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Safety Pins's Blog – August 2012 Archive (13)

Sugar & Spikes Tattoo Feature - Photographer Chris Carr's Art Series 'Flesh'

Stepping into Chris Carr's world is like entering a place where all your false pretenses that society has taught you are stripped away leaving you in your truest form, naked...literally. This New York based nightlife and editorial photographer created the company Eat The Cake NYC with the intention to break down the walls people choose to hide behind and force them to get…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 31, 2012 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Black Fashion By Javii - Afropunk Fest Fashion!

On the eve of the eighth annual AFROPUNK music festival, while most were raving on about the killer lineup to come, my phone was bombarded with text messages by friends wondering what the hell they should wear? Questions like "Is this punk enough?" "Is this Afro enough?" Some questions were of a more serious tone. One friend wondered if Bindi's were considered cultural appropriation. (If you have to ask, then yes, yes it is, but let's save that topic for another week.)

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Added by Safety Pins on August 31, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Tattoo Of The Week: Naomi Siren

Naomi Siren is a library employee by day and an aspiring tattoo model by night. She digs Star Wars and dressing up like a stormtrooper.... which I'm sure will make any fanboy's hearts flutter. This sexy tatted siren will give you another reason to make a trip to the Library. To submit your tattoos for Tattoo Of The Week, send pictures + answers to the questionnaire below to mika@afropunk.com.



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Added by Safety Pins on August 27, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

AFROPUNK INK Calendar by Sugar & Spikes - Contest Winners!

The AFROPUNK INK calendar contest has been an intense run. Contestants pulled together their networks and friends for votes and made it a real showdown. As of NOON today these were the rankings, but you'll have to visit the SUGAR AND SPIKES BOOTH to AFROPUNK FEST 2012 to see the winner of a tattoo session with Triple X Jess, and view the 2012/2013 Calendar, which will be for sale for $25.…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 22, 2012 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

Black Fashion By Javii x Afropunk Fest '12 - Gym Class Heroes = One hell of a show

When googling Gym Class Heroes in reference to fashion or style the only articles you'll come across are articles linking soccer moms who rocks the gym and looks fashionable while doing so.

Gym Class Heroes has the longevity that most bands dream of. They started in 1997 in Geneva, N.Y., and is made up of frontman Travie McCoy, drummer Matt McGinley, bassist Eric Roberts and guitarist Diashi Lumumba-Kasongo. With an awesome blend of hip-hop and alternative rock, Gym Class…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 21, 2012 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Tattoo Of The Week: LEZ Factor's Milly DuBouchet

Milly DuBouchet's beautiful relationship with her girlfriend of 7 years inspired her to create LEZ Factor. LEZ Factor offers lesbian, bisexual, and bicurious women a life-altering perspective to creating true romantic success, through coaching, events and seminars. Milly's genuine passion to help other women to experience the type of life-changing love that she has, speaks volumes of the love she shares in her own…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 20, 2012 at 1:23pm — 2 Comments

Sugar & Spikes Tattoo Feature - Metal DJ Tim No 37

At age 12, Tim Martinez fell in love with rock and roll. Raised in a born again Christian family, it was the unexpected and foreign sounds of Nirvana, Hole and Soundgarden that really compelled him. By the time Marilyn Manson hit the scene, he was hooked. His passion for rock scored him his first job in the music industry, working for FUSE TV Network's metal show, Uranium. It was around this time he evolved into Tim No. 37 and before he knew it, he found himself becoming a…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 16, 2012 at 11:51pm — No Comments

Black Fashion By Javii - Phony PPL bring their "glossy" style to the AFROPUNK Festival

The nine-member “collective” who are Phony Ppl is a crew of music loving, jazz fusing, R&B singing, Hip Hop and rap heads who makes music for everyone. The nine members of Phony PPL all have different personal styles so to classify their style using one word would be close to impossible, but not to them. In an interview with Swagger NY they describe their style as "glossy" stating that "it’s just the way we live, like, in terms of style, like clothing and just how we carry…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 15, 2012 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Tattoo Of The Week: King Mezy

When he is not busy holding down security, King Mezy is running a tattoo modeling agency, Got Ink Boyz Movement. (Perhaps a Sugar & Spikes and Got Ink Boyz Movement collab in the future?) King Mezy's ink makes him worthy of being president and with over 300 tattoos, he definitely leads by example! To submit your tattoos for Tattoo Of The Week, send pictures + answers to the questionnaire below to mika@afropunk.com.



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Added by Safety Pins on August 13, 2012 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Sugar & Spikes Tattoo Feature x Afropunk Fest '12: Straight Line Stitch

Alexis Brown embodies the beauty and raw talent of a true rock legend ascending to the top. As the front woman of the hard rock/metal band from Knoxville TN, Straight Line Stitch, Alexis is proving to the world that she is unafraid to be a true individual and create music that is genuine. She has the ability to alternate her sound between blistering metal with screaming vocals and belting out melodies from her soulful roots. Her growing success is a result of her band's passion…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 8, 2012 at 12:13pm — 2 Comments

Black Fashion By Javii x Afropunk Festival '12 - Gordon Voidwell

There's going to be an abundance of acts at this years AFROPUNK Fest. One act I'm excited to see is the New York native, musician, writer and producer Will Johnson. Johnson, best known by his stage name/alter ego Gordon Voidwell is also a fashion writer and style enthusiast. His style is irreverent, inspiring and outrageous at times.…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 7, 2012 at 5:42pm — 1 Comment

Tattoo Of The Week: Body Piercer Brittany Slam

Brittany Slam is a native New Yorker, now living in Atlanta and working as a professional body piercer. This sexy queen of body modification is covered with beautiful art work. Brittany proclaims her free spirited life with pride and holds no regrets...fortunately for us her tattoos vividly share that story.

To submit your tattoos for Tattoo Of The Week, send pictures + answers to the questionnaire below to mika@afropunk.com.…




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Added by Safety Pins on August 6, 2012 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

Sugar & Spikes: 'Under The Needle' Web Series By the makers of 'Color Outside the Lines' Docu

While I never regret any of my own tattoos, I won't be attending another tattoo party where you can not only snag a 2 for 1 tattoo special, a free beer is also thrown in to sweeten the deal. The result? I am left with 2 very sloppy tattoos that look like it was drawn from a sharpie by a 5yr old, which serves as a constant reminder that cheap prices will not guarantee you quality work. With the economy in turmoil, there are many people aching for more tattoo work but unable to…

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Added by Safety Pins on August 1, 2012 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

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