My childhood bedroom was covered In posters. Among them I had Bo Jackson’s “The Ball Player,” a Ferrari Testarossa, and one of those motivational posters that Included a nondescript football player with a Vince Lombardi quote. Now, as an older teenager, my walls are filled with art, photography, and ephemera.
I am an organ procurement and transplant coordinator; I work with families and care for patients in the hopes of making something good come out of tragic loss. Many of my colleagues have tattoos, including myself (with growing sleeves). And though Indiana Organ Procurement Organization supports my choice to have tattoos, I am occasionally asked to cover up in compliance with a hospital’s policy, but the IOPO has told them it’s up to me.
Name: Whitney Anne Christow Occupation: model and bartender Hometown: Rahway, NJ “I’ve listened to Bad Brains all my life, so I really wanted a Bad Brains tattoo. I got the letters PMA going up from my hand to my wrist-that way I could see it every day.
David Arquette may be 41, but certain childhood obsessions never die, and that explains why Arquette decided to tattoo the immortal vixen Wonder Woman on his ribs. In an ode to his youth and humanistic ideals, the actor tattooed a foot-long clip from the vintage comic strip.
This vodka company seemingly updates its bottle design as much as Google changes its homepage art. Of the thousands, our favorite is the Rock Edition, which comes shrouded in leather and spiked with metal studs.
Six Feet Under tattoo artist Corey Miller designed the tattooed lion for Tuaca. Printed with thermochromic ink, the lion turns from silver to blue when the bottle is chilled enough to dispense optimally temperatured vanilla-citrus liqueur.
The iconic cognac asked graffiti artist Futura 2000 to tag one on their label. Along with brightly colored patterns, the master left his mark with his calling card of helix circles that remind us of swirling a snifter.
What runs through your mind as you attempt to choose a booze? Too often have I found myself traipsing up and down the aisles of my local liquor store glaring into the glass of each bottle like the foggy window of my favorite late night haunt. It may be time to make a decision, but I have almost no information to go on.
What's black and white and red all over? A HOW and NOSM mural.
HOW and NOSM, twin brothers born in the Basque country of San Sebastian, Spain, and raised in Dusseldorf, Germany, have become two of the most acclaimed graffiti artists and professional muralists in New York City. HOW (Raoul Perré) and NOSM (Davide Perre) have shown and installed their signature red, white, and black creations all over the world, from Ecuador to South Korea to France.
Tenga partnered with the Keith Haring Foundation to create a unique line of men's sex toys, including the Egg ($10, amazon.com), with the `80s street artist's design on the packaging and in the pleasure zones.
REBEL WITHOUT A HEAD
Dance Party Massacre severed James Dean's head and tattooed his neck with the phrase "Live As If You'll Die Today" for its Rebel With a Cause shirt ($24, dpmassacre.bigcartel.com).
HELL ON WHEELS
We really dug this Skull Graphic board from GoldCoast ($120, skategoldcoast.com), which has kicktails but rides like a longboard.
Kronk's Totem FatCap for Kidrobot (six-inch, $75, toyartgallery.com) embodies the themes of greed (gambling dice) and lust (XXX) on a spray-paint can nozzle.
Arms and Ink won the 2012 PBR Craft Show with these handmade beer-beard cozies ($7, etsy.com). They'll keep your lager cool.
Fatal took inspiration from the suddenly hot Los Angeles Clippers for their Clipp Hat ($27, fatalclothing.com)The designer even remixed the NBA logo, swapping out the player for the state of California.
The Phone Fairy hid your cellular while you were sleeping so Shepard Fairey could morph his OBEY Giant artwork into your iPhone protector ($40, goincase.com).
That's not a drawing; that's a real-life, honest-to-goodness, functioning messenger bag called the JumpFromPaper Roamer Play Hooky ($80, jumpfrompaper.com). The company designs its bags in vibrant colors and quirky angles that make accessories look cartoonish.
Vans dug back in the crates to revive their Van Doren pirate skull kicks ($55, vans. com). Perfect for Walk Like a Pirate Day.
ZOMBIE BOY TOY
Rick Genest, a.k.a. Zombie Boy, now comes in a tattooed action figure ($160, tonner doll.com)!
SUBJECT: Beau Brady SPOTTED: Lower East Side, New York City WHERE HE GETS INKED: Kings Avenue Tattoo, by Mike Rubendall and Grez. "My back piece is a giant shark pulling down a ship, with the details of waves, rope, and roses by Grez. Rubendall did the Japanese oni on my left forearm.
