“I aim to provide the public with beneficial shocks,” Alfred Hitchcock said. “Civilization has become so protective that we’re no longer able longer able to get our goose bumps instinctively. The only way to remove the numbness and revive our moral equilibrium is to use artificial means to bring about the shock.”
WE CAN GIVE IT TO YOU BUT WHATCHA YOU GON DO WITH IT? Art is ever evolving, that's why we try to publish the best in the world. But when we produce an issue we hope that's not the end of the artistic flow, we want you to be inspired to create your own art or remix what we have presented. For instance check out what Julio Cesar (@ mz09art) did with our Christy Mack by Christian Saint cover shoot for the last Sex Issue.
Kayla Sorrells “It’s a toss up between my pelvic plate and the Star Trek tribute piece on my abdomen. The pelvic plate is actually the female reproductive system in tattoo form. It serves as a sweet warning with the cupcake and skulls and snakes.
While looking for photographs to sharpen her retouching skills Jane Long stumbled across the Flickr archives of Romanian World War I and post-war photographer Costica Ascinte. “There was something about the subjects that appealed to me—people trying to live a simple life in the middle of a war-torn area, trying to rebuild,” she says.
WHAT’S THE ATMOSPHERE LIKE AT THE OFFICE? It’s pretty laid back unless there’s a sports game on, then it’s every man for himself! A CUSTOMER WALKS OVER TO THE BAR DURING A BUSY SHIFT AND SAYS “MAKE ME SOMETHING GOOD” WHAT’S YOUR MOVE? I will Mule the shit; out of anyone!
Two things you may not know about the actor who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones: Kristian Nairn has tattoos on his face and is a house DJ fresh off a tour called “Rave of Thrones." Welcome to Nairnia.
Irving Plaza is pulsating to house music. Every half-second the strobing lights gives one the experience of being in an a vaccum with the amazing sound and then illuminates the crowd to reveal a wave of revellers being controlled by an enormous man on the decks.
Madzilla (Madelyn Lance) is living the life. She models, DJs, smokes a ton of weed and has collaborations with Sprayground and Asphalt Yacht Company. Her body is a celebration of art and her booty is a thing of beauty. When did you know that you were able to live a creative life?
...but American Horror Story: Hotel gets 5 Natutical Stars (if a tattoo lifestyle publication were to use a star ranking we might as well use the popular tattoo star design) from us. The anthology series has entertained season after season (unlike True Detective) and the hotel setting has us covered in goosebumps already.
ANCIENT WISDOM “Chaos Will Reign” Ancient Wisdom’s melodic brand of metal sounds like Type O Negative reimagined by Integrity. THE RLACK DAHLIA MURDER “Threat Level Number Three” If you like your music as technical as it is aggressive you’ll love this dizzying track.
THREE TATTOOED BEAUTIES OF HORROR FILM BRAVE A CLOUDLESS NIGHT AT A RUN-DOWN MOTEL IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.
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.
The pieces of art to the left all came from the demented minds of murderers. We aren’t displaying the works to celebrate the men who put them to paper but rather we present the pieces so that they may give insight into the psyches of the creators.
Since wrestling is fake to begun with wouldn't you prefer to watch a match between men in spandex or a battle royale including a half-gerbil-half-tucan, hell monkey and a giant silver potato?
Have you ever wanted to watch a giant silver potato wrestle a half-gerbil-half-toucan? Of course you haven’t, who would come up with that? Randy Borden, that’s who. A lover of old Japanese monster movies, current pop culture and causing a scene, Borden created Kaiju Big Battel when studying at the School of Museum of the Fine Arts in Boston.
Tattooed megapastor Carl Lentz—who has the ear of Jay-Z, Kevin Durant and Justin Bieber—is not your father’s preacher man.
The preacher who looks nothing like a preacher is beginning to lose his voice. Carl Lentz just delivered the seventh of the nine sermons and opening prayers he will give today. So, sitting in the second row of a black SUV ferrying him between Irving Plaza and the Best Buy Theater in Times Square for the umpteenth time today, he sucks on a cough drop.
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).
HOW DID YOU GET INTO TATTOOING? I started as a client and one day I bought my own equipment because I wanted to learn, inspired by my father who is an artist and sculptor. WHAT IS IS ABOUT REALISM THAT APPEALS TO YOU? I generally try to be an integrated artist, despite the fact that there are styles that I still haven't mastered, like oriental, but realism for me is a challenge, to achieve a photograph’s dominance of light, contrast and volume.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SHOP, MEATTT, INC.? Meattt, Inc. is a tattoo art shop with a modernized butcher shop theme. When you first enter the space there is a butcher case stocked chock full of Meattt merchandise. There are clear vinyl meat flaps to separate the space while tattooing, as well as a proper meat scale which holds all tattooing aftercare needs.
ARE PEOPLE SURPRISED TO KNOW THAT YOU FOUGHT MMA? I don't really looki like a fighter so I feel most people are surprised to find that out. I haven't fought in a few years because it started taking a toll on my body. Years of wrestling and boxing wore out my shoulder and the last MMA fight I had really messed it up to the point that I had to have surgery.
Some tattoo shops have music blaring, others have artist stations set up with iPod hookups, but we play movies. We have this hard drive with about 950 movies on it and just let them play through. The best, however, is when Movie 43 is on. You know that scene, with Hugh Jackman out on a date with Kate Winslet and he has a set of balls on his neck?