“It has a great jukebox” is all I need to hear when someone’s trying to talk me into going to a bar. The music is everything; it sets the vibe, and it keeps out people who want to hear Avicii or Miley. (In fact, I’ve invented a new drinking game: If you are at a bar and Pharrell’s “Happy” or “#Selfie” comes on, leave that bar and find a better one.) INKED is like a jukebox in that it’s a collection of voices, points of view, and tastes.
HAMMERING IT HOME. I thoroughly enjoyed the piece with Doc Hammer [December/January 2014]. I did not know who he was prior to reading it. My thinking hasn't been challenged like this since I was attending art classes in college. To put it plainly: It blew me away!
NAME: Sarah Ve OCCUPATION: makeup artist HOMETOWN: Sudbury, Ontario “I believe the wolf is my spirit animal, and Sailor Moon is purely my inner princess. I got the wolf chest piece when my father was passing away to remind myself that I will always be protected.
The second generation of the Peugeot 108 wouldn't be a true city dweller without a tattoo. At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot showed the 108 Tattoo Concept, a five-door model with a copper exterior finish, on which French tattoo artist Xïol drew the brand's lion logo.
Liquors you once only had as shots are now appearing in mighty fine cocktails.
How would you describe where you work? Legendary! It’s the coolest place I have ever worked in my life. Do you ever get into shows while you’re working? I definitely get into every show-watching people enjoy music is such a high. What have been your favorite acts that played during your shift?
Emek's concert posters and album covers are visual carnivals.
Here are some names that Emek has worked with: The Black Keys, Tool, Jane’s Addiction, The Flaming Lips, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, and Henry Rollins. And then there’s a big one, cartoonist and musician R. Crumb, who endorses the artist thusly: “He has great design and impeccable political sentiments, what more could you ask for?” Emek infuses social commentary into his concert posters, calling them “highly detailed and conceptually driven psychedelically surreal doodles.” He says others have called his work “visual poetry made from angry little lines,” and he’s been called “the Leonardo da Vinci of crap nobody cares about—or maybe that’s just what my parents say."
Travis Walker collaborated with Black Flys to bring us these Razor Fly shades ($150, flys.com), which are handy in case of a sunny day, a five o'clock shadow, or a rumble.
Thanks to Deborah Shavlik, your cherished ink can now be felted into a soft pillow (studiodks.com). Just send her a picture and your special request when ordering, just like a tattoo consultation.
Jarre's AeroBull iPhone dock
Jarre's AeroBull iPhone dock (about $1,380, jarre.com) is a party animal that barks your favorite jams through a 5.25-inch subwoofer with more than 100 watts of power. Also, this dude's bone functions as a remote.
Peter Dayton print
This Peter Dayton print ($1,500 for 36 inches by 24 feet, peterdayton.com) is a haunting but chic add to anyone's study or skullery.
Dub Boom Box
No wires or Bluetooth or batteries required! Just set your smartphone on top of the laser-etched Good Wood NYC's Dub Boom Box ($50, goodwoodnyc.com) speaker and let physics do the amplifying for you.
Ink on the Street SUBJECT: Travis Goldfarb SPOTTED: Harlem, NYC WHERE HE GETS INKED: Lotus Tattoo in Sayville, NY (see page 86). Goldfarb, a woodworker, says his favorite tattoo is his traditional American-style eagle with a rose that’s on his chest.
A.J. Baime has a gift for taking stories about cars and turning them into epic tales of man and his machine versus other man and his machine. His last-Go Like Hell, about Ferrari versus Ford in the Le Mans-roared off the page, and Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise are rumored to play the leads in Hollywood’s adaptation. His newest, The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, andan Epic Quest to Arm an America at War, shows how capitalism and the American spirit really won WWII. You’ll never look at Detroit or our flag the same again.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
The fourth in the Michael Bayhelmed Transformers saga has a fresh story line and a new cast of human characters. Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) is a mechanic who finds a beat-up truck that turns out to be a Transformer. It's not long before black-suited government agents come knocking at his door to hunt down Optimus Prime. The one thing to be most excited about, besides Shia LaBeouf being ditched, is that we're finally getting Dinobot action!
22 JUMP STREET
21 Jump Street was a shockingly entertaining and pretty damn funny action-comedy romp. No one expected the '80s TV show turned movie to be any good, but it somehow worked, even luring in Johnny Depp for a spectacular cameo. So it's no surprise that a sequel was greenlit. Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are back, and assigned to go undercover at a local college. Let's hope that lightning strikes twice for our new favorite buddy cops. -G.M.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
A full decade after the events of the awesome Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the human population has been drastically reduced thanks to the simian plague virus that was unleashed during the events of the first film. The two species are shakily coexisting, but the peace proves to be very short-lived when a band of human survivors attempts to reclaim their land, sparking a whole new war with ape Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his growing forces. Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) directs -G.M.
