“What kind of tattoo would you suggest somebody new to tattoos should get?” a newspaper reporter recently asked me during an interview about new trends in ink. My jerky knee-jerk response was that I would never tell somebody what to put on their body and if they need advice on a design they should not get tattooed in the first place.
SHOW US YOUR INKED When we give life to a new issue we like to see how our babies are doing out there, that they have found good homes. One of our favorite dispatches came from the woman gracing the cover and pages of the last issue. Gypsy Rose sent the above photo to us and wrote on her Instagram, "It's so crazy and unreal to see myself on the cover of such a popular tattoo magazine.
My favorite tattoo is my “B” on the inside of my upper right arm. It’s the letter B inside a human heart, with a prince’s crown—Traditionally done. I got it to represent my seven-year-old son Baron, who is my entire world. I live in Washougal, WA, on the outskirts of the big city [Seattle].
A Brian M. Viveros girl hits you like a shock of nicotine. You draw her in; she enters your bloodstream and goes straight to your brain; your brain activates your adrenal glands; your heart speeds up a patter while dopamine increases in your pleasure center; you exhale.
A CHAT ABOUT DRINKS AND INK WITH MS. LAUREN ELIZABETH OF NURSE BETTIE, A PIN-UP BURLESQUE BAR IN NEW YORK CITY'S LOWER EAST SIDE. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE NURSE BETTIE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER HAD THE PLEASURE OF STEPPING THROUGH THE DOOR? Nurse Beetie can feel like many things, none of which are bad, all of which can be mysterious, intriguing, exciting and new.
JOE DONOHUE SHAKES UP YOUR GRANDPARENTS' FAVORITE TIPPLES
The Bobby Pin (née Martini) Tito’s Handmade Vodka 1¾ oz Tito’s Vodka ¾ oz Cointreau ½ oz Dolin Bianco Vermouth 1 Dash of Orange Bitters Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, stir, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist.
In many ways Circa Survive seem to have a life of their own. Over the course of five years and 10 albums, this Philadelphia-based fivesome have evolved from a scrappy post-hardcore act to one of the most original and uncompromising acts in rock, a progression that’s culminated with their latest album Descensus.
Guess who’s coming to dinner. For starters, the man on the opposite page, chef Michael Voltaggio will be there. He and veteran war correspondent, Mariana Van Zeller are traveling to hot zones and inviting both sides of the conflict to break bread together.
Hey Daddy-O, grease you hair into a duck ass, grab you best pair of shades and get your kool self down to the 7th annual Rockabilly Reunion in Lake Havasu February 13-15th. Other than being able to mix with other groovy cats, you will meet your fair share of dames in retro fashions, some even competing in a pin-up contest.
This past fall, Sons of Anarchy rode off into the sunset with its final, blood-drenched season. Now you can complete your SAMCRO Blu-ray collection and relive Jax’s road to revenge in this loaded Season 7 set. Bonus features include: Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel, Carpe Diem: The Final Season of Sons of Anarchy, Anarchy Legacy, Bikes of Sons of Anarchy: Motorcycles of Mayhem, and SOA Tattoo Stories!
Lady Gaga has been inking tributes to her fans and Tony Bennett, with whom she recorded Cheek to Cheek. Tattooist Eric Gonzalez tattooed “Mother Monster" onto her pit and the famous “Monster Paw” to the left of her back during her world tour artRAVE: The Artpop Ball.
The Art of Pin-Up is an ode to the 1920s-70s female figure and the figures of the pin-up community. Most certainly a coffee table must-have, Taschen reintroduces cheesecake photography to a world of viewers—old and new. This book is fit for any individual with a liking for all-American art and, of course, beautiful women.
Boss battles in video games are typically driven by patterns of behavior the player must decipher before emerging victorious. But what happens when the monster displays the adaptability and unpredictability of a human opponent? Evolve pits a group of four armed-to-the-teeth players against a predator controller by another person.
Renee DiDio and Anna Patin are helping modern pin-ups find their niche at their recently launched Brooklyn Pin-Up School. Their charm classes are stacked with beauty and clothing essentials. “The whole concept was to give these girls an eye into how we look and dress every day,” says DiDio.
These people look like a fun bunch. Join them and in York, England during the third week in February for Jorvik’s Viking Festival—the largest in all of Europe. You'll get the Old Norse experience of building a viking long boat, get to sing Viking chants and witness clashes (raping and pillaging are frowned upon, actually downright illegal).
