There’s a reason people equate athletic contests to war. In essence, they have the same impetus: Our tough guys are better than your tough guys. Fandom activates the same part of our reptilian brains as patriotism. In this, our sports issue, we celebrate the warriors of our tattoo community.
WALKING (FREE) IN MEMPHIS You are the most awesome magazine for featuring Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three [Q&A, October 2012]! Everyone should know his story and what he went through to gain back his freedom, which was wrongly taken from him.
Name: Eboné Simone Johnson Occupation: Professional dancer, choreographer, and actress Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL My favorite tattoo is my Prince “Purple Rain" mural on the inside of my left arm. I got it done by my good friend Chantal Smith at a shop in Harlem called Uptown Tattoos.
When Lady Gaga invited press, industry, and A-listers to the launch of her fragrance Fame, many expected a show—and they got one. Mark Mahoney was enlisted to tattoo an angel on the back of the pop star’s head as fans watched. “It’s kind of a Renaissance-era cherub, a nod to her Italian heritage," Mahoney says.
Narragansett was brewed in Rhode Island from 1890 to 1981, and was revived in 2005, to the delight of New Englanders. The Narragansett Brewing Company even brought back the '70s cans that Quint drank in Jaws.
OLD STYLE LAGER
The G. Heileman Brewing Company put out many Midwest staples, but none more revered than Old Style. The official beer of the Chicago Cubs and drinkers in the Windy Apple is now produced by the Pabst Brewing Company.
Yuengling sounds Asian, but it’s the Anglicized version of Jüngling, the founder’s last name. It’s also the oldest operating brewery in the U.S; Yuengling has made Philadelphia's favorite drink in Pottstown, PA, since 1829.
One of the questions many Americans ask themselves when choosing a presidential candidate to give their vote to is, “Would I drink a beer with him?” While the desire to have a drink with a guy doesn't have much to do with the issues of war, taxes, health care, and marriage for all, it does help determine whether he is relatable and shares your point of view.
Marc Johns’s watercolors are simple yet incredibly creative.
If you don't have a sense of humor, then you’re not going to get Marc Johns. Armed with pens and a watercolor palette, the Canadian artist creates characters and everyday items with wit and hilarity. A polka dot elephant serving pie, an ice cream cone on roller skates, men in multicolored tracksuits, a beetle wearing a scarf, a unicorn horn protruding out of a cassette tape—these are just a few of the wacky images Johns draws.
SUBJECT: Ryan Dragan SPOTTED: Meatpacking District, New York City WHERE HE GETS INKED: Juan Garcia at Wizards World of Tattoos Four, in Mt. Penn, PA, did two of Dragan's favorite tattoos—the badass flamingo on his chest and Elvis Presley's Taking Care of Business logo on his rib cage.
James Bond, a.k.a. 007, is back, in the 23rd adventure of one of the longest-running film franchises of all time. This go-round, the stakes are higher than high as M (Dame Judi Dench) is threatened by something from her past, and (the blond) Bond’s loyalty is put to the ultimate test. All of MI6 comes under attack, and it’s of course up to Bond to track down the villain and save the day. This time around, the bad guy is Raoul Silva, played by the always creepy and intimidating Javier Bardem. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead) directs.
LIFE OF PI
Based on the novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi is the coming-of-age story about the son of a zookeeper who survives a shipwreck and finds himself on a lifeboat somewhere in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, accompanied by a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a tiger by the name of Richard Parker. It becomes a fight for survival for the boy and his strange— and not all friendly—shipmates, but he ultimately forms an unlikely bond with the tiger. Director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) is behind the lens for this visually stunning fantasy flick. —G.M.
Two-time Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis stars in this riveting biopic about a vampire-slaughtering Abraham Lincoln—oh, wait, wrong movie. This is the real true-life story about the beloved 16th president. Directed by Steven Spielberg, it has an amazing cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, James Spader, and Tommy Lee Jones. Day-Lewis is one of the best actors alive, so his portrayal will be spectacular and surely earn him an Oscar nom, or maybe even a third-time win. Spoiler alert: The climactic ending takes place in a theater. —G.M.