From the twisted mind of former Life of Agony bassist Alan Robert comes the comic book series killogy: murder and mayhem by the hands of some familiar faces. The three main characters are the fictional we hope) dark sides of actor Frank Vincent [Goodfellos, The Sopranos), Ramones drummer Marky Ramone, and Dexter actress Brea Grant. We've enjoyed his first two comics, Wire Hangers and Growl to Me, but this latest offering is fan fiction that murderizes Fifty Shades of Grey. Robert McCormick
Taken was a surprise hit that kicked ass, so it's no wonder we're getting a sequel. This time, while vacationing with his family in Istanbul, ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) finds himself in a familiar predicament when his wife (Famke Janssen) is taken and held hostage by the father of one of the Albanian kidnappers he killed in the first film. This pissed-off daddy, of course, wants revenge, so it's up to Mills and his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), to rescue Mom. This one looks intense, and it's nice to see Kim aiding Dad as a sidekick this time around. Gil Maclas
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4
The Paranormal Activity franchise is looking to dominate the Halloween season box office once again with this fourth installment of the highly popular found-footage horror series. Not much is known about the plot, but we do know that the events in the first two films sort of took place concurrently, and that the third was an '80sera prequel, so from the looks of the spine-tingly trailer, maybe all lingering questions will be answered and we'll finally find out what happened to Katie and baby Hunter? Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Paranormal Activity 3) return to direct. -G.M.
Bond fans are eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated film Skyfall, but in the meantime, celebrate the 50th anniversary of your favorite British spy in this sexy and sleek 22-film Blu-ray collection-that's a whole lot of Bond girls in HD! The whopping 23-disc set contains every movie from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, and of course every Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig (yes, even you, Timothy Dalton). Each disc is packed with bonus features, with disc 23 containing all new featurettes, such as The World of Bond, Being Bond, and the Skyfall video blogs. -G.M.
INDIANA JONES: THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES
Whether you enjoyed or hated Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, this amazing box set is a must-have for any fan. For the first time on Blu-ray, all four films are together. You get an all-new, meticulously restored version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and remastered versions of The Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade, and, ugh, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. A lot of love was put into this set, so naturally it's loaded with making-of featurettes, interviews, trailers, and tons of behind the scenes footage.
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, PC After being framed for the murder of the Empress, former bodyguard Corvo Atano is rotting in prison when a mysterious supernatural visitor grants him the freedom to hunt down the people who conspired against him. Like its spiritual predecessors Deus Ex and Thief, this first-person stealth adventure game lets you choose your own path to revenge. Whether you stick to the shadows to avoid violent encounters or use the full array of magical powers at your disposal to lay waste to everyone in your way, the deci sions you make affect the people you interact with and ultimately determine the plot trajectory. Whatever path you take, make sure to stop and marvel at the amazing neo-Victorian steampunk setting from time to time. This super stylish game looks unlike any other game on the market. Play If You Like: Deus Ex, Assassin's Creed, V For Vendetta Matt Bertz
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360 Olympic soccer is a bore compared to the FIFA World Cup. In past FIFA games, you could only take your pro into one or the other. In FIFA 13, you can finally represent both club and country in your virtual career, making a fortune professionally and earning the adoration of your fellow countrymen in international play. Perform well enough on your club team and you'll get called up to the international squad for friendlies, qualifying matches, and tournaments. FIFA 13 also takes a few moves from the skill set of cover athlete Lionel Messi, introducing new 360-degree dribbling controls and new attacking Al that can read two plays ahead to put itself in position to make a critical run toward the net. If you're having trouble finishing, sharpen your abilities with the new skill games. Play If You Like: The World Cup, Green Street Hooligans, The Damned United -M.B.
XCOM: ENEMY UNKNOWN
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360, Pc The shitty thing about an alien invasion is that you can't save everyone. As the commander of the topsecret XCOM Project, it's your job to make the tough calls: Do you preserve funding for a vital research project by helping the Chinese face a threat, or leave them exposed to investigate a UFO crash in the Nevada desert that may yield a new harvest of alien technology? These permanent choices define the gameplay experience in this reboot of the popular sci-fi series. When the aliens land, you must face the threat head-on in intense real-time strategy encounters. Succeed on the battlefield and your troops will grow with experience. Make a vital mistake and you'll lose a good man, forcing you to spend valuable resources on training new soldiers. No one said making ET phone home was going to be easy. Play If You Like: The Arrival, X-Flles, Civilization V -M.B.
