Can you believe that we have been publishing Inked for 10 years? What started out as the “outsider’s insider magazine" (and is still referred to as such on Wikipedia) has become a vast community. From the onset, Inked was created to give a legitimate voice to the tattooed because the mainstream media treated ink as a freak curiosity and the other tattoo titles were steeped in a mindset that was so outdated.
INKED LIVE. IF YOU GUYS HAVEN'T BEEN FOLLOWING ON FACEBOOK, WE HAVE BEEN BROADCASTING SICK LIVE VIDEOS. Through our Facebook Page, you are able to watch revered tattooists like Jose Perez Jr., Steve Butcher and Popo pull lines in real time.
“The phoenix to me represents more than just a bird or character. I’ve overcome so many obstacles throughout my teenage years. But having the courage and self-hope to come out of all I was facing unscathed was the biggest accomplishment of all.
Welcome to the “Floating Freaks” show by Mathijs Vissers
“You could use a tiny bit of crazy!” is Mathijs Vissers’s welcome to his website. Damn skippy. We could all use a tiny bit (more) of crazy. For some of us, we grow up, work for the man, and vote down a party line while tamping down the crazy to assimilate into society.
ELEANOR LOVE WILL GET YOU SOUSED AT THE WET SPOT. WHAT A GREAT NAME! HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE CLIENTELE? In a word, awesome! The Wet Spot is a sports bar so we have a lot of male clientele, but we get plenty of ladies in the door as well. I have a wide variety of regulars from all walks of life as Los Angeles is a very eclectic city.
1. When did you first get tattooed? “I was 11 years old at a party. And it is so lame but I got my own name on my back. It is covered now. But the good news is that he turned out to be a phenomenal tattoo artist. Even when I was 11 years old I knew what was up.”
While we eagerly await Episode VIII, here’s something for Star Wars fans to chew on. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a standalone prequel of sorts that follows a band of misfit heroes who are on a high-risk mission to steal the Death Star plans from the Empire and get them to the Rebel Alliance.
“A FAIRY TALE OF NEW YORK” The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl “THIS TIME OF YEAR” The Mighty Mighty Bosstones “ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH” Bad Religion “CHRISTMAS TIME FOR MY PENIS” The Vandals “CHRISTMAS SONG” Juelz Santana Feat. Skull Gang “RUN RUDOLPH RUN”
Alana (Potocnik) went from being a keyboardist for metal band Winds of Plague to becoming a girly pop queen. Check out her new look and sound.
Alana has always expressed herself as one part yin and one part yang—visually, creatively and musically. As a teenager, she rode the fine line of expected and unexpected by participating on the cheerleading squad and then wearing a death metal band T-shirt over her uniform.
The average American woman spends about $125,000 on clothing in her lifetime, and while fashion comes and goes, a tattoo is a permanent style piece. As Sailor Jerry said: “Good work ain’t cheap. Cheap work ain’t good.”
If we were speaking of any other topic, the relationship between cost, permanence and visibility would be seen as positive. But when we speak of tattoos, all of these, for some reason, become lines of attack. When we discuss cars, jewelery or technology, the price is often seen as a sign of quality, but this attitude is ignored when we talk about tattoos.
Tell us a little about your last fight. I felt great! It went as planned, from the first strike that I landed. I felt great after the fight, got back in the gym, and hopefully, the next fight will be in December for the title against Cruz. How do you think the Dominick Cruz fight’s gonna go?
You may recognize this face. He’s played a gang leader on Law & Order: SVU, been in films with Susan Sarandon and Taylor Lautner as well as music videos with Kid Cudi and Beyoncé. Hell, if you live in the New York City area you might even see him on the streets—it’s tough to be anonymous with this much ink on your visage.
Having been enthralled by art since childhood, Yomico Moreno always knew that art was his calling. He had been drawing, sketching and painting since a young age, it was as a teen that Moreno would discover the art of tattooing when a tattoo shop opened up in his hometown of Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.
YOU'VE DONE COOL ARTWORK ON "POUND OF FLESH" SYNTHETIC TATTOOABLE SKIN. DO YOU PREFER WORKING ON THAT OR ON PEOPLE? Nowadays I prefer live skin. Most people who reach me let me choose the project for them after they give me a theme for their tattoo.
WHAT MADE YOU GRAVITATE TOWARD BLACK WORK? Truth be told, I wanted to free myself from stress and make my art more simple. I was tired of pouring up 20 to 40 different colors in cups and mixing them in the tube, giving me 100s of different colors in a tattoo and a lot of values to think about.
PERHAPS YOUR FINEST CANVAS IS YOUR WIFE. ARE YOU HAPPY TO LOOK AT YOUR DESIGN EVERY DAY? Of course I am! We designed it to fit her body and be worn like a beautiful piece of high-end lingerie. It flows and fits her body so perfectly that it becomes her.
WHAT YEAR DID YOU START TATTOOING? I started tattooing in 2009. HOW DID YOU GET INTO TATTOOING? Tattooing was something I never thought I would be doing. From middle school all the way through college I attended magnet art school. In 2008, I graduated college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Design but, unfortunately, the industry took an economical hit that year which made it difficult to find employment.