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our months in and I feel like it’s been eleven years! Being that October is the 11th Anniversary of PRICK Magazine I felt I had to mention it. For our anniversary we are pushing for Facebook subscribers. That’s m ro F right if you want to give us the gift that keeps on giving, go like us at www.facebook.com/prickmag and for this mag at comes ag anta M INK Atl www.facebook.com/inkatlanta. I have been so busy putting out PRICK and starting up Ink Atlanta that I have neglected pushing social media to it’s fullest. My commitment to you for our anniversary of PRICK mag and the coming of INK Atlanta is to be way more active personally on social media. I have always let the magazines speak for me but now social media is a major part of doing business and being a modern human being. I apologize for not jumping on sooner. My only excuse is that I have been a graphic designer by profession since just out of high school. Computers have just always equalled work, NOT fun. Honestly, if I never had to stare into a computer screen again I would greatful beyond words. I always wanted to be a famous painter and still do if you want to know the truth about it. I was opposed to computers from the start but fate or destiny made me channel all my creativity into making magazines over the last NINETEEN years and it’s all been on a computer! My retnas are permanently singed with blurry spots from the radiation and lack of blinking. Still I will see you on Facebook soon. Sorry about all the computer hate, back to the magazine love... This issue freaking ROCKS! A huge thanks to all my advertisers for funding this. If you are a reader in need of tattoos or good times, hit up our advertisers and tell em INK Atlanta sent you!
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The Drive Invasion
Ink 4 Pink’s Vaudeville Villains
10 FEATURED ARTIST Malia Reynolds
12 TATTOOED BISTROS & BARS The Highlander & Brannon Amtower
14 FAMOUS INK
Ballers of the Braves
18 MISS INK ATL OCTOBER Magenta Costley
20 LIFESTYLIN’ Unit 2 Fitness
24 FEATURED SHOP City Of Ink
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Burn outs at the Drive Invasion
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Words and Photos by Frederick Noble ’m probably the wrong person to write about Drive Invasion. I tend to gush about my favorite event and journalistic objectivity gets crushed and tossed aside like an empty PBR can. But what’s not to love? Live music all day, weird movies all night, the smoke from countless grills wafting across the parking lot, classic cars and tattooed people to ogle – this party has it all. Over the years, the event has pared down from three days to one lean, mean Sunday. But that doesn’t stop some long-time fans from tailgaiting early – a day early. By 10AM the day of the actual event, there were already hotrods and beer cans on the asphalt. The festival feels like the festival that creates itself. Cook your own food, or trade a beer for a sausage from a neighbor. Bring your own seating, shade and shelter. Heck, build an entire tiki bar just for the weekend.There’s an almost-anything-goes vibe different to any other festival in town. The opening act, Spooky Partridge, features Nick, a 9-year-old drummer who could’ve been conceived at the drive in. His parents have both been in multiple acts (Catfight!, Rock City Dropouts, just to name a few) that have played Drive Invasions past.
All Night Drug Prowling Wolves rockin during the day before night prowling
The Disasternauts monkeying around
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Over the afternoon, we were treated to acts as diverse as instrumental surf played by chimpanzees (The Disasternauts), to old time Bakersfield-style country (Ghost Riders Car Club), to a punky rock revival (Dusty Booze & the Baby Haters), to British Invasion style power pop (The Marques), to a Burt Reynolds impersonator doing classic and cornpone country (Burt and the Bandits), to psychobilly (Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho DeVilles), to metal (Gargantua), to straight-up pub rock (All Night Drug Prowling Wolves), to melancholy rockabilly torch songs (Dex Romwebber Duo), all leading up to the headliner - 60’s psychedelic and
Dusty Booze & the Baby Haters
70’s hard rock icon Roky Erickson. After dark, movies kicked off with Smokey & the Bandit, the role that made Burt Reynolds a household name.Though the only circulating print had been destroyed by another theater mere weeks before Drive Invasion, manager Jim Stacy cobbled together a digital projector and had a blu-ray DVD sent overnight from Australia to make sure fans of the film didn’t miss out. Scenes of Lakewood Fairgrounds, only a few miles away, brought back childhood memories for Atlanta natives.
