While listening to The Tony Kornheiser Show, I heard Washington Post TV critic Lisa de Moraes make this salient point: “The big problem with the Emmys and the Oscars is that the only entertainment they provide is what dresses are being worn—and that’s it.”
“Who Owns Your Tattoo?” [March 2012] was a great piece on the rights of artists and clients. But I'm curious about taking the discussion a step further. What about when people tattoo copyrighted logos or mascots? I have seen plenty of beer company logos, car company emblems, and pro sports team logos as tattoos.
Name: Michaeline Singer Occupation: Makeup artist Hometown: Chicago I got my first tattoo a day after my 18th birthday at Revolution Tattoo in Chicago. It’s an anchor on my foot that I got to signify I will always be anchored in my faith, no matter where life takes me.
James Durbin, who was too rock 'n' roll for the American Idol season 10 voters, has been busy since his last encounter with Seacrest. Durbin cut a debut album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster; was nominated as one of Revolver's Golden Gods; got hitched; and had his wife's lips with the phrase "Love of My Life" tattooed on his neck.
Are you there, vodka? Because I can't taste you in my drink.
TITO'S HANDMADE VODKA
A man named Tito Beveridge (yep, seriously) makes his own small batch vodka in Austin, TX. As a straight vodka, Tito's has no equal. It has smooth hints of corn and pepper and announces its presence by slowly warming your tongue.
ABSOLUT BERRI AÇAÍ
The old guard will poo-poo flavored vodkas, but those are the same folk who remember when a vodka shot cost a buffalo nickel. Absolut's Berri Açaí adds subtle notes of açaí, blueberry, and pomegranate, without masking vodka's unique flavor profile.
Most vodkas are 40 percent alcohol (80 proof), but the stuff inside UV's murdered-out black bottle is 51.5 percent (103 proof). Blackout in a bottle? Not if you drink responsiblyand even though it is high octane, it's not rocket fuel; it tastes like vodka.
Flavored vodkas are the new rage—but then again, doesn’t vodka itself have a flavor? Amateur drinkers believe it's tasteless, but when’s the last time someone with a palate ordered a vodka drink without specifying a brand? (Bloody Marys don’t count; tomato juice, hot sauce, and horseradish overpower everything, and most people who drink Bloodies are too hung over to think.) The clear spirit may have a cleaner taste than, say, whiskey, but there are subtleties that you can pick out in a blind taste test between Popov and Ketel One.
Sylvia Ji combines bright colors with dark beauty.
Sylvia Ji surrounds herself with a cast of beautifully tormented women: La Belle Papillonne, Tudor Rose, Green Mantilla, Lilac Lily, and Calendula to name a few. Born and raised in the Bay Area and currently based in L.A., Ji does acrylic paintings—delicately brushed onto wood panels— that incorporate the Chicano influence of San Francisco’s Mission District, monochromatic hues, Native American imagery, and Victorian-era costuming.
Have you heard of Humphrey Mooncalf, the darn-tootinest creation of Doktor A? Well, now he's available in an Entertainer edition ($90; munkyking.com).
The Clump-O-Lump family of stuffed animals—squid, bee, tiger, bird, shark, and frog ($25 each, knockknockstuff.com)—have interchangeable parts thatzip together, so you can play God and rewrite evolution.
Graham & Brown's Skulls Wallpaper
While couples bicker over shades of gray at the paint store, you can transform your pad into an ossuary with Graham & Brown's Skulls Wallpaper ($155 per roll, 2modern.com).
There's nothing like dropping anchor at home. After you pull into port, collapse into the Peruvian hand-loomed Anchor Pillow ($110, jonathanadler.com).
The problem with conventional chalkboards is that they aren't shaped like skulls. Well, it's a problem no more with this ($42, etsy.com/shop/iamhome)!
Steve Lambert's prints
There is no better way to deter your party guests from copulating in your home than Steve Lambert's prints ($60, 20x200.com).
You can use this Tape Gun (about $10, find-me-a-gift.co.uk) to adhere things to things or to shut up your coworkers.
SkateDogStudios Pet Feeders ($100, skate dogstudios.com) are the only dog bowls you won't mind your mutt pushing around.
The Chubby & Tattooed & Bearded & Awesome T-shirt
The Chubby & Tattooed & Bearded & Awesome T-shirt ($25, dpcted.com) says it all. It comes in sizes small to 5XL. Small?
Nine out of 10 women you bring home will run once they see your zombie bedspread by Christie Melissa (etsy.com/shop/christiemelissa), but the one that stays...
SUBJECT: Julian Drabik SPOTTED: Union Square, NYC WHERE HE GETS INKED: “I go to Daredevil Tattoo and Fun City Tattoo in New York City. Mina Aoki is a very talented artist and a close childhood friend of mine. My favorite tattoo would have to be the traditional sailor girl leaning on aship’s wheel.
