I was a weird kid. I bet you were a weird kid. I think every kid feels weird in some way. When we were younger (and even now) we had certain feelings that don't seem normal, and instead of asking about or expressing them, we kept them to ourselves which made us feel weird—or worse—shameful.
SHOW US YOUR INKED Nothing gives us more of a kick than seeing your photos with our magazine. From a printing plant in Minnesota, Inked is sent out to the four corners of the world so we love to see who takes us home. Got a picture of you reading Inked at work?
Don't let the high heels rope-a-dope you, model and stripper Nikki Nichole would prefer to sport boxing shoes. In fact, Nikki, the former pugilist’s favorite tattoo is the Boxer's Prayer on her left thigh. It reads: “I ask you not for victory for somehow that seems wrong, but only for protection and courage to be strong, strength not to concur but just that I fight well, and prove myself a sportsman at the final bell.
Odd characters envelope the nude model. The long strokes look like those belonging to Leonardo da Vinci had he lived further east. But it’s not the cryptic code of the Renaissance Man but that of Russian calligraffiti writer Pokras Lampas. Inspired by typographic visual masterpieces of Niels Shoe Meulman, Lampas started to write modern gothic calligraphy letters on the streets of Moscow.
SURE YOU'VE CHATTED WITH AN EXOTIC DANCER BUT YOU WERE A LITTLE TIPSY AND THE MUSIC WAS LOUD. WE GAVE JORDAN SKYE MORE THAN A DOLLAR FOR HER THOUGHTS
IS YOUR JOB REWARDING? It’s amazing. I get to travel to new places and I'm always meeting new people. I am grateful that this many people want to see me naked! WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR HEAD WHILE YOU DANCE? It depends on the routine. I have one where I start in a straight jacket and I'm a sex crazed maniac so I think very dirty thoughts—it's very sexual.
Nick Hawk is a gigolo. “Lucky guy,” you say. Well, yes, but the dude has put in work. No man is born a gentleman-stud; his attitude, determination and positive outlook have molded him into the man that women pay to date. Before the California girls started throwing money at him for his companionship he was just a kid working on a farm in Wisconsin.
“When can I take my shirt off?” says the adorable brunette with radiant eyes and an even brighter smile. We and the cute girl are in an elevator 10 floors above the streets of Manhattan where it is legal to be topless in public. “A lot of people say that I am ‘cute’ which is funny to me because I do some of the nastiest hardcore things on camera,” porn star Bonnie Rotten says.
You are walking down the avenue in New York City and then turn into Paul Booth’s Last Rites Tattoo Theatre, boom, the city’s smells, sounds and lights are completely shut out and you fell like you are in a Medieval dungeon, lair or worse. But it is an amazing experience to the person with the right demeanor.
BRENT BEST “Aunt Ramona” Slobberbone frontman Brent Best is a songwriting treasure and his solo effort is alt-country ecstasy. JASON ISBELL “24 Frames” Jason Isbell is the master of writing love songs that eschew cliches and “24 Frames” is a testament to his brilliance.
It's four on a Thursday afternoon, and Machine Gun Kelly is asking a stranger in his House of Blues dressing room to read his ribcage to him. That's where a particularly memorable tattoo of a bus and a stick figure flying through the air sits, emblazoned with "5/14/2013"—the day he almost died trying to score weed in Manchester.
JOANNA ANGEL AND THE BURNING ANGELS COOKOUT WITH THEIR YATS OUT
Do you want to play fly-on-the-potato-salad in Joanna Angels backyard as she and her Burning Angels frolick in the sun? Of course you do. Here are things that came out of Joannas mouth (that, along with her vagina, butt and body, launched the alt-porn genre) during the affair.
Cami Li has been in the crucible of Celebrity Big Brother and the notorious British tabloid press—so she is used to having eyes all around her. Taking into account that comfortability, her strong personality and exquisite beauty we thought Cami was the perfect candidate to be the first tattooed model to be captured in 4-D.
Swedish Killer (on Instagram @swedishkiller_xoxo and @swedishangel666) is like those damn Sour Patch Kids, she is ruthless but sweet. A bit of an enigma, wrapped in ink, wrapped in not-so-much clothing, we followed her down a dark hallway for her first major magazine shoot with the trepidation of a male praying mantis succumbing to the inevitable. Swedish Killer (with a sleeve by Moises Cortez) is a dangerous follow anywhere—including Instagram. Here are dispatches of her siren song. “Weird slut,” they say Never approach a crazy bitch from any direction I’ll eat you for breakfast If I had a dick, I would pull it out and piss on ‘em.
FROM RUSSIA WITH INK: OLEG SHEPELENKO BRINGS HIS REALISM TATTOOS TO THE UNITED STATES.
Pravda means “truth” in Russian. No word describes Russian tattooer Oleg Shepelenko better, from his views on the industry to his realism tattoos that stay true to the subject (with the exception of the sugar skull mask he put on Vladmir Putin).
YOU DON’T PROMOTE HAVING BEEN ON TELEVISION, IS THERE A REASON WHY? I think that if I’ve learned anything from my boss, Victor Modafferi, it’s that the work speaks for itself. You can have all the promotion in the world but not be a great artist.
HAS YOUR MODELING CAREER HELPED YOU EXPAND AS AN ARTIST? It is a double-ended sword; I have gotten a lot of following because of my past modeling, but at the same time it has taken a way from my credibility as an artist. I think this is the main reason why a few years ago I ended up quitting modeling and concentrating on tattooing and art.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO TATTOOING? I’m self-taught and I started tattooing in 2011. I had a friend, who was tattooing at the time, see one of my paintings I was doing for art school and suggest I try tattooing. So I did. I played around at home for a year or so tattooing my friends and pretty much anyone who would let me tattoo them.
The first time I walked into Black Anvil, knew I wanted to work there. The camaraderie between artists completely drew me in, and the talent and humor at the shop made me never want to leavve. At the time I was working another job but I asked one of the owners if they needed someone to clean once or twice a week because I wanted to be a part of the shop, no matter what my role would be.