The tattooed crowd is often thought of as too far out ahead of the public. (At Inked we have had to write quite a few articles about tattoo acceptance in the work place, promising that with every year it is coming.) Yet I cannot think of any sect of people who both push society into the future while respecting the past—two of the biggest genres in tattooing are American Traditional and Traditional Japanese, which still use imagery and techniques that were set in place in the early 1900s.
OH HEY, IT'S JUST ME, CINDERELLA. THANK YOU SINCERELY TO ALL OF THE SPECIAL PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME ACHIEVE THIS MOMENT. Ryan Ashley Malarkey wrote this to her Instagram followers after winning Ink Master. While we don't play favorites, well, actually we do, and Ryan was one of the tattooers our staff backed.
I've always found the pin-up style to be sexy and classy, the way that it symbolizes and embraces sexuality. I love the message it sends of accepting and embracing your body. There’s a sense of empowerment behind the classic and timeless look.
Harumi Hironaka’s art is fueled by nicotine and introspection
It’s a few minutes before noon in São Paolo, Brazil, and in her kitchen, tucked away in the bustling cultural hub of South America, Harumi Hironaka is sparking up a cigarette while she waits for her coffee. “I never wake up before 11 AM,” says the Peruvian-born, Japanese-raised Hironaka.
Marek Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns home after being away for 20 years and reunites with Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Some things have changed, some things have not. Old habits do indeed die hard, so it looks like the gang will be up to their usual antics and self-destructive behavior.
“YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE” The Dropkick Murphys “REDBONE” Childish Gambino “GIRL FROM THE MOUNTAIN” Ghetto Brothers “HEART DON'T STAND A CHANCE” Anderson Paak “BEST TO YOU” Blood Orange “SUNRISE (EYES OF THE YOUNG)” The Flaming Lips “BY DESIGN” Kid Cudi ft: Andre Benjamin
“If you ever stop being inspired or stop being taught, you die,” Butch Walker says. “I am constantly grateful that I’m being inspired all the time.” If you don’t know Walker’s solo project, you probably heard his music in one way or another, whether it’s from one of his past bands (he was the lead guitarist of SouthGang and the front man of Marvelous 3 with the Top 40 hit “Freak of the Week”) or if it’s in his producing career, with his collection of artists including Katy Perry, Gavin DeGraw, Pink, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
A dialogue with actor Ryan Hurst who also crafted the Farrell clan's unspoken language—the Outsiders' tattoos.
If you need to hire a badass, you call Ryan Hurst’s agent. The actor who embodied Opie Winston in Sons of Anarchy and Chick Hogan on Bates Motel now plays Lil' Foster Farrell in Outsiders on WGN. The Farrell clan is into their second season where they attempt to keep their mountain and genuine way of life against the encroachment of money and outside society.
How to be the perfect pin-up from retro glamorous photographer Shannon Brooke
1. Plan Your Poses This one is for both models and photographers. I'm always storyboarding my pin-up shoots so we can master specific poses. Look to legendary pinup artists Alberto Vargas or Peter Driben for inspiration and to recreate posing.
It was under the shadow of New York's BQE—the Brooklyn Queens Expressway for all you outta-towners—that we came upon a group of hep cats sporting some classic hot rod haute couture and midnight-to-six dead-on-duds. It was a collection of black leather MC's, drainpipe jeans, pink-and-black gabs, car club "colors" and a single-breasted fleck suit.
Though she won Miss Empire State, MiMi Fulton is a filly from Philly
We met MiMi Fulton at the Empire State Tattoo Convention, where she won the tattoo modeling contest. Though not her normal vibe, we thought it would be nifty to recast the enchantress as a pin-up. “I would have to say the most unexpected place that my modeling career has brought me is to this spread in Inked magazine," MiMi says.
In the shadow of Japan's capital Tokyo, you will find the studio of Japanese tattoo legend Horiyoshi III. Still going strong on his traditional tatami, he is considered one of the most influential irezumi (traditional Japanese tattooing) artists, ever.
When did you first realize that you could make a living out of creating art? In 2009 while I was hanging out at my friend's tattoo shop, I was drawing a portrait to pass the time. The shop owner was impressed by my drawing and asked me if I would ever consider tattooing as a career.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST SHOP EXPERIENCE LIKE? I was homeless at the time and worked six days a week at the shop, couch surfed at night and shoplifted for food. I was too young to be eligible for welfare assistance, but on the day the shop was closed I worked at a fast food restaurant to get by.
IF YOU WEREN’T A TATTOOER, WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’D BE DOING? I really love animals and I am vegan. I think I would be working in an animal sanctuary or rescue organization. DO YOU USE VEGAN INKS? Yes, of course. I use only vegan inks, as being vegan is a life choice for me and I am very passionate about my way of life.