HALLOWEEN HAS BECOME TATTOO DAY FOR REGULAR FOLK. It is the day that conservative people express their repressed feelings by altering their look. The meek college professor releases her cleavage as a “sexy librarian," and the guy in middle-management ditches his khakis and puts on a Bane mask for an evening before it’s back to cardigans and oxfords for the next 364 days.
SPORTY SPICE Total babe! I loved Vanessa Lake’s story in the September issue! She’s an inspiration to ladles with tattoos, like me, who want to make it in the modeling world. Who knew sportswear could look so hot! Cassandra Bordner, Waco, TX IT CAME FROM THE DEEP I am an officer in the Royal Navy (British) and first discovered INKED when I was on exchange to the USN in Groton, CT. Having returned to the United Kingdom to take command of one of our nuclear-powered hunter/killer boats I remain an INKED aficionado, which I guess makes me an underwater supporter!
NAME: Michelle Mae Tin OCCUPATION: bartender and SuicideGirl (Ayumi Suicide) HOMETOWN: Chicago “I wanted a cherry blossom tree before I could even get tattoos. A lot of people get them, but I’ve never seen it done on a leg before. Joey Heck at Chitown Tattoo is really talented and helped me fix what I had there before into this crazy tree with flowers, blossoms, and petals falling off.
Adele walked into Bang Bang Tattoos on New York’s Lower East Side with an “A” inked behind her ear, and she left with sharp lettering work from the tattooer to the stars. Bang Bang emblazoned the side of the Grammywinner’s hand with the word “Paradise."
Flavors like maple and honey take the sting out of whiskey.
CROWN ROYAL MAPLE FINISHED WHISKY
Already possessing the caramel color of maple syrup, this whiskey has caramel and vanilla tones that meld well with its maple-toasted oak flavor.
JACK DANIEL’S TENNESSEE HONEY
The official shot of INKED staff parties is incredibly smooth without being sugary. The smokiness of Old No. 7 plays nicely with the honey, whether served warm or chilled.
JEREMIAH WEED CHERRY MASH
Jeremiah Weed carefully added a touch of cherry to its 90 proof bourbon. Bartenders have worked with this flavor pairing for decades, and it’s a good base for a Manhattan.
One of the most problematic decisions you make at a bar is what kind of shot to order for a large group. It’s like ordering pizza or doughnuts at the office-somebody wants pepperoni, somebody needs a vegetarian option, another person would like anchovies, and Carol really wants chocolate sprinkles.
Come, if you dare, and visit the brain of Alex Pardee through his artwork.
When he was just 14, Alex Pardee was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and was admitted to a mental hospital, where he stayed for a few weeks. “While I was in there my parents brought me a book called The Draw Squad, which was an instructional book on how to draw,” Pardee says.
Fashioned to replicate Jason’s mask In the Friday the 13th franchise, the Forest Green Frenzy Jason replica mask ($105, houseofmysterioussecrets.com) will put fear into the kids at Crystal Lake.
Minnesota Fats meets Elvira with these skulls carved out of a set of billiard balls ($4,795, theevolutionstore.com)
Overlook Special Edition hat
This is a cap that you can wear forever, and ever, and ever ... The Weir Overlook Special Edition hat (about $41, shop.casualco.com) is inspired by the infamous carpet in The Shining.
Back in 1922, when vampires didn’t go to high school or have dreamy hair, there was Count Orlok of Nosferatu. Tattooist Edgar Armendariz captured his spirit on custom Vans ($180, deadgartattoos.com).
Need something to read while in the water closet? Japanese horror novel The Drop by Koji Suzuki is printed across three rolls of toilet paper (about $11, thefowndry.com)
Bobo Zombie Bleeding Zombie Target
Prepare yourself for the upcoming zombie apocalypse by shooting this life-size, biodegradable Bobo Zombie Bleeding Zombie Target ($90, zombieindustries.com) designed to look like a undead clown that is after braaaaaiiinns.
Horrorscope FK Capita snowboards
Zombie chicks make everything better, including a snow-covered half-pipe. Hit the slopes with this new Horrorscope FK Capita snowboards ($250-$270, capitasnowboarding.com) and try not to eat it.
