On a sweltering day this past summer, I was walking down a scorching Brooklyn avenue that was made even hotter because I was next to Neon Hitch, who was being photographed for the magazine by Marley Kate (1). The firebrand performer was sashaying in an epidermis-tight latex dress that left nothing to the imagination except how she got into it.
Thanks for the hot pics of Jenni “JWOWW" Farley. I was so disappointed in her Maxim cover and shoot a few months ago. It actually turned me off of her. But you made JWOWW, and her tattoos, look super sexy again. Jared Walters Freehold, NJ COMPLISULT OF THE MONTH I don't really find JWOWW all that attractive, but looks ain't everything.
Name: Ashley Lionetti Occupation: makeup artist and stylist Hometown: Stamford, CT (currently living in Los Angeles, CA) My favorite tattoo is a memorial portrait of my pit bull, Jada. It represents the love I have for my girl and the seven amazing years we spent together.
Superstar Rihanna dropped into Bang Bang Tattoos on New York City’s Lower East Side to get a new piece of artwork. Her tattooist, Bang Bang, created an Egyptian falcon in the shape of a handgun on her ankle. After the art was complete, she tweeted a picture with the description: “Falcon: a light that shines in the darkness!
Just as you should read Shakespeare and Hemingway, you should drink your way through the classic cocktails.
Even if you're a beer-and-a-shot drinker, every so often it’s a nice change of pace to quaff cocktails. When you're in the mood for an elixir, here are just a few maxims to abide by. DRINK THROUGH THE CLASSICS. True cocktails shouldn’t have the ingredients in their names.
Terry Bradley captures the beauty in working-class stoicism.
“We lived in the worst place you could imagine,” says Terry Bradley, who grew up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during the troubles of the '70s. “It wasn't safe for me to play in the streets, and I'd have to walk through the peace lines [barriers between Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods] to go to school."
New Era has always made quality hats with sports teams front and center and its own logo on the side. Now, after 92 years in haberdashery, New Era is touting its own brand ($32, neweracap.com).
Queen of Love Lounge Chair
Design of Love takes inspiration from the furniture of Louis XIV and makes their versions in vibrant, funky colors, such as the electric green of this Queen of Love Lounge Chair ($1,025, allmodern.com).
Metallica’s James Hetfield
Sutro enlisted the help of Metallica’s James Hetfield to create these signature shades ($220, metallica.com), which come in matte tortoise shell and this bitchin’ gloss black.
We found this slick-looking two-finger Anchor Ring ($6, gritnglory.com) at an awesome boutique called Grit N Glory in NYC. Explore their online shop for more treasures like this.
Pro Leather World Basketball Festival Edition
Converse’s Pro Leather World Basketball Festival Edition kicks ($75, converse.com) come in perforated leather and are based on classic sneakers worn by Dr. J in 1976.
Retro 1951 Kaligraffiti pen
Businessmen sign with Montblancs, but we don't think something as mundane as a pen should command a large price tag. Speaking of tags, the Retro 1951 Kaligraffiti pen isn't too expensive—as far as nice pens go—and is hella fun to click ($30, coolmaterial.com).
Dr. Martens Cherry Red Smooth with Studs Satchel
Fully grommeted out, the Dr. Martens Cherry Red Smooth with Studs Satchel ($265, dmusastore.com) is a little bit office, a little bit rock 'n' roll.
Cobra Lord shirt
How sick is this guy? He walks around in a shirt that says Mother Fucker. How cool are you? Could you walk around in this Cobra Lord shirt ($33, cobralord.com) that features a guy wearing a shirt that says Mother Fucker?
Panic Button Light Switch Replacement Kit
The Panic Button Light Switch Replacement Kit ($25, thinkgeek.com) makes turning off your lights seem like a life-or-death situation.
City 'Bots Minis
Kid Robot recently launched City 'Bots Minis ($12, kidrobot.com for store locations): three-inch viny toys inspired by San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and London and sold exclusively in Kid Robot stores in their namesake cities.