Shawn Barber’s Memoir
The hand protruding from Shawn Barber’s Memoir: The Tattooed Portrait Series brings to mind M.C. Escher’s lithograph of hands drawing hands. Barber provides 256 pages of art but none more interesting than the hands of tattoo artists such as Don Ed Hardy and Paul Booth. With this exercise, Barber’s own hands become a mitt capturing the idea that an artist’s most important tool might not be his eyes. —R.M.
This quasi-prequel to Alien may not have met all expectations set by the hard-core fans, but it received a healthy 73 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and that ain't too shabby—especially for an R-rated sci-fi flick. Script problems aside, the cinematography is jaw-dropping; it has amazing production value, sets, and art direction; and Michael Fassbender rocks as the droid David. It raises more questions than it answers, but it’s awesome to have Ridley Scott back in the Alienverse, and we’ll gladly take a sequel. It’s equally breathtaking on Blu-ray. —G.M.
PLATFORM: XBOX 360 At the end of Halo 3, Master Chief and his AI sidekick Cortana drifted into deep space as the humans celebrated Earth’s liberation from the clutches of the Covenant invaders. In Halo 4, he doesn't even have time for a cup of coffee coming out of cryo-sleep before a rogue Covenant force sends his derelict ship careening toward an unknown planet. The new world’s greeting party? A hostile ancient alien race known as the Forerunners. Blasting your way through the opening act of a new trilogy is worth the price of reenlistment, but the real star of Halo 4 is the impressive multiplayer suite. New developer 343 Industries created Spartan Ops mode, an episodic cooperative series that follows the missions of a space marine brigade sailing through uncharted territory. If you prefer competitive multiplayer, the robust offering features a modified scoring system, custom load-outs, and a tool set for crafting your own maps. Play If You Like: Avatar, Starship Troopers, Red vs. Blue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles
ASSASSIN’S CREED III
PLATFORM: WII U, XBOX 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PC Assassin’s Creed III trades the Renaissance Europe backdrop of past titles for the tumultuous shores of the New World. As the Revolutionary War rages, new protagonist Connor Kenway continues the shadow war between Assassins and Templars, targeting both British and militiamen. Whereas the cosmopolitan assassin Ezio preferred the city, Connor feels comfortable in the wild, scaling cliffs and hunting animals. This half-Native, half-European assassin is equally adept wielding a tomahawk as he is commanding a warship on the high seas. The colonial action is thrilling, but your job isn't done until you stop the oncoming 2012 apocalypse as series-spanning modern-day hero Desmond. Play If You Like: Master and Commander, 1776 by David McCullough, John Adams —M.B.
CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS II
PLATFORM: WII U, XBOX 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PC If Michael Bay has a rival in creating over-the-top blockbuster action sequences, it’s Call of Duty. This billion-dollar franchise kicks out jaw-dropping set pieces like Jay-Z drops hits. Now, Black Ops II takes the explosive battles to the next absurd level by introducing futuristic warfare. With remotecontrolled drones, STOVL jets, and sniper rifle scopes that can see through walls, you won’t have any trouble repelling another attack on American soil and hunting down the narco-terrorist responsible for it. After you’ve saved the day, turn your vengeance toward the legions of dedicated fans who call Black Ops multiplayer home in fast-paced frag fests, or aim for the undead in Zombie mode. Play If You Like: Act of Valor, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, 24 —M.B.
BLACK AND GRAY AND SPREAD ALL OVER “Chicano black-and-gray tattoo is similar to blues music, a beautiful art form born from a marginalized segment of our society,” says Tattoo Nation director Eric Schwartz. “The story of the birth of this unique American art form should be told by those who lived it.”
TRAVIS BARKER AND YELAWOLF “PUSH EM” For their first trick, off their collaborative EP Psycho White, the duo put out an adrenaline banger. ATOMS FOR PEACE “DEFAULT” Thom Yorke’s latest endeavor is sweetly hypnotic, with a satisfying melody lurking.
What jet lag? A good eye cream will help K.O. bags and puffiness. This handy stick version ($25, anthony.com) is spill-proof, and you don’t have to worry about declaring It in security.
Smell (and feel) fresh during a long flight or drive with these easy-to-use wipes ($9.50 for 8, groominglounge.com). Or use them when a shower’s not available upon arrival.
Add a razor to this all-in-one ($50, 3floz.com) and you’ll have everything you need pre-and post-shave. It comes in a TSA-approved bag that you can stash other shit in too.