Horseman of Pestilence
This is no Halloween store costume. CFX Composite Effects has an extensive collection of masks, does masks of the month, and will work on custom requests. Seen here is the Horseman of Pestilence ($670, compositeeffects.com).
Uppercut Monster Hold pomade
Uppercut Monster Hold pomade ($23, amazon. com) makes even Dr. Frankenstein’s grotesque creation look sharp.
Brain in a Jar Candle
Before the invention of light bulbs, when people were struck with ideas they imagined a lit wick above their head. Actually, we have no idea if that’s true, but the Brain in a Jar Candle ($20, thegeminicompany.com) is pretty cool when lit.
SUBJECT: William Feliz SPOTTED: Union Square, New York City WHERE HE GETS INKED: Devil’s Ink Tattoos on NYC’s Upper East Side. Artist Gordo used green, orange, yellow, white, and pink to create Feliz's forearm sleeve that features a dragon with cherry blossoms.
You'll be a little sketched out and highly stimulated by the Sleep No More production.
Chloë Grace Moretz (Kickass, Let Me In) stars in this reimagining of the classic Stephen King horror tale about Carrie White, a shy, awkward teen girl who is bullied by her high school peers and lives at home with her religious whack job of a mother (Julianne Moore). Carrie has brewing telekinetic powers that become fully ignited after she’s pushed to the edge at her senior prom. Bloody hell breaks loose—literally. The 1976 version directed by Brian De Palma is already a worthy adaptation, so to the makers of this film: Please don't fuck it up, or we’re all gonna laugh at you!
It’s no secret that Arnie is back, and once again, he’s teaming up with Sylvester Stallone. This prison break action flick feels like 1985 all over again. Ray Breslin (Stallone) is a pro at escaping from any prison known to man, but this time his skills are put to the ultimate test after he’s doublecrossed and wrongly imprisoned in a top-secret, high-tech facility called The Tomb. Breslin recruits fellow inmate Swan Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger) to help him devise a plan to escape the most advanced prison ever built and to find out who framed him. Jim Caviezel, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Vincent D’Onofrio all costar. —G.M.
From visionary director Alfonso Cuarón (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men) comes this realistic sci-fi thriller about two astronauts (played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) drifting alone in space after their shuttle is destroyed by space debris. If you haven’t seen any of the trailers for this, jump on YouTube and watch them now. Not only are they visually striking, they’re heart-pounding, terrifying, and hair-raising as fuck. Cuarón's trademark long, continuous shots are in full effect, and they’re gorgeous. This is going to be one intense ride. —G.M.
BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS
When the young Dark Knight disrupts the business of a few too many criminal masterminds, they make it their mission to end his vigilante campaign once and for all. On Christmas Eve mob boss Black Mask puts a handsome bounty on the caped crusader, turning the hunter into the hunted. With Gotham’s most dangerous villains all gunning for his head, making it to Christmas morning is far from a given. Batman must tread lightly through the sprawling open city of Gotham, seizing opportunities to catch the dangerous criminals unaware. A new detective mode helps Batman scrub through evidence for clues about which scoundrels are hunting him down, and he’ll need to rely on a new array of gadgets and combat moves to escape the holidays alive. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: The Dark Knight Rises, Batman: Year One, Legends of the Dark Knight
BEYOND: TWO SOULS
Many games try to bridge the gap between interactive entertainment and film, but few are more successful than Quantic Dream’s PlayStation 3 exclusive Heavy Rain. For the follow-up, the French developer turns its gaze toward the supernatural with Beyond: Two Souls. Film starlet Ellen Page stars in this psychological thriller about a young girl named Jodie Holmes and the powerful bond she shares with a paranormal entity named Aiden. The game tracks Holmes from her tumultuous teenage years and into her adult life as a CIA operative. Whenever she enters a sticky situation, players can assume control of her spirit companion to create diversions or possess perceived threats and make them commit suicide. Not a bad ace in the hole. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: Heavy Rain, Inception, Paranormal Activity—M.B.