Please don’t tell the hipsters but old school athletic apparel is gaining style points. Those sleek Starter jackets are back in production with licenses from the NBA, NFL, MLB and NCAA. Our favorite find of the new year is Retro College Cuts, a clothier that specializes in ‘80s-’90s college basketball shorts.
ANGELS & AIRWAVES “Tunnels” Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge channels his inner-U2 on this atmospheric post-everything roller coaster ride. FALL OUT BOY “The Kids Aren’t Alright” Fall Out Boy transcend their pop-punk roots on this radio-friendly celebration.
Jupiter Ascending is an original epic, sci-fi tale that stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones—a seemingly ordinary woman who learns the life altering truth about her extraordinary and cosmic origins. She is swept into a galactic conflict when Caine (tattooed Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to protect her and ensure that she fulfills her destiny.
“It’s like some sort of hot tub time machine,” again. After being bumped from its original holiday release, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 finally makes its way into theaters this February. Robb Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke all reprise their roles, this time they use the tub in an effort to save Lou (Corddry) from getting shot in the future.
Skin Data was a New Museum project that paired Amanda Wachob (known for her painterly tattoos) and neuroscientist Maxwell Bertolero. While she tattooed these designs Bertolero collected and analyzed time and voltage from her tattoo machine on a color band map that will be on the museum’s website.
Insurgent, the second installment of The Divergent Series, is set in a futuristic Chicago, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are on the run from the Erudite elite lead by the relentless Jeanine (Kate Winslet). Their faction joins forces with other insurgents to fight the Erudites and try to uncover their master plan— which involves a mysterious box-shaped device.
The only thing tame about mid-century pin-ups was Bettie Page taming a bad girl by putting one over her knee and spanking her. These photos we now think of as classy and glamorous were downright scandalous in their day. The modern day equivalent could be the cam girl.
Like most athletes, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy spent years dreaming about going to the Olympics and bringing back some bronze, silver or gold. When the dust cleared and the Sochi Olympics were finished, Kenworthy found himself returning to the States with something far more precious than the silver medal around his neck—a family of stray dogs he rescued off the streets.
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At the Blind Barber in NYC this crew cuts stylish hair with an old school flair. And they don't wear twee bow ties and suspenders, they sculpt undercuts and side parts whlie rocking hip threads and Chucks.
The sweet smell of whiskey mingles with the lilt of perfume but there is something else in the air: sparks are flying, both in hearts and on the bar. One of the bearded and tattooed proprietors is stripped to the waist with flames shooting out of his hands as women writhe around him on the bar.
PART 10 OF ONE MAN’S JOURNEY INTO THE ELITE WORLD OF TATTOOING ART AND CULTURE.
JOHN BUFFALO MAILER
It had been 9 1/2 months since that day of laser removal, and in that time not one drop of ink from Josh’s machine had gone into Buffalo’s shoulder. Josh Lord had only gotten busier after that day of laserlng, and Buffalo had started shooting Matthew Barney’s movie River of Fundament, which required him to climb inside a real dead cow, among various other duties.
When Rick Walters starts talking about tattoos you better shut up and listen to him. Walters has garnered so much experience over the last 60 years that he is more than just an artist-he is a living almanac of tattoo history. When he was barely even old enough to tie his own shoes, the inquisitive Walters figured out how to hand-poke tattoos and he hasn’t stopped tattooing since.
WHAT DREW YOU TO CREATING BEAUTIFUL BLACK-AND-GREY WOMEN? I fall in love with beautiful girls quite easily. I’ve always had an eye for beauty and had much appreciation for a well-formed face and body. Although behind that beauty there is not always a shine.
WHAT LED YOU TO WORK IN HYPERREALISM? I started drawing and tattooing at the same time, so I would research tattoos as well as art so I could learn as much as possible. Hyperrealism caught my attention first but I was interested in many different styles.
WHAT FIRST LED YOU TO TATTOOING GIRLS IN YOUR OWN SIGNATURE PIN-UP STYLE? I used to be and still am heavily into comic book art and graffiti, I would copy the characters out of the comics when I was younger, drawing the superheroes male and female alike.
I’m screwing the boss! Seriously, though —my husband Irish Cash has owned Capital Ink Tattoos since 2006. Our shop is located underground in historic Old Sacramento where the original ground level was in the 1800s. These underground tunnels, like the one our shop is built in, have a history of being haunted by ghosts.