Here’s to the crazy ones. The creatives. The misfits. The rebels. The shaker-uppers. The unapologists. This, our Art Issue, is dedicated (with a spin on Apple’s 1997 “Think Different” campaign) to those who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules.
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The UK model with frozen eyes and gorgeous tattoos is photographer Bilacous’ muse and lover. "I’m honored to play a part in such a talented photographer’s work," Daisy says. “I’m a very lucky girl to have him in my life. I mean it couldn't be a better partnership; you have a model and a photographer who are crazy about each other and have a real connection together—it’s the perfect source of artistic inspiration.
There is a dream list of people to tattoo in the community. From actresses and celebrities to world leaders and models, every tattooer has a Mount Rushmore of canvases on which he or she hope to leave their mark. Who would yours be? Then there’s Ramon Maiden who has inked his designs on Marilyn Monroe, Buddy Holly and Bettie Page.
A CHAT ABOUT TATTOOS WITH BIKINI BARTENDER AIRICA MICHELLE OF DISTRACTIONS LOUNGE IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA WHAT IS IT LIKE WEARING A BIKINI TO WORK? I actually like it because rather than covering my expensive artwork I get to show more of it off than with pretty much any other occupation.
These blended scotch drinks by Joe Donohue will put hair on your chest (and lip like Ron Burgundy).
CUTTY SARK EWEN ALEXANDER 1 ½ OZ Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition ½ oz Dark crème de cacao ½ oz Grand Marnier 1 oz Heavy cream Add ingredients into a mixing glass, fill with ice, shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with freshly grated nutmeg. J&B SCOTCH WHISKEY WILLIE'S DOLLAR 2 ozs J&B scotch Whisky ¾ oz Honey syrup ½ oz Lemon Juice Ginger beer Add ingredients to a highball glass, add ice, top with ginger beer and stir briefly.
There is power in a nickname, especially when a packed football stadium of 80,000 people is chanting that name. Few know this quite as well as Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu. In many ways Mathieu’s life is the story of two nicknames, each representing a different side of the man’s personality.
WE GIVE THE LOVELY TATTOO MODEL AND FIREBREATHER CERVENA FOX A SECOND SKIN THROUGH LIQUID LATEX
The idea of art is often put into too small a frame. A piece needn't be hung in a museum or a gallery to be deemed art—art is everywhere. The graffiti scrawled on the walls of a dive bar’s men’s room, the design of a tattoo machine, heck, even the simple font of these letters that you are reading right now were designed an is art.
When you imagine Iggy Pop, you think shirtless (and perhaps bottomless) so it is no surprise the 60 year-old punker hasn't delved to far into fashion, until now. Sailor Jerry Clothing had The Stooges god collaborate on a line inspired by another American treasure Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins.
Designer Sophia Chang honored Wu-Tang by depicting the five boroughs through dope illustrations of hand tattoos. Now Miss Wax Jewelry took the one-dimensional drawings and alchemized the Shaolin (Staten Island) praying hands into a pendant highlighted by antiqued 14-karat gold finish.
While best known for their work on Sandman, Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman had a jewel 20 years ago in The Comical Tragedy or Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch. This beautifully illustrated rerelease parallels the Mr. Punch puppet show, complete with violence, betrayal and unwanted pregnancy.
In a simplier, harder time, good kids were given toys by St. Nick and bad kids got the wrath of Krampus. If you identify with the latter show up to Krampusfest's Krampus Ball in LA on December 6th—the naughty girls will most certainly be there.
Canadian electro rockers The Birthday Massacre are back with a stunning new album Superstition. Our Gil Macias asked lead singer Chibi (who has tattoos of two characters from Beverly Cleary books) about the band's appearance. "Yeah, we dye our hair black and with the band's name, I mean, people think it's going to be some heavy, scary, nightmare-band.
Give the gift of testosterone this holiday season with The Expendables 3, the third film in the macho-fueled action saga that stars every cinematic ass-kicker known to man. This time Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson join the ever growing cast that includes Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham and Jet Li to name a few.
Crude humor is abound in The Interview. David Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run tabloid TV show and in an effort to prove they are legitimate journalists, try to interview North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un, who is actually a big fan and accepts their request.
Aksel—the hero from the graphic novel Sing No Evil by JP Ahonen and KP Alare—once had no problem greater than getting lost in the heavy metal music he was creating. Well, that and also upsetting his girlfriend. When he is accosted by demons, hell-sent evil spirits that may have been brought to life by the music of his band Perkeros, Aksel finally has real issues to deal with.
DAVID BAZAN + PASSENGER STRING QUARTET “The Fleecing’ This reworking of a Pedro The Lion staple gets a classical bent and new life. CROWBAR “Symmetry In White’ The metallic grooves on this track are so sludgy that you'll need a shower after listening.
