We love love. It can make us feel euphoric and, at times, it can hurt just as much as a tattoo machine. But in honor of this month of heart-shaped boxes and red roses, we've decided to dive right past the dinner-and-movie courting phase and head straight to the sex—which can also cause pleasure and pain.
LEAVE KAT AND MAU5 ALONE Relationships are for two [people] alone, and not a jury of peers. I can only imagine that a "celeb couple" has nothing but advice and criticism thrown at them constantly, so a happy partnership can't be easily obtained by any means!
Name: Kleio Valentien Occupation: porn star Hometown: Austin, TX "My favorite tattoo is a black-and-gray floral piece that goes up my waist to the right side of my ribs. A good friend of mine, Ryan Dodson, who owns Freedom Machine Tattoo in Pflugerville, TX, had tattooed the left side of my head and my left calf.
Graffiti and tattoo artist Fuzi UVTPK is known for his "ignorant style," which graces the streets of Paris, galleries such as Le Salon, and now the rib cage of Scarlett Johansson. The starlet visited his art exhibition and walked away with a permanent souvenir.
Porn and Chicken is (what it sounds like and) the tastiest bar promotion in Chicago-you better bring your appetitie.
FIREFLY SWEET TEA VODKA
FIREFLY SWEET TEA VODKA
The preferred beverage to wash down fried chicken is sweet tea so saccharine it makes your teeth hurt. Firefly's vodka version is so sneaky good you forget it contains alcohol.
FIREFLY SWEET TEA VODKA
"I'm a whiskey girl; I love bourbon, more specifically" says Black. "I don't do mixed drinks behind the bar because I do so many shots of whiskey." A girl who takes her shot with a beer? That's our kind of gal.
FIREFLY SWEET TEA VODKA
The stout little bottles are reminiscent of Red Stripe, but the amazing brew on the inside makes that Jamaican beer taste like Rob Marley's bathwater. The sharpness really cuts through greasy fried chicken.
While Porn and Chicken may sound like a pathetic day at a frat house, it's not. Here's what you'll find outside Evil Olive, a tiny bar in Chicago's Ukrainian Village, on any given Monday night: girls writhing buck naked in cages or dancing on every elevated surface within reach, a leather-clad burlesque queen grinding sparks and breathing fire, more breasts bared per square inch than Bourbon Street, revelers with costumes and dance moves that defy physics, motorcycles revved out onto the dance floor, porn on every TV, and fried chicken in every hand.
"When people ask what I paint, I like to tell them, ’critters and curvas," says Miami native, Brooklyn-based artist Tatiana Suarez. In Spanish, curvas basically translates to a woman with curves, and Suarez's sexual, surreal creatures have plenty of them.
Play Centipede, Tempest, Asteroids, or your favorite coin-op game the way it was meant to be played with iCade ($100, ionaudio.com) for your iPad.
LifeStyles A:Muse Personal Pleasure Massager
The LifeStyles A:Muse Personal Pleasure Massager ($21 walgreens.com) was one of the first of its kind to hit drugstore shelves-for spontaneous fun.
The incomparable tattooer Eddy Deutsche made a limited run of 333 decks featuring this kimonoed terror for San Francisco-based grinders Krooked Skateboards ($50, your local skate shop)
Gama-Go Bite Me
The Gama-Go Bite Me bottle opener ($10, wonderlandla.net) works on bottles of beer or True Blood.
With candelabras on its post corners, the Medieval Bed ($2,800 for queen, rockstarfurniture.net) looks like something out of an MTV spin-off of Cribs called Lairs.
Las Vegas Lady A-2 Good Luck Pin-Up Jacket
Cockpit USA combines two great icons of the ’40s with their Las Vegas Lady A-2 Good Luck Pin-Up Jacket ($640, cockpitusa.com).
Belladonna Love Doll
The Belladonna Love Doll is an inflatable representation of the star sporting three of her tattoos along with her visage ($22, funlove.com).
For perhaps the one place on your body without ink, One Tantric Pleasures has a line of tattoo-inspired textured condoms ribbed in Maori and tribal patterns (12 for $12, onecondoms.com).
Phoebe Richardson's bone china mugs (4 for about $87, farfetch.com) form a skeleton when stacked.
Marshall Amp Fridge
For those about to snack out of this Marshall Amp Fridge ($300, marshallfridge. com), we salute you.
Play Centipede, Tempest, Asteroids, or your favorite coin-op game the way it was meant to be played with iCade ($100, ion audio.com) for your iPad. The LifeStyles A:Muse Personal Pleasure Massager ($21 walgreens.com) was one of the first of its kind to hit drugstore shelves-for spontaneous fun.