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360 Fresh off two world championships, LeBron James is taking his talents to the virtual hardwood in NBA 2K14. King James isn't just gracing the cover; he also hand-selected the soundtrack and gave developer Visual Concepts tips on making the most realistic basketball sim to date. To match the brazen defense employed by its cover athlete, NBA 2K14 implements a new passing system that celebrates the art of the dish, and the tweaked controls allow you to transition from ankle-breaking dribbling moves to jump shots with the flick of an analog stick. The most exciting addition to this edition is the return of the popular Crews mode, which lets fans take their created player online for five-on-five pickup games. Who’s got next? PLAY IF YOU LIKE: Miami Heat, pickup games, He Got Game —M.B.
When you first approach the McKittrick Hotel in New York City, you might find a long line similar to the kind you’d typically see outside a swanky club. And once you step foot in the mysterious, eerie entryway, the surprises continue. The dark, bare-walled hallway will remind you of the haunted houses you loved and feared in your youth, but this time, it’s different-more high-minded.
AFI “I Hope You Suffer” AFI return to the spotlight with a goth-punk anthem that’s made for sing-alongs. HUMAN PARTS “Now We Wake Up” Former Against Me! bassist Andrew Seward channels the “jamming econo” spirit of Minutemen. TIM KASHER “American Lit” Cursive frontman Tim Kasher shows he’s still got it with this inventive indie rock masterpiece.
If using a loofah is too twee, try MenScience’s gloves ($16, menscience.com) that you can run along your body to exfoliate and unclog pores after you lather up.
Axe Controil Face Scrub
To rid your face of impurities and oil, the Controil ($5, amazon.com) is like a liquid version of superfine-grit sand paper.
Kiehl’s Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap
Made with oat bran, oat kernel, and pumice, this bar ($15, kiehls.com) sloughs off dead skin and softens rough spots on high-action areas like your elbows and heels.
Hammacher Schlemmer Powered Pumice Stone
This battery-powered pumice ($50, hammacher.com) has an exfoliating roller that spins at 1,800 RPM, buffing away your calluses and dry skin on your heels. Finally, the pedicure has a manly tool.
For some people, exfoliating is a lot like flossing: something to do only if you remember or if it becomes necessary due to discomfort. But things should never get to that point, ever, especially for tattooed folks who flaunt their skin.
OKC is earning a reputation as an epicenter of great art in the Great Plains.
Kevin Durant and the Thunder may reign supreme in Oklahoma City, but the capital of the Sooner State has so much more to offer than its showstopping basketball team. Cassie Stover, an OKC resident of eight years, runs Hudson Tattoo and Art Studio (1210 N. Hudson Ave.).
In the heart of the raddest monster trucks are a few recognizable brands.
MOHAWK WARRIOR The rebel yell of the Mohawk Nation can be heard from miles around when this massive 540-cubic-inch Merlin engine bears down upon its helpless prey (usually a 15-foot dirt mound or an unsuspecting row of ice cream trucks). The Warrior stands tall on 66-inch Terra tires normally reserved for plowing a few hundred acres or dredging through a raucous crowd in soylent green.
On the breath of this lovely tattooed vocalist, Fitz and the Tantrums are the breakout act of the year.
Natasha Van Duser
There’s something mesmerizing about standing in a dark, crowded room watching the fluorescent lights of Fitz and the Tantrums’ heart logo flash on stage in time to the beat of the band’s song “Keeping Our Eyes Out.” As the silhouette of vocalist Noelle Scaggs emerges from behind the stage, the crowd immediately lights up.
The men at Villafane Studios have carved out a place for themselves as the greatest jack-o’-lantern creators on the planet.
As if channeling Michelangelo, Ray Villafane sculpts with bold and hurried strokes, creating lifelike facial features with remarkable precision. His medium isn’t marble, but rather the orange shell of a sizable squash, the pumpkin. With basic clay carving tools, Villafane and his business partner, Andy Bergholtz, are the duo behind Villafane Studios, which creates intricate (and mostly ghoulish) 3-D figures for the Halloween season.
The cornerback doesn’t just have a Super Bowl ring; he’s got the number XLVI tattooed across his knuckles.