SUBJECT: Brett David SPOTTED: Lower East Side, NYC WHERE HE GETS INKED: Invisible NYC, by tattoo artist Regino Gonzales. “My favorite is the full traditional Japanese sleeve he did on my left arm. It combines a very detailed koi and octopus and a plethora of twotoned wind bars and cherry blossoms," says David.
We’re now at the fifth installment of the Resident Evil saga with yet another entry written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Afterlife). And like the previous entry, it’s in state-of-the-art 3-D. This time, Alice (Milla Jovovich) finds herself running across various zombie-plagued regions as she continues to fight the Umbrella Corporation and hunt those responsible for the t-vlrus outbreak. Fans will be intrigued by some of the new characters as well as the number of returning cast members who were thought to be dead. —Gil Macias
In this futuristic action-thriller, time travel exists but is illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to off someone, they will send their target into the past, where a “looper" (assassin) awaits. This is where it gets into mlnd-fuck territory: Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levltt) is a rich looper enjoying his life and his dirty job until one day when the mob decides to “close the loop” by sending back Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) for assassination. Older Joe of course gets loose, so young Joe now has to chase down and kill his older self from the future. Whoa! —G.M.
This 1940s gangster flick has one hell of a cast: Josh Brolln, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, and Giovanni Ribisi. Ruthless mob king Mickey Cohen (Penn) runs and controls everything in town—the drugs, the guns, the prostitutes—and he does it all under the protection of his own hired goons, crooked cops, and politicians. No one has the balls to stand up to him except for a few LAPD outsiders led by Sergeant John O’Mara (Brolln) and Jerry Wooters (Gosling), who go head to head with the crime lord and plan to bring the mob world down. —G.M.
Thirteen years after Invisible Monsters' initial run, the Chuck Palahnluk tale of a mangled supermodel and a transgender plastic surgery queen gets a bit of work done for Invisible Monsters Remix. Instead of reading cover-to-cover, the revamped version unfolds from the outside in, sending readers from page to page In a manner that suits the fragmented, Impressionistic style of the story. You'll also find new chapters sprinkled throughout—only readable with the help of a mirror—that shed more light on the cast of messed-up characters. —Anthony Vargas There’s about a month to go until the highly anticipated third season of The Walking Dead premieres. Until then, it’s time to revisit season two on gorgeous Blu-ray. This four-disc set contains all 13 episodes and plenty of extras, Including behindthe-scenes footage, featurettes, and audio commentaries. Some argue that the first half of season two lagged a bit since It seemed to favor character development over Intense zombie action and carnage, but once Sophia’s fate was revealed, tears rolled, and shit really hit the air conditioner. —G.M.
BORDERLANDS 2 PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC
Borderlands cleverly combined the loot-collecting experience of RPGs like Diablo with the fast-paced action of a shooter, to the tune of six million copies sold worldwide. Not bad for a debut. The sequel retains the four-player online co-op and insane gun collecting, but adds one key ingredient missing from the original: some semblance of a narrative. In the five years that have passed since the events of Borderlands, a man named Handsome Jack has taken over the planet and promised to rid the land of its unruly population. After he rewards you for winning a combat tournament by leaving you for dead, your job is to take one of the four new protagonists and end his reign. Along the way you’ll discover new regions of the planet, upgrade your specialized skills, and find enough loot to start your own munitions company. Play If you like: Diablo III, Halo, gun collecting —Matt Bertz
MADDEN NFL 13 PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360
When an NFL team is struggling to string together wins, they shake up their management. After years of falling to match the quality of other sports games, EA has done the same with its legendary football franchise. With Madden NFL 13, the new leadership group is going back to the basics. They overhauled the passing game, included 430 new catching animations, and forced defenders to locate the ball before reacting. The new Infinity Engine improves the physics of the violent collisions at the heart of the game, and defenses now mask their coverage schemes more effectively. Tack on a revamped career mode and a new commentary duo (CBS A-team Phil Simms and Jim Nantz) and we finally have a franchise worth rooting for. Play if you like: NFL Sunday Ticket, pass-heavy offenses, bone-crushing hits —M.B.
