I WAS 12 OR 13 WHEN ONE OF MY FATHER’S FRIENDS FROM HIS OLD NEIGHBORHOOD visited our house for the first time. “Do you play ball?” he asked me. “Yes,” I answered. “Good,” he replied. And that was the end of the conversation. Later, I asked my father why his buddy didn't want to know what kind of ball I played.
I fucking love Teenage Bottlerocket. They are so rad. I came across their album while digging through the crates at a record store (they do still exist!) and instantly fell in love. After listening to the pop-punk album I couldn't believe that I missed them in the late '90s, but after reading your article [June/July issue] I found out that they are new.
NAME: Rosy Cherrington OCCUPATION: writer and model HOMETOWN: London “My favorite tattoo is my cherub and heart, which was inspired by the movie True Romance. Emiliano at Frith Street Tattoo, in London, put it on my hip, the same place the character Alabama has it in the movie.
The NBA is arguably the most tattooed sports league in the country, but two of its standouts, Kevin Durant and John Wall, have no visible ink while in uniform. When they take off their jerseys, however, their abdomens are covered in tattoos.
America's favorite fruit makes one refreshing drink.
REDD'S APPLE ALE
Technically this is not a cider because it is brewed as an ale, but the new taste from MillerCoors is a perfect balance between the two. It is sweeter than a beer but with a cider’s crisp finish.
MIKE'S HARD APPLE CIDER
The lemonade man is trying out new categories this year. His foray into ciders includes two flavors—the tart Crisp Apple and the traditional Classic Dry—that transform the Washington apple into a superfruit.
This cider is assertive without being pushy. As soon as you tip back the bottle you'll notice a very strong taste of bitter apple-and as soon as you put the bottle down, you'll be picking it up for more.
I was first introduced to cider at a local bar in an East Coast neighborhood where I lived for a year. Before my introduction, I thought of the drink as a cop-out from beer, something people ordered when they thought even a light beer was too bitter.
If you combine the visual elements of heavy metal music, Japanese culture, and the Garbage Pail Kids into art, you are scratching the surface of Buff Monster’s fascinating world. It’s a place on the streets and in the head of the artist whose unique and very pink works can put you in awe and make you hear the ice cream man’s bells at the same time.
Remember those famous Costacos Brothers posters from the golden age of sports? Well, No Mas does—and they print them on T-shirts ($40, nomas-nyc.com).
Funko vinyl figure
It can't jump over a car or dunk a ball, but this Funko vinyl figure ($10, fugitivetoys.com) is a cool representation of one of basketball’s best young stars.
ironand rust-resistant gorilla-faced Primal Bells
Swing around these iron- and rust-resistant gorilla-faced Primal Bells ($85, onnit.com) and you’ll look buffer than the guys from Jersey Shore.
Do you know what your skateboard is made of? A combination of verticalgrain fir, cherry, poplar, and walnut give this surfboardinspired Keeger deck ($265, hesssurfboards.com) understated cool.
Having a stressful day? Try slamming a Dammit Doll ($15, paper-source.com) around for a bit. It’s so effective that the stress ball just might go extinct.
The Beats Pill
The Beats Pill ($200, beatsbydre.com) packs a walloping sound, wirelessly connects with your device to play music, and also allows you to take calls. Did you ever think Dr. Dre would facilitate a conference call for you?
Sports before the steroid era were more about skill, much like the pinball-esque Baseball Classics Fenway Park Edition ($199, tudorgames.com), which comes with a scale Green Monster.
NBA Legends socks
Stance socks have done amazing things with feet, but this might be the coolest yet: These NBA Legends socks ($16, stance.com) let you have John Stockton and Karl "The Mailman" Malone covering your feet.
The iconic satin sports jacket
There was a time in the 90s when you had to have a Starter jacket. The iconic satin sports jacket ($150, champs sports.com) makes its return this year. Be the first kid on your block to get one.
When you pass over this Waterhog doormat ($34, fancy.com), you know you are home safe.
SUBJECT: “Straight Edge” Kevin Kellett SPOTTED: The Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC WHERE HE GETS INKED: Kevin frequents Invisible NYC for tattoos by Regino Gonzalez and says one of his favorite pieces is the black-and-gray girl on his left shoulder.
