I'm declaring 2013 the Year of the Tattoo. We are in the midst of a tattoo art renaissance. The tattooed are no longer a minority—there are more people with ink in the United States than there are natural blondes. And it's 2013. Has any community embraced the number 13 more than ours?
Our friend Tatiana Suarez, a Few and Far member and soon-to-be featured in View artist, stopped by to check out our wall and got mad at the turtle. [Editor's note: In October, we reported that an INKED mural by artists Aman dalynn and Lady Mags had been painted over with an image of a turtle within days of its completion.] So she painted over him with one of her sexy ladies!
Name: Kate Whitedeath Occupation: nursing student Hometown: Pompton Plains, NJ "The great white shark is most definitely my spirit animal, so my favorite tattoo is my workin-progress shark sleeve by Christian Masot at Silk City Tattoo in Hawthorne, NJ.
December 18, the second Ink Master will be crowned on Spike TV during a live finale. Starting at 11 p.m., the finalists-minus the contestant who will have racked up the fewest spike.com votes on the elimination tattoos-will be tattooing for $100,000, a feature in INKED, and the title of Ink Master, chosen by Oliver Peck, Dave Navarro, and Chris Nunez.
When Jack Frost nips at your nose, dull the pain with a nice hot drink.
HOT BANANA SPLIT
HOT APPLE JERRY
FIREBALL CARAMEL TODDY
When I am running around in the cold, I picture two mirages: One is a warm bar, and the other is a Saint Bernard with a barrel of brandy around his neck. With winter breathing down our necks, our senses tend to dull a bit. Our fingers are numb, our sinuses are clogged, everything's the same drab color, and the barking dog rendition of "Jingle Bells" has been playing around the clock.
James Hance takes your favorite characters and recasts them in clever roles
The moment one takes art too seriously is the moment you should jam one's eye with a spork. Take, for instance, the work of James Hance. From the first glance you will notice his deft hand and artistic eye that creates quality art art. But then look again.
Kiehl's appointed Kenny Scharf to remix the pack-aging of the Crème de Corps line. The company is also offering his limited edition Squirt toy ($50, kiehls.com), with pro-ceeds of the entire line going to RxArt.
Swatch now offers five tattoo-inspired watches ($80 each, swatch.com). Three, including the Waved Koi and the Fired Snakewere, were de-signed by French tattoo artist Tin-Tin.
Bavaria Pint Glasses
You know Badcock makes cool T-shirts, but did you know they also sell these badass Bavaria Pint Glasses ($35 for two, badcockapparel.com)?
Set the eight nights on FI-ERE! with this Jim Morrison menorah ($50, lennymud.etsy.com).
Blik's wall tiles are so easy to put up that our interns could do it. Be tween scouring for the best tattoos on the planet and serving the staff Jägermeister shots, they covered our office walls with the Pick Your Poison design ($45 for two 21 -by-41 -inch sheets, whatisblik.com).
SUBJECT: Matthew Ortega SPOTTED: Chelsea, NYC WHERE HE GETS INKED: Ortega's good friend Kyle Sajban at Red Rocket Tattoo in Manhattan does his tattoos, including the dancing couple on his forearm that was inspired by his parents. "My mother and father like to pick up new hobbies just to keep busy.
Peter Jackson finally returns to Middle Earth and brings us the long-awaited adaptation of the beloved novel that started it all. Taking place many years before the events in The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit follows Bilbo Baggins when he's contracted by a group of dwarves to aid them in reclaim-ing their treasure and home from the dragon Smaug. Don't expect to see the Battle of Five Armies just yet. This has been fleshed out into another tril-ogy, so we have two more "precious" films to geek out about and wait for after this. Gil Macias
ZERO DARK THIRTY
The first female ever to win the Academy Award for best director, Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Strange Days), returns with Zero Dark Thirty, which chronicles the decade-long hunt for America's most wanted Al-Oaeda terrorist, Osama Bin Laden, and spans from the 9/11 attacks to his May 2011 death at the hands of Navy SEAL Team 6. Bigelow has proven she has the chops to deliver intense military action, and she once again pairs with The Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal, so this is certainly a flick to check out. G.M.
THE LAST STAND
Even though Arnie appeared in both of The Expendables flicks, this marks his first lead role since stepping down as Governator. The plot follows his Sher-iff Ray Owens, who moved out of Los Angeles and relocated to the sleepy and almost crime-free town of Som-merton Junction. Owens's peaceful existence is interrupted when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the most wanted drug kingpin, escapes from an FBI prisoner convoy, nabs a hostage, and races for the U.S-Mexico bor-der. What's in his path? Sommerton Junction. Forest Whitaker and Johnny Knoxville also costar. -G.M.
STRANGER THAN NONFICTION
Nick Tosches unleashes his inner Bukowski in Me and the Devil, which follows a man who has a taste for perfectly aged cheese and the blood of young women on a maddening descent. This one has it all: hard drugs, depression, graphically violent sex, even dead monkeys. It's a reminder of what sex-fueled fiction is supposed to read like.
