Since Smith’s resume boasts a job of drawing caricatures at Busch Gardens, there’s no doubt that if a quirky, cartoonish tattoo goes in front of the judges, it came from his hand. Not just an illustrator, Smith prides himself on being able to construct his own homemade tattoo machines.
Jessie Lee Denning sits down with Heidi to talk about tattoo artists helping one of their own.
Long before he worked with everyone from Mötley Crüe to Marilyn Manson and designed skate decks and high-end toys, graphic designer Jim Koch (pronounced cook) worked with his hands in another way—as a lumberjack. "I was buckin' and haulin' logs and I said, Fuck that! I want to draw," he remembers of his teen logging years. Koch traded in his ax for a sketchpad and pencil and began doodling cartoon figures of clowns. He became obsessed with them after watching Red Skelton, a clown who became famous in the '40s for dressing like a hobo, and he later tattooed three vintage clowns on his biceps and forearm. Koch also names ...
Joseph Ari Aloi has been known in the tattooing world for 14 years as JK5, although few stop to ask what's behind the initials, instead focusing on his trippy custom work that rocks the collars, hands, and bellies of Williamsburg, Brooklyn— home to Saved Tattoo, where he's been tattooing for the past two years. When an artist marries Sanskrit with East L.A. Cholo letter forms so organically, it may seem kind of inane to ask what the "5" stands for. But "geeked-out name language," as he calls it, embodies the life and work of the 38-year-old artist. He says, "In my own artistic identity, I choose acronyms or words that ...
Joan Jett tells Heidi about her support of animal rights and environmental causes.
For those with a predilection for tattooed women, there is no person—now or ever—more important in the adult entertainment industry than Joanna Angel. Leading by example, the pink-haired powerhouse built Burning Angel, the porn empire that features our type of women.
Since passing away in 2003, Johnny Cash has become the 2Pac of country music, pumping out posthumous albums from his now legendary sessions with Rick Rubin. If American VI: Ain’t No Grave is the final installment, it’s a fitting way to go out. Comprising cover songs ranging from Sheryl Crow’s foreboding “Redemption Day” to the Ed McCurdy classic “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream,” the album reaffirms the fact that Cash could effortlessly create lasting music with his signature tenor and minimalist instrumentation. The standout track on the album is the previously unreleased Cash original “I Corinthians 15:55,” a redemptive song that sees Cash making peace with his own passing.