Twenty-five years of music journalism are collected in Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal by Jon Wiederhorn (an INKED contributor) and Katherine Turman. You get the straight dope on the genre with hundreds of interviews with the biggest bands, such as Black Sabbath, Slayer, and even Spinal Tap, plus insight from family, friends, and roadies-the world of heavy metal is screamed at you from all sides. Brendon Small from Dethklok had this to say about the book: “I’ve said thousands of times that reading totally sucks. But this book does indeed not suck.” -Robert McCormick
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Vin Diesel is back as the titular antihero, Riddick, whom we last saw in 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. It seems the Necromongers have stripped Riddick of his leadership and stranded him on a barren, sun-scorched planet occupied by lethal creatures. Bounty hunters who descend on the planet to collect Riddick’s head soon find themselves in the same shit. They’ll have to team up with Riddick to escape the monster-infested world. Director David Twohy returns to direct his third Riddick flick, which seems more in the vein of Pitch Black. —Gil Macias
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It all began with a fake trailer that was part of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. Now the Mexican you don't want to fuck with returns in his second feature film. This time, the U.S. government sends Machete (Danny Trejo) to Mexico to take down a crazy arms dealer billionaire who plans to launch a weapon into space that would cause planet-wide anarchy and war. The cast in this one is epic: Mel Gibson, Charlie Sheen, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Lady Gaga, Michelle Rodriguez, Antonio Banderas, Amber Heard, and more. —G.M.
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CITY OF BONES
Based on the best-selling book series, this story follows Clary Fray (Lily Collins), a descendant of the Shadowhunters, a secret order of half-angel beings who all seem to sport symbolic tattoos. They are warriors who have been protecting mankind from demons for generations. After her mother (Lena Headey) is abducted, Clary is recruited by a group of Shadowhunters, who take her to a dangerous alternate version of New York City populated by demons, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves. Clary soon learns she holds a key that may help win a brooding war. —G.M.
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THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
Boy oh boy. Some still consider season one the best so far, but season three of The Walking Dead is leaps and bounds ahead of its previous seasons when it comes to pacing, action, and zombie carnage. Not only does it feature the return of Merle Dixon, there’s also the kickass sword-wielding Michonne, the creepy Governor, Rick going nuts, Daryl further solidifying himself as a badass, and the loss of two annoying characters. Witness it all in HD glory with the stunning limited edition Blu-ray, which comes in a floating-head display case. —G.M.
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GRAND THEFT AUTO V
In making the sequel to the highest-rated game of all time, Rockstar could have taken the easy route and churned out a Grand Theft Auto IV facsimile. Instead, the developer blew everything up and started anew. With brand-new driving and combat systems and a digital re-creation of southern California that’s bigger than the worlds of Red Dead Redemption, GTA: San Andreas, and GTA IV combined, this is the studio’s most ambitious project to date. Players assume the role of three characters with very different backgrounds—career criminal Michael, hotheaded redneck Trevor, and up-and-coming hustler Franklin. In between missions you can switch between characters at any time, but the real magic happens when they join forces to pull off major heists. Score a big enough payday and you can buy new properties, customize cars, tweak weapon load-outs, or even invest in luxury vehicles like helicopters. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: Heat, Ocean's 11, Pay Day 2 —Matt Bertz
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MADDEN NFL 25
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360 Sick of rooting for a team with a penny-pinching owner? Go all Al Davis and take the reins of your favorite NFL franchise with the resurrection of Owner Mode in Madden NFL 25. With all team operations under your supervision, you can jack up the cost of concessions, field media inquires, move your team to a new location, and even build a new stadium. On the gridiron, EA Sports tweaked the Infinity Engine introduced last year, resulting in more realistic tackling animations. A former NFL lineman also helped rebuild the blocking assignments, and new running back controls better differentiate between punishing runners like Adrian Peterson and slippery scatbacks like Jamaal Charles. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: America’s Game, Fantasy Football, Any Given Sunday —M.B.
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Armchair Imperators, grab your standards—It’s time to rebuild the Roman Empire. The latest game in the Total War series returns to the era of spears and sandals. Spread the glory of the world’s first superpower to neighboring countries, by either cultural influence or force. A new cinematic camera drops you right into the bloody center of clashes, or you can take a bird’s-eye view to issue directives. When you're not demonstrating the superiority of your legions in combat, you must fight a shadow war against rival Roman families by subverting their efforts in the Senate, marrying off daughters to form uneasy alliances, or assassinating rabblerousers. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: Rome, Gladiator, Spartacus: Blood in the Sand —M.B.
