She was 24, I was 11. Her name was Stacey Williams—you never forget your first. She was in no way the prettiest of the bunch but I adored her. I held her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in my hands and flipped past Kathy Ireland (eh), Vendela and Tyra and stopped on Stacey with an ‘e.’
HELLO NORMA JEAN. What sort of woman reads Inked? Anna Moore is not Marilyn Monroe, but she plays her during photoshoots. The classically gorgeous blonde flipped through a copy when being photographed for Retro-A-Go-Go (retroagogo.com), a company that is the cat's pajamas (but does not sell sleepwear for felines).
Shonda Mackey’s look is eminently classic beautiful with the modern-day edge of tattoos and capped off with lusciously inviting lips. She’s the total package laid before you and gift-wrapped in a pin-up outfit, a genre she loves. “Back then it was such a bold move to be so dressed up!”
It may happen in other cities but for New Yorkers it’s not spring until you see new metropolitan women (often interns or recent grads who landed their first office jobs) walking terribly awkward in high heels. Like Bambi attempting to traverse the icy pond, these women have not yet acclimated to their climate.
WHAT IS THE VIBE AT MADELEINE’S? Madeleine's is a cozy neighborhood bar with a lot of regulars who treat each other like family. It's a great place to go if you want to relax and drink a stiff cocktail. I've been guilty of coming in on my days off to enjoy myself.
Room 101 gets a makeovre as artists redecorate the cigar company's box.
JPO is a New York-based fine artist. His passion for the arts emerged in his hometown of Fairfield County, CT, where JPO was inspired by the eclectic tastes of his father and sister. They introduced him to improvisational styles of music. The raw emotion displayed in his work reflects his life experience, intense passion and medita tion practice—an exercise that has taught JPO to open up his mind and channel his third eye.
The character you see to the left does not inhabit a world of Dragons and Lannisters, he resides in the hills of Appalacia and he would like for you to get off his family’s property—right quick. Outsiders is WGN’s new outlaw show in which a family of mountain men and women clash with the townsfolk.
THE BLACK QUEEN “Maybe We Should” The singer for The Dillinger Escape Plan crafts dark electro-pop with his latest project. DIIV “Under The Sun” This ethereal track is so spacey and repetitive it’s easy to get lost inside the magic. BROKEN GOLD “Turning Blue”
Bodie Stroud isn’t just a fabricator, he is a steward of history. Having rescued cars for Johnny Depp, Johnny Knoxville and Adam Carolla now you can see his work on American Restoration. We talk elbow grease and body ink with the man who buffs the rust off rides from the Pin-Up era.
Bodie Stroud Industries, in Sun Valley, California is known around the world for the beautifully designed and fabricated custom automobiles that come out of their shop. But it’s a funny story how that shop came to be. Stroud, a diesel mechanic by trade, worked his way up the ladder at a growing rental equipment outfitter.
What is a Sugar Monster? Close your eyes and think about it...seriously, we’ll wait. Did you picture a pudgy, snaggle-toothed imp? Did you envision a barrage of sticky-sweet saccharine tentacles bulging out of a three-tiered cake? How about a skeletal monstrosity with crystalline fangs and a cloudy eye?
Futura (Leonard McGurr, nee Futura2000) is the one of the most influential artists alive today. Before hashtags made you visible there were graffiti tags and Futura’s name and work was splashed over the world’s greatest art gallery: the New York City subway system.
Samii Ryan is the perfect modern-day pin-up. She has plump lips and classic curves yet her hair is always edgy and the tattoos scream rebellious style. The juxtaposition of Samii's fashion-forward style with the soulful notes of the Betties (Page, Grable and the rest) makes her more of a true pin-up than those still dressing to the nines of a pre-Nuclear Age.
Keep your beard soft. Rub the Bluebeards Wonder Beard Intensive Repair into your face, wait three minutes and you'll be more supple than that teddy bear you slept with way past an appropriate age. $20, bluebeardsoriginal.com
You don't want your facial hair to smell like your girlfriend’s Strawberry Suave, Beard Guyz’s Daily Wash needs to be part of your morning routine (even if you are a tattooer and “morning" means “noon” to you). $15, beardguyz.com
Beards are like our grandfathers, if you don't keep an eye on them they wander. Do you know what our grandfathers like? Beer! Tame your mane with Lesher's Beerd Balm made from hops. $16 etsy.com
If mustaches were called “soup strainers” beards can now be referred to as “Siracha catchers.” You damn well can't wash your facial hair after every meal but Good Wipes are like souped-up wet wipes that will help you keep your best face forward. $8 goodwipes.com
The man on the previous pages was extremely handsome, a professional beard-wearing model who has a groomer. That’s not us and probably not you. We are real men, with real lush beards—walk around a tattoo convention and you might think you were at a beard convention.
Welcome to the surreal world of Kelly Eden. Yes, this was shot at her house. Yes, she has that phone, and a pink throne and a carousel horse. . .
We’re a fan of Kelly Eden, and we are not alone. We asked you to interview Kelly, here’s what she had to say: When did you realize art was so important? —Sage Herrera Probably when my elementary school teacher started putting me in the back of the class and sending notes to my mom because I wouldn’t stop drawing.
You write in your blog that this is your “last shoot.” You are in full control of this interview. Please share any advice, thoughts, stories, secrets-anything goes. Tell you who Sandi Dick is? I am a loud mouthed Italian biker from West Virginia.
Season 6 of Ink Master was perhaps one of the most dramatic seasons in the history of the series. There were incredible tattoos and failed tattoos, rivalries and alliances, even the show’s first “showmance.” And while 18 contestants had the opportunity to illustrate their talents for tattooing on camera, only one artist walked away with $100,000 and the title of Ink Master.
WHAT IS YOUR TATTOO ORIGIN STORY? I walked into a local tattoo studio with a design that I had drawn for myself. The owner, Jim Gambell, asked me who had done the artwork. I told him it was me and he asked to see more of my work. I was actually a ventilation engineer at the time and had been for about 15 years.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO CREATE ART? Everything I see, hear, taste, feel, experience, makes me the person I am—growing and changing every day. It has to come out some way. Art has always been my voice and means of expression. RELIGION IS A THEME WE SEE IN YOUR TATTOOS, DOES IT MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU PERSONALLY?
THE EYES ON YOUR CHARACTERS ARE SPLENDID. HOW IMPORTANT ARE EXPRESSIVE EYES IN YOUR ART? Thanks! I think it goes without saying that eyes are arguably the most key weapon in forming expression. We’re drawn to eyes because they help us understand each other without all those pesky words.
Puedmag Custom Ink is different than most shops I’ve been in. Walking in, it’s clear there’s a strong to the arts beyond tattooing. The owner and primary artist, Luis Fernando Puedmag Vinueza is originally from Ecuador so there’s also a fun cultural aspect in the shop.