You drive a car, fly a plane and sail a boat—but you ride a motorcycle. There is no autopilot on a bike. Motorcycles are like horses, donkeys and bulls, they are wild beasts with their own will that you have to finesse in order to ride. It’s this trait that makes it the perfect vehicle for the tattoo community as most Inked readers eschew easy street for an adventure.
COVER GIRL IN THE WILDE How has life changed after appearing in Inked ? Seeing my little head in stores is pretty weird to be honest! I've gotten a lot of praise and recognition for it and I'm extremely proud. Inked is a huge magazine to be my first published shoot.
Chrome, leather, tattoos and a little bit of sweat dance in front of the camera. It’s 100 degrees on a strip of steaming asphalt but the heat index is off the charts thanks to Alee Rose writhing around on her friend’s custom Harley-Davidson bobber.
Everywhere Norm (Will Rise) goes he leaves his mark. Recently he moved to Hawaii, set up a private tattoo shop and put his stamp on O’ahu. A multifaceted artist—ink, graffiti, paint, tattoo machines—he specializes in lettering both on the street and in skin.
With any progression-based sport there are just a handful of true pioneera—the fearless few who created it and set it on course. But of those originators, it’s rare to find one who is still relevant today. That’s Ronnie Faisst, one of the founders of freestyle motocross.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE PEDALERS FORK TO SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER BEEN? Casual yet classy bar with a farm-to-table menu, a coffee shop and bicycle shop all-in-one! WHAT’S WITH THE BIKE THEME? Well it was supposed to be a bike shop with a bar and the restaurant came as a bonus.
JOE DONOHUE MAKES WHITE WHISKEY AND MOONSHINE HOUND DOG OLE SMOKY MOONSHINE CHERRIES INGREDIENTS 1.5 oz Ole Smokey 5 oz Grapefruit Juice 1 oz Lemon Lime Soda Lime Wedge Add the moonshine and juice into a mixing glass, shake then strain into an ice filled highball.
Heather Moss is one of the most amazing women in the tattoo industry. She’s not just a banging body with great tattoos, she runs Timeless Art Tattoo with her husband Bobby Ross—she really is a ride or die chick. Since she is the Boss Lady, we let Heather tell her story in her own words.
Last May the world lost H.R. Giger. To say Giger’s art was influential is an understatement (most famously seen in Alien). And there’s no denying that his biomechanic style transfered well to skin. Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World is a documentary that gives a fascinating look into the man's personal dwellings and head space.
The bandana got a smart reboot thanks to Flandana. This new look is hard in the front and soft against your face thanks to a soft sherpa lining. Already copped by Action Bronson, Drake and some lady’s pug on Instagram the Flandana is the best thing to happen to bikers’ faces since the invention of beards.
Do kids still ride Big Wheels? They better be. If you have a little rider then you need to get her the Toddler’s Biker Girl Tattoo Long Sleeve Tee ($24.95, inkedshop. com). Call it a starter kit for a rebel without her adult incisors. The “vest” has stars, an eagle and a Route 66 patch.
If only our middle school teacher didn't make us scrub our doodles off desks we’d have some low brow art fit for a gallery show. In that spirit the Cookie Bros, commissioned tattooer Danny Boy (Daniel Sawyer) to scribble Traditional American flash on a chair that was modelled in the fashion of old school tattoo chairs.
There’s a tattooed Dwarf in Middle Earth. His name is Dwalin and he can be seen in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, out on Blu-ray and DVD now. Unless they decide to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion for the big screen, this could possibly be our last adventure in Middle Earth for quite some time.
“Eloise does what she wants when she wants," Lena Dunham says in It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise. “She doesn’t brush her hair; doesn't care that her stomach hangs over her skirt, so there is a lot to relate to when you are a slightly weird child."
A long roster of The Fast and the Furious franchise characters once again team up to defy the laws of physics and gravity. Djimon Hounsou, and Kurt Russell. Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and the late, great Paul Walker (R.I.P) lead the pack. Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Elsa Pataky and Lucas Black all got their backs.
Mortal Kombat X brings back fan favorites like Scorpion and Sub-Zero while introducing deadly new fighters to the mix. Developer NetherRealm introduces daily challenges and Faction Wars, where fighters pledge their allegiance to one of five groups.
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.
