With the release of his second studio album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King, the rapper’s label, Young Money Entertainment—Lil Wayne’s Imprint of Cash Money Records that has launched the careers of Drake and Nicki Minaj—has decided it’s time the rapper got his shine.
Flatland BMX rider Lea Dobrowskl Is confident that she can take on—and beat—a guy In her sport, any day. Hailing from Beaufort, SC, the 25-year-old began riding In the beginning of the summer of 2009, sticking strictly to general competitions rather than the ladies-only events to dispel any stereotypes.
Whether it’s modern Italian chairs, handmade scarves fashioned from reclaimed saris in India, or incandescent lightbulbs, if it’s well-crafted Bradford Shellhammer will find it and find a way to offer it to you. It’s the love of design that led the Parsons grad to partner with an old friend last year to create something he calls a “marketplace for designers,” also known as Fab.com.
ASKING SEVENTY ARNIOTIS TO NAME HER FAVORITE piece of ink is like asking a mother to name her favorite child: impossible. And while Seventy doesn't have any children, she does have a moth er's love for her tattoos. They are a timeline of my life," she says.
There's a long list of people who have a stake in the art on your skin, and anyone whose image is depicted in your tattoo. Read on so you
MARISA KAKOU LAS
Carefully read the following: If you think that you alone have the rights to your own skin, you may be wrong. The idea of another person, or even a corporation, claiming ownership over your body may seem absurd, but as recent lawsuits for copyright infringement of tattoo art have implied, the courts could very well decide who gets a piece of you tomorrow.
As Korn goes dub, we asked their bassist, Reginald Quincy "Fieldy" Arvizu...Why?
Whenever metal bands mix things up and throw their fans a musical curveball, many of the diehards among their following can get pissed off, even though they may eventually believe the risk can be worth it in the end. On the latest Korn album, The Path of Totality, the Bakersfield rockers serve up an exotic brew combining the dark, drum ’n’ bass-like electronica of dubstep with the down-tuned, aggro rock that is their forte.
Pat Fish is a veteran tattooist internationally renowned for her powerful and intricate Celtic knot-work tattoos. She is also known for being quite outspoken, calling bullshit on issues she believes harm the tattoo industry and collectors.
You can go to a shop and have someone stoically document whatever occasion or memory has inspired your tattoo, or you can go to Flyrite Tattoo, where you’ll find an artist who cares about you, your piece, and how the two come together. “You save relationships, you end relationships,” says Steven Huie, joking about his role as tattoo artist, Flyrite shop owner, and occasional therapist.
Having a shop named Color Conspiracy, do you prefer black-andgray or color work? I really like both styles but color work is a lot harder because you have to keep in mind the color theory while you work the values. In black-and-gray you only work the values, so it is much more relaxing.
A FEW OF MY FRIENDS GOT REALLY NICE WORK DONE HERE, so once I finished my first year of art school I worked up the courage to drag my fine arts-based portfolio in for an interview. I guess they were good enough to get me in the door. VOODOO MONKEY WAS THE FIRST LEGAL TATTOO SHOP within city limits, so we've got a sense of history that's tied right into a city that's trying to rebuild itself, arts first.
bacred Gallery hosted LA Ink tattooer Dan bmith for the East Coast signing of his With the Light of Truth. Smith's book is an impressive 256-page collection of tattoos, art, and profiles of masterful Straight Edge tattoo artists. Complimentary Shirley Temples were served.
To mark the 2012 INKED/Sailor Jerry calendar hitting the streets, we took to the avenues of New York City with a cadre of tattooed models. We hit up Motor City Bar, Sons of Essex, and Fontana's, leaving beautiful calendars, empty tumblers, and awestruck bar patrons in our wake on the Lower East Side.
You haven't seen a band until you've seen them rock on their home dirt. We ventured out to Long Island for TBS's hometown show at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY, where the crowd's ink was intense and the atmosphere was palpable.
To usher in our first issue of 2012, tattooed hotties, readers, and cover girl Coeur de Pirate gathered at Stash in Chelsea, New York City. The new year was christened with Ultimat Vodka and Bomb Lager while DJ Martial spun crispy beats into the witching hour.
James Ranieri creates amazing traditional Japanese work in downtown Jacksonville, FL. The artist decided to make skin his medium of choice after getting his first piece at 16-and he hasn't looked back since. "Tattooing differs from other art forms because of its permanent mark and the impact the tattooer is making on someone.