Emperor of the North featured Lee Marvin as a 1930’s hobo, riding the rails and spitting out weird slang and beating the snot out of various people, occasionally wielding a live chicken to do so. Further abuse of poultry was portrayed in Cockfighter, featuring Warren Oates as the trainer of battling birds.A few folks made it through Hillbillies in a Haunted House and on until dawn, when the sun shone down on a Challenger burning rubber through a pile of empties with two shapely ladies clinging to the hood and giggling manically – the perfect end to the event. Every year I tell people about the event, the response is,“There’s a drive in in Atlanta?” Yep.And a damn fine one at that. 6
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Ink4Pink Vaudeville Villains Art Party
by Kristen Wesolowski Photos by FishBonesPhotos
t’s not common that PBR, the patron saint of East Atlanta, runs dry at a bar. If it does, there’s one thing that’s certain: a good time is being had. “Good” is actually an understatement for the Ink 4 Pink Vaudeville Villains breast cancer fundraiser held at The Basement at Graveyard Tavern on September 8. The event celebrated I4P’s one year anniversary with more than just a bang; it blew the hinges (and quite possibly singed the eyebrows) off of prior events. In true Vaudeville style of being “the heart of American show business”,Vaudeville Villains made a very clear statement: this ain’t your mama’s fundraiser. For many of us, doing good and having a good time don’t typically come as a package deal. Amidst the flying beer cans, the close to nothing-left-to-the-imagination burlesque, the hard work of local artists, the reverberation of feet stomping the floor to the beat of some rough and ragged tunes and the “that HAS to hurt” entertainment, it was hard to even believe that this, in fact, was a fundraiser. The alliance that was created for such a just cause made for a night to remember for all who attended. The evening’s entertainment, led by hometown hero Ringmaster, Captain Stab-Tuggo, and his partner in all things painful, Miss Maybelle the Southern Belle from Hell, was exemplary of what beauty can be created when a bunch of hooligans create an alliance and occupy the same space.The sultry femininity that is burlesque was defined and perfected by the likes of Sweet Christina, D’lilah D’lite and Kittie Katrina. The tongues left hanging out like a bunch of dogs in heat quickly retracted to safety as Captain & Maybelle did what they do best: make us cringe, shriek, and somehow beg for more. The overwhelming support of so many people was evident from
Chris St.Clark of Hellfire Revival
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INK Atl covergirl, Traci Mize.
Snake lady by Gary Betzel.
Vaudeville Villain art by Mandolynne Hopkins
Accordian piece by Brandi Smart
the night’s start to its boisterous end. Upon entering The Basement, the first thing you saw (aside from the pretty door ladies) was the artwork that was donated by professional artists and some of our favorite Atlanta area tattoo artists. There wasn’t a piece of work on display, all twenty something of them, that I wouldn’t be stoked to have hanging at my place. Throughout the night the raffle became a thing of envy as so many won prizes donated by Liberty Tattoo, Memorial Tattoo Cabbagetown, Only You Tattoo, Mystic Owl Tattoo, Forever Yours Tattoo Gallery, Psycho Tattoo, Boners BBQ,The Barrelhouse, Body Farm, and Toni & Guy Salons ATL. Then there was the music. Oh, the music. The price paid to be a witness to so many great artists in one place is deserving of a pat on the back for those of us Alexis from The Sugar Dolls dishing up whiskey mint cupcakes. who were given opportunity. I entered right as James Hunnicutt started his set, and the quiet that fell over such a rowdy bunch and the undivided attention that fellow friends/musicians gave him was an indicator of what talent truly is. His nostalgic sound was the perfect way to kick off what the rest of the night had in store. Jayke Orvis & the Broken Band led the steady incline of adrenaline with the bluegrass spirit and momentum of their stage presence. Hellfire Revival (led by tattoo artist Chris Saint Clark) dealt us a heavy hand of psychobilly fun, and at this point in the evening, everyone seemed to be more than well equipped for just that. Liquid spirits poured while the emotional spirit of the room continued to swell.Then there were The Goddamn Gallows, who ended up being the perfect soundtrack for throwing/dodging flying beer cans, shielding my