Hitting shelves this month is We Got Power!: Hardcore Punk Scenes From 1980s Southern California by David Markey and Jordan Schwartz. The trip down hardcore punk memory lane includes gritty photos and dark essays by seminal punks, including Black Flag's Henry Rollins, who wrote of Hollywood: "It has, over the last 30 years, become somewhat of a home to me.
CONVERGE “NO LIGHTEGCAPEG” These metalcore all-stars have finally recorded this live staple, which is so heavy it'll turn your iPhone into a kettlebell. OTHE GASLIGHT ANTHEM “AS” The Gaslight Anthem nod to their scrappy punk roots while still progressing forward on this instantly catchy rocker.
Corn syrup and red food coloring should only be utilized by Paula Deen; pour on this realistic stuff ($7 for 2 ozs., vampfangs.com) to freak out your friends.
ULTRA FX TEMPORARY ZOMBIE BITE TATTOO
Slap on this tattoo ($9, thomasfx.com) and the rest of your party will have to huddle to decide if it's a gag or if they should take a Lobotomizer to your neck.
DERMABLEND LEG AND BODY COVER SPF 15
Strong enough to wash out your tattoo (see Zombie Boy video) this cover-up ($27, dermablend.com) can hide your art if it clashes with your costume.
It's hard to sip punch or creep up on an unassuming neck with your fangs out. This set is activated by a tongue bar ($14, screamsunlimited.com).
It's that time of year again, folks-where's your primal scream? October 31 and the costume parties leading up to that date provide convenient excuses to reinvent your look (and are less embarrassing than that time you unsuccessfully tried the monkey-tail beard).
Creepy and sexy collide at the Key's Fantasy Fest.
The secret is getting out that Key West, FL, hosts one of the best Halloween festivals in the world. While the Fantasy Fest guarantees you sun, skin, and skeletons, tattooist Mike Haugh can let you know what else to check out in his town. The owner of Key West Tattoo Company, the preferred shop of tourists, locals, and service people from the nearby naval base, knows how to have a good time.
These concept cars may never come to fruition, but the hypothetical heavyweights are a gallant display of automakers' creativity that foreshadows the shape of things to come.
In order to earn money in the car business, you need to make vanilla, mainstream vehicles. (The last time one of the Big Three tried to get clever in mass production, the regrettable PT Cruiser came off the assembly line.) But car designers get to flex their creative muscles with concept cars.
I'm watching paint dry—actually bake in the sun—and I haven't been this awestruck by an edifice in New York City since I first saw the American Radiator Building. A few weeks ago Amandalynn and Lady Mags promised to paint an INKED mural, but now, looking at the completed scape, I don't think the duo are street artists—they are more like street magicians.
Since its inception, skateboarding has always been the sport of choice for rebellious kids for one reason above all others: There are no rules. While sports like baseball and football have rigid structures that have barely changed over the years, skateboarding is constantly evolving into something different.
Future’s career in hip-hop is about as long as his history with ink. While getting his feet wet in the rap game during the mid-’OOs, the Atlanta native sharpened his lyrical tongue under the guidance of Dungeon Family members, including Goodie Mob’s Khujo, Big Rube, and his cousin Rico Wade.
WE’VE NEVER MADE SOMEONE AN INKED GIRL TWICE. And we wouldn’t have If there weren’t something about Ira Chernova. When we first shot the minx from Moscow In 2010, she was In a transitional phase. She planned to move from Russia to Amsterdam, all the while shooting photos with Intriguing narratives.
As season two of Spike TV's Ink Master kicks off October 9 with a two-hour premiere, we asked the new crop of contestants to identify themselves and their art through self-portraits. From these tattooists-culled down every Tuesday night-the supreme artist will be chosen during a live finale in December, earning $100,000, a spread in INKED magazine, and the title of Ink Master.
The bad boy of Hollywood-whose credits include Sons of Anarchy and Outlaw Empires-opens up about ink, the SOA gang, and being married to Peggy Bundy.
Producer, writer, director, and actor Kurt Sutter is the creator of FX's Sons of Anarchy, a series about the lives of a closeknit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in northern California. Sutter also produced The Shield, an Emmyand Golden Globe-winning series that ran for seven seasons.
Drawing from literary heavyweights like Edgar Allan Poe, the Grimm Brothers, and Dante, The Inked Magazine Music Tour headliner, Alesana, creates an awesomely dark experience.
