I’M TYPING THIS LETTER LATE AT NIGHT ON APRIL 19, and the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has just been taken into custody. My adrenaline and American-red blood are pumping as the reports come in from my birthplace of New England.
BRAVEST READER So I started shift today and opened the April issue of INKED. After reading Ink Well [April] and the features chosen for the issue, I realized I’m not alone. Recently, in my line of work as a firefighter, I had been criticized and told I couldn't train the way I was training, mainly because “It’s not the way we do it.” Some of the guys above me came down hard on me and kind of made me question what and why I was doing the training.
NAME: Lexie Troiano OCCUPATION: executive assistant HOMETOWN: Brooklyn, NY “My favorite tattoo is a small ladybug on my arm. I like it because it's sweet and having it makes me feel like I'm bringing a little good fortune wherever I go. Frank Murphy—a longtime buddy of mine—has done all of my work at Philadelphia Eddie’s in Philly.
West Coast rapper The Game added President Barack Obama to the collection of influential people commemorated in ink across his body. Carlos Macedo tattooed the 44th commander in chief on the rapper’s sternum in between finishing up portraits of Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali.
There are two times of the year to look forward to: the month when Girl Scouts deliver their cookies, and summer, when beers hit coolers.
HELL OR HIGH WATERMELON
The San Francisco beer maker brews a classic American wheat beer and introduces fresh watermelon during a secondary fermentation process. The result: crisp beer with just a hint of the summer fruit.
SAM ADAMS SUMMER ALE
Jim Koch and that cool bearded guy from the Sam Adams commercials make a damn fine, crisp summer ale. Made with lemon zest and a spice called grain of paradise, its citrusy, peppery flavor pairs amazingly well with shellfish.
ANCHOR SUMMER BEER
Almost 30 years old now, this summer offering is an all-malt beer, with more than half of its malt derived from malted wheat. You’ll want to pour it into a glass before drinking, as the wheat’s natural proteins create a head as thick as meringue.
We’ve reached that point in our orb’s revolution when the northern hemisphere is closest to the sun—but summer isn't official until you have a light, cold one in your hand. That’s right, nothing is more delicious than a frosty one. Heck, Coors has a whole marketing campaign revolving around how cold their beer is—as if they have control over the temperature setting in your fridge.
Most rock flyers are meant to be stapled to a telephone pole; Brian Ewing's are polished enough to hang in a gallery.
It wasn’t until 1998 that it became legal to tattoo in Milwaukee, WI. “Growing up, when you saw someone with a tattoo, you knew there were only three ways to get it: you were either in jail, in the military, or you went out of state,” says artist Brian Ewing, who grew up in Wisconsin.
Singing in the shower? We prefer screaming like Glenn Danzig behind the Sour Puss Clothing Misfits Shower Curtain ($19, sourpussclothing.com).
Tokidoki Tracks HD headphones
Tokidoki teamed up with Sol Republic for the Tokidoki Tracks HD headphones ($150, solrepublic.com), featuring killer sound and some fresh characters.
Punk Washing Up Brush
You have two choices: You can smash all of your plates, or you can scrub your dishes with the Punk Washing Up Brush ($5, amazon.com).
THE WRITE STUFF
West Coast tattoo artist Paul Timman collaborated with ACME to create a line of accessories—a pen ($73) and card case ($47, both acmestudio.com)—inspired by his traditional-style artwork.
Audiowood Barky Turntables
Audiowood Barky Turntables ($1,500, audiowood.com) are custom-made so no two decks are alike.
Ron English's Flüd line features the pop artist's sick twist on logos and icons of pop culture, like the Yellow Grin ($50, fludwatches.com) with a skull peeking out from the smiley face.
Zero Fucks Given Patch
Show the world how much you care by stitching VNM's Zero Fucks Given Patch ($5, thevnm.com) onto your favorite jacket, bag, or holey pants.
NFC chip and printed with a OR code
With Sharetapes, you buy a cassette embedded with an NFC chip and printed with a OR code ($7 for 5, sharetapes.com), use the site to link it to a playlist, then give the tape to that girl you have a thing for (to play, she can tap the cassette against a Blackberry, Android, or Windows device, or scan the code with any OR reader).
the Thodio A-Box
Handmade from an ammo case, the Thodio A-Box (starting at about $390, thodio.com) works with MP3 players and laptops, and can even be used as a guitar amp.