Get Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen in this stunning Blu-ray trilogy box set that includes a collectible deck of cards and custom dice. All new exclusive bonus features include making-of videos for all films, plus Pros & Cons: Inside Ocean's Outfit; Ahab With a Piggyback: The Means & Machines of Ocean's; The Style of Steal; and Original Ocean's, Original Cool. This is one of the coolest and most star-studded trilogies ever. -G.M.
2014 FIFA WORLD CUP
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3, XBOX 360 Normally EA Sports releases soccer games in the fall, but for every major international event the studio doubles down with a special edition. This ode to the most popular sporting tournament in the world lets you take your country's team from qualifiers to the grand stage in Brazil (whether they were invited to the tournament or not). The game largely plays like FIFA 14, but spices up the action with flag-waving crowds, authentic stadiums, and some subtle changes, like a new penalty kick system. Once you capture the golden boots in the Road to the World Cup mode, join the Group of Death online and do your country proud by squaring off against the best virtual players around the globe. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: High drama, faking injuries, "the beautiful game"
EA SPORTS UFC
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 4, XBOX ONE With the Undisputed series defunct now that its developer THQ has gone under, the only game in town for brutal submissions and unforgiving takedowns is this new kid on the block. EA Sports' next-gen-only offering features character models so realistic you'll wince when your guy absorbs a precise strike. The developers engineered a new fighting logic from the ground up so the deep roster of UFC stars switches tactics on the fly just as they do in real life, keeping you guessing-and in constant fear of getting knocked out. Curious how some of yesteryear's legendary fighters would stack up against this new breed of athlete? Select Bruce Lee and see how his brand of Jeet Kune Do applies to the modern octagon. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: The Ultimate Fighter, Enter the Dragon, UFC Fight Night -MB.
MURDERED: SOUL SUSPECT
PLATFORMS: PLAYSTATION 3 AND 4, XBOX 360 AND ONE, PC Salem, MA, has always had an air of the supernatural, from the witch trials to this season's release of Murdered: Soul Suspect. Roughshod detective Ronan O'Connor experiences this firsthand when he pulls a new murder case in which he must investigate ... his own grisly death. In ghost form, you try to determine who unloaded a clip of bullets into your chest and what you did to spark his (or her?) actions. Momentarily possessing other people allows you to check out meaningful evidence, eavesdrop on revealing conversations, and dig up concealed memories to find clues. A psychic who saw the murder and can speak to the dead also offers assistance in this paranormal noir thriller. PLAY IF YOU LIKE: L.A. Noire, The Sixth Sense, Heavy Rain -MB.
Gilman Street, the Roxy, 9:30 Club, The Brixton Academy, Fireside Bowl, The Whiskey-they’ve all become part of the greater culture of rock. And thanks to some brilliant (borderline obnoxious) merchandising, the whole world knows CBGB. But unless you’re from central New Jersey, are a touring musician, or saw the Daily Show episode in which Jon Stewart talked about his old bartending gig, you’ve never heard of Trenton’s City Gardens.
WATTER “Rustic Fog” Members of Slint and Grails get ambient and spacey on this seven-minute-long musical meditation. FUCKED UP “Paper the House” Canadian post-punkers skirt the line between chaos and beauty with this midtempo rocker.
INKED busts sunscreen myths. Consider yourself on burn notice.
KISS MY FACE TATTOO SHADE SPF 30
KISS MY FACE TATTOO SHADE SPF 30 Guard your ink with this triple-duty lube ($10, drugstores). You score broad-spectrum protection, antioxidants to help counteract sun damage, and a special anti-fading complex to keep ink looking fresh.
BANANA BOAT FOR MEN ULTRAMIST CLEAR SPRAY SUNSCREEN SPF 50+
BANANA BOAT FOR MEN ULTRAMIST CLEAR SPRAY SUNSCREEN SPF 50+ The cologne-like scent of this protector ($9, drugstores) makes it a great option for non-beach days. True to its name, the spray goes on clear so it won't goop up in your body hair.
COPPERTONE TATTOO GUARD STICK SPF 55 SUNSCREEN
COPPERTONE TATTOO GUARD STICK SPF 55 SUNSCREEN Convenient and portable, this twist-up solid ($6, drugstores) is ideal for protecting pieces on smaller areas like your hands and face. The moisturizing formula keeps skin looking smooth, whether it's inked or not.
JACK BLACK DOUBLE-DUTY FACE MOISTURIZER SPF 20
JACK BLACK DOUBLE-DUTY FACE MOISTURIZER SPF 20 With built-in protection this light emollient ($27, getjackblack.com) is perfect for summer. And since it hangs out by your nose, it smells great with extracts of blue algae and sea parsley.