While football player Will Blackmon may not yet be a household name or have his own Fathead, he is in air more rarified than that of the 1 percent. According to the NFL Players Association: “Statistically of the 100,000 high school seniors who play football every year, only 215 will ever make an NFL roster.
HERE ARE SOME KEY POINTS IN JESSICA LOVE’S LIFE: on mother number three by age 10, daddy issues, Christian cult, started smoking cigarettes at 8, boarding school, mental institution, heroin, jail, David LaChapelle photo shoot, work as a dominatrix.
The extraterrestrial Heavy Metal band GWAR invites us into their lair.
Since day one of this magazine, it has been INKED's mission to fully document the wild world of tattoos. Up until now, we have mostly focused on humans, but in order to broaden our horizons we decided to reach out to the aliens known as the Scumdogs of the Universe.
THREE TATTOOED BEAUTIES OF HORROR FILM BRAVE A CLOUDLESS NIGHT AT A RUN-DOWN MOTEL IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
DANIELLE HARRIS It’s a no-brainer that John Carpenter’s Halloween is one of the greatest horror films of all time. And while subsequent films in the franchise never quite lived up to the original, some of them had their charms. Even the muchmaligned Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) had one thing going for it—Danielle Harris.
The multi-hyphenate horror legend Tom Savini talks tattoos and terror.
In 1978 horror history was irrevocably altered by a man who had already done so 10 years prior. The film in question was Dawn of the Dead, the go-for-broke color sequel-cum-companion film to 1968’s Night of the Living Dead, both of them written and directed by George A. Romero, both landmarks of the genre.
Last October, Mother Nature was a real motherfucker when it sent Superstorm Sandy to devastate the East Coast. This is the tale of a Jersey Shore tattooer who rebuilt his shop one piece at a time
Dan Binai keeps an eye on the weather. He sorta has to as the owner of Right Coast Tattoo, which sits on a skinny New Jersey barrier island that’s constantly at the mercy of the elements. Located on Long Beach Island, one block from the Atlantic Ocean, his shop naturally does a ton of maritime tattoos and traditional American and sea-themed Japanese-style work, and Binai is no stranger to bad storms.
PART 2 OF ONE MAN’S JOURNEY INTO THE ELITE WORLD OF TATTOOING ART AND CULTURE.
JOHN BUFFALO MAILER
BUFFALO AND KATRINA SHOWED UP TO GRACELAND early. Tattoo artist Josh Lord was late, but when he got there it became clear that this was not a process that was going to be rushed. He had a way about him that put Buffalo at ease, as if he were the Zen Master Yoda of tattooing.
This fall, INKED magazine has paired up with SuicideGirls to present a two-month, 46-city tour of dancing, preening, alt-pinup beauties. It's called INKED Magazine Presents the SuicideGirls Dlackheart Burlesque tour-and we promise it'll blow your mind.
INKED sits down for a rare interview with the reclusive genius who has returned to tattooing while fighting a devastating affliction.
Chris Conn Askew is a private man. Though raised by performer parents, Askew would rather hide behind a desk and draw. His penchant for pigments led him to become one of the most revered and respected artists in the tattoo industry. And yet he remains somewhat of an enigma, shying away from the tattoo scene.
What is it about horror that keeps us coming back for more? Nine out of 10 times the good guy loses, and the villain, beaten and seemingly defeated, opens a lone eyelid at the last second to the accompaniment of some dramatic orchestral flourish.
Do you live every day like it’s Halloween? It sure seems like it sometimes. Halloween never lasts long enough. What is it about the macabre that draws you in? Honestly, I have just always been fascinated by monsters and aliens. I had a young start watching these come to life on the big screen, books, and such—I guess they rubbed off on me.
NAME: Kirsten Birmingham SHOP GIRL AT: True Blue Tattoo NYC, Queens, NY One time a woman came in to get a kanji on her shoulder blade, and she also wanted the English translation of it underneath so people knew what it meant. When she was in the back getting tattooed, she decided to take her top and her bra off—though no one said she had to.
Growing up, Carolyn Cadaver and her father would draw together every night, but they probably didn’t draw the horror images she is known for tattooing nowadays. “I definitely live for horror,” she says. “Horror has played a massive role in my live, and is the very reason I started tattooing.