Quentin Tarantino is unleashing the badass-looking Django Unchained on us this Christmas, but this eightfilm retrospective on Blu-ray arrives just in time to stuff those stockings. The chosen flicks include: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, and True Romance (which was directed by Tony Scott and written by Tarantino). Pussy Wagon not included. -G.M.
DMC: DEVIL MAY CRY
When you live in a city haunted by demons that could strike at any time, it helps to have supernatural combat prowess. The guns and sword don't hurt either. He may look like a graduate of the Chris Angel School of Emo Fashion, but Dante is an unrivaled composer of brutal death. When the demons come calling, the neo-gothic architecture rips apart to create gaping holes in the city. This is your signal to start the ultraviolent ballet. The fast and furious combat makes Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon look like patty-cake, as Dante juggles enemies in midair with blade swipes and darts fiercely from enemy to enemy. A style meter judges your performance during these skirmishes, but with so many deadly skills at your disposal it's hard to look bad. Play If You Like: God of War, The Crow, Bayonetta
FAR CRY 3
Far Cry 3 returns the series to the picturesque beaches and jungles of island life, but this trip is no vacation. When pirates kidnap everyman Jason Brody's friends, he must transform from tourist to survivalist and confront the ultraviolent inhabit ants. This open world sandbox allows you to approach missions as you see fit, and the island's flora and fauna can be harvested to create new tools that help you deal with the bloodthirsty natives. As you learn new survival and combat skills and delve deeper into the madness of the island, your progress is chronicled by new tattoos on your body. If you survive the psychological trip of being the hunted during the campaign, turn into a deranged hunter in the standalone coop erative and competitive team-based multiplayer modes. Play If You Like: Crysis, The Beach, Red Dead Redemption -M.B.
THE WALKING DEAD
Most zombie games indulge in giving you a vari ety of weapons to gleefully decapitate, disem bowel, or dismember your undead foes. While you take the occasional baseball bat to the fore head of a neighbor turned flesh muncher in The Walking Dead, your real challenge is navigating through the fragile alliances formed between bands of skeptical survivors. As a convicted felon who assumes custody of an abandoned young girl named Clementine, the choices you make in dealing with other survivors carry extra weight. Whether you take in new strangers with open arms, banish a fellow survivor, or act uni laterally to prevent a zombie outbreak within the group, the game keeps track of your choices and uses them to direct the rest of the story. Play If You Like: AM C's The Walking Dead, World War Z, 28 Weeks Later -M.B.
Some musicians bitch about touring, but what more do they have to do than play a two-hour set and then get some strange? The real road warriors are the crew who set up, manage, manipulate, and tear down entire cities of sound, all in less than a weekend.
TEGAN AND SARA "Closer" Dance-pop doesn't have to be substancefree; "Closer" will make you think as much as it makes you move. BAD BOOKS "The After Party" The latest collaboration from Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra sees them stretching out into uncharted sonic depths.
There's more than one way to wear your favorite color.
TOM FORD NOIR
The designer's latest ($90 for 1.7 oz, department stores) starts out fresh and powdery, then hits you with black pepper, nutmeg, and amber-a good option if you like clean-smelling fragrances.
From the brand famous for its cowboy hats, this iteration ($12 for .75 oz, drugstores] channels a western vibe by adding notes of leather and suede to the original woodsy, spicy blend.
Make this fragrance ($43 for 1.3 oz, ralphlauren. com] your everyday go-to. Mango and sage balance out more aggressive sandalwood and patchouli, keeping it mellow, not overpowering.
CALVIN KLEIN ENCOUNTER
Using notes of spices and woods dropped into rum and cognac, this spritz [$58 for 1.7 oz, encountercalvinklein.com] is intoxicating to the fairer sex. See for yourself.
Your cologne is one of those things that mustemphasis on the must-evolve with age. Nearly anything that comes from a drugstore (you know, in the aisle you can smell before you see) should be retired once you hit legal drinking age, as should anything that smells remotely like your crotchety uncle.
Beyond claiming some of the best mountains in the world (showcased at the 1988 Winter Olympics], Calgary is also home to the unique needle stylings of Douglas Fink, owner of Bushido Tattoo (218 17 Ave. SE], When he's not providing one-of-a-kind work, for which he is often booked up to a year in advance, Fink is usually working on his motorcycle, training in his dojo, or woodworking a new piece of furniture.
For those who aren't content to keep all four to the floor and the needle at 55, it's time to go back to school.
Whether you do it or not, you know you're supposed to keep your hands at 10 and 2, use parking lights when backing into a space, and not send emoticons while driving. But what about off-roading, banked racing, or Vin Dieseling? You are about to get schooled.
She's the best thing to have walked into the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop since the 2001 Super Bowl ring.
Not many girls would have the guts to answer a vague Craigslist job listing for a pawnshop employee, let alone go through with the interview when there's an unexpected camera crew at the ready. Of course, Olivia Black, the newest member of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop—and, naturally, History Channel's Pawn Starsis not your average girl.