13 Roses Tattoo Parlour shop diva, D’lilah D’lite, putting Double D’s to good use.
face from spewed flames and getting the living snot beat out of me by one of my own best friends. Did I care? No. It was good, not-so-clean fun, and everyone else in the room seemed to agree. The party didn’t end as soon as the music was over.We all stuck around to drink and talk and laugh. I couldn’t help but scan the room and think “what a disaster,” which really meant, “What a success; mission accomplished.” What sealed this success in my heart was making eye contact with Ink 4 Pink founder, Jessica Hill, who had been running around non-stop since the night began (let alone the months prior planning the event), and seeing the excitement and glow of pure happiness that was radiating from her smile. There’s nothing on this earth that compares to the heartache that comes from being a young woman who has lost her mother. I myself lost my maternal foundation to cancer at the tender age of 10. Miss Hill, being a more recent sufferer of the havoc that breast cancer wreaks on the family and friends of its victims has taken her experience and turned it into something beautiful: a positive movement with a mission to bring some glimmer of hope to other women who are fighting the battle against this relentless disease. Ink 4 Pink is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the fight against breast cancer, and the efforts of the organization itself as well as all of its supporters and donors are what keep it moving forward. For every person who walked in the door, for every raffle ticket purchased and prize won, for every piece of art that someone bought to hang on his or her wall – good was being done. You didn’t have to suit up for a 5k, you didn’t have to sell pins or stand on a median asking for people to dump change in a bucket, you just had to show up and have a great time.A fantastic night for the breast cause? Absolutely.You can all rest your pretty little heads, because Ink 4 Pink ain’t slowing down, and the next event is sure to be another hell of a good time. Vaudeville Villains art is currently on sale at the Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta. For more information and to get involved visit: www.ink4pink.org or follow I4P on Facebook and Twitter. H
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From Cali to Atlanta
By Harrison Knolle
his month I had the sheer delight to hang out a bit with Malia Reynolds of Memorial Tattoo. Ms. Reynolds came to Atlanta via California where she graduated from San Diego State with a degree in graphic design. However this lovely bird couldn’t have her creative talents caged in a cubicle. “When I got out of school I realized that graphic design and sitting behind a computer all day wasn’t what I wanted to do.” she told me. So after this realization and six months relaxing in Hawaii, Malia decided it was time to get to it. “That’s when I started thinking about
tattooing and went into the shop I had been hanging out in since I can remember, talked to them about an apprenticeship and here I am now.” Seven years later, here she is cranking out amazing tattoos for her Atlanta clientele. Reynolds seemed to be artistic from birth, citing her mother as an influence who she described as a “crafty, jack of all trades” when it came to creating. As for herself, she draws other inspiration from a plethora of sources including Mexican folk art, nature and almost everything she sees in her travels. Reynolds is also inspired by her peers, “I’m really inspired by the people that I work with, be it current or past. I definitely always take a lit-
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tle something from everyone I’ve worked with and I’ve been really lucky to work with amazing tattoo artists.” In an industry that has been predominately owned by the male gender, Reynolds brings a feminine energy to the table that she sees as a plus. “I think it has its advantages you know. I do a lot of pretty, girly tattoos. I think a lot of women getting tattooed these days get tattooed in sensitive areas and they prefer for a woman to see them naked rather than a man. It just makes them more comfortable you know? I wear dresses and high heels all the time so there’s that too.” According to her there really aren’t many drawbacks to being the pretty lady in the shop. “I don’t think there’s that social stigma so much anymore. I know plenty of really awesome female tattooers. It’s an open opportunity now for everybody regardless of your gender, it’s all about the artwork.” So that’s exactly what her focus is, the artwork. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, or some sort of human-goat hybrid; Malia Reynolds will provide a unique piece of artwork for you to enjoy for the rest of your life. Visit www.maliareynoldstattoo.com for more! H
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the highlander Tattooed Bistros & Bars
Tattooed community bar and eatery for 20 years and running