That man above is Sailor Sid on the cover of Goliath Wallpaper of Fame No. 1: Tattoo Special. The poster-sized periodical boasts photographer Charles Gatewood’s shots of the underground tattoo scene in the ’70s and early ’80s. Inside are hangable prints of counterculture and tattooing pioneers, such as Fakir Musafar and Spider Webb, as well as an interview with Gatewood. Oh yeah—you can also hang the pages together to form a mosaic of the uncensored Sailor Sid image that the publisher calls a “life-sized poster”—but if that’s the case, then Sid was a big man.
With this team-up, every comic book geek's wet dream is finally coming to life. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow have been united by the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, and now the band of iconic superheroes must save the world from disaster caused by the arch villain Loki. Director Joss Whedon has an enormous amount of expectations with this one. It absolutely cannot suck-or he'll face the never-ending wrath and whining of comic geeks around the world. Fingers crossed.
So Hollywood is out of original ideas. Classic movies keep being remade, and novels, video games, and comics have been adapted. What's next? Board games! This action-adventure flick "inspired" by the popular game focuses on a navy fleet that encounters a structure of unknown origin out at sea. When robot-like menaces wreak havoc, it's up to a group of naval officers to do battle with the alien horde. We can't wait to hear Liam Neeson scream, "You sank my battleship!" Up next, movie adaptations of Hungry Hungry Hippos and Connect Four.
In this fictionalized account of Edgar Allan Poe's life, the plot follows the infamous author (played by John Cusack) as he is summoned by a young detective (Luke Evans) to assist with the hunt for a serial killer. The madman is modeling his horrific murders after the writer's darkest stories, so it's up to Poe to get inside the killer's mind and figure out when he'll strike next. Things escalate and get personal when Emily, Poe's love interest, becomes one of the targets. Director James McTeigue (Ninja Assassin, V for Vendetta) brings us this stylish gothic mystery-thriller.
First there was Borat, then there was Brüno, and now we have The Dictator-the latest persona from the wild mind of Sacha Baron Cohen. Not much is known about this one, but we're hearing it's a straight-up scripted movie without the comedian's signature mix of real-life pranks. Despite that, director Larry Charles (Borat, Brüno, Religulous) is behind the lens—and we already know he makes a great team with Cohen—so it’s still sure to be loaded with vulgar, offensive humor, just as it should be. Anna Faris and Ben Kingsley co-star.
GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER
Armed with futuristic military gadgets like remote-controlled drones, optical camouflage, and heat-seeking bullets, the Ghosts rip through general infantry like a steak knife rips through paper. But after a group of ultranationalists overthrow the Russian government, they unleash their own super soldiers to combat our futuristic killing machines. Known as the Bodark, these highly skilled operatives love bloodshed so much they get tattoos to commemorate trophy kills. Your job as a Ghost is to neutralize this specialized unit and stabilize the region in the four-player cooperative campaign. If you roll solo, the Harvard-smart squad doesn't need any hand-holding. Just tell them who to kill and when. A campaign lasts roughly 10 hours, but the full-featured multiplayer mode offers infinite replay value with two different progression paths that give all unique, unlockable weapons and armor. Play If You Like: Act of Valor, Rainbow Six, Tom Clancy novels
In the original Prototype, a mutated virus gave Alex Mercer the ability to shape-shift, run up the sides of buildings, and turn his hands into hammers. In the sequel, you hunt this freak down. New hero Sergeant James Heller blames Mercer for the death of his family, and after a virus gives him shape-shifting superpowers, his chances of defeating his rival skyrocket. The insect-like tendrils extending from his body can be used to smash objects into enemies, turn cars into projectiles, and dismember all who get in his way. As you hunt your target through quarantined Manhattan, knowing when to go stealth and when to go ballistic is the key to surviving your encounters with the Blackwatch forces responsible for cleaning up the virus outbreak. When all else fails, tear off the cannon with your superpowers and start blasting away. Play If You Like: Infamous, Chronicle, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
MAX PAYNE 3
The years have not been kind to Max Payne. Since we last saw the troubled detective, he's left the NYPD, drowned himself in the bottle, put on a few pounds, lost some hair, and ended up working a private security gig for a tycoon in São Paulo, Brazil. When a paramilitary gang kidnaps his boss's wife, Max dusts off his rusty shooting skills and returns to his old gunslinging ways. The first game in the series developed directly by Grand Theft Auto creators Rockstar Games, this third-person shooter delivers the full Hollywood package, with stellar voice acting, gorgeous cut-scenes, and shootout sequences that would make Brett Ratner jealous. In the new Gang Wars mode, your mission evolves dynamically as momentum shifts between the teams, and cut-scenes fill you in on your new objectives. Play If You Like: City of God, Grand Theft Auto, The Transporter
WHAT DOES YOUR TATTOO REALLY MEAN? It's high time that ink got high-minded consideration, and this month it does: Tattoos—Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I Am hits bookstores. The collection of tattoo-themed commentary was penned by academics and is edited by Robert Arp, Ph.D., with a foreword by Rocky Rakovic, INKED's editor.
