What's in a nickname? A lot. Although cars come with rad names (Stingray, Diablo, Skylark) they often get more appropriate nicknames, such as Little Bastard (James Dean's Porsche 550 Spyder) and General Lee (the Duke boys' Dodge Charger).
Holy shit, Austin Brown [Michael Jackson's nephew] is the truth. When I first read the article [June/July '12] I was skeptical that the Jackson sound was still hip, but I listened to some of his stuff and he's the real deal. He has a throwback sound but is completely modern, like a MJ Junior.
Name: Marina Anastasia Birriel Occupation: model Hometown: Hummelstown, PA "My first tattoo was a gothic-style cross on my neck. I got it done in my hometown on my 18th birthday. I didn't tell my parents right away because they had insisted I wait to get it done until after my senior prom, which was the next day.
Bucky Lasek, a six-time X Games gold medalist in vert skateboarding and now a rallycross driver, has some sweet ink courtesy of Jason Tritten (formerly of Hart and Huntington, now at Massive Tattoo Studio). "It's the Maryland state flag made from skateboard decks crossed with the checkered racing flag," he says.
Way before there was a Busch Series, alcoholspecifically moonshine-powered auto racing.
HUDSON NEW YORK CORN WHISKEY
If you were given a blind taste of Hudson's moonshine, you'd swear it was a luxurious vodka. Even at 92 proof the smooth spirit has nothing more than the aroma of American corn, and no added sugar.
JUNIOR JOHNSON'S MIDNIGHT MOON APPLE PIE
The notorious bootlegger and race car driver's family recipe is tripledistilled. He makes an original as well as varieties infused with fruit (cranberry, blueberry, apple pie) and bottled in mason jars.
WHITE MULE FARMS SPODEE
The notorious bootlegger and race car driver's family recipe is tripledistilled. He makes an original as well as varieties infused with fruit (cranberry, blueberry, apple pie) and bottled in mason jars.
Mad Men brought back cocktail culture and martini lunches, but we're firing up the way-back machine to Prohibition. Yes, our warm-weather drink of choice this summer is hooch, the hillbilly lightning and original mountain dew. Moonshine, which is typically un-aged corn whiskey, has been an American staple since the first Irish and Scottish settlers ventured westward into the Appalachians.
Welcome to the surreal world of artist Emily Winfield Martin.
A born bookworm and daydreamer, Emily Winfield Martin is the creator of a world of inked carnival men, banjo-playing schoolgirls, albino fortune tellers, mermaids, bearded ladies, and conjoined twins. "In my paintings, there's a moment that's been frozen from a larger story—there's always a before and after," Martin explains.
INKED collaboration shirt: the Tattoo Shop of Horrors
From the messed-up, creative minds of Mishka comes the latest INKED collaboration shirt: the Tattoo Shop of Horrors ($32, inkedshop.com)
Drag Racing Alarm Clock
Your body wants five more minutes of sleep, but you really should jump-start your day. The Genuine Hotrod Hardware Drag Racing Alarm Clock ($30, summitracing.com) will get you out of bed and off the line.
The hot rod scoop cast in sterling silver makes the Blown ring from Spragwerks ($350, spragwerks.com) a showpiece.
If you really want to send a message with your phone, the Knuckle Case ($99, knucklecase.com) is machined from a solid block of aluminum and looks killer.
Deploy the Keen Harvest III Messenger Bag
Deploy the Keen Harvest III Messenger Bag ($120, keenfootwear.com), made from old car air bags.
Dr. Morkenstein Pajama Version
Dr. Morkenstein Pajama Version ($65, pobber.com) is a rapscallion in a helmet and butt-flap pj's.
Seaglass Project's Albacore
The Seaglass Project's Albacore ($249, surf industries.com) is a thrill that rides between a short board and a boogie board. Its finless style harks back to the early Hawaiian wave tamers.
HRG Spark Plug Corn Holders
For corn hot off the grill, grab these HRG Spark Plug Corn Holders (8 for $12, hotrodgrills.com).
