Just as the middle class is disappearing, so is the notion of celebrity. Back in the day when most people in America were busy manufacturing things, it fell to just a few to amuse the rest—and those people were the ones who appeared in newspapers and magazines and on TV. But now that some of our greatest products are ideas, culture, and entertainment, a much larger swath of people are seeking your attention through those outlets as well as social media channels.
SUPERNATURAL BEAUTY My friend saw the Skin + Style cover [March] sitting on my coffee table and said to me, “That girl [Patton Suicide] definitely dyes her hair." I told her that I thought it was funny that the first thing she noticed was “unnnatural” about the cover girl was the color of her hair—not her tattoos.
NAME: Barbie Beach OCCUPATION: store manager at Patricia Field and manicurist HOMETOWN: Boston “My favorite tattoo is the portrait of me and my cousin Jamayne and I on a motorcycle on my back. It was done by a tattooer named Tony in his shop on Lark Street, in Albany, NY. But the shop's no longer there, and we've lost touch.
METHOD INKING In the recently released film The Place Beyond the Pines, RAYAN GOSLING plays Luke, a motorcycle stunt driver who is "damaged, wounded-a person who was kind of covered, not necessarily in scars, but in these tattoos that were signs of the pain he had experienced," according to director Derek Cianfrance.
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If you walk around any town May 5, you will undoubtedly bump into a pack of college kids wearing sombreros and guzzling Coronas. It’s part of our culture: We have Hallmark holidays and we have drinking holidays. Cinco de Mayo is, of course, the latter—and there is nothing wrong with that.
South Korean illustrator Rudcef creates pop art in a vacuum.
Natasha Van Duser
“I didn't even know that I draw in the style of Western comics," says South Korean artist Jae Young Sohn, better known as Rudcef. “About two years ago someone told me my art is like [Roy] Lichtenstein, but here [in] Korea it isn’t easy to [see] much Western art culture.” Like the pop art master, Rudcef uses bright colors, bold outlines, and a comic-book aesthetic.
Zippo’s customizable lighters (starting at $10, zippo.com) are the newest place to put your favorite tattoo or artwork. Check out Joe Capobianco’s cowgirl torch.
Out of Print takes iconic book covers, like A Clockwork Orange, and puts them on T-shirts ($28, outofprintclothing. com). For each shirt sold, a book is donated to a community in need through Books for Africa.
Tim Bessell put out the first boards ($6,0000, bessellsurf. com) in his Artist Series in conjunction with the Andy Warhol Foundation.
The Skull Tidy
The Skull Tidy (about $52, suck.uk.com) holds your shades its front and the contents of your pocket in the back.
Click the button on the Glow Umbrella ($30, gadgetsandgear.com) and you'll look like an Angeleno from Blade Runner.
Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time is now captured in vinyl—yes, even the hapless Ice King ($12, funko.com).
17th and Oak creates amazing typographic movie posters, like this one of Darth Vader’s line from Return of the Jedi cut into his evil silhouette (about $43, etsy.com/shop/17thandOak).
Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese’s Fuck Snowglobe ($60, pureproductsusa.com) ain’t your grandmother’s home decoration.
Thrones seven-foot seat
Why not spoil yourself with the Game of Thrones seven-foot seat of the Seven Kingdoms ($30,000, hbo.com)?
The bottom of this Anchorman mug (about $15, firebox.com), stolen from the Channel 4 break room, reads “Go Fuck Yourself San Diego.”
SUBJECT: Chris Beierschmitt SPOTTED: Times Square WHERE HE GETS INKED: Beierschmitt goes to Kings Avenue Tattoo, in New York City, and gets tattooed by Grez. One of his favorite pieces is the hyena head on his right hand. “It has crisp black lining, browns, blues, yellows, and a splash of red behind it,” says Beierschmitt.
And phase two of Marvel’s master plan begins with Iron Man 3. Set after the events of The Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is pitted against his archnemesis from the comic books, the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Yes, finally! The Mandarin is to Iron Man what the Joker is to Batman—and things look pretty grim for our hero this time. After directing the first two films, Jon Favreau steps aside as executive producer and writerdirector Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lethal Weapon) takes the helm. Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle also star.
J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Super 8) is once again behind the lens for this sequel to the really damn good Star Trek reboot—and it's been a long four-year wait for Trekkies. This time, the crew of The Enterprise is called back home to Earth after an extreme terrorist attack that came from within their very own organization. Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) leads his crew on an intergalactic manhunt to capture whomever is responsible. Is it Khan? We don't know. Rumors on who the damn villain is have been debunked and shrouded in mystery since production began, but we’ll know the truth soon enough. —G.M.
THE HANGOVER PART III
Not much is known about this third outing with our beloved wolf pack, but we do know that The Hangover Part III is allegedly the last film in director Todd Phillips’s recordbreaking R-rated comedy franchise (unless a truckload of dough persuades them to do a fourth). This time, there’s no wedding or bachelor party involved, but we do hear there’s a character death that sets things in motion. At least it sounds like it won't be a wash, rinse, and repeat like the second film was. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Heather Graham, John Goodman, and Jamie Chung all star. —G.M.