A whopping 49 percent of men copped to not using sunscreen in the past year, according to a recent survey by the Skin Cancer Foundation. So we asked New York City dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, M.D., to debunk five common myths about sunscreens, and school us (and you) on using proper protection.
Not far from Glastonbury, Bristol will lure you in with its own music scene
Hear ye, hear ye! England’s infamous Glastonbury music festival is around the corner. With headliners like The Rolling Stones and The Arctic Monkeys, and more than 100 stages, you'd better be there. But what do you do when the LSD wears off or you’re sick of all the festival grind?
These rides have gone platinum—and chrome and carbon fiber.
PRICIEST: LAMBORGHINI VENENO ROADSTER
Yes, $4.5 million is a lot to shell out for even the cherriest ride, but with the Lamborghini Veneno, you get your money’s worth—at least from an engineering standpoint. Every inch of this car, every curve, nook, and cranny, serves a purpose. From the drag-free placement of the engine cooling vents to the adjustable rear wing, the overall design is the closest thing we’ve seen to aerodynamic perfection. Even the wheels have been specially constructed to create a turbine effect that helps feed cool air to the carbon ceramic brakes. One can only dream.
FASTEST: REMBRANDT BUGATTI VITESSE
Bugatti has been cranking out four-wheeled works of art for more than a century. Named for the sculptor (not the painter) who was the brother of the company’s founder, the Rembrandt is almost as coveted as works by its namesake. The fourth installment in Bugatti’s “Les Legendes” has a staggering top speed of 254 mph, making it the fastest production roadster on the planet. It’s the one rare occasion when hurling a priceless masterpiece down the highway is acceptable; in fact, the 1,200-horsepower, 8.0-liter engine almost demands it.
MOST TRUNK SPACE FOR ITS SIZE: TOYOTA PRIUS V
The Toyota Prius V is the perfect blend of fuel economy and trunk space. While that may not turn as many heads as gull wing doors, it’s certainly not lacking in potential. With 34.3 cubic feet of trunk space, you could haul 240 gallons of milk. Not a milk drinker? That’s fine—just hit the swap meet and head home with a king’s ransom of 28 toaster ovens and a half dozen beanbag chairs. It doesn't end there: With the rear seat folded down, the Prius V can hold 202 shovel scoops of dirt, sand, or small stones. You can bring the beach to the beach.
MOST COMFORTABLE: MERCEDES S CLASS
Mercedes does not endorse falling asleep behind the wheel, despite the fact that they’ve constructed the most comfortable ride since the race-car bed. You've been on heated seats before, but one with a hot stone massage feature? Not so much. Since even the smoothest suspension is at the mercy of the terrain, the S Class has special cameras that detect bumps in the road to adjust the ride. It's called Magic Body Control. Not magic enough for you? There’s also Magic Vision Control: Tiny jets on the wiper blades that clean windows without a burst of washer fluid. Good night.
To roll with the DGAF Crew, you need to live by the full meaning of the abbreviation: Don’t Give a Fuck.
Sisters Melissa and Allison Green of the electro-pop duo Millionaires decided to name their dedicated fan base—a mixed audience united by a love of Millionaires’ catchy beats and in-your-face, party-themed lyrics—the DGAF (Don't Give a Fuck) Crew.
While The Used are usually fueled by adrenaline and angst, their latest offering, Imaginary Enemy, also thrives on political diatribes. Whether challenging the military-industrial complex on “A Song to Stifle Imperial Progression (A Work in Progress)” or rousing the cell phone-addicted masses in “Generation Throwaway,” the Utah rockers have plenty of hotbutton topics on their collective mind.
The Ducks defenseman says the NHL locker room is a good place to find bad ink.
From the first time he picked up a hockey stick, Sheldon Souray found that he had a skill unlike any of the other kids: He could hit the puck obscenely hard. In the ensuing years, this powerful slap shot would earn Souray quite the goofy nickname—the Studly Wonderbomb—and a lengthy career in the National Hockey League.
WHEN SKYLAR GREY SINGS “COMING HOME,” SHE ISN’T TALKING ABOUT A MANSION IN THE SUBURBS OR A LUXURY APARTMENT IN THE CITY. THE WOODRAT IS TALKING ABOUT A CABIN IN THE COUNTRY.
I’M COMING HOME/I’M COMING HOME/ TELL THE WORLD I’M COMING HOME. Skylar Grey has sung these words on American Idol, WrestleMania, and for a heart-wrenching Budweiser Super Bowl commercial called “A Hero’s Welcome.” Her orchestral voice is impressive, but she isn’t just a diaphragm; she is the soul behind those bars, as she co-wrote “Coming Home” for Diddy’s Dirty Money album (the track was a top 25 hit on the Billboard charts).
