Inked Australia/NZ Magazine Issue 16 Review

 

Inked Australia/NZ’s last issue of the year announces the winner of Miss Inked 2013. With the voting being so nail-bitingly close this year the Winner and Runner-Up both feature on the cover. The titles go to two deserving women with good values, passion, and prove that being a woman and heavily tattooed is no obstacle on their quest for success. Miss Inked 2013 provides some words of wisdom, “If you go home with someone and they don’t own any books, don’t sleep with them.” Congratulations again to Tash, Michele and the other girls who made the Top 10.

 

Swastikas have for the past seven decades been a recognised symbol of hate, genocide and war. Inked Australia/NZ’s resident tattooist, Kian Forreal explains the true significance behind this symbol and why it is so prevalent in certain styles of tattoos. Kian’s column will open your eyes to the culture, tradition and representation of swastikas in cultures around the world.

 

On pages 108-111 Dr Rev makes an official announcement regarding his tattooing career. In his own words he shares his thoughts on living for one’s self and the very real consequences stemming from the intense negativity on social media. Dr Rev is not one to mince his words. What he shares is raw human emotion, something we all can learn from.

 

If there’s one to thing to take from the interview with Rancid’s guitarist, Lars Frederiksen, it’s this quote: “My first tattoo was ‘Oi!’ on my shin, but it’s now on my ankle. When you’re 11 you’re still growing so it moved a bit.” It makes for a great anecdote, however you can learn from this. You might be itching to get tattooed, but waiting until you’re 18 (and finished growing) means your ink will stay put.

 

Also featured in this issue:

  • Kurt Sutter from Sons of Anarchy
  • Ryan Matthew from Oddities
  • Jimi May
  • Gustavo Rimada
  • Lara Higgs
  • Polar Bear Club
  • Maroon 5

 

Trust me to fall in love with this $1000 Queen of Love Lounge Chair from Design of Love.

 

If you’re lucky, you may be able to score Issue 16 with a bonus magazine – a back issue of Inked Artists with Paul Booth on the cover. Two magazines for the price of one, you can’t complain.

 

 

Inked Girls and Inked Artists ,with Jesse Lee Denning and Teneile Napoli on the covers respectively, are still also available.

Issue 17 will hit stands some time in the new year, featuring photos from Crazy AITS, the 2nd Annual Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo and much more.

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Inked Artists – Issue One 2012 Review

Inked Australia/New Zealand magazine is once again expanding. Joining their flagship magazine and Inked Girls is Inked Artists.

Looking for an artist who specialises in a particular style? Then Inked Artists is for you. Issue One 2012 just hit the shelves and features styles from black and grey, to colour, to portraits, to abstract and traditional; this magazine has it all. Inked Artists magazine is your tattoo bible for the most talented tattoo artists from around the world. It is more than simply a photo book, but a collection of photos from the best of the best in the tattoo industry.

Tim Hendricks is widely known for his appearances on Miami Ink and New York Ink,, as is Corey Miller with LA Ink, but it is their way with a needle and ink which makes them two of the most sought after masters of black and grey tattooing. Forget about the cliché tattoo designs you may have seen them tattoo on television and take a close look at the photos in Inked Artists. Their ability to transfer any subject matter to skin and make it look like a work of art is why they are so widely respected.

Inked Artists also features the work of a further 30+ tattoo artists from Australia and around the world, like Steve Cross, Mick Squires, Sam Rulz, Kian Forreal, Rhys Gordon and Amanda Wachob. The website for each tattoo artist accompanies their photos, saving you the hassle of trying to track them down online. With magazines like Inked Australia and Inked Artists people are learning what amazing tattooing is and where they can get it from.

What makes Inked Artists different to Inked Australia is that there are no articles, it’s purely photos of each artists best work. Full page colour spreads, showing all the colour and detail, not miniscule photos that you may find in other tattoo magazines.

If you can’t find the magazine at your local newsagent, don’t hesitate in asking them to order it in for you. If all else fails, check out Inked Australia’s Facebook page for a detailed list of all stockists.

And don’t forget, Issue 11 of Inked Australia goes on sale December 28, to tide you over into the new year.

Celebrating The One Year Anniversary of The Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana podcast

 It has been one year since Colt Cabana first brought us The Art of Wrestling Podcast: “A professional wrestling podcast, a life podcast, a personal journal, an entry way into the minds, the souls, the hearts and the lives of people involved in the world of professional wrestling.”

But who is Colt Cabana? I’ll let him tell you: “I am a Chicago native, a podcaster, an entertainer, small businessman, an entrepreneur and a professional wrestler.”

The Art of Wrestling podcast shines the spotlight on the independent wrestling scene; Colt Cabana finds a way to draw the most entertaining stories out of his guests. His close bonds with these guys, and girls, who he has met, and maintained friendships with over the years, gives the listeners insight into the inner workings of the wrestling industry. Their passion for wrestling, despite the setbacks at times, is what makes this podcast so enthralling. The honest and comedic stories told with such charisma displays the characteristics of natural born performers.

This podcast has filled a void in the social marketing/media of wrestling. Instead of fans podcasting or blogging about their thoughts on the weeks wrestling action, with the occasional appearance of an actual wrestler, the Art of Wrestling is hosted by a veteran of the wrestling industry. Give Colt Cabana a microphone and one of his many friends (and fellow wrestlers) and what you get is an hour of no holds barred, honest and insightful content.

Colt’s personality shines through each week. He’s a real guy with many of the same problems that we face, but he always manages to do it with a smile on his face. He has such positivity and drive to succeed, traits we could all use a little more of.