by Harrison Knolle Photos by Chuck B. ongevity is something that is hard to achieve in the restaurant business but somehow through all the hoopla The Highlander has managed to stick around and stay relevant for almost twenty years. Located just off of Monroe Dr. NE,The Highlander has been serving up good times to the great people of our city for two decades on April 9th. General manager, Brannon Amtower, has been there since the beginning and gave us a little insight as to how they’ve managed to become a staple in the community. “So much has changed over the years with The Highlander and I think that we’ve always tried to put out really good product and have really good price points and take good care of our customers, you know.” However the food isn’t the only thing keeping this place going after such an extended period of time.With a lot of the staff having been there for around ten years they have built a family environment. “It’s always been a Cheers-like environment.We’ve built up a crowd and the crowd stays with us all these years.You know people have come and gone but a lot of people are still regulars and I think that’s a big part of why we are successful.” Now with a completely revamped menu The Highlander is still very much alive and kickin’. An array of burgers and everything from falafel to Cuban sandwiches means there is always something new to taste. Not to mention that every Tuesday night you can get all you can eat crab and fill your face with crustaceans. The Highlander also doubles as a great spot to check out some art. They are always holding art shows and showcasing local talent upon their walls. Just recently they held a show called “Sabre’s Edge” which was a sci-fi themed showcase that coincided with Dragon*Con to the delight of all my fellow nerds. Coming up this October 29th they are holding a show called “Haunted” displaying dark and evil art including some nice heavy metal from Tronwhip and Red Rocket Deluxe. According to Amtower The Highlander has been a long time supporter of the art scene in Atlanta, “We’ve always
Brannon Amtower of The Highlander and his tattoos
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been something different and unique and always wanted to be part of the tattoo scene.We’ve been doing all these art shows and we’ve had many art shows with tattoo artists.We’ve just been stern supporters of lowbrow art and tattoo-style art and have always tried to expand that in Atlanta.” With a new themed art show every month, awesome eats and full glasses,The Highlander is certainly a spot worth visiting more than once.Their tattooed and friendly staff is certain to make you feel at home even if you’re not a regular. So The Highlander officially gets the Ink Atlanta stamp of approval. Check them out at www.thehighlanderatlanta.com or just stop in a have a drink! Bottoms up, Atlanta! H INK ATLANTA MAGAZINE 13
BRANDON BOND Famous Ink - Atlanta
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by Harrison Knolle Photos courtesy Brandon Bond/All or nothing Tattoo As the sound of the Tomahawk Chop echoes through Turner Field and its arms rain down on visiting teams, the work of All or Nothing Tattoo’s Brandon Bond can be seen gracing the arms of some of our hometown Atlanta Braves players. Bond, who we all know is an amazingly talented artist, is also an avid Braves fanatic. All or Nothing has become a tattooing epicenter for the city of Atlanta and even baseball celebrities. Bond has tattooed various players from Major League Baseball but we at Ink Atlanta love our Braves just like Brandon Bond. Since the 2009 MLB All-Star break, Bond has been tattooing Braves relief pitchers Peter Moylan, Kris Medlen and left field sensation Martin Prado as well as former Braves outfielder and current Houston Astro, Jordan Schafer. The Australian born Peter Moylan had Bond reworked a sleeve that he was unhappy with that had been a collaborative effort from other artists. The sleeve gained additional artwork at All or Nothing as well as the welcomed corrections. Bond also reworked the half sleeve of the young Braves pitcher Kris Medlen. Medlen originally had a black and grey Koi before he went to see Brandon. In his sessions with Bond he redid the Koi with color and had fellow artist Dave Tedder sketch out some new Japanese waves. With the adding of the waves and a new Japanese mask, Bond managed to take a sub par tattoo and make it a great half sleeve. Fellow Braves player, outfielder Martin Prado, received an amazing black and grey cross from Bond who has a whole lot going on at All or Nothing Tattoo. Not to mention about a million other endeavors you are sure to hear all about in his upcoming feature in the December issue of PRICK Magazine. The man does it all from tattooing to instructional DVDs, directing films, fundraising for charity and writing books. It is sure to be a solid piece on a talented workaholic and revolutionary in tattoo culture. As for our hometown Braves, they suffered a heartbreaking end of the season in September. Their loss in extra innings to the Philadelphia Phillies on the final game of the regular season kept them from a wildcard playoff spot. Keep your heads up Braves fans, there’s always next year! For more, visit: www.allornothingtattoo.com and www.atlanta.braves.mlb.com H
Above & Below: The Braves’ Peter Moylan.