A new Mad Men-era series comes to Showtime and promises to have more whoopee than Don Draper’s character arc, considering that it’s based on sexual researchers William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson. Masters of Sex stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan in the title roles of pioneers who study the female orgasm, homosexuality, and “female frigidity.” In honor of the program, let’s take a look at some highlights in the history of sex before the Summer of Love.
ALL PIGS MUST DIE “Primitive Fear” Fans of metalcore pioneers like Integrity take note: APMD are the next best thing. JAKE BELLOWS “All Right Now” Neva Dinova’s frontman gets upbeat and unrestrained on this road trip-worthy anthem. Deer Tick “The Rock" Less Fast and Furious than it is steady and amorous, from the Americana rockers.
Life’s certainties: death, taxes, and rear sweat. Combat the latter with this cheeky powder ($6, antimonkeybutt.com), which can also be applied to your feet and shoes.
If you've never seen a distance runner who forgot to lube up his chest before a marathon, don't Google it. Just buy this anti-chafing balm ($10, dicksportinggoods.com) and use it.
Stop running sticky gym clothes through the wash twice, save your time and water with Win ($25, windetergent.com). It breaks the bonds of oils trapped in your clothing.
Manumission Body Bar
An active lifestyle can mean multiple showers a day. While most soaps dry out a man’s skin, this easy-to-grip body bar ($8, manumissionskincare.com) replenishes natural oils.
Survivalist shows say that “sweat kills” when you’re lost in the wilderness, and the same rings true in the dating world. Every woman wants a man who works hard to maintain a fit body—adorned with tattoos—but they don't want to see (or smell) the sweat it takes to get you there.
America's adult playground is always open and down for whatever—and now, as football season gets under way, there will be an influx of gamblers traveling to Sin City to place bets on NFL futures and early-season, lopsided NCAA spreads.
With muscle, speed, and agility, these sports cars personify the modern athlete.
The earmarks of a classic sports car are its lightweight, sleek design and its muscle; nowhere in that description is a giant copper side panel included, but the folks at Peugeot have taken a few liberties. This concept car’s mirror-like copper shell is attached to an ultra-light carbon fiber exterior that is set in motion by a 600 horsepower diesel engine coupled with an electric motor that adds an additional 60 horsepower. That’s right: This galactic beast is a hybrid.
A throwback from the Greatest Generation, the Imperia GP may look like a tricked-out '40s roadster, with its massive grille, front wings, and flight-simulator-like console, but it is actually one of the greenest sports cars of the year. The Belgian automaker has coupled a 1.6-liter BMW engine with an electric motor that yields about 124 mpg with extremely low Co2 emissions. Plus, if you're too busy jitterbugging the night away to remember to get gas, the battery will carry you about 37 miles to the nearest speakeasy on a single charge.
The Chevy Stingray has always looked more like a cheetah in mid-sprint than a creature from the deep, but we’re willing to overlook the car’s spirit animal and focus on the good stuff. The 2014 model offers a seven-speed manual transmission and a 450 horsepower engine that can take you from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds, and it grinds to a halt quickly on enlarged, air-cooled brakes. If the 2014 Stingray looks angrier than its predecessors, that’s because it is: The body has evolved with steeper curves and a more pronounced and angular front end than last year’s model.
The XL1 is a superefficient, ultra-lightweight head-turner that is redefining low curb weight and high mpg. Its turbo diesel-electric engine propels the 1,750pound VW up to 261 miles on a single gallon of fuel. The featherweight sportster rides on magnesium wheels with tires slim enough to fit on a motorcycle, and to ensure that no bumps or sharp curves interrupt the flow of its sleek frame, the vehicle boasts cameras in lieu of side-view mirrors. The XL1 is all about reducing drag while boosting efficiency—a hybrid that can handle like the big boys. —Nick Fierro
Lucky for the skateboarding world, this Vans-sponsored athlete chose the plank over a wooden bat.
In 2011, J-Lay, a.k.a. Johnny “Big Boy” Layton, became the first and only skater to ollie blast the double wall at Freedom Plaza, which is within spitting distance of the White House in Washington, D.C. “Yeah, I never planned on ollieing the double wall before trying it.
