The nature of society is to have every person conform: Keep your position, stay within the lines. There's a whole lot of good in that, but there are also instances when the iconoclasts need to break away. Recently, I was stagnant in traffic, going nowhere like the rest of the hordes between the yellow lines, when a guy on a motorcycle buzzed right by, making his own path, getting ahead.
ON CHESTER'S MOLESTER I had never really thought that copying someone else's tattoo is stealing until I read "Crawling in My Skin" [the February 2013 story that referenced one of Chester Bennington's fans who copies all of his tattoos]. Sometimes I see tattoos in INKED and I think that it would be something that I would like to get down the road.
NAME: Jackie Alvo OCCUPATION: apparel designer at Blank NYC HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY, via Long Island "My favorite tattoo is the cherry blossoms and birds on my left arm that was done by Dylan Schreifels at Timmy Tattoo in Huntington, NY," says Jackie, who rides a Honda CB 125.
"If it wasn't for my grandparents I wouldn't b where I'm at 2day!" tweeted Los Angeles Dodger All-Star Matt Kemp after finishing up an inked tribute to the couple by artist Jun Cha. A few years ago, Kemp's grandmother remarked to Sports Illustrated, "I tell him, 'You've got this beautiful body, and you mar it all up.'" But even she has to admit that this is an amazing piece.
Vodka isn't supposed to be distinctive; it's a lot like bottled water in that each brand has a different taste, but the difference is terribly subtle. For that reason, we use it to punch up mixers and hardly ever drink the stuff straight. Do you like grapefruit juice?
Bryn Perrott has carved a place for herself in the art world.
A self-professed "counter girl" at Wild Zero Studios in Morgantown, WV, Bryn Perrott is more than just a floor sweeper and appointment taker. She's also woodcutter extraordinaire to the tattoo world, creating commissioned pieces for everyone from Doug Hardy of Tattoo City to Tim Beck of Freedom Ink to Thomas Kenney of Classic Electric Tattoo.
To update the 60-year-old fiberglass cap designed by Bell founder Roy Richter, the com pany added modern tech and a funky design to their Good Times Custom 500 helmet ($100-$140, bellhelmets.com).
Before now, novelty ice cubes came in either goofy or bachelorette party phallic shapes. Enter the Ice Skull cube ($12,gama-go.com).
Iron and Resin played off the Oakland Raiders logo with a motorcycle jockey as the pirate and surfboards in lieu of crossbones on this Riders T-shirt ($36, iron andresin.com).
Two Steps From Hell Hot Date vinyl toy
Music production company Two Steps from Hellcommissioned South African artist Kronk, who has worked with Kid Robot, to make this tattooed Two Steps From Hell Hot Date vinyl toy ($70, twostepsfromhell.com).
Here's a novel idea: When you retire your pedaler, mount the handlebars like a six-point buck (starting at $68, bicycletaxidermy.com).
[Steve] McQueen 20 Belt
The [Steve] McQueen 20 Belt ($55, troyleedesigns.com) wraps you in the Gulf Porsche orange and blue that screarned past the check ered flag in Le Mans.
pink Insight Skull Candle
This pink Insight Skull Candle ($48, urbanoutfitters.com) is better than your honor student jack-o'-lantern.
Mindbender skate board
Skulls, lightning bolts, and paisley deck out the Mindbender skate board by Loser Machine Com pany ($50, losermachine.com).
Chief Thousand snapback
Apparel brand iLthy gave the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo a third eye for their Chief Thousand snapback ($32, ilthy.com). A new color scheme is coming this season.
Gotham's Defender Bike Light
Gotham's Defender Bike Light ($59, bikegotham.com) is shaped like a six shooter, has a 100 hour battery life, andthanks to specially designed screws-is virtually unstealable.
SUBJECT: Billy Braun SPOTTED: Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY WHERE HE GETS INKED: Braun frequents Greene Ave. Tattoo in Brooklyn, where Akira Latanzio has been marking up his left leg. "It's just an ongoing collection of flash, but some of my favorite tattoos are in there, like this badass cobra and this moon/UFO jammer," he says.