Biggie T shirt
MUSA's Free Biggie T shirt ($30, musaapparel. bigcartel.com) doesn't have tigers or alligators, but it does feature the Notorious B.I.G.
SUBJECT: Benny Thomson SPOTTED: Irving Plaza, New York WHERE HE GETS INKED: Eight of Swords Tattoo, located in Brooklyn. “They have so many killer artists there, and Dave [Wallin] did my calves." Thomson’s right leg has a saucy damsel with a roaring '20s look to her.
Poor Brandon Routh. It looks like Superman has been rebooted again as Superman Returns failed to reignite the franchise. This time, Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) is behind the lens, so we know there’ll be a large amount of style and visual flair. The chiseled Henry Cavlll Is playing Supes, and he’s accompanied by a cast as solid as his abs: Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, and Russell Crowe. Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) Is also Involved, as producer. The fate of the Justice League movie relies on this flick’s success, so we hope this Superman soars. —Gil Macias
The great Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Blade ll) directs this sci-fi/action flick about giant robots that take on giant monsters. In a futuristic world, creatures known as Kalju emerge from the sea, and humans create Jaegers—massive robots that are controlled by two human pilots—to combat the monstrosities. It looks like Transformers on steroids versus Godzilla and friends. Del Toro never seems to let us down, and with the massive amounts of destruction and awesome-looking special effects this will be pure popcorn—summer fun. It’s a good excuse to sit in an air-conditioned theater. —G.M.
After the very disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we’re getting yet another stand-alone movie about our favorite adamantium-clawed mutant. While the previous flick was a prequel set before the events of the first X-Men trilogy, The Wolverine jumps to present time and takes place after X-Men: The Last Stand. This time, the lost and wandering Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) finds himself In Japan, where he battles samurais, ninjas, and an enemy from the past. Comic fans will be pleased to know the Silver Samurai appears, and there’s even a glimpse of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) directs. —G.M.
THIS IS THE END
We’re going to need a bigger marquee. This hysterical, hard-R-rated comedy follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of end-of-theworld-like events plague Los Angeles. Here’s the cool part, though: These aren't mere characters; the actors are playing themselves. It's a party at James Franco’s house, and the friends hiding out with him include Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson. You can also expect a shitload of cameos (Jason Segel, Aziz Ansari, and Michael Cera, to name a few). From the writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express, it is going to be bat-shit insane. —G.M.
COMPANY OF HEROES 2
More than 20 million Russians died during World War II. Rewrite history and cut that egregious number down by taking command of the Soviet Red Army in the sequel to one of the most critically acclaimed realtime strategy games ever. On your march to Berlin, the weather poses just as much a threat as the German Wehrmacht. Entrenched soldiers need to stay near heat sources during winter or risk dying of frostbite before the Germans even arrive, but the bonfires may reveal your position. Rushing your tanks across a frozen body of water could result in a surprise strike, but if your rival German commanding officer is savvy, he could mortar the ice and send your T-34s to a slushy grave. If you channel your inner meteorologist and master the weather, you can march down the road to victory in both the solo campaign and competitive multiplayer. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: Band of Brothers, Brothers in Arms, Enemy at the Gates —Matt Bertz
THE LAST OF US
When a virus transforms everyday citizens into humanoid zombies, the fabric of life unravels and the military places the small remaining pockets of the uninfected under martial law. To fulfill a promise to an old friend, a smuggler must sneak an orphaned girl out of the quarantine zone and escort her across the post-apocalyptic wasteland to a rebel stronghold. Often outnumbered and lacking ammunition for big firefights, you must stealthily circumnavigate most threats and steel yourself for brutally violent encounters when spotted. With powerful storytelling and tension-filled missions created by Naughty Dog (the makers of Uncharted), this is one adventure PS3 owners won't want to miss. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: I Am Legend, Uncharted, The Road —M.B.
PLATFORMS: PS3, XBOX 360, PC Thanks to powerful “sensation engine” technology implanted in every citizen, humans can relive the sexy and dangerous adventures of anyone who wants to share them. This has turned half the population into crazed and violent “mem” addicts and the other half into the repressed citizens of a surveillance state. Resistance fighter Nilin used to wield the power to remix people’s memories, but her memory has been wiped and she must fight her way through the streets of near-future Paris while piecing together her past. The memory hunter may be an amnesiac, but she still knows how to kick ass, with lethal combos that players can customize as they learn new moves. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: Blade Runner, Devil May Cry, Strange Days —M.B.