If you like beautiful girls with tattoos and a sense of humor, this comic will be your new crush.
I fell asleep with the TV on, and when I stirred hours later, there was a pixie with vibrant red hair and an arm piece on the set who was cracking wise about genital waxing. She had me at “private parts.” The show was MTV’s Girl Code, and if you happen upon the program like I did, you'll be introduced to the wit of Carly Aquilino.
One of the greatest fantasy football players of all time's time is now.
Saying that pass-first offense is a trend in the NFL is like saying the United States is trending toward using Twitter. The competitive teams toss up the ball more frequently than the nightly lotto and it’s the recipe for a win, but the Tennessee Titans are reverting back to a run attack—and so would any team if they had the broad shoulders of Chris Johnson carrying the load.
VANESSA LAKE IS A MAKEUP ARTIST, hairdresser, and model, when asked if it is better to dazzle someone than to be dazzling, she answered, “They are equal. I like being the one getting dolled up, but it’s also a nice feeling to give others that service.” The tattooed girl with bee-stung lips and shocking red hair didn’t always see herself in front of the camera.
THE GREATEST SHOW ON TURF DRAWS A FAN EXPERIENCE UNPARALLELED BY THE OTHER MAJOR AMERICAN SPORTS.
The Jackson Street Bridge looks like it is on fire. Traffic is stymied over the mighty Passaic River by a phalanx on foot that swells into the lanes without regard for the tonnage of the sedans. Clad in red, some with bandannas or scarves wrapped around their faces, and a few wearing Viking helmets, the army moves slowly but deliberately toward a cloud of smoke.
Massy Arias—or Mankofit, as she's known to the fitness community—is the most exquisite canvas.
This inked and yoked Brooklynite isn't your mother's Suzanne Somers; she's a tough chica who wouldn't be caught dead with a Thighmaster. When Massy Arias is in bodybuilding competition shape, the 5'8" powerhouse dials down to 12.5 percent body fat (128 pounds) and can still squat 225 pounds.
The menace in the middle of the Cincinnati Bengals defense flexes his Samoan work.
Watching an NFL game, you can distinguish players by the number and name on the back of each jersey. But with flowing hair that sticks out of his tiger-striped helmet and Polynesian tattoos that flow down the exposed parts of his body, Rey Maualuga of the Cincinnati Bengals stands out while patrolling the middle of the team’s defense.
ONE MAN'S JOURNEY INTO THE ELITE WORLD OF TATTOOING ART AND CULTURE.
JOHN BUFFALO MAILER
Buffalo knew that whenever you get a tattoo, you are inviting the artist to leave a touch of how he sees the world on your body. It is a uniquely intimate experience. In many ways your tattooer is like your priest, scraping the confession you choose to be reminded of every day into your flesh.
This tattooer's creations don't belong in any genre's box—they belong in museums.
Kirk Alley gained his first taste of stardom as the bassist for glam rock band Dirty White Boy. Whether or not you recognize the name of the band, you’ve probably heard of Alley if you’re part of the tattoo community, as he has become a rock star for his vibrant and imaginative creations with the tattoo machine.
Hearing the words Love Hate Tattoo may bring to mind the reality show Miami Ink. But rest assured, there are no cameras and no ridiculous drama going on at this shop. There are, however, good vibes and the best tattoo artists northern New York has to offer.
How did you become interested in tattoos? I don't remember, really. Maybe it was when I was kid and I saw a yakuza with a Japanese full-body tattoo. What or who is the main influence behind your work? There are many things that influence me.
NAME: Melissa Lee SHOP GIRL AT: Slick Styled Steel, Montreal, Quebec SOME GIRL CAME IN TO GET a few outlines of stars on her foot. All you could hear in the shop was this girl yelling out in pain, which I'm sure she was doing for attention. The tattoo, which should have taken about 30 minutes, ended up taking an hour because this girl kept distracting the tattoo artist.
On the 40th anniversary of Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins's death, Sailor Jerry Rum threw parties everywhere. The Williamsburg celebration in Brooklyn had "Russian Roulette" tattoos, bowling, and inked girls.
Aníbal Pantoja has been drawing since he was 4, but two years ago he decided to start putting his traditional and lowbrowinfluenced art on people. “I learned to tattoo because I was interested in learning more techniques and because I wanted to take my illustrations to a new medium,” he says.