With india ink and a sewing needle wrapped in thread, a 12-year-old Givens gave himself his first tattoo. To say that he’s come a long way is an understatement. After an eight-year stint in prison, he chose not to return to a life of crime—and he credits tattooing, specifically photorealism, with keeping him on the positive side of society.
Writer, director, and producer Steven S. DeKnight had three simple goals: shave his head, learn to ride a motorcycle, and get tattooed. He’s done all three, and while they might seem like minor ambitions compared to his immensely successful career, it appears they were just as high on his to-do list.
Tefft has a shot at the finals if he doesn’t get out of hand between tattoos. The “party boy” in designer shirts will have to get used to the grind of competition as he bangs out black-and-gray portraits and horror imagery in record time.
Those who accuse Story of the Year of identity confusion have the story only half right. While the St. Louis band is a Warped Tour regular and releases albums on punk label Epitaph, the truth is that SOTY has more in common with radio rock bands such as Hoobastank and Chevelle. That doesn’t change on their fourth album as producer Elvis Baskette (who also worked with Chevelle) helps SOTY crank out at least a half dozen songs that fit perfectly on any modern rock dial. Try “Ten Years Down,” with its perfect riff and huge chorus, or “Holding on to You,” a midtempo ballad that builds from a piano riff until singer Dan Marsala wails, “I found a way to make it through/Holding on to you.” It’s rock radio fodder of the highest caliber.
Mike McColgan of the Street Dogs talks about 'living beyond the breaking point', and their support of charities like OxFam and Toys for Tots. The Street Dogs' fifth album 'Street Dogs' hits stores 8/31.
Take over the city while the law looks away.
Twenty-six hundred miles from his Virginia home and it’s all the same deal to Strike Anywhere singer Thomas Barnett. Signs of urban conflict and ghosts of the subverted and forgotten...
Dump 500,000 bikers, an endless supply of booze, and an army of barely clothed women anywhere and you’ll have a good time—even in the middle of nowhere. That’s just what the founders of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally did. Now in its 68th year, the legendary event takes place August 4 – 10 in the Black Hills of South Dakota.