NEW SENSATION Born deaf, Sarah Churman didn’t have the joy of (fully) experiencing music until she received hearing implants in 2011 (millions have watched her hear for the first time in a YouTube video). The tattooed mom of two, and author of Power On: The Sounds I Choose to Hear and the Noise I Don’t, shares what it’s like to rediscover music in a whole new way.
CITY AND COLOUR “Thirst” Dallas Green gets minimalist on this soulful rocker that proves evolution doesn’t have to be boring. COLD WAR KIDS “Miracle Mile” Many of their peers have faded away, but Cold War Kids are still capable of writing infectious pop gems.
Mr. Sunshine wreaks havoc on tattoos. Luckily, there are products specifically created to save your ink.
COPPERTONE TATTOO GUARD LOTION SPF 50
The iconic sunscreen maker turns its attention to ink with this tattoo-guarding lotion ($8, drugstores) that protects against UV rays, moisturizes, and is water-resistant up to 80 minutes.
TATTOO GOO COLOR GUARD STICK WITH SPF 30
If you want to cover up a small piece and still get a tan, use this stick ($9, amazon.com), which is the size of lip balm. It allows you to trace inked areas precisely, leaving the rest of you exposed.
H2OCEAN SEA LIFE SPF 45
Billed as an “extreme sunscreen,” the inked insider’s sunscreen of choice ($7, inkedshop.com) won’t sting new tattoos or your eyes-perfect for protecting head tattoos on sweat-inducing days!
JWOWW TATTOO COLOR PROTECTION CREAM
Created by Jersey Shore’s Jenni Farley-a girl who knows tanning-this lotion ($17, amazon.com) doesn’t feature SPF, but it does renew vibrancy on color work, thanks to moisturizing grape-seed oil.
Natasha Van Duser
The beach, camping, cookouts, biking, outdoor concerts—all summer fun happens in the sun. Though the great outdoors is great for a lot of reasons, It also exposes you to harmful UV rays that could damage both your skin and your ink. “The sun can fade ink over time, making it somewhat lighter and less vibrant," explains Andrew K. Pollack, M.D., director at the Philadelphia Institute of Dermatology.
If you think that South Carolina is the stuffy South, you have never been to Chucktown.
Originally from New Orleans, tattoo artist Tim Dennis has inked the likes of Tim McGraw, Lil Wayne, and NFL player Anthony Hargrove. Life was all peachy-keen in the Big Easy until Hurricane Katrina came in and wiped out the city. Devastated and determined to make a fresh start, Dennis and his wife relocated to Charleston and opened the city’s first tattoo shop, Blu Gorilla (1409 King St.), in 2004.
This summer, follow your band in comfort-and never pay for a hotel again.
JEEP ACTION CAMPER
JEEP ACTION CAMPER Thaler Design turns the off-roader into a small apartment. Their Wrangler Unlimited is outfitted with a spacious convertible camper featuring all the comforts of home. Inside you'll find everything from a fridge and threeburner stove and sink to a king-sized bed. And since getting dirty on the road is an inevitability, the sink can even convert into a shower.
FUTURIA SPORTS + SPA
FUTURIA SPORTS + SPA No name could ever do a vehicle any more justice: The Futuria Sports + Spa is for those who never want to rough it on the road again. This space-age oasis is equipped with a “motor sport garage” to hold your hot rod and an on-board generator. The lonely highway won't be so sullen with the unmatched accommodations inside the trailer: room for 10 people, a fridge, microwave, and flat screens. And just in case cabin fever sets in, the Sports + Spa also has a full sun deck—complete with a whirlpool, underfloor lighting, and a fog machine.
AIRSTREAM LAND YACHT CONCEPT
AIRSTREAM LAND YACHT CONCEPT This ain't your granddaddy’s Airstream. Well, it sort of is, but that’s the beauty of it. The Land Yacht is a vintageinspired camper with the inner workings of a fivestar seacraft. Your road-weary feet will feel safely at home the moment they slide across the wooden boat-deck flooring of this maritime-inspired classic, created by Riva Yacht designer Mauro Micheli. Sleeping up to five road-savvy pioneers, the luxury liner of the highways has everything to offer but a crow’s nest: a galley kitchen, queen bed, wardrobe, and a bathroom that would be considered large even by the standards of a landlocked domicile.
