Welcome to Inked's 2021 Summer Issue! Things are really heating up and we're not just talking about the weather here. We have three smoking hot covers and an issue completely chock full of interviews with intriguing tattooed superstars.
In case we haven't quite sold you on the issue yet, here's a sneak preview of what's inside!
We're kicking this off with our cover story featuring rapper Bhad Bhabie. We spoke to the rising star about how she's built a career in hip-hop after becoming a viral meme as a teenager.
“[Bhad Bhabie] is just me all of the time, that’s just who I am,” Bhabie says. “Everyone thinks I’m just acting and [Bhad Bhabie] is who I play for the camera or a whole plan that I had. But this is just me 24/7 and that’s what’s gotten me to where I am. When I’m raw and I’m natural, that’s what made people realize, ‘God, she really is cool and all this stuff we like about her is genuine.’”
Our second cover features the always gorgeous Taylor White surrounded by art created by Opake. White explained to us the importance of using her platform for good as well as the origin of her distinctive tattoo collection.
"On my hand I have my tribe's symbol, the Orca whale," White told us. "Orcas are so important to my tribe because they stay with the same pod for their whole life. I don't have a lot of family, my family is very dysfunctional. So for me, for the family I still do have, it's essential that we are so close and that we keep in touch and remind each other every day of our growth."
On our final cover we have the OG prankster, Steve-O. In our sprawling interview with the "Jackass" alumni we discuss how hard it is to keep pushing the envelope for over two decades and more.
“[These are] the kind of ideas that you say just to get a rise out of people, like, ‘I’m gonna jack off and cum everywhere while I’m falling out of an airplane,’" Steve-O told us. "Just saying that to people was all that was ever meant to be, and then I decided to actually do it.”
Lucas Villa, our insider firmly embedded in the Reggaeton world, had a conversation with up-and-coming superstar Lunay. They spoke about Lunay's incredible rise to fame and the impressive resume he's built, all before turning 21.
"I refer to myself as El Niño because I'm a kid that's curious and naughty," he told us. "I work with the drive and desire I've had since I was a kid."
Alex & Kellz
TikTok sensations Alex & Kellz showed us that it's the couples who prank each other that stay together.
"I think that doing this has brought adversity into our relationship, but in a good way," Kellz explains. "We're business partners, so we need to find a healthy balance with our work, truly enjoy being with each other and stay present."
Indian Bike Build
To celebrate the release of the 2022 Indian Chief, the legendary motorcycle company got together two of the world's most sought after builders, Paul Cox and Keino Sasaki, to customize a bike for celebrated tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado.
We had our resident motorhead, Natalie Cuomo, moderate a conversation between the three gentlemen about the build, the bond between tattoos and motorcycles and more.
Adam Weitsman's love of art led him to open an art gallery in New York City back in the 1990s, but it was his duty to family that brought him back to Upstate New York to run the family business. Weitsman isn't known for his successful recycling/scrap metal business though, it's his relentlessly positive Instagram that caught the world's attention.
We've got all that plus an amazing art project curated by our creative director Sami Hajar, interviews with adult star Indica Flower and rapper Calboy, plus profiles of some of the most creative and prolific tattoo artists in the world. This issue is not one to be missed.