Below: Brandon Bond tattooing Peter Moylan.
Below: The Braves’ Kris Medlan and his tattoos by Brandon Bond.
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Above: Brandon Bond and The Braves’ Jordan Schafer
Above: Peter Moylan’s “reworked” sleeve by Brandon Bond
Above: Braves’ Martin Prado and his Bond tattoo
Above: The Braves’ Jordan Schafer half sleeve by Brandon Bond
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Magenta Costley Miss Ink Atl October
Words by J.J. diablo Photos by Sylvia Hagar
ust as The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become a cult classic far exceeding its creators’ expectations, a young woman named after one of its infamous characters who now calls Georgia home, has far exceeded her own expectations by covering her body with ink that would make George Lucas and Dr. Frank-N-Furter her/himself proud. She has graced the pages of countless pinup magazines and we are lucky to have her for our local mag this issue. Self proclaimed “nerd”, devoted wife and generous contributing member to her LaGrange community, Magenta Costley is headed for a time warp to land her in the archives of tattoo and pinup culture as permanently as the tattoos she proudly wears. So how does a devout Christian girl end up covered in sleeves depicting her favorite movies like Star Wars and The Labyrinth? We asked her to explain. “For as long as I can remember, my mom has had tattoos, just little small ones here and there.The plan was always to get matching ones on my 18th birthday.The big day arrived, we go to the shop . . . and I chicken out!” Not one to give up so easily though, she was able to “finally muster up enough courage to
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get a tiny star behind my ear.” Relieved, she tells us,“I was surprised at how little it hurt! Once I knew the pain level, I had all kinds of ideas for what I wanted to get done!” Magenta now has a full arm sleeve, half sleeve and knee to foot leg sleeve, chest piece, a thigh portrait of Vincent Price as well as individual pieces over her legs and other arm. Her tattoos are not the traditional Americana we have become accustomed to as they depict scenes of Sci-Fi, literary fiction, Coca-Cola and even a pinup with a book and the phrase “Reading is Sexy” under it. Our hats off to her for having not only a gorgeous look and classy attitude but some of the most original tattoos we’ve ever seen. Magenta is proud of her work and the shop 100% of it came from,Aart Accents, in her home base of LaGrange, Ga. Her primary artist is Joseph White;“he’s done 95% of my work,” she says. He is responsible for her Star Wars sleeve, her other half sleeve and Kelly MacDonald completed her Labyrinth leg sleeve. Besides modeling, Magenta has dedicated herself to a new cause close to her heart called OPERATION ZIPLOCK. “It is a project that will take Ziplock bags and fill them with neccessities for the homeless and less fortunate, such as toothbrushes, band-aids, shampoo, soap, etc.” Magenta is selling custom paintings of some of her most influential people to help raise money to fill the needs of the countless many that are in need of supplies to not only survive but better their situation.A better cause, especially in the shadow of winter and the holiday season, is hard to fathom. Again, for her grace, poise, principle and good will towards others, our hats off to Magenta Costley.We are honored to have her in our pages! For more pics, updates and info on Magenta and Operation Ziplock, visit: https://www.facebook.com/ModelMagenta or the Operation Ziplock Facebook fan page. H INK ATLANTA MAGAZINE 19
unit 2 Fitness U
interview and photos by Angela Elliott
Q: Unit 2 is considered by far as one of the Southeast’s most elite MMA gyms. What does it take to work at Unit 2? To work at Unit 2 you need to be an exceptional trainer. We often joke that our front desk staff is more qualified to teach BJJ than most gym's instructors. Our head BJJ coach is a multi-time world champion,ADCC champion, and is widely considered the top BJJ for MMA coach in the Southeast. Our head striking coach is a two time world champion and two time U.S. National champion.All of our trainers all have a minimum of 10+ years experience in martial arts/fitness, have competition experience, and some even have Master's degrees in sports/health/fitness and related studies. Q: There is a definite “no wimps allowed” mindset in this gym. What do you do to get people motivated? The "no wimps" policy has nothing to do with physical strength or fitness. It has all to do with having the content of character and mental toughness to actually train and become better.We do not require any existing fitness level to become a member here. However, we genuinely want people to succeed at Unit 2. The only way to do that is to work at your own
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Above: Nick DeKay practices what he preaches.
