My favorite quote in cinema comes from Peter Fonda’s character Heavenly Blues in The Wild Angels. Blues is the leader of a Hells Angels chapter and one of his brothers has died. During the funeral, Blues and a minister begin debating on which of their disparate ways of life is more honest.
“NEW LOW FOR INKED.” —JOE AMMO We dedicated our April issue and some social media to cannabis. We understand that not everybody enjoys weed but we hoped that our 4/20 Issue would at least give some insight into cannabis culture so that we could all have a discussion on the merits and problems with the plant.
“I picked a space theme for my upper legs for a variety of reasons. To me, space represents the infinite void within a realm of possibilities that is ever-growing at an exponential rate, creating new windows of opportunity. Learning about space is fascinating and mind-boggling because it is a concept that we are still just beginning to understand.
Jake “Creep” Crawley makes motorcycle-inspired designs that make our tattooed skin tingle.
Jake Crawley may be a creep, but he’s the best kind of creep. He’s the kind of creep that likes getting bugs stuck in his teeth when he’s zooming through the desert on his Harley, the kind of creep that likes stick and poke tattoos and Bob Seger tunes.
IN A SPACE THAT USED TO BE A BIKER BAR, ALEXA LEWIS POURS A STIFF KOMBUCHA AT MAD HATTERS ETHNOBOTANICAL TEA BAR (ST. PETES, FLORIDA). WHAT IS AN ETHNOBOTANICAL TEA BAR? An Ethnobotanical Tea Bar is a special kind of bar in that it provides plant-based drinks from a variety of origins and cultures used for specific purposes such as aiding in pain relief, insomnia, mental clarity and even energy levels.
The fiery (and bona fide fire performer) Cervena Fox warms up the new Indian Chief Dark Horse motorcycle.
"In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone.
Ah, Game of Thrones, how we love thee. As we anxiously await the show’s upcoming seventh season premiere, we can't help but sit and wonder about what might happen this season. Will Cersei finally face off against Daenerys Targaryen? Will Jon Snow meet Daenerys?
“MOUNT KUSHMORE” Snoop Dogg (feat. Redman, Method Man, B-Real) If you could share a blunt with these four, you'd never get a pull. However, they share a track like spit, spit, pass. “THE UNDERSIDE OF POWER” Algiers Algiers combine soul and art-punk and something groundbreaking yet familiar.
INKED MAGAZINE'S BEST BIKES TO GRIP AND RIP THIS SEASON.
Packing a new High-Output Revolution X engine, you’ll have to constantly look over your shoulder to see if your riding buddies can catch up. It is the ideal bike for the urban sprinter. A painstaking 25-hour, seven-step process is used to create the sparkling candy-red coloring and graphics unique to each bike.
Ink Master's Season 9 includes the truest form of tattoo competition on television yet. This season, contestants go in with a partner from their shop and divvy up the tattoos to their strengths. No longer will the contest promote jacks-of-all-trades—Ink Masters of none-but if your shop mate lets you down, both in the crew get cut.
New Found Glory is back with an album called “Makes Me Sick.” The pop-punkers have been at it for 20 years and as Jordan Pundik shows us we can grow old without ever growing up.
WITH HIS BLEACHED HAIR, BLACK HOODIE, JEAN JACKET DECKED OUT IN PINS, AND A SLEW OF TATTOOS PEEKING FROM UNDER HIS SLEEVE, NEW FOUND GLORY FRONTMAN JORDAN PUNDIK, AGE 37, STILL OOZES POP-PUNK. The pop-punk scene is alive and thriving, and after 20 years as a band so are New Found Glory.
When did you start the Painted Ladies project? In January 2015 I painted the Playboy bunny logo on of one of my best friends. We were shooting and before we finished I told her about my idea and if she would be into it. She has the finest rack in all the land and I shot her in front of a van.
When it comes to American Traditional heavyweights in the tattoo industry, Myke Chambers often comes to mind. A self-proclaimed “gutter punk” with tattoos literally from head to toe, Chambers comes off as someone who has plenty of crazy stories up his sleeve.
YOUR STAND BY ME TATTOO WENT VIRAL, WHAT DO YOU THINK CONTRIBUTED MOST TO THAT? I am not sure, really. When I shared the picture of that one, I didn't really think much of it other than it was another tattoo under my belt, but then as Pages started sharing it and the numbers got so high, I was like "Damn it, I forgot to watermark that one..."
WE SEE ON YOUR INSTAGRAM THAT YOU ARE FREE-HANDING THESE DAYS. I freehand 98% of my tattoos and most of my portraits— the 2% would be a portrait of a child or a relative. I would say most of my tattoos aren't even drawn on. I Sharpie a line and some body definition and go from there.
PLEASE TELL US ABOUT YOUR "TROPISTYLE." I was living in the tropics of Key West while having stressful deadlines but living on "island time." I did lots of design work for the local bars and ended up designing the logo for Jimmy Buffett's recording studio that he still uses.