SUBJECT: Lawson Rhys Taylor SPOTTED: West Village, New York City WHERE HE GETS INKED: Everywhere, but his favorite piece is by Kiwi Damo, who was working on the Gold Coast in Australia at the time. Damo inked a portrait of Taylor's grandmother inside a rope chain, on his inner forearm.
The last time you saw Noah Hathaway was probably as Atreyu in The Neverending Story, but the ’811s child actor who left Hollywood on his own terms is about to make a comeback with the gritty crime thriller Sushi Girl. INKED: What was it that brought you back to film?
THE EVENS "WANTED CRIMINALS" Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye continues to craft innovative punk rock, and this tune is no exception. FIONAAPPLE "DULL TOOL" Fiona Apple's distinctive voice shines on this orchestral masterpiece. BAD BRAINS "INTO THE FUTURE" This progressive punk track shows these hardcore innovators still aren't done evolving.
A pro says there's no shame in maintaining the mankini region.
This tool ($45, braun.com) is made for the job: You can toggle between trimming and shaving, and the long, slim handle is designed for easy manipulation when working on hard-to-reach places.
NOXZEMA BIKINI SHAVER
Yes, these razors ($3, walgreens.com) are meant for a woman's bikini line, but until the male market catches up, they'll do. The head is smaller than a regular razor's, for nooks and crannies.
It's what this lubricant ($25, theartofshaving.com) doesn't have that makes it ideal for the boys. It's low on tingles and there's no scent, so you don't end up smelling like a potpourri dish.
BADGER BALM BABY OIL
After one (gentle) pass through shaving cream, redo the area using Badger Balm Baby Oil ($16, badgerbalm.com); its translucence allows you see what you are doing, for more intricate work.
After watching women maintain the pubic region for years, there for the grace of God go men. For those who want to attempt the close shave, heavy hitter and veteran manscaper Marcus London, of the adult films Masseuse 3, My Mother's Best Friend 6, and the impressive Spartacus MMXII, has some words of wisdom.
Residents of Simi Valley think it's a nicer place to play and work than its western neighbor, the San Fernando Valley (which has earned the nickname Porn Valley due to the number of adult films shot there). Danielle Oberosler and tattooists Hana Li Tek and Jack Mosher Fujisaki (formerly of Kat Von D's High Voltage Tattoo).
There are chick-magnet cars, and then there are vehicles that also offer a place to do something after you have a woman's attention.
Cars are sexy, and it's not hard to see why. They're tough on the outside, soft in the interior, they're curvy, and they purr. The problem is that the most attractive modes of transport are also inevitably uncomfortable when you finally arrive at Make Out Overlook.
The writer on HBO's cultural phenomenon is one of the real-life Girls.
Suzanne Weinstock Klein
Anyone who has watched Girls won't be surprised that Lesley Arfin is as funny, self-deprecating, and brutally honest as the show she helps write. Now beginning its second season, Girls, led by star and head writer Lena Dunham, follows four 20-something women in Brooklyn as they navigate the awkwardness of early adulthood.
Drawing from frontman Claudio Sanchez's sci-fi comic book series, the band jams planet rock.
Meredith B. Lindemon
With popular interest growing in the book-to-series fantasy genre (Game of Thrones, American Gods, Twilight), music has been no slouch. New York-based rock outfit Coheed and Cambria have been putting out concept music based on comic series for more than a decade, and fans anticipating their next installment have to wait no longer: The second part of The Afterman hits this month.
The Bellator Fighting Championships welterweight has a tattoo of a samurai and the heart of a warrior.
When he was 14, Ben Saunders worked at McDonald's for as many hours as child labor laws allowed. His slim paychecks—he says he made as little as $4.30 an hour—paid for lessons in Jeet Kune Do, the martial arts system founded by his idol, Bruce Lee.
IN ADULT VIDEOS, EMMA MAE IS STRIKINGLY BLDND AND TATTOOED, with few inhibitions and plenty of colorful, artful ink that pops off the screen. But at our New York City cover shoot, the enchanting star who walked into the studio was a shy brunette.
MOST MUSICIANS ONLY WORRY ABOUT PEOPLE STEALING THEIR MUSIC.LINKIN PARK'S CHESTER BENNINGTON IS ALSO CONCERNEO THAT PEOPLE WILL COPY HIS TATTOOS,
Chester Bennington's dad was pissed. His son had made a promise to wait until at least his 18th birthday before getting a tattoo—and here it was, not long after that day, that the younger Bennington strolled home with his first bit of ink, a Pisces on his left shoulder.