FAST & FURIOUS 6
Who says slasher-horror flicks and The Land Before Time are the only franchises that can keep cranking out sequels? It seems the highoctane Fast & Furious series is here to stay as far as the box office is concerned. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson lead the cast of what should be titled Fast & Furious All-Stars. The roster returning behind the wheel is ginormous and features other fan faves like Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, and Elsa Pataky. Luke Evans (Immortals) and Gina Carano (Haywire) are the newbies. Coming soon: Fast & Furious 7. —G.M.
MLB 13: THE SHOW
PLATFORM: PLAYSTATION 3 A vast gulf exists between the haves and have-nots in MLB. While cash-rich teams like the Yankees and Red Sox go on shopping sprees each off-season, smaller market teams like the Pirates and Twins basically serve as glorified farm teams. In MLB 13: The Show, passionless penny pinchers like Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria won’t derail your quest for the pennant. As long as you keep stringing together wins, the virtual owners will free up more funds to spend on the open market. A revamped scouting system lets you find diamonds in the rough to kick-start your dramatic turnaround, and fans looking for a more casual experience can turn on beginner mode for a flashback to the home-run-heavy steroid era. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: Trouble With the Curve, seventh-inning stretches, Moneyball
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 3B0 When a villainous corporation Infiltrates a secret government research facility to steal a powerful alien technology, the feds don't send in the National Guard. Instead, it’s up to you and three friends to stop their quest for global domination. Developer Insomniac Games cut its teeth making fun-to-use guns in the Ratchet & Clank series, and Fuse taps that expertise to give you a powerful arsenal of experimental weaponry. To survive the four-player cooperative campaign, players must coordinate attacks and leverage the unique skills of each character class. If you prefer to roll solo, you can switch between the four characters at any time to gain the same ass-kicking advantages. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: Ratchet & Clank, Borderlands, District 9 —M.B.
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 3B0, PC Most racing games are content to hang their hats on the shine of the hood and the thrill of the ride. Grid 2 matches their speed and style, and kicks the fantasy into another gear by adding a narrative framework to the mix. As the star driver, you get to travel around the world defeating other skilled drivers and convincing them to join your entrepreneurial endeavor. Recruiting better talent yields better sponsorships, larger fan bases, and more competitive races. On the asphalt, the new TrueFeel handling system finds the sweet spot between hyper-technical realism and joy-riding arcade titles—but with no artificial assists, it’s totally up to you to take the checkered flag. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: Need for Speed, Top Gear, Forza Motorsport —M.B.
NEXT LEVEL ENTERTAINMENT Until recently, the only interactivity you could have with TV was the ability to see your tweet on American Idol or vote for SportsCenter's Top Plays. Now cable channel Syfy and video game producer Trion Worlds haven’t just taken it to the next step, they’ve skipped a few paces.
BIG BLACK DELTA “Side of the Road” This throbbing, electronica-tinged dance track sounds simultaneously nostalgic and futuristic. THE BLACK ANGELS “Don’t Play With Guns” If you’re a fan of psychedelic rock, move this fuzzedout track to the top of your iTunes queue.
Forget 12 steps. You can boil down your grooming routine to an easy three: Shower, Shave, and Style.
AXE APOLLO SHOWER GEL
Bar soap, eh. This wash ($4, drugstores) is much better, thanks to the refreshing scent, a mix of sage, sandalwood, and mandarin. Lather up and skip cologne.
ERNEST SUPPLIES COOLING SHAVE CREAM
This multitasker ($25, ernestsupplies.com) adds necessary lubrication while moisturizing and fighting gnarly red bumps and razor burn. Props for the cool pouch packaging.
GILLETTE FUSION PROGLIDE SILVERTOUCH RAZOR
This razor ($13, drugstores) gets it done with thin blades that have a low-resistance coating. Translation: super smooth glide.
SUAVE PROFESSIONALS MEN STYLING PASTE
A dab of this styler ($3, drugstores) will give your hair hold, without feeling sticky or tackyor making you look like Pat Riley.
Remember those three things you did in the communal bathroom of your college dorm? (Here’s a hint: They all start with sh.) Well, you can cut the shit (literally) and consider this three-step grooming routine the updated version of that classic program.
There’s a small city where musicians, artists, and vagabonds alike create some of the most unorthodox work the East Coast has to offer. Welcome to Savannarchy.
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It’s a tough job partying for 10 years straight, but power couple Brian and Susanne Warnekros have managed to do just that-and they’re not stopping. Brian owns Black Orchid Tattoo Studio [118 W. Victory Dr.], where he bangs out creepy horror work and slick Star Wars-themed pieces, and his fairer half runs the city’s sickest music cavern.
These Hollywood rides are more affordable than James Bond’s Aston Martin and will turn more heads.