Clocking in at $119.95 this piece is perfect for the nightstand or garage of any scooter enthusiast. The Vespa Radio Alarm Clock (thatsitaliashop.com) is MP3 capable and looks just like the speedometer on the classic sweet rides. TEMPORARY TATTOOS We’ve seen a lot of bad temporary tattoos, like a lot.
The Dyna Ripper is a chopped 2010 Harley StreetBob built for the Hot Bike Power Tout in April. It features a custom gas tank and tall section from Roland Sands Design, as well as hand crafted components from over a dozen manufacturers—a true labor of love.
This perfect combination of brains and brawn features a high output 998cc engine with mind-numbing gyro sensors that process 125 calculations per second to measure and respond to the bikes every movement.
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This ultra customizable nod to the racers of yesterday is the brainchild of Ola Stenegard. The chopper builder envisioned the bike as a "blank canvas” so you can go your own way.
Works Engineering recently completed their Antica Ironhead. Forged from the carcass of a 1975 Harley-Davldson Iron-head XL 1000 it features an early Triumph front wheel and internally routed electric with the ignition switch and relays housed in a repurposed vintage mothball closet hanger.
In search of the elite motorcycles rolling out this season we fell in love—five-to-80-times over—but as our our weird lothario uncle said, "You can't shuffle more than four dates at the same time," we had to pick the four that we would really take home.
Aaron Kaufman and Richard Rawlings have vastly different skill sets and personalities but yet they coalesce to make one of the most entertaining shows on TV, Fast N’ Loud, and the most amazing restores and customizations out of their Gas Monkey Garage.
We live in a time when most of the people who watch Food Network don't have a mandolin and a good deal of people who watch The Bachelor are married (also we’d venture to say a large swath of porn watchers don’t have a safe word). Television needs to be entertaining but it can also be educational, even if the use isn’t directly practical.
You've explained that you have a “Good Esther” and a “Bad Esther” on your arm, do you use the latter to remind yourself not to turn back into her or is it a celebration of your inner-bad girl? I’m still bad, ha. Your lovely children are also represented in your sleeve.
I first met the president of RedRum Motorcycle Club, Cliff Matias—a spiritual man, softly-spoken with an iron will to match—almost five years ago, and since, have slowly been introduced to key members of the club and subsequently, their wives and girlfriends.
The counterculture collective of beautiful women spins pop culture in a dazzling and sexy way on stage. Performing under the Inked magazine banner, the SuicideGirls’ Blackheart Burlesque Tour titillated 46 crowds in 56 days—you should see the amount of nipple tape on the expense report ledger.
Dominic Chambrone, better known as The Shoe Surgeon, started customizing shoes while he was in high school, but the cobbler has come a long way since his days of air brushing AF1 Mids. Sneakerheads across the globe dropped their jaws at the sight of his work on a pair of Banned 1s.
As they all converged at V-Bar St. Mark’s, Josh’s restaurant, Rocky, Katrina, and Buffalo all raised glasses once again, celebrating the fact that their journey had finally come to a close from where It had started two and a half years before at Bill’s Gay 90’s.
Season Five Ink Master champion Jason Clay Dunn is in a very unique place in the tattooing world as he straddles the line between the tattoo world’s old school and the new generation. Dunne made his own machine and learned the trade under a pretty brutal apprenticeship-just like all of the old timers.
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES DOES BIO-MECH OFFER THAT OTHER STYLES DON’T? I suppose Bio-Mech and Bio-Organic tattooing offers the freedom to create something 100% out of your head with no rules or boundaries attached to it. It also gives the artist the ability to have fun rendering something that just simply looks cool, without being tied down and restricted to specific subject matter.
WHAT LED YOU TO WORK IN HYPERREALISM? I enjoy the challenge of getting it to look exactly like the photo, while at the same time making it a little more dynamic. It’s fun. WHAT DO YOU TELL A CLIENT THAT BRINGS IN A DULL OR WASHED OUT PHOTOGRAPH? I ask them to bring in other photographs and we discuss what will work better.
HOW HAS DEING A TATTOO ARTIST CHANGED THE WAY YOU VIEW FORM, LINES AND COLOR? I’ve found I look at the way I design things very differently since I started to tattoo. When I was painting and drawing for pleasure or for the odd bit of commissioned work, all I was really thinking about was getting what was in my head down on paper.
What’s best about my shop is the environment. When you step in you automatically feel at home, whether you work here or are a client. The guys have a way of making the experience enjoyable but more importantly comfortable. We’ve taken the one thing we all have in common—the art of tattoos—and established a family.