Photo by Evan Tantum Photography
nit 2 Fitness is no stranger to the public eye. Besides numerous acclaims and holding residency for leading BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) trainer, Roberto Traven, they have continuously updated the martial arts and fitness programs they have to offer.Whether your goal is to learn self defense, master fighting techniques for competition or simply get into some of the best shape of your life, Unit 2 has you covered. In the wake of yet again being named Creative Loafing’s “Best Martial Arts Gym” (2008, 2009 & 2011) and “Best Crossfit Gym” (2011) we asked one of their own clients, photographer Angela Elliott, to interview owner, Nick DeKay, about what sets Unit 2 Fitness apart from other gyms in Atlanta.
maximum intensity every time you come to the gym. People that are not committed to becoming better typically lack the guts to even walk in the door. We know that we could get more customers by wimping up our programs like the vast majority of the gyms in Atlanta.We could install some TVs to watch or spend more time chatting and less time sweating.That would be disingenuous to our clients that are committed to being better.We pride ourselves on being that absolute most hardcore gym in Atlanta by far. I tell people this:â€˜Don't think of an excuse to quit but rather find a reason to keep going.â€™ I believe that everyone has a reason for training at Unit 2. It might be to fight, to look better, for health and longevity, or simply to be better at life. When people want to give up I ask them to find that reason and latch onto it, to fight just a little longer.The pain that one experiences while training is nothing compared to the pride of accomplishing a goal. Q: Your website goes above and beyond what most gyms,
including MMA gyms, have. It shows that you really do want to instruct people on how to live a healthy life. How often do you update your blogs? We update the site daily.The blogs are written about my personal experiences as a coach, trainer and a competitor. Before owning a gym I was in Information Technology. I was never a "natural athlete" and so I really understand what it takes to go from sitting at the desk all day surrounded by lethargic people coasting their way towards retirement to being surrounded by athletes trying to get the most out of life. I write to help people get the most out of their training. I truly believe that we change lives at Unit 2. For some, we help them go from sick to well and even to fit. For others we help save them from the mediocrity of modern life. One way or another everyone that commits to real training will change for the better. Q: Does it annoy you or make you proud that MMA has gotten so mainstream? A little of both, I suppose. It is great that people are finally able to make some kind of a living in MMA. But the beer-gutted wannabe guys at the bar give the sport a poor image. Q: What compelled you to add CrossFit into the Unit 2 schedule? We came to use CrossFit methodologies in our strength and conditioning for our professional athletes competing in the UFC,WEC and Strikeforce.We saw the results with our pros and started using those methodologies with our amateur athletes and our regular students. The results were awesome and we decided to make CrossFit our primary strength and conditioning program at Unit 2. Q: CrossFit is spreading like wildfire in Atlanta right now and becoming more popular. Do you have other CrossFitters in your gym, or are they all Unit 2 clients converting to CrossFit? Most of our CrossFit customers were existing clients of Unit 2. The vast majority does CrossFit in addition to martial arts at Unit 2. It becomes the strength and conditioning component of their training.They still do kickboxing, boxing, Muay Thai and BJJ as their sport. Q: CrossFit can be a very intimidating workout to people whoâ€™ve never seen it. What does one have to do to start CrossFit? Do they need to be in shape first? Getting in shape before starting training is like eating dinner at home before going out to your favorite restaurant. Unit 2 offers personal guided tours and consultations to all interested new and existing clients. For more info and to start training today visit: www.unit2fitness.com/ or call their Midtown location: (404) 745-3019.Tell them Ink Atlanta sent you! H