MEN + CARE DEEP CLEAN BODY AND FACE BAR
Save the minuscule hotel soaps for hands and use this bar ($5 for 2, drugstores) to scrub the grime of long travels off your face and body.
Traveling can throw a proverbial wrench into the well-oiled routine of even the most qualified product pro. There are three major mistakes that foil men during their travels. First, under-packing. “Men think that traveling light means leaving their skin products at home.
There is no better place to experience autumn than New England, and the eastern tip of Massachusetts is the spot to do it.
With a landmass appropriately shaped like a sea creature, the curvy peninsula that is Cape Cod offers visitors an eclectic network of seaside communities and maritime culture. The distinctive landscape and vibrant attractions fuel the fire behind tattooer Russell Townsend’s needle as he carves his path through the Cape one canvas at a time.
Life’s a journey-what better way to enjoy the ride than muddy, airborne, and screaming?
MOUNTAIN HORSE SNOW BIKE FIT KIT
The first love of most off-road enthusiasts has to be the dirt bike. It's cheap, easy to soup up, and, sadly, useless once it gets frosty outside. Thankfully, doughnuts and dirt ramps are no longer limited to the warmer months of the year thanks to the folks at Timbersled. Their Mountain Horse Fit Kit gives anyone with the ability to change a tire the opportunity to turn their stump jumper into a snow bike. The kit can be installed in as little as two hours and comes in three designs, Short Track, Long Track, and Snow Cross. Consider it a cheaper and more agile alternative to a snowmobile.
2013 KAWASAKI MULE
The name says it all. This beast of burden is meant to haul and is far less stubborn than its namesake. With all the guts and agility of an ATV, this utility vehicle is compact, tough as nails, and perfect for schlepping tools, hunting, camping, or just clearing a trail. The Mule’s one-cylinder four-stroke engine can tow a mean 1,100 pounds, the body is loaded with cargo space, and it’s a blank canvas as far as custom accessories are concerned. This little monster can brave a trail where few can, and it still fits in the bed of your pickup.
It’s almost 2013 and we have no hover cars, no three-course meals in pill form, and no condos on Mars. We’d feel a little bit ripped off if it weren't for the jetpack on the horizon. The Jetlev R200 weighs a mere 30 pounds but is capable of lifting 300 pounds up to 30 feet in the air using high-pressure water jets. The pack is powered by a 200-horsepower motor housed in a watercraft that is connected to the pack by a 33-foot hose. The attached watercraft can house enough fuel to launch the jetpack 80 miles at up to 25 mph.
2013 RYNO ELECTRIC UNICYCLE
The Ryno-Cycle is what would happen if a Segway got bit by a radioactive motorcycle. Looking like a bike from the front and an optical illusion from the side, the Ryno is eco-friendly urban transportation that’s as tough as it is practical. Despite its solid frame and beefy tire, the cycle weighs in at a featherweight 125 pounds, making it easy to maneuver onto elevators and trains. Since it has a top speed of 25 mph and the ability to bob and weave around anything a cityscape can throw its way, we might be seeing a few less businessmen riding Razor Scooters to work.
There are two different sides to rising pop star Emii. The sexy singer behind “Stilettos” and “Mr. Romeo” (recorded with the recently rechristened Snoop Lion) certainly knows how to work her goddess mojo, but at heart she’s a geek who feels at home discussing X-Men, having “nerdgasms” at Comic-Con, and quoting Star Wars.
Thirty years into his career as frontman for New York hardcore icons Agnostic Front, Cuban-born Roger Miret is living what he calls his “eternal retirement." He figures someday maybe he’ll have a job. Miret still possesses the passion for heavy music and sociopolitical lyrics that he did back in the day—as evidenced by the group’s last album, My Life My Way, which was their 10th studio release.
It’s possible that the only people who travel more than Phish fans are women’s basketball players. And if you are a 6’ 1” basketball player like Seimone Augustus, you pray for the legroom of the emergency exit row. Frequent flyer miles aren’t the only thing Augustus has been collecting; she’s racked up championships galore throughout her journey.
