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TattooFinder.com partnered up with Inked Magazine in 2008 — working to supply our readers with a little taste of the gloss, the celebs, the gossip and the ink that keeps tattoos on the front page. Take a look at our collection of Inked articles and interviews below, as well as the snazzy TattooFinder.com stories we wrote up for the magazine. Happy reading!

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Inked Articles & Interviews

Pharrell Williams

By Tom Conlon
Photos by David Shadi Perez

Inked Magazine

The music and fashion wunderkind talks bling, the clothing biz and his plans to grow pig skin to cover old ink. But it’s not just the record industry that’s clamoring for Williams — the fashion world is also after the head N.E.R.D. Factories can’t stitch his Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream clothing lines quickly enough to keep up with demand, and Williams has twice collaborated on signature collections with the distinguished French design house Louis Vuitton. In 2005, Esquire named him the world’s best-dressed man. Any one of these reasons would have compelled us to feature the producer-singer-songwriter-designer in this issue of Inked.

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Margaret Cho

By Patty Lamberti
Photos by Nabil Elderkin

Inked Magazine

Nothing about Margaret Cho made it look like she had a chance in hell in Hollywood. Chubby, Korean and bisexual (she admits to all three) in a business that typically has a hard time swallowing that list, Cho’s rank as one of the biggest female comedians on the planet is the result of a one-woman battle — built from her first stand-up comedy gigs in a club near her parents’ book store in San Francisco to tours with Jerry Seinfeld and a showcase full of awards. For a while, Hollywood won. After a failed TV show attempt, where suits told her she was “too Asian,” then hired a coach to train her to be “more Asian,” Cho battled with an eating disorder and alcohol abuse. She returned with a vengeance in 1999’s I’m the One That I Want, her first truly hilarious special, which savaged the suits she experienced in Hollywood.

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Bam Margera

By Chris Nieratko
Photos by Pier Nicola D’Amico

Inked Magazine

You can’t help but tip your hat to Bam Margera. While other jackasses might be content telling the same joke over and over, Bam has left the shopping carts behind and parlayed his stupidity into a record label, a straight-to-DVD comedy empire, a rock ‘n’ roll bar, and a wife who, we’re sure he would agree, is too hot for the likes of him. And he’s done it all without leaving his hometown of West Chester, Pa., keeping him grounded and down-to-earth.

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Montel Williams

By Tom Conlon
Photos by Kurt Iswarienko

Inked Magazine

Take one look at the half-sleeves blanketing both of his upper arms and it’s clear Montel Williams lives up to his talk show’s slogan, “There’s more to Montel.” Who would have ever guessed that underneath those neatly pressed shirts this fixture of daytime jibber jabber is hiding intricate ink murals by the likes of the legendary Zulu from Zulu Tattoo? The “moreness” of Williams extends way beyond his surprising love of tattooing.

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Dr. Dave

By Marisa DiMattia
Inked Magazine

The Lower East Side was once the exclusive domain of New York City’s poorest immigrants and most brazen drug dealers. Over the years, the neighborhood has been co-opted by million dollar condos, but Dr. Dave Ores (or Dr. Dave as locals have known him for 13 years), isn’t beating the anti-gentrification drum. Instead, in his street-front medical office — which looks like a lowbrow art gallery because it is — Dr. Dave powers up his laser equipment and offers expensive services like body hair and tattoo removal, facial rejuvenation and wrinkle reduction to LES’ wealthy new residents.

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180 Proof: Tila Tequila

By Jason Burhrmester
Photos by Randall Slaven

Inked Magazine

While you’re reading this, Tila Tequila is taking over the world. Since rocketing into the libidos of men and women everywhere with her saucy MySpace photos, the pintsized model has created an entire industry based on her sex-icon status. She still maintains her MySpace page (with over three million friends and counting), her MTV show, A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, was the second highest rated show on the network and, this fall, she’s publishing a book, Hooking Up with Tila Tequila. Your sex life will never be the same.

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Jason Mewes

By Alison Prato
Photos by Mike Piscitelli

Inked Magazine


Actor Jason Mewes is standing in the living room of his Los Angeles home, taking off his shirt. Positioned in front of his laptop’s webcam, he shows off the “15 or 16” tattoos he’s acquired during his 34 tumultuous years. He lifts his shirt and motions first to an elaborate tribal design on his shoulder. “I got this one in Santa Cruz . . . and this one in Des Moines,” Mewes says. “This one’s from when I was 20, and I got this one in Utah after playing a prisoner with all these fake tattoos. The guy was gonna do a solid tribal on me, but I was like, “You know what, I want a face in there. Nothing too happy, though, not like a clown, you know?”

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Mad Dogs: Rescue Ink

By Tal Pinchevsky
Photos by Rudy Archuleta

Inked Magazine


Three days had passed since Clara, a three-year-old English bulldog, was stolen outside a grocery store in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. The NYPD followed a few leads, but in a city with nearly 500 homicides a year, a missing dog was not exactly at the top of the local police blotter. Then a crew of intimidating-as-hell, tattoo-clad equalizers heard about the missing pooch from a neighborhood poster and hit the streets.

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The Game

By Tom Conlon
Photos by Estevan Oriol

Inked Magazine


To say Jayceon “The Game” Taylor is a man of many contradictions is an understatement. An example: He grew up in Compton, Calif., gangbanging with the Bloods even though his own mom was once affiliated with the Crips. He’s a cocky son-of-a-bitch who’s never been afraid to publicly champion himself as the greatest rapper alive. At the same time, he exhibits near-monk-like humility when it comes to thanking his friends, family and hip-hop predecessors for paving the path of his success.

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Rock of Love

By Rebecca Swanner
Photos by Alison Dyer

Inked Magazine


We hang out at home with Scott Shriner — the only tattooed member of Weezer — to talk marriage, ink and the band’s shocking sixth album.

In a quiet neighborhood east of Hollywood, down winding tree-lined streets, sit homes belonging to Luke Wilson, Terry Gilliam, Barack Obama and Weezer bassist Scott Shriner, who is standing in his living room in a stark white bathrobe looking a bit shocked to see INKED. The scene isn’t a wild rock star party with a hot tub full of groupies (this is Weezer after all).

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Body Type: An Exploration of “Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh”

by Ina Saltz
Inked Magazine

Words have power. Words are precise and specific. That is one reason why so many of the newly tattooed choose to express their most deeply felt beliefs in the form of text. Words of devotion, words of defiance, words of pain, words of love — all are expressions of inner emotions made visible (and readable) on skin. Whether borrowed from literature, poetry, song lyrics, prayers, motivational phrases, names of loved ones or popular culture, words in all their glorious forms serve as inspiration for tattoos created out of letterforms.

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Ink on Film

by Jennifer Goldstein
Inked Magazine

Warriors,” says makeup artist Naomi Donne, creator of temporary tattoo art for numerous movies. “That film was a revolutionary concept for makeup, it turned all of us in the industry around and set that whole fashion trend of very linear work in tattoos.” The movie, released in 1994, was based on the novel of the same name by New Zealand author Alan Duff. It followed an indigenous Maori family trying to make their way in urban Auckland and various moko — traditional Maori tribal tattoos — appear throughout the film. Although the movie may have heavily influenced tattoo design, it certainly wasn’t the first time ink was significantly featured on screen.

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