STORYTELLING IS EVERYTHING
Tattoo artist BJ Betts sits down with designer Frank Cooke to discuss the creative process, finding inspiration and the importance of storytelling
PRAY FOR YG
AFTER CRANKING OUT ALBUMS AT A PROLIFIC PACE FOR MOST OF HIS CAREER, YG HAS LEARNED TO CHILL OUT AND TAKE HIS TIME
When you see Eleanor Barnes—known online as Snitchery—in one of her stunning cosplays, one of the first things you’ll notice is her striking Japanese sleeve.
VIC MENSA DRAWS ON HIS UNIQUE ROOTS - ONE PART CHICAGO AND ONE PARI GHANA - AS HE CREATES MUSIC THAT RESONATES WITH HIS WORLDVIEW
Sueco’s breakout single, “fast,” introduced him as an artist who was on the precipice of making it big. He wasn’t quite balling yet, but once he got that first big check, he could finally splurge on a Crunchwrap Supreme AND a Baja Blast.
These days, plenty of kids grow up aspiring to become tattoo artists, but during the eighties and early nineties this was seldom the case. Jess Mascetti first fell in love with tattooing around the time when the ban was lifted in NYC, although it took over a decade for all the pieces to finally fall into place after she began getting tattooed by her soon-to-be mentor, Josh Lord. We sat down with Mascetti to learn how she wound up becoming a world-renowned artist and what valuable lessons led her to where she is today.
A FLOWER GROWING IN CONCRETE
CREATING ART HAS HELPED JOSE LÓPEZ NAVIGATE THROUGH THE DARKEST PERIODS OF HIS LIFE
A PHOENIX RISING
SALICE ROSE TURNED TO SOCIAL MEDIA WHEN SHE WAS AT HER LOWEST. IN DOING SO, SHE FOUND HER TRUE CALLING
July Jones is on track to become Slovenia’s No. 1 popstar. Jones’ native country occupies a small corner of Eastern Europe; it’s best known for its dramatic scenery and for having some of the best ski resorts in Europe.
LEAVING HER MARK
SHINA NOVALINGA DISCUSSES HER ENTRY INTO THROAT SINGING, GOING VIRAL ON TIKTOK AND GETTING HER FACE TATTOOED
Jessica Kent’s life was on the brink of falling apart completely. The 23-year-old was sitting in a jail cell hundreds of miles from home, awaiting a two-year prison sentence on drug-and gun-related charges.
CREATED AS THE BAND WAS BOTH REELING FROM LOSING THEIR LONGTIME FRIEND AND MANAGER NICK JOHN AND COOPED UP DEALING WITH THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC, MASTODON'S “HUSHED AND GRIM” DEALS WITH THE GRIEF AND GUILT THAT COME IN THE WAKE OF DEATH.
Living For the Morment
Mindful and focused on staying in the present, Demi Lovato is ready to rock once again
Some artists specialize in doing cartoon tattoos. Others have made black-and-grey realism their forte. Mat Rule is the rare artist who has mastered both. After falling in love with traditional and black-and-grey tattooing, he decided to combine the opposing genres to create an exceptionally unique signature style. His work literally pops off the skin and reminds us of movies like "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Cool World" which brought cartoons into the real world. We sat down with Rule to learn how he came up with such a show-stopping style, which characters he loves tattooing most and much more.
MATT VANASSE DAN BRENNDORFER
BALANCING THE ELEMENTS
FERNANDO CARLO, CARLO, JR. KNOWN TO THE STREET ART WORLD AS COPE 2 – 2 – HAS GONE FROM TAGGING THE 4 4 TRAIN TO SHOWCASING IN THE WORLD'S FINEST ART GALLERIES. WE SPOKE WITH THE NYC LEGEND ABOUT HIS AMAZING JOURNEY
ELVIRA DISCUSSES HER 40 + YEAR CAREER, COMING OUT AND HER FIRST/LAST TATTOO
THE SOUND OF CHANGE
JXDN IS ON A MISSION. THE TIKTOKER TURNED POP-PUNK RISING STAR ISN'T HERE TO MAKE FRIENDS, HE'S HE'S HERE TO CHANGE THE WORLD ONE SONG AT A TIME
ZACK LUGO HAS WORKED HIS ASS OFF TO BECOME ONE OF TIKTOK'S MOST NOTABLE CREATORS, AND THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING
SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT
KOE WETZEL ON NEW MUSIC, TOURING AND RUNNING FROM THE COPS
Cowboys may have the glory, but it was outlaws who put the "wild" in the Wild West.
LANN DIOR ON GETTING ADVICE FROM TRAVIS BARKER, "MOOD" AND HIS FIRST HEARTBREAK
TikTok has become the new Myspace, no cap. No, you can't rank your top eight friends and Tom is nowhere to be seen.
Color is exceptionally powerful. It makes us feel in ways that cannot be put into words and defines the impact of the art world.
New York City has produced some of the greatest artists of all time-Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Lady Gaga, to name a few.
A MAN OF HIS WORD
GUNNA'S FUTURE IS BUILT ON ROCK-SOLID ROOTS
THE GRAMMY-NOMINATED RAUW ALEJANDRO'S CAREER IS GOING AT WARP SPEED AND HE HAS NO PLANS ON SLOWING DOWN ANY TIME SOON.
HACK THE SYSTEM
TIKTOK'S RESIDENT HEARTTHROB IS MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE
THE DUALITY OF NLE CHOPPATHE
AFTER BECOMING AN UNEXPECTED BEACON OF WELLNESS, THE MEMPHIS RAPPER IS BACK TO ACTING RECKLESS.
Mei Pang didn’t set out to make a bold statement when she started getting tattooed, she just wanted to get a cool tattoo. Nonetheless, the celebrated beauty influencer with more than 1.7 million TikTok followers ended up making an enormous impact with her unconventional artistic choices.