NEW SUPER MARIO BROS. 2 PLATFORM: NINTENDO 3DS
Benjamin Franklin once said the only two certainties in life are death and taxes. Add “a new Nintendo console offering a Super Mario Bros, game” to that list. The latest adventure for the mustachioed plumbers sounds a lot like the last: Bowser has once again kidnapped Princess Peach, and the Italian stallions Mario and Luigi must come to the rescue. The Mushroom Kingdom is bursting at the seams with gold coins, new gold flowers let you turn blocks into more coinage, and the super leaf returns to allow a raccoon-tailed, flying Mario to discover hard-to-reach places. In a sign Nintendo is finally catching up to the times, New Super Mario Bros. 2 will also include downloadable content to keep the coin scavenge going well after it hits store shelves. Play if you like: Super Mario Bros. 3, Sonic the Hedgehog, getting real pay —M.B.
MAGIC EYE Delusional: The Story of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery is a life’s work (so far) in art. Jonathan LeVine was called “delusional” for being a middleclass Jerseyite in the hardcore scene who decided to make his living dealing art. LeVine makes sure nobody forgets the Improbability of his success by taking it as unseriously as possible (or, at least, unseriously enough to pose in a Teletubby outfit for the cover shot).
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS “Mind Control” This driving rocker is equally aggressive and avant-garde. AS I LAY DYING “Cauterize” As I Lay Dying prove that melody and brutality don't have to be mutually exclusive terms with this headbanger-worthy raga.
You thought you couldn't top the neck tattoo? Heward Dental Labs can tattoo your crown ($70 and up plus cost of crown, toothartist.com).
ARM & HAMMER COMPLETE CARE PLUS WHITENING
Back in the day people brushed with baking soda; these days, Arm & Hammer is still in the game with a great-tasting toothpaste ($4, drugstore.com).
COLGATE ICY BUBBLE WISPS
After a crazy night when you wake up somewhere with someone, don't use their brush. Reach for these disposable gems (four for $2, drugstores).
This credit-card-shaped floss (six for $5, staino.com) dispenses dental tape, has a mirror, and can be customized with your favorite Image.
The two types of people who smile the least are hockey players and the tattooed—the first because of missing teeth, and the latter seems to have something to do with disposition. But artist Steven Heward may change that. He started out working as a dental technician for his brotherin-law—his job was to stain crowns to match the patina of patients’ teeth.
If you choose to visit the city that the Democrats selected for their national convention, let Joey Vernon be your guide.
Charlotte, nicknamed the Hornet’s Nest for the sting of rebellion it gave the British during the American Revolution, is now home to the buzz of Joey Vernon’s tattoo machine. A former diesel mechanic, Vernon started tattooing in 1992 as a way to express his inner artist, and nine years later he opened up Fu’s (not f-you’s) Custom Tattoos at 3200 North Davidson Street, five minutes from downtown Charlotte.
Car accessories have come a long way from power windows.
It may be true that the clothes make the man, but real style will always lie in the details. From the way Bogart held a cigarette to the way Ferris Bueller rocked a sweater-vest, the making of an icon is linked directly to the whistles and bells that punctuate greatness.
Don't let the identical-twin status fool you: Coco and Breezy are the faces of individuality. These 22-year-old fashion entrepreneurs (real names Corianna and Brianna Dotson) have decorated the likes of Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, and Beyoncé with their signature shades in the three short years since they created their bold line, Coco && Breezy.
It’s easy to imagine a group of old men clad in Speedos diving into a frozen lake when hearing the words “Polar Bear Club.” For music fans in the know, however, a contradictory image comes to mind: that of the post-hardcore band rocking out in a hot, sweaty club.
When it comes to promoting Undefeated apparel stores, cofounder James Bond prefers things gently stirred, not shaken. He wants to keep a low profile and maintain mystique. “I feel like it’s best that people know very little—otherwise you open yourself up for more criticism than you really want," Bond says.
And Hollywood said, “Let us make a man, and let there be ink on his skin, and let him play guitar, and hit high notes, and date models, and judge a singing competition, and act on television, and star in a movie.” And there was.
I’M IN MY APARTMENT TRYING TO DO SOME WORK ON MY LAPTOP, but my mind is elsewhere. It’s actually at a paaayphone, trying to call home... Last summer was different. I wasn’t stuck at a pay phone, but I did have mo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oves like Jagger.