Skull and Cross-Utensils dinner plate
Go look at your dinnerware. Yes, it's boring. The Skull and Cross-Utensils dinner plate from Foldedpigs ($20, etsy.com/shop/folded pigs) is more your style.
Grenade Stick Shift
Up the power in your hand when you're working the clutch with the Grenade Stick Shift ($40, knowwhere2jeep.com).
SUBJECT: Graham Beech SPOTTED: Coney Island, New York WHERE HE GETS INKED: "I've traveled all over the country getting tattooed by a lot of good artists and great friends," says Beech. One of his favorite pieces comes from Scott Sylvia at Black Heart Tattoo in San Francisco.
Christopher Nolan returns to direct the third and allegedly final chapter in his Batman trilogy. Christian Bale is back as Bruce Wayne/Batman, who faces Bane (Tom Hardy). If you recall the mindless, hulked-out Bane from the craptacular Batman and Robin, don't worry: Nolan's version of the character is more sinister. Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) appears in skin-tight spandex as well. If Bane puts the Bat out of commission and this indeed concludes Nolan's story, we're guessing the franchise will get a reboot and make way for a Justice League movie (thank you, Avengers).
Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) directs this remake based on the Philip K. Dick short story that seems quite different from the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie we all love. Doug Quaid (Colin Farrell) visits Rekall, a company that turns dreams into real memories. After the memory implant procedure goes horribly wrong, he finds himself on the run and on a quest to discover his true identity. Quaid teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) and an underground resistance to bring down Chancellor Cohaagen (Bryan Cranston). But will there be a three-breasted hooker? —G.M.
THE EXPENDABLES 2
If the first Expendables movie didn't make your testosterone levels sky-rocket, The Expendables 2 certainly will. This is probably the most macho that celluloid has ever held in the history of cinema. Let's just take a look at the roster: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture—and now they've added Chuck Norris, JeanClaude Van Damme, and Liam Hemsworth, and given Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger heftier roles than their previous cameos. They've also made room for one female badass: Chinese actress Yu Nan. —G.M.
It's August, we're all hitting the beaches, and the flick that made everyone afraid to go in the water arrives just in time to make us consider staying on the sand. The 1975 shark thriller directed by Steven Spielberg is available for the first time on Blu-ray, digitally remastered, fully restored, and ready to induce selachophobia in full hi-def glory; Spielberg himself personally monitored the meticulous restoration process. Special features include deleted scenes, outtakes, and The Shark Is Still Working: The Impact and Legacy of "Jaws,"a new documentary narrated by Roy Scheider. —G.M.
NCAA FOOTBALL 13
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360 Get primed for the new college football season with a grudge match on the virtual gridiron. Since pass-heavy spread offenses have taken over the amateur ranks, EA Sports has reengineered its passing system for NCAA 13 to give quarterbacks more varied ball trajectories, the ability to lead receivers, and true dropbacks. Most importantly, EA also rebuilt the defensive AI to eliminate those annoying psychic safeties fans have bitched about for years. Now defenders must see the ball before they react, which gives your scrappy college quarterback a fighting chance, provided you have the strategic know-how to read the defense correctly. Other fan-requested renovations include new mascots, team run-outs, rivalry trophy presentations, and increased ESPN integration complete with a score ticker and studio updates. Now, if only EA would step up where the NCAA won't and give fans sick of the BCS a true playoff system ... Play if you like: ESPN GamePlan, rivalry week, sport leagues with no true champion