TORCHE “Kicking” The latest opus from progressive psychedelic act Torche sees them adding a melodic sheen to their brand of heaviness—without sacrificing urgency. CHEAP GIRLS "Stop Now" The band is putting a new spin on their seasoned punk rock sound with this fuzzdrenched rocker.
When you approach a woman with claws bared, you're just putting nails in your own coffin.
MANGLAZE IN MATTE IS MURDER
Launched at Magma, a rock festival in Japan, this questionably named black nail polish ($7,manglaze.com) is strong enough for you, and the matte finish ensures your kid sister won't steal it.
ALPHA NAIL'S CLEAN SLATE
Do you know who buys cotton balls? Us neither. When it comes time to take off your nail polish, use Alpha Nail's Clean Slate ($4, alphanail.com). Akin to the Oxy pads of junior high school, the acetone-free wipes will leave you spotless.
"Pushing back your cuticles can make the nails look more groomed, promotes circulation, and prevents nasty hangnails," says Kandalec. Take her advice and use this tool ($17, tweezerman.com) to do it; it may look like a piece of Civil War-era dentistry paraphernalia, but it works.
TIMOR NAIL NIPPERS
Like mini bolt cutters, Timor's Stainless Steel Nail Nippers with Barrel Spring ($30, zamberg.com) cut through everything. So no matter how gnarly your nails get, you have no excuse to not cut them to a manageable length. For some reason, it also comes in a higher grade of steel for $90.
Before you get to kissing, you start by holding hands—not talons. But when most men fixate on their image in the mirror, their hands are ignored. Sadly, that means fingernails often go unnoticed until they jab an innocent bystander or loved one.
Escape La La Land and duck into one of Los Angeles's hippest neighborhoods.
Los Feliz and its surroundings are known for the notorious citizenry of hipsters, but tattoo artist Adam Warmerdam proves there’s more to this hamlet than Walkmans and soy lattes. Warmerdam’s style Is based In Western Imagery with a heavy nod to the bold simplicity of American tattooing.
You needn't have a destination in mind to get on one of these cruisers. But if you need an excuse for riding: There's no greener way to travel.
SCHWINN SUPER DELUXE
The name says almost everything you need to know about this model from the most noteworthy name in classic bikes. This two-wheeler looks like it fell to Earth from Krypton; its lightweight aluminum frame and springer steel fork allow for maximum utility, while the saddle, fenders, and eye-popping paint job scream style and comfort. With a two-speed drivetrain, thick tires, and, yes, a cup holder, the Super Deluxe epitomizes the concept of cruising. Just like the Man of Steel himself, this throwback from the '30s is here to stay—reinvented and ready to roll.
FIRMSTRONG URBAN LRD
Sixty-eight spokes (count ’em), whitewall tires, and a chrome finish that’s sure to blind onlookers on a sunny day—that’s what the Urban LRD brings to the table. Well, that and a supremely smooth ride built on Firmstrong’s largest cruiser frame yet. This bike is made to last, with a steel frame, handlebars, crank, and coaster brake. The shiniest of cycles also features fenders, a comfort spring saddle, and alloy rims.
MICARGI F4 LOWRIDER
If Dennis the Menace grew up to run a chop shop, this would undoubtedly be his ride of choice. The F4 is built like a streamlined, tricked-out tank, with an old-school frame, banana seat, and sissy bar, melded with a set of ape hanger handlebars and 140-spoke rims. With a steel frame and chopper aesthetic, this bike looks like it would fit in gliding down a city street just as easily as it would riding along a beach. Sit back and let the spring-mounted fork cradle you as you cruise into the sunset, Easy Rider style.
MARRS M-1 ELECTRIC
For those daring souls ready to take their love of the cruiser to the next level, the nice people at Marrs have unveiled a lithium-powered M-1 cycle. The practical and functional essence of a cruiser combined with a 700-watt motor (housed beneath a handcrafted wood veneer) allows the M-1 to go places that a bicycle wouldn't—and a motorcycle can't. This cruiser hits speeds up to 20 mph and can go as far as 15 miles on a single charge. Best of all, this beautiful machine is crafted in the USA, a few miles from the beach in southern California.
It’s springtime, and whether you’ve got somewhere to go or nowhere to be, the only way to travel in the true spirit of spring is on a cruiser. We scoped out the swag cycles of 2012 and found these iconic classics that blend nostalgia with contemporary cool.