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By Kristen Wesolowski photos courtesy of the masquerade hen it comes to Halloween attractions, the possibilities around the Atlanta area are endless. Unfortunately, they are also seemingly lackluster. Sure, a nice cup of hot apple cider and a waltz through a haunted corn maze is cute and all but most of us are looking for something more. We want to be scared.We want to feel threatened.We want to look fear in the face and walk away a survivor. You can walk through any old haunted house around here, deal with a bunch of shrieking kids who are terrified of some idiots in crappy costumes, and walk away feeling totally ripped off. Or you could join the forces behind TortureCo at The Chambers of Horror, the lone ‘adults only’ haunt in the Southeast. This is NOT for kids. Since 2009, Gorehound Productions and Rene Arriagada have been fine tuning their talent of terrifying.This year’s haunt has truly proven itself to be one Hell of nightmare. Perhaps why it’s the #13 must see haunt in the nation according to Haunted Attraction Magazine. Welcome to TortureCo; a company with quite the business plan.They take innocent people and mar them up in the most grotesque, horrific, ‘I didn’t know those boundaries could be pushed’ ways imaginable.This is grindhouse at its goriest, with all the sensational violence, near full nudity, rebellion, mayhem and shock and awe that one could ever want.You WILL be discomforted, you WILL want to look away, and you WILL get the ever-living shit scared out of you.You also, for good measure, will get doused with some bodily fluids (and if I just meant blood, I would have just said blood). Hell, there’s a good chance you’ll soak yourself with some of your own bodily fluids if you have a weak stomach or don’t take a moment to relieve yourself before entering. Chambers of Horror will be open nightly from September 30th through October 31st and is located behind the Masquerade at 695 North Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30308. It is truly adults only, so you must be 18 or older to enter. Considering this is for grown folks, there’s also a full bar to get you amped or numb your pain after. So hold onto your seats, morals, intestines and gag reflexes because Chambers of Horror is NOT for the faint of heart. Be prepared for the most terrifying haunted house you’ve ever had the pain of experiencing. For more visit: www.chambersofhorroratl.com and check our Facebook page for ticket giveaways this month! 22
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Hard Work and Passion Pays
By Matt Woody Photos Courtesy of City of Ink he days of start-up tattoo parlors are upon us, and Atlanta has seen numerous shops open over the last several years. City of Ink is a prime example of hard work and passion colliding to create an enjoyable tattoo experience for customers.The energy of every artist and their work is immediately felt upon arrival. The walls are lined with paintings and other abstract pieces created by all of the affiliated artists, maintaining an influential presence for everyone who enters. It's no surprise, as the shop resides in the heart of the Castleberry Hill neighborhood, a vibrant and eclectic area of Atlanta that quickly branded itself as the city's arts capital. I talked with Miya Bailey, an Asheville native turned Atlanta resident, to understand what drives the shop and where it's headed next. “In the early 90s, the black community was still new to tattooing,” he recalls. “Everybody was sort of fresh. If we saw an AfricanAmerican person with a tattoo, we would all gather around that person and say 'Oh where'd you get that tat?!'” Bailey’s obsession for the culture and artwork grew rapidly during that time period, gaining inspiration from Robert Ashburn, owner of North Carolina shop Liquid Dragon. After moving to Atlanta, he started an apprenticeship at West End Tattoo, a parlor where many of today's City of Ink artists began. From this point forward, tight friendships and relative passion for creating unique tattoo artwork helped lay the groundwork for City of Ink today.