An action hero without a souped-up ride is like a cowboy without a horse. No disrespect to movie and television fight scenes—or the surly dialogue that we quote and re-quote with our buddies until we’re blue in the face—but it’s our inherent love of the chase that keeps us glued to the big (and small) screens.
The U.S. National Soccer keeper has goals for her team.
Soccer is the biggest sport in the world, but in the States it’s not even in the top five, in terms of popularity. Our quickest male athletes tend to play basketball, the most physical put on football helmets, the most coordinated pick up baseball bats, and those with endurance play hockey or drive a race car.
How has life been for the busker turned American Idol darling turned Broadway star? Crazy.
It was 2010, Simon Cowell was still judging American Idol, and a cute, crunchy, soulful girl with a giant sunflower tattoo on her back stood out among the plastic pretty boys and coquettish girls. She reached into the segment of American viewers not watching tattoo reality shows on TV—right into their hearts.
The Criminal Minds star finds good tattoos come to those who wait.
Waiting to get tattooed until later in life is like saving your virginity: Some people are scared, some don't have the desire, and others just haven’t yet found the right one. When actor Shemar Moore, who stars on CBS’s Criminal Minds, sat down for his first tattoo at the age of 33 there was a very simple explanation as to why the time was right: It took him 30 years to think the entire thing through.
Normally when a woman is described as “incendiary,” it’s hyperbole, but in the case of Jayme Foxx, it may be an understatement. If her tattooed body and fiery personality weren’t enough to set her surroundings ablaze, she’d still have an ace in the hole to help her out: her very own custom Zippo lighter.
On their 21st anniversary, Less Than Jake are doing the same shit they have always done: Collecting Pez dispensers, getting zany tattoos, flying remotecontrol airplanes, and making fun ska-punk music.
At its core a band is nothing more than a bunch of friends hanging out, doing what they love, and sharing their good times with the world. Being in a band is supposed to be fun. With the possible exception of Morrissey, who starts a band to brood and be serious?
ON A&E'S BARTER KINGS, KENDALL-LEIGH NEUNER DISPLAYS THE TATTOO ART OF THE DEAL.
BARTER KINGS HAS SOMETHING GOING FOR IT that the other buy-and-sell reality shows lack. If you bring a piece of ephemera to Rick Harrison on Pawn Stars, he won't offer you its market value, and he’ll tell you that. If Mike Wolfe roots around your attic on American Pickers, he'll try to swindle your family’s heirloom for wooden nickels.
Directors will stop at nothing to put a shirtless Justin Timberlake on the big screen, including adding a black-and-gray back piece and gangster numbering to his character’s chest. Few wardrobe choices are as impactful as the neoNazi tattoos on Derek Vinyard.
The Biggest Loser trainer discusses his ever-expanding collection of tattoos, what it’s like working with the First Lady, and who-or what-is to blame for the obesity epidemic.
While his clients shed pounds, Bob Harper gained tattoos. The fitness guru is the long-standing star of NBC’s weight loss competition show, The Biggest Loser; he’s been there for 14 seasons of the American version, and three of the Australian.
Good girls go to heaven; good tattooers go everywhere.
FOR AS LONG AS SHE CAN REMEMBER, Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand has been inquisitive about the world around her. Any time she saw a machine, she wanted to know how it worked. Any time she heard about a new place, she wanted to go there. Most importantly, the second she learned about tattooing, she wanted to know how she could become a part of that world.
It wouldn't be a stretch to envision Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and Walt Whitman gathering on the ornate Victorian-era sofas and sipping tea among the luxurious décor and deep red blushed walls of The Honorable Society Tattoo Parlour and Lounge.
When did you get into tattooing? I went out to L.A. when I was 17. It had always been my dream to check out the U.S. skate scene. But it was a lot different than I expected in L.A.—lots of gangs and crazy stuff like that. I decided to return to Japan and go in a different direction.
NAME: Jes Leppard SHOP GIRL AT: Wooster Street Social Club, New York City WE ONCE HAD THIS CLIENT come in to get a piece on his way lower abdomen, in a place we call the “cock rocker,” and he had to be shaved clean. After he left, there was a massive amount of pubes surrounding the station, and the tattooer saw it as a prime opportunity to haze the new girl.
We helped Chrome Industries launch their collaboration bag with Japanese master tattooist Horitoshi I at their NYC store. The affair included the bag, art by his apprentice Toshihide, and a rad chick with Four Loko.
Famous Stars and Straps and Skullcandy threw the hella fun 10th Anniversary Agenda party at Lush Lounge in Long Beach, CA, with performances by Travis Barker, Yellawolf, and Beastie Boy Mix Master Mike.
Windsor doesn’t scream “hotbed of tattooing.” “We seem to have an abundance of scratcher shops and scratchers walking around with an undeserved sense of accomplishment,” Sean Meraw says. “They need to be stopped.” He’s doing his part by inking the city with tight work across all genres, out of his new spot, Radiant Maiden.