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC Open world sandbox games like Grand Theft Auto meet Johnnie To-style Hong Kong gangster flicks in Sleeping Dogs. As undercover detective Wei Shen, players must channel their inner Donnie Brasco to infiltrate a deadly Triad gang. To prove your mettle, you'll participate in illegal street races on the neon-lit streets of Hong Kong, blazing shoot-outs with rival gangs, and Jackie Chan-style kung fu brawls that allow you to improvise and throw rivals into environmental hazards like open elevator shafts and table saws. As Shen delves deeper into the underground criminal organization, his loyalty to the police force will be tested, but players can blow off steam by exploring the congested city, tackling side missions, or shopping for new gangster attire. Play if you like: Internal Affairs, True crime, Triad Election
TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360 The most popular Rock'em Sock'em robots on the planet return in this third Transformers game from High Moon Studios. Fall of Cybertron picks up where War for Cybertron left off, chronicling the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons that eventually destroys their home planet and forces them to take their robot infighting to the Milky Way galaxy. The fan favorite Dinobot, Grimlock, joins the cast of returning faces, including Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Starscream. The majority of the action revolves around shooting, transforming, rinsing, and repeating, but the game bests its Michael Bay film counterparts in one badass way: The multiplayer mode allows players to build their own Autobots and Decepticons from scratch. Play if you like: Over-the-top action, Hasbro toys, building model robots
SOULSAVERS, FEATURING DAVE GAHAN "Longest Day" This single from their new electronica-rock album is crushingly beautiful—and Stewart Robson of Frith Street Tattoo did the illustration on the albums cover. AESOP ROCK "Zero Dark Thirty" If you don't think you like hip-hop, then you haven't heard the gritty new song from Aesop Rock.
Only your grandfather should have hair in strange places.
ZWILLING J.A. HENCKELS POINT TWEEZERS
The rounded base and extra-sharp points on this tool ($18, groominglounge.com) will help put some distance between your brows.
TWEEZERMAN STAINLESS FACIAL HAIR SCISSORS
These shears ($15, tweezerman.com) have special rounded tips that curve away from the skin to prevent nicks.
PANASONIC NOSE AND EAR TRIMMER
A good basic option, this bad boy ($18, Walmart) works on nose and ears and comes with a light to help you see into orifices.
The Rolls Royce of trimmers ($29, remington. premiumstore.com) has three length settings, and also works to remove hair on other random spots, like toes.
You may be a pro at keeping the hair on your head and chin in check, but those aren't the only places that require diligence. Don't forget the Bermuda Triangle of unwanted facial hair: eyebrows, nose, and ears. "A unibrow or a long hair sticking out of your nose—those are deal-breakers," says Mike Gilman, founder of the Grooming Lounge.
We asked an elite tattooer in the Olympic Games host city to take us through the London streets.
Darryl Gates has been slinging ink in London's West End for the past 12 years. Eight years ago he took over Diamond Jacks Tattoo Parlour (5 Walkers Court, Soho), one of the longest-running shops in the city. "It's like a time warp. I've tried to keep the studio exactly as it was when Dennis Cockell had it back in the '80s," Gates says.
If you're in the mood and market for a new way to get from point A to point B, look no further. Change is in the air, and it's got that new car smell. Getting people to agree on their favorite car can be just as frustrating as getting them to agree on their favorite band, breakfast cereal, or Spielberg flick (it's E.T., we don't want to hear what you have to say, it's E.T.).
BEST SEDAN: KIA K9
This year Kia has unveiled a vehicle that might just launch it into the big leagues of luxury automakers. The 2013 Kia K9 is 16.7 feet of beauty and muscle wrapped in a sleek steel frame. Its low, aerodynamic body gives it a .27 drag coefficient. Couple that with the 285 horsepower that the K9's 3.8-liter V6 can generate and it's easy to see why Kia has dubbed this its flagship sedan. Muscle and performance aside, the K9 is as impressive on the interior as it is under the hood, with luxury packages that include heated and ventilated seats, a four-camera Around View Monitor, a set of two rearseat monitors, and radar-based blind-spot detection.
