When Heather Gabel created Alkaline Trio's iconic skull and heart logo through a happy accident with a photocopier, she had no idea the countless tattoos it would inspire. "I was at Kinko's making a flyer and was like, 'I'm just going to throw this in here,'" she remembers. "I was 19 and pretty heavily into skulls at the time. I never thought people would react to it that way." At the time, Gabel was studying art at Columbia College Chicago, working as a bike messenger, and dating a friend of Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba. "The guy I was dating ended up playing drums in the band but their relationship ...
In 1926, when the Ducati family formed its company with a group of investors in Bologna, Italy, they were seeking to cash in on the burgeoning radio transmissions industry. Less than a hundred years later, Ducati has revolutionized motorcycle design and made sexy sport bikes the ride of choice for a new generation of bikers.
Bartender Kristen Bronson shares her favorite gin cocktails.
As the SUV craze sputters to a halt, automotive designers are learning to provide space and ? exibility in cool box-shaped vehicles, all without, um, cutting corners. Honda led the way with the Element (said to be fashioned after a Malibu Beach lifeguard station), and Toyota followed with the hugely successful Scion xB. Now the Ford Flex and the Kia Soul have created their own versions of the cool cube. Here’s a look at all four sides of the story.
There are eight million ways to die on the streets of Compton, CA. Deputy Fire Chief Marcel Melanson lives to stop them.
She’s been a TRL icon and a twangy country Wrecker. Now, sultry singer Michelle Branch returns to her roots and traces her journey through the tattoos she picked up along the way.
Ten years ago, the only tattoos in Honduras belonged to gang members. These days, you’re more
likely to see them on expats who work in the country’s burgeoning adventure travel industry. One of
them is Myles Bean, a rafting guide living in La Ceiba who has the words “I’m Alive” and “Me Too” on top of his feet. Of the country’s past gang issues, he says: “I don’t know what it used to be like, but everyone in this country is so friendly and welcoming.”
For all the feng shui and tai chi, Hong Kong isn't just about traditional pastimes. The massive city is awash in cool bars, amazing attractions, and an all around progressive flair. Often referred to as “the melting pot of Asia,” Hong Kong is a hybrid of Chinese and Western cultures (the city was under British rule until 1997), so the city of 7 million is packed with expats. Some of our favorites are the Brits who run the popular Star Crossed Tattoo & Piercing. The shop frequently hosts guest artists from the States, and artist Julia Wilson often promotes local punk shows. One warning, if you choose to go elsewhere for a tattoo: There are no laws or regulations governing tattoos in Hong Kong, so many shops skip the autoclave and the hygiene.