From director Jules Stewart (Kristen Stewart's mother] comes an unsettling picture starring Goran Visnjic, D.B. Sweeney, Jason Mewes, and Craig Owens titled K-ll. A record producer, trying to compete in the fast and loose world, wakes up from a heroin binge to find himself locked in K-ll, a (real) unit of the Los Angeles prison system where gay and transgender inmates are housed separate from the rest of the inmate population.
Coliseum "Doing Time" This track is so dirty you'll need a shower. Arbouretum "Coming Out of the Fog" Arbouretum get folky and psychedelic on this meditative, slide-guitar-driven mantra. Hatebreed "Honor Never Dies" Hatebreed continue their legacy of brutal breakdowns on this inspirational anthem.
Groom on the go with portable cleansers that work for all your bodily needs.
PLAYTEX FRESH + SEXY WIPES
As the apropos name suggests, you can use these wipes ($8, drugstores) preor post-deed on all those important areas. Also nice: They're unisex, so your girl can use them too. Romantic.
CLEARASIL ULTRA ON-THE-GO RAPID ACTION WIPES
De-gunk your pores and remove that greasy sheen from your mug with this pack of towelettes [$14, drugstores] containing salicylic acid.
WINGMAN MALE DEODORISING WIPES
The end-all, be-eli of the wipe world ($10, grooming lounge.com] can be used on face or body to keep you feeling freshly showered, thanks to a combo of aloe, peppermint oil, and ginseng.
LOTION LAB BODY MOISTURIZING WIPES WITH SHEA S COCOA BUTTER
More manly than moisturizer, with these wipes [$8, globalbeautycare.com) there's no excuse for dry skin. iust swipe over dry spots-it's that easy.
If you've never considered incorporating wipes into your grooming routine, you may want to think about doing so, say, now. These handy towelettes aren't just made for the backsides of babies anymore. "Wipes are used by women all the time as a convenient way to get fresh on the go.
Grip it and rip it up at the base of the southern Rockies.
With the backdrop of Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO, is a rider's dream. And local tattoo artist Paes 164 knows where to go when it's time to refuel after hours on the road. Paes 164 started in the art world by way of graffiti, and over the course of 16 years, has become an accomplished new-school tattooer.
These bikes are the most fun on two (or three] wheels.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Ural M70 Retro's 749-cubic-centimeter flat-twin engine follows the design of the Russian pre-WWII bike it emulates—with modifications, of course. The forks, shocks, and rims have been updated for riders who haven't seen too much time in the trenches, but the iconic Iron Curtain facade remains true to the original 71-year-old design. The sidecar adds stability and cargo space, with enough room for your dog, your kids, groceries, or a Kournikova.
This bike (shown above in Hard Candy Lucky Green Flake) is cherry. With modern engineering but the soul of a '70s chopper, the Seventy-Two is joy incarnate. Killer looks aside, it boasts an HD Evolution engine—the offspring of the Shovelhead and Ironhead, named in some clubs the Blockhead—that displaces 73.3 cubic inches. True to the nature of Harley and the spirit of the tattooed, this baby is fully customizable, so you can take it home for $10,699 and make it your own.
ROCKET III ROADSTER
From across the pond comes the Rocket III Roadster, a machine that lives up to its name. The mammoth engine boasts an impressive 163 lb-ft of torque, and its triple exhaust not only looks like something that could blast a hole in the pavement, but could more than likely drown out the sound of a shuttle launch. So if it's true what they say about loud pipes saving lives, slap a Nobel Peace Prize on this tank the next time you see it barreling down the road.
REBELLO 1200 GIUBILEO
With a name that translates to jubilee, the 1 200 Giubileo might as well be called the 1200 Understatement. With a staggering 1187-cubic-centimeter, 130-horsepower V-twin engine, this Italian speed demon can hold its own against anything that's street legal. In addition to the power plant housed in the chassis, the 1200 also features a multifunction LCD screen and a saddle that goes from a single to a double with the push of a button— you know, for when your riding partner flies off after you break the sound barrier.
It's finally riding season. Hit the road by straddling all the muscle you can as the marble heats up. One reminder: With all the jaw-dropping awe these beasts inspire, please keep your mouth closed while ripping up asphalt lest you catch a few bugs in your grill.