BEST COMPACT: SMART PASSION CABRIOLET
Normally, calling a car "safe, affordable, and reliable" is a polite way of saying that it's boring as hell to drive. This, however, is not the case with Smart's latest incarnation. So how does the 2013 Passion Cabriolet escape the stigma of a mundane automobile while exemplifying all of the qualities of a "sensible" car? The answer is style. Modified side panels, front and rear fenders, a widened grill, and three new wheel options give the 2013 a more pronounced presence on the road without sacrificing its compact size. The Cabriolet's 3-cylinder engine can also get up to 70 horsepower and handles well at speeds up to 80 miles an hour—not bad for a ride that takes up less room on the block than a motorcycle.
BEST ELECTRIC: BMW I3
No longer a speculation of things to come, the electric car has arrived and it will not be ignored. In previous years we saw electrics that claimed to have the upper hand in efficiency and performance, but we've never seen anything quite like the soon-to-launch BMW i3. The German automaker has truly revolutionized the craft of das auto by constructing their vehicle with a carbon-fiber shell that's normally found only on Formula 1 cars. The unique frame construction reduces the vehicle's weight considerably, and its 170-horsepower motor is capable of propelling it from 0 to 60 in under 8 seconds. It's fast, it's light, it looks like it could slam a Prius in an underground street fight, and it won't cost you a dime at the pump. Prost!
BEST SPORT: SCION FR-S
For 2013, Scion has smoothed out the edges of its boxy auto icons of the 00's and presented us with a remarkably agile sports car. The FR-S is an all-new direction for Scion, and they nailed it right out of the gate. The framework for the new model is low and sleek, with a 200-horsepower engine and road-gripping frame that seats the driver just inches from the pavement. With an available Bluetooth, USB hookup, and center-mounted LCD screen allowing you to surf, chat, and shop (hopefully while stopped at a light), the FR-S carries on the brand's technological appeal while attracting the attention of a new demographic. In true Scion fashion, the FR-S is just as customizable as its predecessors, enabling the buyer to modify everything from the sound system to the suspension.
Getting people to agree on their favorite car can be just as frustrating as getting them to agree on their favorite band, breakfast cereal, or Spielberg flick (it's E.T., we don't want to hear what you have to say, it's E.T.). But there are some eye-popping rides on the horizon.
As free-spirited as it is, the surf world wasn't quite ready for serious ink and muscle cars 20 years ago. Hell, it wasn't ready for Matt Archbold, period. His progressive surfing in the early '90s influenced the way waves are ridden today, but he didn't take the traditional path to surfing stardom.
"It was love at first e-mail," says Sherri DuPree-Bemis, vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the band Eisley, of meeting her husband, Max Bemis, frontman for the band Say Anything. "I know that sounds cheesy, but we just knew." "I e-mailed Sherri because I'm a huge fan and I wanted her to sing on one of my tracks for my side project Two Tongues," Bemis remembers.
When you're a Strange, people remember your name and your sick custom designs. From his earliest days growing up on a farm, Tim Strange remembers watching his dad work on custom motorcycles. When he wasn't watching his dad, he was raising hell on two wheels of his own—riding BMX, something he still does to this day.
Whether she's Jersey Turnpiking or washing down a pink Cadillac in swimwear from her new bikini line, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley makes hearts beat harder than a Guido pumps fists. Here, the star of Jersey Shore and Snooki & Jwoww talks to her inked-up boyfriend, Roger Matthews.
"THE NEW SHOW SNOOKI & JWOWW IS MORE LIKE THE DELETED SCENES OF JERSEY SHORE." ROGER MATTHEWS: What do you think is going to be different between Snooki & Jwoww [currently airing Thursdays 10 p.m. on MTV] and Jersey Shore? JENNI FARLEY: I'd say it's basically me and Nicole [Snooki] on the Jersey Shore, but the new show is more like the deleted scenes of Jersey Shore.
In downtown L.A., Mister Cartoon creates amazing tattoos, sick marketing campaigns, and now, a fresh line of car products, christened Sanctiond.
