Chris Shonting (photographer),
Gilbert Macias (writer),
Samit Bhatia (photographer),
Brooklyn Allman (photographer),
Alan Snodgrass (photographer),
Stephen Schuster (photographer),
Ray Lego (photographer),
Djosefin Maurer (photographer)
Brooklyn Allman: Picture Me Broken
For someone who grew up a little bit country, with the DNA of her father, well-known rock ‘n’ blues singer Gregg Allman, Brooklyn Allman has soul—and her own shoes to fill. “I only feel blessed and fortunate to carry his genes … I feel no pressure at all in the music industry,” she says.
The youthful frontwoman of the hard-rock band Picture Me Broken grew up fast in the limelight, and was lucky to have such a cool dad. “I was 16 years old the first time I got a tattoo,” she says. “In California it [was] illegal to get one even with parental consent, so I flew to Georgia to visit my dad and persuaded him to take me to his artist. It didn’t take much, as he sees tattoos as a family tradition,” she says. “I remember the split second before the needle touched the skin on my forearm as one of the most tense and anxious moments of my life. Fortunately, the nerves melted away when the needle made contact and I realized it wasn’t at all painful—enjoyable, if anything. I had my trademark Brooklyn stamped on my forearm in a large, flowing font; I haven’t regretted it once to this day.”
Allman, whose first name is actually Layla on her birth certificate, prefers to go by her middle name, Brooklyn. And she’s content making a name for herself in other ways, too, with statement-making music. “My career and passion for music are the only things in my life that hold as much permanence as a tattoo,” she says.