The MotoGP rider, with a tattoo on his skin graft, rides again.
April is a month of rebirth, of renewal, of fresh starts. And after the way last year went for professional motorcycle racer Ben Spies, a fresh start can't come soon enough. His fourth season competing in the MotoGP World Championship, the most prestigious tour in the sport, was basically a sequence of setbacks.
The introspective singer-songwriter finds her happy place in New York City, music, and tattoos.
"I'm not a very girly girl," says Elle King. "I'm sweet, but tough. I speak my mind. I tell people what I want, and I get it." Born in L.A. and the daughter of Saturday Night Live cast member Rob Schneider, King is in no way your typical privileged Hollywood offspring.
It's been one heck of a ride for the Exile Cycles bike builder.
Russell Mitchell's life reads like the saga of a comic book hero. Adorned with permanent artwork and his signature bleach-blond hair, the founder and president of North Hollywood's Exile Cycles can attribute his status as top bike builder to the winding story line of rebellion, dumb luck, and a touch of wishful thinking that seems too fantastic to be true.
MEGAN MASSACRE IS A TATTOOER without borders. Thanks to her skills and the exposure she's gotten from the television shows NY Ink and America's Worst Tattoos, she is recognized in Japan, Australia, South America, and other spots around the globe where TLC is broadcast.
The Bronx have little to prove to anyone, including themselves. On the eve of their East Coast record debut, an event five years in the making, they appear as cool as if they were playing to a small crowd of friends-which, in many ways, they are.
The lone joy of traffic is admiring craftsmanship.
Rocket III Roadster
HF4 Limited Edition
THE BIKE: Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two THE BACK PIECE: 57 hours with Kiku at Invisible Tattoo THE IMPETUS: "I wanted to get something to represent part of my heritage, and I wanted it to be massive! My mother is halfJapanese and I was very close with my grandmother, so I was racking my brain about what to do.
New research attempts to pinpoint the characteristics that tattooed individuals share. Read on to see if the scientists got it right.
Look in the mirror: What you see might not be what someone else sees. People decide to get tattooed for a myriad of reasons (an appreciation of art, faith, or culture, to name a few) but there's one motive most in the tattoo community agree on: You get inked to set yourself apart.
As American Chopper ceases filming, we ask the Orange County Chopper patriarch what's next-hopefully it's not a size 12 up our ass.
"Come over here and stand in front of me so I can hit you in the back of the head!" Paul Teutul Sr. bellows across the workshop of Orange County Choppers. That's Orange County in New York (not the latte-lined shores of southern Cali fornia], a fact made abundantly clear by the "New York" inked on his left triceps.
The tattooer, hell-raiser, and organizer of the most anticipated annual tattoo convention talks about what goes on behind the booths.
THERE ARE MANY in the tattoo industry who claim to be "the hardest-working artist in the business," but Durb Morrison is too busy for such posturing. Instead, he lets his countless tattoo endeavors speak for him. Over the past 23 years, Morrison has run multiple successful studios
Black Label Tattoo Co. & Body Piercing is an intermingling of tattoo artist Scott Christopher's various interests. Named after his favorite Johnnie Walker blend, the nearly 2,000-square-foot shop is large enough to be an average home. But don't expect to find a nuclear family in the expansive space.
What is your artistic process? I always drew and painted with my father when I was a little girl. He was an extraordinary artist. I was 14 when I discovered that you can draw on the skin permanently, and it has become the biggest love of my life. When did you start tattooing?
NAME: Erin Bromley SHOP GIRL AT: Slave to the Needle (Ballard), Seattle WHEN MY COWORKER JONATHAN GILBERT first started at Slave to the Needle he was applying a stencil to a rather tall man. I was busy, running around cleaning things up for the day, when he stopped me and asked if I could get him a ladder.
Jessica Mascitti didn't pick art; art picked her. "It wasn't a choice," she says. "I can't do anything else." About three years ago she did her first tattoo on her mentor, the incomparable Patrick Conlon. "He let me tattoo a skull puking filigree on one of the few available spots left on his body," Mascitti says.