The only person who can cover the 76ers' big man is his tattoo artist.
The "G.H.O.S.T." tattoo circling Dorell Wright's left shoulder is one of his most recognizable pieces. "I know that pops out because I see that one on the video games," says the 76ers forward. And "ghost" seems an appropriate emblem of Wright's game.
When Alejandro Ingelmo walks into his Soho studio wearing jeans and a semitransparent white T-shirt—offering a view of the ink covering his chest, arm, and back—he looks more like a musician who rocks fashion-forward sneakers than a fourth-generation cobbler who creates them.
There's a new power couple in the inked community:tattoo artist Kat Von D and DJ and producer Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman). Kat Von Deadmau5's relationship is one of talent, art, and, of course, ink. He said, she said,I love you.
"It is kind of corny, but we met online," says Joel Zimmerman (better known as Deadmau5) of his girlfriend, Kat Von D. He knew about the artist's work, and after seeing one of her tweets, he inquired about getting a tattoo. It wasn't online dating per se, but the couple certainly made an internet connection before meeting.
IN PICTURES EMILY SHEPHARD LOOKS TO BE A BUBBLY blonde, but she describes herself more like the dark-haired, jaded character Emily the Strange. "I'm a strange person," she says. "I wasn't a rocker chick. I was kind of a nerd. I didn't have porn under my bed—I had tattoo magazines.
CIRCA SURVIVE'S MUSIC IS NOT INTENED FOR THE RADIO. THEIR IDEA IS THAT IF THEY BUILD AN ARTFUL SOUND, THE FANS WILL COME.
SINCE THE ADVENT OF ROCK MUSIC MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY AGO, there's always been a divide between "artists" and "musicians." And while there have been plenty of people who embody both of these titles, today's increasingly commodified music world often seems to put more emphasis on branding than on breakthroughs.
The hottest rapper on the block talks about collaborating with his heroes on rhymes and with legendary tattoo artists on designs.
Not many artists can say they've had a number one album, let alone a number one debut album, without the support of a major label. But Mac Miller can. Last year, Miller, who looks more like the pot smoker next door than a chart-topping MC, destroyed all the competition with Blue Side Park.
ABANDONED BY SOCIETY, WAYWARD CANINES AND CRIMINALS ARE GIVEN ANOTHER CHANCE AT VILLALOBOS RESCUE CENTER, FEATURED ON ANIMAL PLANET'S PIT BULLS & PAROLEES. MEET TANIA TORRES AND MARIAH HARMONY, TWO YOUNG LADIES WHO WORK AT THE CENTER AND ARE STRONG ENOUGH TO TAKE ON THE DEMONS OF DAMAGED CASES AND REHABILITATE THEM TOGETHER.
People look at you and sneer, they avert their eyes, they cross the street—being a pit bull or a tattooed person on a public sidewalk is not all that different. The incarcerated are stigmatized in much the same way as those who are inked and the dog breed America fears most.
At Hyperspace Studios, a private atelier in southern Illinois, Guy Aitchison and Michele Wortman receive collectors from around the world who want to be tattooed by two of the industry's pioneers of contemporary tattoo styles. After more than two decades of work, Aitchison continues to innovate and expand the artistic vocabulary of the biomechanical and bioorganic tattoo genre, while Wortman takes a feminine approach with painterly floral-form body sets.
Lori Leven is not afraid to make waves for the sake of art. Though tattooing was illegal in New York City in 1996, that didn't stop Leven from opening NY Adorned. Away from prying eyes, tattooers would sling ink behind concealed partitions while a jewelry shop (which would offshoot into a boutique named Love, Adorned in 2010) resided in the front.
You've graffitied in Paris for decades, but just took your first trip to the States. What was your impression of New York? Energetic, powerful, creative—I felt like I had met a long-lost friend. And you were here tattooing at The Hole. Citizens of Humanity organized my tattoo event at The Hole shop.
I CAME TO SACRED DIAMOND for my first tattoo. I looked everywhere for the perfect place. It was hard to get in right away, since most of the artists are booked at least a few months out, so I waited. I got a beautiful cherry blossom tree on my side.
The Inked Magazine Music Tour with Live Nation rocked off at New York City's Irving Plaza. Along with headliner Alesana, the sick sounds were provided by In Fear and Faith, Vampires Everywhere!, and Glamour of the Kill. The only better lineup in the city belonged to the New York Yankeesexcept we played through October.
Before Jay-Z lit up the newly opened Brooklyn, NY's Barclays Center in October, Spike's Ink Master offered up free ink. Charlie Rose (left) wel comed the borough's faithful and escorted them over to Lab and Andy B. from Sacred Tattoo, who tattooed Brooklyn Nets flash on their skin.
Matt Ahn embraces the universal nature of art. "My art is a reflection of all the styles I study and am influenced by, translated in my own way," he says. "All art is connected somehow." Although Ahn finds himself drawn to Asian art, he believes in a well-rounded approach.