TAKE IT FROM THESE GORGEOUS STARS OF ADULT FILM: THE MORE SKIN ON DISPLAY, THE MORE TATTOOS THERE SHOULD BE.
ANDY SAN DIMAS
CADENCE ST. JOHN
Twitter: @andysandimas Accolades: AVN Best Actress 2011 and Xbiz Performer of the Year 2011 You may have also seen her in: Drive and Asking Alexandria's video for "To the Stage" Outlook on the business: "I find it very rewarding. I feel like people think our job is way easier than it really is, but it's very competitive.
EVER WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE IN THE SKIN BUSINESS?
MELISSA PETRO: SEX WORKER
TRAVIS HATFIELD: CONTESTANT ON OXYGEN'S LOVE GAMES: BAD GIRLS NEED LOVE TOO
NICK HAWK: GIGOLO
ZAK SABBATH AND MANDY MORBID: PORN STARS IN A RELATIONSHIP
HUNTER MOORE: SALACIOUS WEBSITE OWNER
I became a sex worker at 1 9 years old while living as a student abroad in Mexico. I started working as a stripper in a club called La Trampa—translated, "the tramp" or "the trap or snare." Earlier that same day, I had gotten my first tattoo.
Louie Vito has been one with the snow almost since birth. By age 3, this freestyle Olympic snowboarder was happily swooshing down the slopes on skis. But then came the fateful day he and his dad spotted some boarders on the slopes. Curious, they tried it out, and soon thereafter, a family of skiers became a family of snowboarders.
If anyone objects to the marriage of this couple, The Real L Word's Sara Bettencourt and Whitney Mixter ... well, read this before you speak.
INKED DOESN'T TYPICALLY PUBLISH EDITORIALS because we feel that everybody is entitled to his own view; our magazine's mission is to bring the community together, not to alienate anyone. However—and you probably knew there was a however coming—we do believe in civil rights.
AS THE OLD-SCHOOL TATTOOER OPENS UP A NEW SHOP, WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE LIFE AND WORK OF ONE OF AMERICA'S GREATEST TRADITIONAL INKERS.
"I LIKE FOLLOWING THE RULES-NOT IN MOST OUTLETS IN LIFEBUT WHEN IT COMES TO TATTOOS I DO." RICHARD STELL When I started out vue had never heard the term 'American Traditional,'" says legendary artist Richard Stell. "That's just what a tattoo was."
Tattoo artist Roxx is comfortable in her own skin. The owner of 2Spirit Tattoo has unabashedly loved blackwork—stylized line and dot-work tattoos done only with black ink—for more than 20 years. She's covered in the style, and proudly specializes in it.
What tattoo artists have influenced your style the most? Johnny Head, Guy Aitchison, Dean Cook, Tom Renshaw, Nikko, DeVries, Roman ... all of these artists really represent the next level of tattooing, and it became a personal goal to get to that point.
NAME: Stefania Cetta SHOP GIRL AT: Wyld Chyld Tattoo, Queens, NY OUR SHOP IN WHITESTONE [NY] IS the most chill environment ever. We're constantly laughing and just having a blast. Not a day goes by that someone isn't in tears from laughter. It's a comfortable place to work, and definitely the most comfortable place I've ever been tattooed.
What's the largest event in the U.S. dedicated to sex? No, not a party at the Playboy Mansion: Exxxotica. The festival of flesh brought out adult stars such as Teagan Presley, Charmaine Glock, Joanna Angel, and a cadre of Burning Angels who showed off their ink to adoring fans.
Assassin's Creed III and Rock the Vote teamed up for a traveling gallery featuring Ariel Erestingcol, Artek, DualForces, Mark Dean Veca, Racecar 13, Dora Drimalas, Thank You X, and Brian Flynn. At the New York City launch were tattoo TV stars Chris Torres and James Vaughn.
Taler Nichols curated the "Girls, Girls, Girls" showcase-art of women by kick-ass women-at The Pretty Pretty Collective in San Francisco. Every pretty thing from mermaids to Blondie was displayed on the wall, and, well, a few pinups walked in on the arms of visitors.
"As a child I was obsessed with my best friend's grandfather because he was the only person I knew who had tattoos," Jes Irwin says. "I eventually began playing tattoo parlor around the age of 8, where I would scrape my friends with an engraving pen and then draw on them with markers."