AGAINST ME! "BECAUSE OF THE SHAME" Can’t remember the last time I saw you. Can’t remember the last time we talked. You left home for a fresh start. Working as a waitress down in Bradenton with my name tattooed into your skin “BABY LOU TATTOO” A tattoo doll awaiting my call...
The frontwoman of Against Me! talks about her new place in the community, her latest album, and that new neck piece.
The punker Laura Jane Grace is pretty sweet, in the sugar sense of the word. “I had Hershey’s Kisses in my pocket the other day and I put my phone in there and they melted into it,” she explains, apologizing for having to call a few minutes later than the scheduled time.
(see: human rights violations, the Crimean crisis, its treatment of Pussy Riot, hotel rooms at the Sochi Olympics), but that doesn't mean Russians are evil. Take, for instance, Sasha Larina, who flew from Moscow to New York City in order to grace our pages wearing great ink from her home country.
When it comes to solving cold cases, tattoos can be more effective than DNA.
It was the '80s in Kansas City, MO, and like many teens, sisters Stephanie, Alice, and Paula Beverly Davis were enamored of hot pink, lime green, and fuchsia rainbows, crimson hearts, and prancing white unicorns. Their parents gave them a unicorn-motif jewelry box.
Intimate snapshots from the Blackhearts Burlesque tour by the SG founder.
This spring the SuicideGirls: Blackheart Burlesque Tour went Down Under, crisscrossing the continent playing 7 major cities in 14 days, The girls shook the crowds with our tributes to Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Planet of the Apes and rolled through a few kilometers of nipple tape.
PART 6 OF ONE MAN’S JOURNEY INTO THE ELITE WORLD OF TATTOOING ART AND CULTURE.
JOHN BUFFALO MAILER
I think I'm gonna put a little bit of shading in between these two." Tattoo artist Josh Lord was great about talking Buffalo through each stage of the process. He could tell what a tourist Buffalo had been in that first session they’d had several months back.
LISTEN TO HIS NEW ALBUM OR LOOK AT HIS TATTOOED SKIN, AND YOU’LL KNOW YELAWOLF, THE RAPPER BEHIND “BOX CHEVY V,” IS A PROUD NONCONFORMIST.
1. Musical Melting Pot
2. Lone Wolf
3. An Almost Full Canvas
4. A Man of the People
5. Keen Artistic Vision
6. Having the Heart of Dixie
FROM THE SECOND he exploded onto the scene, Yelawolf has presented the music industry with a conundrum: The proudly southern artist has a style that is impossible to fit into a tidy category. Like many of America’s greatest cultural achievements-jazz, Buffalo wings, black-and-gray tattooing — Yelawolf draws from a diverse array of cultural influences, and the result is unique.
The lead singer of The Dear & Departed and former LA Ink-er talks about his musical muses and what he thinks of tattooing on TV.
We here at INKED have been discussing an Icon feature on Dan Smith for years. Yes, his work is tight, beautiful, and the perfect representation of traditional American tattooing. But when the conversations began, Smith was still in his 20s.
Tattoos and hardcore music often go hand in hand. “I remember when I got into hardcore, only skinheads had tattoos,” says tattooist Anthony "Civ" Civarelli, the owner of Lotus Tattoo in Sayville, NY. “Now it’s pretty cliché. If you're in a band it’s par for the course, like a punk belt or a pair of boots.” But for Civ, who is the lead singer of the hardcore punk band Gorilla Biscuits—which disbanded in the early '90s but has reunited several times—getting tattooed began as a way to identify yourself as being part of a tribe.
What is the tattoo scene like in Scotland? The Scottish tattoo scene is a big part of the British scene. There are a lot of young and very talented artists working in a variety of different styles. The tattooers themselves seem very nice and friendly and I haven't really come across jealousy or any negative competition.
NAME: Kaitlin Sandoval SHOP MANAGER AT: Artistic Element Tattoo, Yucaipa, CA I set up Roman Abrego to tattoo The Game onstage at the Nokia Theater in Hollywood, CA, and the announcer shouted him out: “We got the best motherfucking tattoo artist in the world, Roman Abrego!” Thousands of crazy, screaming fans put their arms up, and I had the best seat in the house.
Snir Rozensal is the kind of artist who goes with the flow, from his smooth, delicate, and often massive custom pieces to his instinctive approach. “I try to work in a really open, clear way,” he says. “I consider the flow of the tattoo on the body and make it very visible even from far away.” Heavily influenced by the work of Filip Leu, Rozensal excels at taking traditional Asian tattoo imagery and creating delicate, windswept designs that are all his own.