We all know name tattoos are a bad idea. Ana Stone disagrees. "The script above my knees says 'Harley Baby.' When I showed my mom she was like, 'Isn't it a bad omen to get someone's name?' I was like, 'Mom, it's my dog. I don't think he's going to leave me for someone younger in 10 years.'"
When Damien Echols and the rest of the “West Memphis Three” were released from death row, he celebrated his freedom by getting tattooed with his friend and champion Johnny Depp. The subject of the documentary West of Memphis and author of Life After Death talks ink and exoneration.
For nearly two decades, Prisoner SK 931 spent his life in jail for a crime he has adamantly maintained he didn’t commit. In 1994, at the age of 19, Damien Echols, the 931st person to be sentenced to death in the state of Arkansas, was tried and convicted for the murder of three young boys from West Memphis, AR. The second-graders were found naked and hog-tied in a drainage ditch.
Neon Hitch connects with fans through her music-and her Instagram feed. Here, in her own words, the pop starlet shares her thoughts on traveling, her ink, and her life as the world awaits the release of her debut album, Beg, Borrow, and Steal.
Ryan Matthew Cohn, star of Science Channel’s Oddities, deals in antiques, owns a boutique clothier, and creates skull showpieces that sit in elite tattoo shops. His love for polished ephemera is seen throughout his fantastical home-and in his neotraditional ink.
IT’S BARELY NOON ON A QUIET STREET IN BROOKLYN. The air is crisp and there is not a footstep to be heard on either side of this historic boulevard lined with century-old houses and brownstones, each edifice cracked and noble in the display of its age, proud.
The Buffalo Bills' dyn@mic wide receiver Stevie Johnson suits up for the season.
Stevie Johnson has taken to the NFL like a buffalo in a china shop. In four years he’s not only ripped up the gridiron-netting more than 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past two seasons-he’s become a larger-than-6'2" figure through his brash touchdown celebrations (pretending to get shot in the leg when playing against Plaxico Burress, for example) and with his entertaining tweets that have earned him over 100,000 followers.
Edward Funk is known as Crazy Philadelphia Eddie to his friends and the entire tattoo industry. Tattooing since 1952, Funk has not only shaped, influenced, and equipped the tattoo business, he’s also worked with other artists to protect it in New York State’s highest court.
Tattooers Sweety and Ethan Andrew Morgan of Rivington Tattoo are like night and day when it comes to their craft. Morgan, who specializes in dark imagery, is never dead set on a design. While some artists rely solely on a stencil, he prefers picking up a brush pen to draw directly on a person’s body.
What drives you? My love for art is what drives me to do what I do best. I mainly work as a tattoo artist, but I also like to paint. If I had more free time it would all go into painting. How do you advance your art? I strive to improve on a daily basis. My clients provide me with work that allows me to try new things—new concepts come to me from clients.
NAME: Sable Richter SHOP GIRL AT: 21 Tattoo, Las Vegas People from all over the world come to Vegas. We've had people with electronic translators as well as some with actual translators. I’m the one that has to deal with drunk, “I'm in Vegas!" newbies. But luckily we don't get too many of them.
We took over Metal Mondays at Lit Lounge in New York City, invading one of our favorite dives with pretty inked chicks, metal-inspired Jägermeister cocktails, Siruis XM Liquid Metal, and Headbangers Ball DJs Jose Mangin and Zeena Koda, plus free tattoos by Jes Irwin.
The Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park, NJ, was three days of diverse acts and ink. We caught Mac Miller, The Foo Fighters, The Promise Ring, A$ap Rocky (we skipped Skrillex), and locals Bon Jovi and The Gaslight Anthem. In the crowd and on the boardwalk we saw Japanese, black-and-gray, tribal, and old-school American tattoos.
“Your art will be carried on for a lifetime by someone who has ideas, feelings, moods," says tattoo artist Kim-Anh Nguyen. The neo-traditional artist spends her time traveling and tattooing between Switzerland and England. “Switzerland is still a very conservative scene that's not into tattoos," she says.