Tis our season. There are plenty of numbers floating out there on the percentage of people who enjoy horror flicks— and whatever they may be for the general populace—I'd put the tattoo community firmly at 99 percent. Look at our contributors’ photos and you can see the holiday spirit.
OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH CHRISTY A few weeks after our Sex Issue was released our cover girl Christy Mack was allegedly beaten by MMA figher War Machine. Our current cover girl Rachelle Nicole Hoffman, gives us perspective between her shoot and Christy's ordeal.
Monami Frost, the girl with the white snowflake on side of her forehead, is not sure if she is going to dress up for Halloween this year, but if she does it will be, appropriately, as the Ice Queen. Other than her snowflake she has Benjamin Franklin on her hand, a young Albert Einstein, a young Stephen Hawking (who she says people mistake for Buddy Holly), “devotion” above her right eyebrow and her own quote on her right arm: “Greatness lies in the power of thought.
You don't just see a Miä Makilä piece, you feel it. You feel a sense that something gorgeous has been destroyed, or something damaged is learning how to smile again—her pieces have an inherent grotesque beauty. When she was younger she drew princesses and lovers making out on the clouds in the sky.
IS TULLULAH’S TATTOO-FRIENDLY? Our owners are heavily-tattooed, as well as myself and our head bartender. Most everyone else has at least one, It’s nice to be somewhere where your tattoos aren’t seen as something taboo and should be covered.
DELAWARE PHOENIX 1 oz cognac 1/2 oz Meadow of Love Absinthe 3/4 oz lemon juice 1/2 oz orgeat 1 egg white And the ingredients into a mixing glass, seal and “dry shake” without ice. Fill with ice and shake again vigorously.
A funny thing happens when you write a song about tattoos—you become everyone's favorite band. Take Lucero, for example. The Memphis act might not necessarily be a household name, but step into one of their shows and you'd think they’re the biggest band in the world.
When new customers walk into Glendale, Arizona’s Ritual Additions Tattoo and are confronted with Rachelle Nicole Hoffman who is all legs, breasts and horror tattoos more often than not they think she is just the shop girl. Nope, she’s the boss lady.
The original counterculture dream girl wasn’t afraid of a little kink and gave the idea of ‘50s beauty a spank on the ass. Her mark was a lasting one, where even today she continues to inspire sexuality, rockabilly style and more tattoos than the infinity symbol.
Rob Zombie has become ubiquitous with horror. After first achieving international fame with White Zombie then going solo, the hard rocking vocalist has made movies, written comic books composed video game soundtracks, done voice acting work, and designed theme park rides.
We cast Leah Jung as Marion Grane in our update of the orginal Psycho. “I love the subtle creepiness of Alfred Hitchcock, he was a genius,” Leah says. She was perfect for the role: gorgeous with a lilt of darkness and dramatic (theatrical, not the drama that comes with some heavily tattooed girls).
The girl is stunt performer Stefanie Flores. She e-mailed the general Inked magazine inbox. “In the event that you might be doing a story about women in extreme/risky sports.” We weren’t until we read the note. Other than body burns and hurling herself from high rises, Flores specializes in “armed combat, car hits, stair falls, window penetration, sky diving, motorcycles, belaying, hang gliding and shark diving.”
He's crazier than Tarzan on the Vine and he has a wild new album out—Neon Icon, featuring guests like Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller and Childish Gambino. Want insight into Riff Raff? We spent more than six seconds with him. Want to be the most bombastic rapper in the game (on October 31 or year-round)?
With the conclusion of the fourth season of Spike TV’s Ink Master, the crowning of the winner proved to have the most controversial viewer reaction of all time. With a split in approval and shock from the live audience, Scott Marshall was named the champion.
PART 8 OF ONE MAN’S JOURNEY INTO THE ELITE WORLD OF TATTOOING ART AND CULTURE.
JOHN BUFFALO MAILER
The world famous tattoo artist Josh Lord (left) and the worldly, but not ensconced in the tattoo culture, writer John Buffalo Mailer are at V Bar where the conversation between the two roughnecks is getting philosophical. Josh: “You should never believe your own propaganda.
WHAT MAKES A BAD TATTOO? Too much detail and wrong color choices can easily make a tattoo muddy and dull from a distance. OTHER THAN TATTOOING WHICH ARTISTIC MEDIUM DO YOU PREFER? Digital work using Photoshop and a Wacom Tablet, it's like a painting video game—no supplies and no mess.
WHAT FIRST GOT YOU INTO ART? I've been into art since I was young. I drew everything— cataloging the world little by little. Then I got really into comic books and wanted to be an artist, someone who told stories. In high school, I started to notice tattoos more and saw it as a way I could draw all day and get paid.
HOW HAS TATTOOING FORMED YOUR LIFE? I am a Chicano artist, son of amazing immigrant Mexican people, and I love that I can go anywhere in the world and people will reach out to me appreciating me as an artist and as a person. All of the incredible experiences I have in my life I owe to tattooing.
WE ARE A FEW BLOCKS FROM THE beach so all the artists either surf or skate. Our apprentice Steve was messing around doing tricks in front of the shop and we were all just hanging out. The next thing we knew, Steve tried to do a trick and just totally lost it.