FITTING IN WAS NEVER AN OPTION FOR ALESANA, and they’ve gained all the more fans for it. The self-proclaimed pop-metal band blends fierce growls and smooth vocals in a way that's not “hardcore," “screamo," “metalcore," or any of the other labels it's so popular to put on bands with a screaming vocalist.
Tattooers display their talent and creativity on fine art's highbrow canvases
CLIFTON W. CARTER JR.
With a mission to elevate arttattoo and fine-the back end of Clifton W. Carter Jr.'s Etsy page reads "cLIFToncARTer." He tattoos out of his private studio in San Francisco and Living Ghost Tattoo Parlour in Tempe, AZ, but paints in a much more spiritual realm.
With more than 30 years of tattooing under his belt, Fip Buchanan is one of the most experienced artists in southern California-an old-style tattooer with no boundaries whose repertoire ranges from Japanese to realistic to traditional pieces.
They may not be Batman and Robin, but Danielle Distefano and Matt Greenhalgh are still crusaders. They don't fight crime in the dark recesses of a city like Gotham, but they use their talents to create artistic communities. Upstarts Art Shows, showcasing up-and-coming tattooers' artwork, was one such endeavor created by Greenhalgh in New York in 2003.
You do some pretty insane pencil drawings. What’s the difference between those and your tattoos? Working on skin is quite different from working on paper. There are certain limitations with living tissue. Scale, for one. [On skin] I could not create at the same miniature scale and have any reasonable expectations of longevity.
NAME: Nikki Forte CONVENTION GIRL FOR Truth and Triumph, Dayton, OFI THE TRUTH AND TRIUMPH shopsthere are three of them—are awesome! Each one has character and is very comfortable to visit. The artists are truly artists in many forms; they are a highly talented group of guys who have really raised the bar for what people expect a tattooer to deliver.
Once a month we take time away from the office and the tattoo shops we normally hang in to rock out during a Live Nation show. Recently we caught an epic performance by Glassjaw at Irving Plaza in New York City. This month: The INKED Magazine Music Tour!
Our August cover girl and starlet of Jersey Shore, Jenni "JWOWW" Farley hosted the issue's release party at Kiss & Fly in New York City's Meatpacking district. The INKED crowd (including her boyfriend, Roger Matthews) quaffed Stoli, puffed Room 101 cigars, and Jersey Turnpiked to the sounds provided by DJ Nina Sky.
Tattooing out of one of north Jersey's most venerable shops, Russell Kelley creates bold but intricate designs with a sure hand and a contrast from light to dark ink. "Black ink makes the colors jump out, and the black outline should be thick enough to also show that contrast," he says.
Mike Moses creates clean-lined, fantastical art, and recently made the move from Richmond, VA, to New York City. "Manhattan is the same as Richmond-people in both cities take a lot of pride in what they do," he says. But he's come a long way. "As part of my apprenticeship I had to tattoo myself before I was allowed to work on anyone else.
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.
During the day he is Joe Maher, an art director for a premium financial magazine in Manhattan. Then, at night, he puts on his tattoo gloves and turns into Pepper. "I'm a thinker, and art is what I use for getting those thoughts out there," he says.
"I was into tattoo and graffiti-style art since I was in elementary school," Javier Valadez says. "Being a graffiti artist got me into the habit of writing and drawing on anything and everything. Tattooing intrigued me because it was permanent," he says of his artistic start.
Fed up with tattoo shop politics, artist Becka MacDonald opened her own spot in the ski resort of Fernie, British Columbia in 2009. "I was more concerned with keeping my artistic integrity and improving my skills than dealing with all that other drama," she says.
Jason Lambert and his brother Erin had been fascinated with tattooing since they were "snot-nosed punk kids." Erin began tattoo ing and then apprenticed Jason a few years later. Erin even gave Jason his first tattoo: "It was in a grungy punk house while some 400-pound skinhead stood over me yelling at my brother to `Put that shit in there!"
When Danny Derrick set out to be a road-dog tattooer, he learned from one of the best: Craig Beasley, who has toured with everyone from Fall Out Boy to Gym Class Heroes. "I apprenticed under Craig in Valdosta, Georgia,' Derrick says. "I moved there from California specifically to study tattooing with him."
After more than 10 years in the business, Kristel Oreto still looks up to lots of artists-Dee Dee Seruga, Jesse Smith, and Jime Litwalk among them-but has perfected a bubbly, feminine style all her own. Along with her husband, Joe Tattoo, she cares for her two "wild-ass" kids, considers herself a "proud, big and beautiful woman," and takes her art on the road, traveling to conventions all over the country.