When surrounded by Playmates at Playboy's 25th Anniversary, my old boss Hugh M. Hefner told them, “Without you, I would be publishing a literary magazine." Those words aren't lost on me as we put together this Inked Girls issue of Inked. Without you wonderful tattooed women we would be publishing a tattoo art magazine.
YOU CAN SHOP FOR EASTER ON YOUR KEISTER. Every day letters, e-mails, direct messages and smoke signals (though those may be the dudes a few floors below us toking on the fire escape) pour into our office asking where people can get Inked swag.
My favorite tattoo is my back piece. I look at it every day before and after the shower. I’ve always been drawn to back pieces. It’s the largest uninterrupted canvas on the body in my opinion. Even though I’m tall, I have a small frame, so certain pieces wouldn’t work in many places on my body.
What’s a nice girl like Elle doing in a place like this-six stories above the ground, at 2 AM, with a five-gallon paint can at her feet, hanging over the side of a tenement building, holding a paint roller in the roughest part of
“I decided to scale a billboard in Brooklyn. I knew it was tall, but I didn't realize quite how tall it was until I was on it," Elle recounts. “I had to climb an existing ladder— which was all rusty, and missing screws. The building next to me was 6 stories tall and the billboard went up above that.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE CROW BAR? Crow Bar is a local Portland staple. It has all the wonderfully comfortable vibes of a dive, with nothing but quality behind the bar. Delicious cocktails, rotating local tap beer, quality wine selection, and the ever gold-standard of a shot and tall boy [big beer] combo.
The Painted Prosthetic Project is an incredible endeavor that displays talent, altruism and quirk. The creativity seen across the following pages is up for auction online, go to the paintedprostheticproject.com to bid on them and more with proceeds going to help “veterans and homeless veterans get back on their feet!”
Finally, 22 years after the critically acclaimed Japanese anime flick came to be, we’re getting a high-budget, Hollywood adaptation starring Scarlet Johansson the ass-kicking female role. She plays The Major—a unique human-cyborg created to lead Section 9, which is an elite task force that takes down criminals of the worst kind.
"AS WAS" Black Anvil If you thought black metal didn't exist in NYC, this will prove otherwise. "IMOGENE" Cory Branan Our favorite Southern troubadour returns with another timeless track. "CHALICE HYMNAL" Grails Grails get trippy but keep it tuneful on this jazz-tinged, post-everything soundscape.
JORDYN RYDER AT HER MOST RAW. THE WOMAN WHO HOSTS INKED MAGAZINE'S WILDLY POPULAR FACEBOOK LIVE SHOW “MONDAYS WITH JORDYN” AND ONE OF THE MODELS WHO LAUNCHED ISMYGIRL.COM TELLS YOU HOW IT FEELS TO BE THE PERSON ON THE OTHER END OF THE SCREEN.
I'm not trying to make this article about how people should feel bad for me when I receive rude comments, about how all women should feel comfortable showing off their bodies online or to prove some sort of false reality of how my life really is.
Ink Master finally crowned its first female the well-deserved Ryan Ashley Malarkey
Bow in the presence of greatness. Ryan Ashley Malarkey became the first female winner of Spike’s Ink Master after eight seasons and succeeded at what dozens in her position had hoped to attain on the preeminent tattoo competition show. Before she won over America and legendary tattoo artist, Oliver Peck, Malarkey was a fashion designer and the owner of the Strange and Unusual Oddities shop with a mere five years of tattooing under her belt.
Jess Yen needs a bigger trophy shelf. After collecting over 300 awards, the Taiwanese tattooer probably needs to build another house just to store his accolades. Not that he spends much time at home—Yen is constantly globetrotting from one tattoo convention to another where he draws crowds to watch tebori (Japanese hand-poke) tattooing in action.
So tell us a little about yourself? I'm from the UK and I'm also know as The Scientist. I am the lead artist at NR Studio (No Regrets) in Exeter and I also travel around Europe and other countries exhibiting what I do and competing at many different shows.
You are newly on the radar where have you been? I'm from Ukraine. I’ve been in US for a few months now, which I really like. How does tattooing in the Ukraine differ from here? The tattoo industry in the Ukraine is very small and in the US it is big. It is very different.
You have an interesting eye toward tattoos, how did you develop this unique style? I started doing portraits before I did [American] Traditional tattoos. I take Traditional flash and add realism. I really try to look at portraits and understand the shape and structure then blend it into skin.