WHAT'S DRUMMER TRAVIS BARKER'S BEAUTY? HIS ABILITY TO VACILLATE BETWEEN GENRES. CASE IN POINT: HIS NEW EP, PSYCHO WHITE, WITH RAPPER YELAWOLF. AND HIS INK.
TRAVIS BARKER’S SPIRIT ANIMAL MUST BE A CHAMELEON. His extensively tattooed skin demands to be noticed, just like the lizard—but, like a chameleon, the drummer has also found a way to fit into almost any musical situation, as a chameleon is wont to do.
CHRISTMAS CAME ONE MONTH EARLY TO INKED in the form of Christmas Abbott, whose body has been perfected thanks to tattoos and CrossFit, the increasingly popular fitness training program. “My mother named me Christmas because I was born so close to the holiday,” she says.
Maria Edible says that competitive eating is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.
I'm arranging a meet-up with competitive eater Maria Edible when she e-mails me: Craving wings and beer. I start to perspire. I skip lunch to make room for pounds of flesh; I pack my pencil, pad, and Mylanta; I call my mother and tell her I love her.
The Dirty Ghetto Kid talks skating, hip-hop, and hip-hoppers who skate.
“Professional skater” sounds as if it would be a pretty easy job: You get to travel all over the place and get paid to skate. Not so fast. At its core, being a great pro skater isn’t just one job; it’s really more like four jobs wrapped into one. Few people have ever understood this part of it greater than Stevie Williams.
A GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK ONE DENISEMINA LEONARDOMANCO ANDREAMUTTI STIEG LARSSON'S After setting the world ablaze in fiction and film form, Lisbeth Salander gets the graphic novel treatment from DC Entertainment. On November 7, DC/Vertigo begins to roll out Stieg Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy," starting with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Vol.
Horitoshi I is one of the most revered masters of Japanese tattooing, employing the traditional tebori technique to create exquisite, large-scale pieces that conform perfectly to the body. Originally from Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan, Horitoshi came to Tokyo as a teenager and was immediately surrounded by people with tattoos.
“No nicknames. No outrageous claims. No bullshit.” That’s the motto of Hell Bomb Tattoo in Wichita, KS, a tattoo shop named after a piece of Sailor Jerry flash. With paintings and flash prints on brick-faced walls, simple sable floors, and exposed stations, the shop isn't showy—and neither are the tattooers.
Do you consider yourself a tattooer or an artist? I call myself a professional collaborator. I help people with their ideas, and share mine through my art. What are your artistic influences? I'm really Inspired by Audubon, Dürer, Yoshitoshi, Hokusai.
NAME: Vikki Martinez SHOP GIRL AT: Club Tattoo Las Vegas AS A $2 MILLION STUDIO, we are one of a kind in the world. The artistic talent in the shop is second to none, but we treat the entire business as a lifestyle experience— the ridiculous amount of awesome, highend jewelry we carry is impressive.
“I left my train line in the suburbs of Paris so that I could present my art to the world, without compromise," Fuzi said of his first-ever trip to the U.S. Citizens of Humanity brought the French graffiti writer and tattoo artist to The Hole Shop in New York, where he inked art fans.
Roxy (lower right) hit it big in Vegas—$2,500 and an Inked Girls shoot— at Tao Beach during the Tattoo Beach model search. Sabina Kelley hosted the Inked/Las Vegas Tao Beach/Suicide Girls/Sailor Jerry event. Roxy’s spread can be enjoyed in the new issue of Inked Girls—and check out the audience's favorite, Brittany Smith, to the right.
The Manheim, PA, metalcore act August Burns Red rocked the House of Blues Anaheim on a warm September weekend. The boys showed off their guitar skills and their ink, while the crowd pulsed along, flashing their “metalcore hands"—and their tattoos.
We teamed up with Mishka on a T-shirt, and to celebrate the combined creative effort we threw a little party at their store in Brooklyn with Sailor Jerry Rum. In reference to the gnarly scene on the tee, Mishka’s invite read: “If you don't want that image staring out at the world from a prime position on your chest, I don't think we can be friends anymore."
For Jen Clinch Guertin, nature and nurture are one. Although being a mom and tattoo artist can be demanding, she dominates both jobs with admirable ease. “I just do my thing and that's it," she says. When asked what advice she would give tattooers looking to improve their portrait skills, she replies: “Aaah ...