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Above: Tattoos by Tuki Carter. Below: Tattoos by Miya Bailey
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With a quick flip through the artist portfolios, it's easy to understand what drew the shop to their Walker Street location. Because City of Ink features no flash art, the creativity of each artist represents the shop's do-it-yourself mentality rather well. In fact, many of the artists draw directly onto the customer's skin, avoiding the need to create stencil tattoo work.This creates lines that contour with the shape of the body, maximizing the appearance of each finished product. Miya Bailey and Tuki Carter, two of the shop's founding members, have collaborated on many custom projects over the years, from portraits to abstract designs. Melvin Todd, a City of Ink employee of three years, views tattooing as more of an artform than anything else, and it certainly shows in his traditionalist pieces. Chris McAdoo is a musician with Tuki Carter in the group Hollyweerd, and his tattoos derive from a traditionalist standpoint. Qulock Nimmons, who has also been with City of Ink for three years, draws inspiration from Japanese-style animation, a colorful trait acquired from living the first portion of his life in Japan and Korea. Chris Colbert, an Atlanta born-artist, credits his style to wild lettering and charac-
Above: Tattoos by Qulock Nimmons
Tattoo by James Daniel
Tattoo by Melvin Todd
Tattoo by Charity
Tattoo by Tuki Carter
Tattoo by Melvin Todd
ter-driven animation. Newcomers Charity Hamidullah and Roger Parilla Jr, from Rochester, NY and Asheville, NC respectively, both have been actively tattooing for the last few years. Apprentices James Daniel and Frank â€œPaperâ€? Dunson may be new to ink application, but obvious talent shines through each of their works. Shop managers Samba Sillah and Chris Carter make sure everyone's appointments and schedules stay current, ensuring that the shop runs smoothly every day. No matter what type of tattoo you want, City of Ink has someone aboard to fulfill those needs. But the parlor is not just a regular tattoo institute, and everyone will be quick to explain what sets them apart.The shop doubles as an art gallery, showcasing works by the many artists and friends who wish to display. Kevin Hart, who's been with Miya and the City of Ink family for much longer than the shop has existed, organizes all of the artwork and events that take place inside the parlor. He states that the shop exists to promote the collective of artists as influential members of the community, not just as tattoo 26
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Tattoos above by Miya Bailey
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artists, painters or whatever medium they choose to work through.With the awareness of everyone's contributions, more creativity rises from the city itself. The shop approaches its fifth anniversary next February as everyone readies a full remodeling of the parlor's interior. In addition, the team plans on hosting several art gallery openings between December and June of next year. Stay in touch with City of Ink tattoos and artwork through YouTube or any of their various social networking sites. City of Ink 323 Walker Street Atlanta, GA 404-525-4465 http://www.thecityofink.com H 28
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By J.J. Diablo Photos courtesy of The sugar dolls hether it be perfect pink breasts to be ogled at Ink & Dagger Tattoo Parlour’s Man Day, booze infused (and ignited) prohibition delights for Ink 4 Pink’s Vaudeville Villains or Rockabilly Elvis cupcakes for Mon Cherie’s Rockabilly Lounge, Flowery Branch’s The Sugar Dolls custom themed cupcake and baked good delivery service has got what you need for ANY Atlanta event. Not familiar with The Sugar Dolls yet? Yes, you are. If you’ve been to any of the above events or pretty much any burlesque show in and around the metro Atlanta area, they are the darling twosome car-
rying gorgeous (and at times gory) edible treats on trays reminiscent of the classic cigarette girls that used to pepper the best of social affairs. Well no gig is too big or too small for Alexis and Aileen. Patrons need do nothing more than make a quick phone call or fill out their online contact form to obtain custom cupcakes or cookies themed to their own event and the gals arrive promptly in their best dress (also to occasion) to deliver the goods! As for their own events, The Sugar Dolls are proud to be hosting their second annual Day of the Cupcake fundraiser at Sacred Heart Tattoo in Little 5 Points benefiting Atlanta Bully Rescue! Saturday, October 8th, Sacred Heart Tattoo will dole out dollops of $50 cupcake tattoos while ladies compete as the perfect cupcake pinup for a chance to win a shoot with Dynamite Dames and Cherry Dame and even more contestants test their cupcake decorating skills! Add to that live bands, karaoke, Hula hoop antics from HoopEssence, cupcakes (of course), prizes and a whole lot more and you’ve got a recipe for a deliciously good time! For more info and to place your order visit: www.thesugardolls.com/ and check out the Day of the Cupcake at Sacred Heart in Little 5! H 30
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