EARTHROAMER XV-HD Rougher than rough and tougher than tough, this behemoth can make even the most uncharted trail feel like a home away from your house. Boasting an unsurpassed 363 horsepower and eye-popping 800 lb-ft of torque perched atop a Ford F-650 chassis, this beast of the backwoods would fit in just as comfortably at a tailgate or a rest stop as it would perched atop the nearest mountain range of your choice. The XV-HD can be customized to include all the creature comforts of home, like sleeping accommodations for four, central heating, an external shower to cool off on the arid plains, and a full kitchen to prep and cook your game of choice. —Nick Fierro
From Lewis and Clark to Kerouac and Kesey to Deadheads and Phish fans, field explorations have always been an American way of life. These days, the best way to venture out yonder is in one of these headliners of the open road.
Wyoming, the Cowboy State, is known for many things: beautiful countryside, Dick Cheney, buffalo, Old Faithful, and punk rock (cue sound of a record screeching to a halt). Yep, punk rock in Wyoming. Teenage Bottlerocket may sound like they grew up down the street from CBGB, but it’s Laramie that they call home.
The Legends Football League may not have as much ink as the NFL, but this member of the Las Vegas Sin keeps things colorful.
Football is still months away, right? Wrong. The women of the Legends Football League (formerly known as the Lingerie Football League) are currently careening into each other for our amusement. And the top pick on our fantasy team is number 15 on the Las Vegas Sin, Jenny Yukich-Gardenhire (a.k.a.
If this CEO looks like he has gang tattoos, it's because he does.
Suzanne Weinstock Klein
Being in a gang and earning millions of dollars as an entrepreneur aren’t as different as you’d think, according to Ryan Blair, CEO of weight loss and fitness company ViSalus. Raised by an abusive, drug-addicted father and an alcoholic mother, Blair found himself a ward of the court of California at 13.
Attention, TV producers: meet Cleo Wattenström, a tattoo artist and model from Stockholm. Doesn’t Stockholm Ink have an interesting ring to it? Like reality stars Kat Von D and Megan Massacre, Cleo is a tattoo artist first and foremost.
"I was shopping at Marshalls and an employee recognized me from the music video. It was unexpected but very flattering." "A lot of hip-hop artists are now interested in 'edgier' women to play the leads in music videos. I think it's great that inked women are becoming more and more of an example of what is considered beautiful and sexy."
The Lunachicks rock goddess is back in black, and red, and orange, and purple...
If you ask around the INKED offices, a handful of the women on our staff will tell you the reason that they first got tattooed was to be like Theo Kogan. When the seminal glam-punk act Lunachicks was at the height of their popularity, Kogan, the lead singer, had more ink than almost any other musician-guy or gal.
The tattooer who looks at his craft as performance art regales us with tales from the weird old days.
Spider Webb, born Joseph O’Sullivan, is considered one of the most important people in contemporary tattoo history. With more than 50 years in the industry, he has legitimized tattooing as an art form, helping to bring it into galleries, museums, and even Christie’s auction house, where a tattoo by Spider Webb was deemed “priceless.” He fought to legalize tattooing in New York City after it was banned in the '60s by tattooing on the steps of museums.
S.T. Tattoo Studio in west Los Angeles was founded In order to celebrate the fusion of punk rock and tattoos, two things that go together like coffee and cigarettes. Jason Brown (former singer of Evol) and Mike Muir (the singer from Suicidal Tendencies, which released their latest album, 13, In March) wanted to find a business that combined their two great loves; thus S.T. Tattoo was born.
works must walk out in the streets. They are alive; they are touched and kissed by people; they help people and give them positive feelings. I don't know how to define it exactly, but it is more than art—I don’t want my works to be stored or stuck in some building to rust and rot.
NAME: Christal Meyer SHOP GIRL AT: Eagle Tattoo, West Milford, NJ THE FIRST MONTH THAT I WAS WORKING HERE, a woman came in to ask about a cream she heard about that removed tattoos. We told her that there is no such thing and she looked so disappointed.
Sailor Jerry took Austin, TX, by storm in March when they threw a series of shows that were unreal. From A$AP Rocky to Of Monsters and Men to Purity Ring, the sets were as hot as the tattooed girls in the crowd.
You may recognize Mike Joyce's art from the pages of INKED. We covered the man who does punk posters in a Swiss design element around the time of his Swissted book release party at The Powerhouse Arena.
Artist Chris Saint Clark tattoos amazing black-and-gray pieces from his shop in country music’s capital, but his entry into the inked world came through the punk scene. “I was 17 and playing in a punk band when my best friend hand-poked a skull with bat wings on my arm and I thought I was the shit,” he says.