Success isn’t defined by how much money you’re making, but by the life experiences and stories that you share with others. He and these wrestlers are out living life, travelling, wrestling, entertaining people, making the most of the time they have. These are not shoot interviews, but simply a place for wrestlers to reminisce about the amazing (and not so amazing) experiences they’ve had as wrestlers. Their stories are all different, they’ve come from different backgrounds, idolised different wrestlers growing up, but all share that common bond of living their dream; that of being a professional wrestler.

Listen to Episode 7 to find out why Adam Pearce affectionately refers to Colt as Shit Pockets. In Episode 20, Austin Aries and Colt share an interesting, but mostly awkward, story about the older gentleman they met whilst sitting in a hot tub together. Or there is Episode 15 where you find out why Matt Cross almost ended up in prison as a teenager. Roderick Strong tells of father’s mid-life crisis in Episode 17 and how it ended up with them wrestling in Jim Neidhart’s backyard. X-Pac, Jimmy Jacobs, Zack Gowen, and Cassandro’s stories, in Episodes 12, 14, 24, and 32 respectively, are hard-hitting and revealing of where they could have easily given up, but have overcome obstacles and turned their lives around.

It is these stories and experiences that are what makes the Art of Wrestling unique and a compelling listen week after week. A new found respect for independent wrestlers is what I have drawn from these podcasts. After having little to no access to wrestling for the past five years, my passion is now reignited. Stripping back all the huge production elements of the big name companies, I remember what I loved about wrestling; the competition, the athleticism, the good vs. bad storylines, and being so immersed in a match that I forget about the world around me. These guys truly put their hearts and bodies on the line whenever they step into the ring.

I think many forget or are ignorant to the wrestling industry outside of TNA and WWE. The independent wrestling scene needs continued support from us, the fans. These wrestlers are constantly out on the road, going from city to city, trying to make a living for themselves and their families, by offering us their talent in the form of entertainment. Go out to a local show, buy some merchandise and show your love that exists purely to entertain the fans.

This podcast is a form of entertainment, and in other aspects of our life we would pay for said entertainment. It’s not about forcing people into buying something, but thinking about it in a larger sense; the more people who support Colt (by sharing the podcast with friends, or buying merchandise), the longer he can continue to do the podcast. So, please go to http://www.coltmerch.com and buy a poster, a button, a T-shirt or a DVD, and help support Colt continue living his dream, and entertaining us all along the way.

Favourite Songs of the Week

“Land of 1000 Dances” by the 1986 WWF Roster
Episode 2
(6:48 – 11:14)  

“Be a Man, Hogan” by Macho Man Randy Savage
Episode 17
(9:55 – 12:47)

“I’m Your Man” by Rowdy Roddy Piper
Episode 20
(11:25 – 14:18)

“Grandma Versus The Crusher” by Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
 Episode 35
(8:23 – 12:23)

Favourite Quote

“Spandex, baby oil and boner control; the three most important things to being a pro-wrestler” – Colt Cabana (Episode 10 – opening monologue)

Websites
www.welovecolt.com
www.coltmerch.com
www.youtube.com/user/ColtCabanaWrestling
www.twitter.com/ColtCabana

Issue Seven – Inked Australia/New Zealand Magazine Review

(Originally posted 22/05/2011)

Issue Seven – Inked Australia/New Zealand Magazine Review

Issue 7 of Inked Australia/NZ magazine hit the shelves on May 4th. While Issue 6 was an all tattoo artist issue, Issue 7 is more heavily focused on some amazingly talented musicians, who just happen to be adorned in some equally impressive ink. Sabina Kelley was lucky enough to snag the cover (along with a feature in the magazine), being a favourite of men and women in the world of tattoos.

This is quite possibly my favourite ever Sabina Kelley photo spread; beautiful photos of a gorgeous woman. There’s nothing trashy about them, the photographs in themselves are pieces of art, with the subject herself (Sabina) adorned with art in the form of tattoos. These photos are classy and different to what is often splashed across the pages of less prestigious tattoo magazines. 

Sabina mentioned in the interview that she hasn’t had the support of her family due to her life and career choices. Being the strong and determined person she is, she has managed to create a life and career for herself which she loves and continues to excel in. Sabina is clearly much more than a pretty face. She is happily married, mother to three children who love her, intelligent, a skilled laser tattoo removalist, model, dancer, business woman, and respected by her peers.

Over the course of her career she has done so much, yet still has the drive and ambition to achieve more. Inked Australia/NZ has got it right, Sabina Kelley is Super Woman; someone all tattooed and non-tattooed women alike can look up to.

Issue Six – Inked Australia/New Zealand Magazine Review

(Originally posted 14/03/2011)

Issue Six – Inked Australia/New Zealand Magazine Review

This magazine has turned into something much bigger than I think many expected. With some many tattoo magazines on the market, produced both here in Australia and worldwide, Inked Australia has managed to find their niche and continue to impress with each issue.

It is more than simply a tattoo magazine, with some photos of tattoos done by Australian artists. It is a step inside the tattoo world, which even those of us with tattoos will never have the true chance to experience. The magazine goes deeper and finds the inspirations and other passions of the tattoo artists. These people are multi-dimensional, with the extraordinary talent to be able to paint, sculpt, play music, and, of course, the ability to draw and transfer the subject matter onto a persons skin. This is prime exposure for these artists, as they are featured alngside people they admire, in a magazine celebrating great tattoos and amazing art work.

While many people still refuse to accept tattooing as a form of art, the numbers of people who do are surely growing.
Who needs to go to an art museum when there are so many walking, living and breathing canavses out there, with art covering their own bodies? People are learning what a good tattoo is versus a bad one. They are understanding that cost should not play a factor when getting tattooed. The talent of the artist outweighs any financial issue.

I have been exposed to artists I have never heard of, and love that I am learning while being mesmerised by art like I have never seen before. Inked Magazine is celebrating and promoting talent, so lets all enjoy it while the artists are still around.