There are a lot of factors that could keep Extreme Couponing all-star Perry from rocking a body full of Ink. The northern Virginia-based mom raises her family on a fully vegan diet and spends her days caring for her daughter at home. Her husband, Eric, provides the only Income they rely on.
If you could lay down a bet in Vegas that Gorman Bechard has the most artistic right arm in America, they might give you odds—and they’d be short. “Pretty much everyone creative who’s ever influenced me is tattooed on there,” says the acclaimed director and novelist of his sleeve.
Maybe it’s perspective gained the hard way, one comedown at a time. Or maybe it’s a spiritual maturity earned one step at a time over thousands of miles of rugged trails. Whatever it is, Catra Corbett, a.k.a. the 47-year-old Dirt Diva of Fremont, CA, has her shit together.
Like her character the rouge agent Nikita, MAGGIE Q has remained an enigma. While Nikita begins to reveal herself throughout the second season of the CW show of the same name, Maggie tells her story through her tattoos.
HER PHOENIX In 2010, the ad for the debut of the CW Network show Nikita featured Maggie Q lying seductively across a leather chair; her gun is drawn, her legs are taut (her feet in non-spy-sensible heels), and the phoenix tattoo on her thigh is in the center of the photo.
When Hollywood is looking for a hard guy, the kind you wouldn't want to meet in even a well-lit alley, they call DANNY TREJO. You've seen his tough persona, you've seen his prison tattoos, and you've seen the distinctive lines on his face blown up on a big screen, but have you ever seen Trejo melt at the sight of puppies?
DANNY TREJO is the long-haired, often shirtless, tattooed tough from a long list of films, including From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado, Con Air, Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Machete, and recently Bad Ass. When one envisions Trejo, images of somebody getting drowned, garroted, or hacked to death arise.
LEA VENDETTA learned the give-and-take nature of the tattoo business from her first experience. On her 18th birthday, the budding painter walked into a tattoo shop in southern France's Montpellier-a university town heralded for its culture and diversity-and requested a small black spade.
The growling Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman and Jimmy Kimmel Live! announcer talks about the band's new album and reminisces about the weekly tattooing he did on his radio show.
Ska is the Michael Myers of music: No matter how many times it appears to be dead and buried, it pops right up again. For 20-plus years Boston’s Mighty Mighty Bosstones have been an integral part in keeping the ska scene alive, even if their punk-and metal-influenced brand of ska-core bears little resemblance to the two-tone sounds of bands like the Specials.
Installation artist David Alexander Flinn proves stand-out style can still be subtle.
DAVID ALEXANDER FLINN takes in the world through his lens and reflects it back within his work. This installation artist uses industrial products and the fruits of Mother Nature to comment on society-the sculptures he puts forth project an austere effect upon a room and the space of one's mind.
Chris Garver is a reluctant rock star of the tattoo world. Being celebrated in tattooing’s inner circle is one thing but being a reality star was another, so he’s tried to skirt the limelight since Miami Ink. Although little has been heard from the man in the flat cap, he has much to share.
Graffiti is as old as cavemen and throughout time has been used for declarations of love, political movements, memorials, hidden signs, and urban culture. It’s present from Pompeii, where lava preserved graffiti in the year 79, to Los Angeles, where the art became a visual harbinger of gangster rap.
How have your life experiences contributed to your artwork? I think, like most artists, I always felt like kind of an outsider growing up, and a bit of a late bloomer. I was never overly outgoing, and tattooing as a profession isn't very welcoming to newcomers.
NAME: Lacy Soto SHOP GIRL/GALLERY ASSISTANT AT: Kat Von D’s High Voltage Tattoo and Wonderland Gallery, West Hollywood, CA The energy at High Voltage and Wonderland is so creative. I love the Wonderland ladies (and gentleman), and the HVT team is a diverse group of highly talented pirates and ninjas.
Machine Gun Kelly christened our March issue and his EP Half Naked & Almost Famous at the Hiro Ballroom (inside the Maritime Hotel, NYC) along with Red Cafe, French Montana, DJ Kalkutta, and DJ Prostyle. We toasted the Bad Boy fam with Ciroc cocktails.
Welcome to the jungle that was the Hollywood House of Blues when Axl and the Roses took to the stage. Their triumphant return to the Sunset Strip drew a crowd that included Corey Feldman, Deryck Whibley of Sum 41, and plenty of inked-up GNR devotees from the original days of skinny jeans and long-haired men.
"When I went to get my first tattoo it was so shady! I traded some dude a bag of weed to tattoo me underage," says Adam Rose. “I got lucky. He did good work and I didn't get hep!" Rose did, however, catch the bug. After an apprenticeship and 16 years tattooing, he has become an adept tattooer—although he hasn't necessarily matured mentally.