One of the hottest open world experiences is back, and this time you can bring a friend. Far Cry 4 transports players to a fictional country in the Himalayas being torn apart by a revolutionary war. As the son of the resistance’s deceased leader, Ajay Ghale must disrupt heroin operations, work with gun traffickers, and protect ancient temples to rally the people to his side and wrestle the country from the hands of its dictator.
Your phone is big-like Ellios frozen pizza big, too-big-for-your-pocket big—and it’s your camera, too. HTC RE captures your life without interrupting it. We’re talking about a one-click battery-size camera that shoots cinematic photo and HD video, wet or dry.
Skate decks need to be lightweight but durable enough that they can grind a rail under all your weight. Proof, an eyewear company based in Boise, thought those attributes would also make a perfect pair of sunglasses. Their skate collection, made of Canadian maple decks, is the raddest thing to happen to boards since the kicktail.
The problem with garden gnomes is that they don't give your yard any of the street cred you deserve. Enter Plastic Cell's hand-painted sculptures that include likenesses of the The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur—put one on the east side of your yard and the other on the west.
Harley-Davidson and Bulova could easily be the ideal American dream team. Both brands embody exceptional technique, precision and timing. Together, their watches deliver with class, pride and vigor to their wearers. Part of the Raised Brake Lever Collection, the stainless steel watch pictured above has a vertically embossed pattern, black dial and a stylized calendar.
Skateboards, pin-ups, wolves, punk rock, American Traditional, gypsies, flipping the bird....odds are, if you’re reading this, at least half of those phrases made your ears prick up like a dog who hears the word “treat.” Whether you believe tattoos have inspired society or the inverse, one thing can’t be denied: the past few years have bore witness to tattoo culture bursting through the pop culture wall like the Kool-Aid Man with "LIVE FAST" inked on his knuckles.
Life is but a dream for Tattoo Nightmares' Big Gus and his wife/collaborator/inspiration Gypsy Rose.
Gus: We met at an art retreat in Colorado that you weren’t even supposed to go to. Gypsy: I got forced into going. It was my birthday, the tattoo shop I worked at and my parents made me go. Gus: Your birthday is eventful. Tell them how I proposed to you at the museum.
Be the cool uncle-brother-father-you this holiday season with an array of gifts that will have you winning the holidays.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (samsung.com) Middle of Beyond Panther Head Rug (middleofbeyond.com) Samsung Gear VR (mamsung.com) ThirtyTwo Santa Ana Mitts (thirtytwo.com) Dos Equis Masquerade (go to a liquor store) AXE Kilo with Paul Rodriguez shower gel (axeeffect.com)
The hip-hop artist has an unlikely muse: Jerry Seinfeld. Not that there is anything with that.
When you think of rappers referencing moving pictures the usual suspects are titles like Scarface (Future), Hoodlum (Gang Starr) or The Wire (Eminem). But Seinfeld? Yes, emanating from speakers around the block will be The Album About Nothing, Wale's fourth solo studio output inspired by the '90s sitcom set in New York City's Upper West Side.
This was the only tattoo Josh Lord had ever wanted to remove. He had already been through two sessions, but the offending party was still noticeably dark on his wrist. He would need at least two, likely three more sessions. Ariel Lasevoli, the esthetician who would be doing the laser removal on them today, looked like she was 19, although she must have been a few years older, given her resume.
Few young tattoo artists find success in the industry as quickly as Zack Singer. The Dallas-based tattoo artist doesn’t yet have a decade of skin in the game but he has already made such an impact that he is at the iconic level. The owner of Perception Fine Body Art, the man is gifted with skills that range across all of the major styles of tattooing.
Little Swastika, an artist’s tattoo artist, continues to advance tattooing to places it has never been. Recently the German-based creative powerhouse pushed the boundary of tattooing a body by inking his cohesive design across the backs of 10 people.
WHAT MADE YOU GRAVITATE TOWARDS SURREALISM? My art form evolves and gets shaped as a result of the inspiration I get towards things I observe and admire. There are visual artists whom have left a mark on my background. I’ve brought their work inside my world, and as a reflecting mirror I put their influences into my tattoo imaginary.
CHAIM MACHLEV AKA DOTSTOLINES HOW DID YOUR JOURNEY START? I was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. Most people in the Western world connect negativity with tattoos. I was never attracted to tattoos until I considered getting one; there is a stage in life in which everyone considers one.
YOU TATTOO ACROSS DIFFERENT GENRES, DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE? I like bringing together genres that don’t seem to fit at first sight—building bridges where most people would not consider to. From time to time I favor one style more than the other, but I really try to do as many different things as possible.
OF A&E'S EPIC INK AND ROGUE LEADER STUDIOS MELBOURNE, FLORIDA
From the outside of Rogue Leader you’d never expect to enter a world of nerdy, sci-fi filled walls and endless amounts of insane art. Jeff Wortham and Stockton Lee took a huge risk opening a tattooer’s dreamland in an uncommon location. My position at Rogue Leader is to keep the ship moving.