"IN ORDER TO MAKE THE CAR LOOK GOOD YOU NEED TO HAVE GOOD TATTOOS WHEN YOU DRIVE IT." WE'RE IN A NEW CULTURAL MOVEMENT IN WHICH IF YOU WANT TO THRIVE you've got to be a polymath—a Renaissance man, proficient in a number of areas. Mister Cartoon is street culture's best multihyphenate: a tattooergraffiti-artist-marketer-designer-car-products-maker.
A GIRLY BELLY-BUTTON RING JUST ISN'T ENOUGH FOR Stephanie Fleischman—unless you multiply it by six, the most piercings she's had in her navel at one time. The 28-year-old New York native, resident piercer at Euphoria Ink and Body Piercing in Roselle, NJ, and Steadfast model has more than 50 piercings and tattoos from over 40 artists covering 90 percent of her body.
As Rancid turns 20, we talk to its guitarist about the roots, the radicals, his tattoo shop, and his new Oi! band.
Punk rock has always flirted with mainstream success. Every couple of years a new batch of punk bands will explode onto the scene, and more often than not, within six months, they are never heard from again. Or they turn pop. Only a few stay the course and keep making great music.
BMX athlete Nic Long is gearing up to represent the United States at the Olympic Games.
WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE HOME OF AN ELITE athlete like BMX racer Nic Long, you are bound to come across a trophy case. By taking a good look at it you can trace the athlete's entire career. On the surface each trophy will tell only the end result, but with a little bit of conversation the entire memory of the event can be recalled.
Miya Bailey has risen from his roots in Asheville, NC, to international acclaim and the top of the tattoo game with his work that blends the elements of different tattoo genres and fine art to create a definitive style. It wasn't easy. Over his 20-year career, the 37-year-old has struggled with racism and says that black tattoo artists still haven't achieved equality in the industry.
In a society reliant on mass production, tattoo artist Brian Everett is old-school. Instead of using factory-made tattoo machines, he builds his own. Rather than purchasing vehicles off an assembly line, he customizes his own classic cars—with his baby being a 1940 Mercury—and in 1996, with tattoo artist Jack Rudy, he even cofounded the Beatniks Car Club, which allows only the extensively tattooed to join.
What do you want to accomplish when you tattoo? Hopefully when someone sees my work, they get something out of it and don’t just pass it by. I want it to make you stop and look for a second. And I hope the client is happy. Your work is eerie but beautiful— what draws you to that realm? I just enjoy using black ink and listening to metal.
NAME: Angela Morabito SHOP GIRL AT: The Canvas Tattoo Studio, Prior Lake, MN I GOT THE JOB WITH luck and timing. I asked one of the artists if they needed any extra help around the shop, and he did. I take care of anything and everything the guys and the clients need, from paperwork and books to appointments and sterilization.
INKED magazine comes alive every month when we throw our issue release parties in New York City. May's fete was held at Mulberry Project in Little Italy, where we quaffed—nay, downed—Tanteo Tequila while DJ Kalkutta spun wax and Inked Girls jumped off the pages and into the par-tay.
We are still flying the Black Flag! The Pretty Pretty Collective and Still Life Tattoo threw an artists' tribute to the punk band, called Everything Went Black. The exhibition featured work from Phil Kyle, Mike Giant, Turk, Tim Hendricks, Jondix, and other hard-core artists.
We presented the shit out of the INKED presents LiveNation's Saints and Sinners at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD. During the onslaught of music—including sets by Emmure, Alesana, Periphery, Woe Is Me, Texas in July, and Like Moths to a Flame—we scoped out plenty of bitchin' tattoos onstage and in the sea of rockers.
Mister Cartoon doesn't do anything half-assed and the launch of his Sanctiond line was no different. He invited friends—including Jack Rudy, Mena Suvari, and TapouT's Punkass—to usher in his line with sounds from DJ Megan Daniels, In-N-Out Burger, and a good ol' fashioned L.A. lowrider hop-off.
Sometimes it is the tiniest detail that makes a tattoo come alive. And for Joshua Bowers, that exclamation point is often an eye. "I try to incorporate both emotion and the past into my designs," he says. "Eyes are a good way to convey emotion."