July 2010

From Stockholm based Shout Out Louds we got this song already back in 2007. Still holds up though and it has this great energetic vibe. Nice.




“Imagination” was a massive hit in 1985-1986. Love the intro. But, the song is probably more famous for its explicit video. Here´s the full on uncensored 8 minute version…


Kat Von D (born Katherine Von Drachenberg on March 8, 1982 in Monterrey, Mexico) is a Mexican-born American tattoo artist and television personality. She is best known for her work as a featured tattoo artist on the TLC reality television show Miami Ink. A subsequent TLC series LA Ink, premiered August 7, 2007 in the United States and November 11, 2007 in the UK.

Von D was born in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Her father is René Von Drachenberg and her mother is Sylvia Galeano. Her parents were born in Argentina but her father’s ancestry is German and her mother’s is Spanish and Italian. Kat, a middle child, has a sister named Karoline and a brother named Michael. She moved to Los Angeles at age 4 and grew up in Colton, California. She credits the prominent Latino culture of Los Angeles as being a major influence drawing tattoos in her art and style. She began listening to the Ramones, the Misfits and other punk rock bands at the age of 12. She quit school at 14 to become a tattoo artist. Von D was asked to work at Miami Ink when Darren Brass had broken his elbow. She had a falling out with Ami James which led to her leaving Miami Ink. She has said that she hasn’t spoken with any of the members of Miami Ink since her departure.

Following this she got her own show, LA Ink. In the show, she works at her tattoo shop, High Voltage Tattoo, in Hollywood, California. On the show, she gained the Guinness World Record of most tattoos given by a single person in 24 hours, with a total of 400. This was broken shortly after by her ex husband Oliver Peck with 415, and then later was smashed by Derek Kastning with 726.

She has a book compiling her artworks and tattoos, which was released in January 2009, called “High Voltage Tattoo” with a foreword by Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx. The book traces Von D’s career as an artist, from early childhood influences to recent work, along with examples of what inspires her, information about the show and her shop, her sketches, and personal tattoos. In a January 2009 interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Von D said about the book: “It’s not an autobiography, you know, ’cause I’m too young to do that. But this is just kind of like a picture-driven outline of my career as an artist. So, you see everything from my drawings when I was six to tattoos that have never before been seen.” She was one of the contributors to Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna’s book Cherry Bomb in which she gave tips on tattooing.

Von D created a make-up line for Sephora, and is the creator of the Musink festival. Von D married fellow tattoo artist Oliver Peck in 2004, but divorced in 2007 and began dating Nikki Sixx. However, on January 24th, 2010, Nikki posted a MySpace blog saying: “I want to wish Katherine nothing but the best in her life. She has loved and inspired the hell outta me and I know I have done the same for her in these almost two years we ruled the earth together. We are taking a break from our relationship for reasons that we will choose to keep personal. You won’t find me saying a bad word about her and I don’t believe vice versa, we have too much wonderful history together to ever deface that.” As of approximately March 2010, the couple are back together, confirmed on both Sixx’s twitter and radio show, Sixx Sense.

Von D was referenced in the Eagles of Death Metal song “High Voltage”, which was named after her shop and is featured on their third album “Heart On”. In an interview, Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes said, “I wrote that for Kat Von D, because that girl’s bad ass.”.

Von D was classically trained in piano beginning at age 6. She particularly appreciates Ludwig van Beethoven. Von D has tattooed herself with the emblems of the bands Misfits, HIM, Turbonegro, ZZ Top, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Slayer, Mike Got Spiked and “Slutallica”, a modified Metallica logo. She appeared in the music video of Alkaline Trio’s Help Me, as well as HIM’s Killing Loneliness. She also likes the band 30 Seconds To Mars and is featured on the cover of “This Is War” as one of the 2,000 fans chosen. (via Wikipedia)


“Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief, the absolute best in the dangerous art of extraction, stealing valuable secrets from deep within the subconscious during the dream state, when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Cobb’s rare ability has made him a coveted player in this treacherous new world of corporate espionage, but it has also made him an international fugitive and cost him everything he has ever loved. Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move. An enemy that only Cobb could have seen coming.”

Well, what can you say? When I saw the trailer last year I felt a leap within. Christopher Nolan is a man with visions and a nack for stories that bends our minds. I have seen most of his productions and I have been pleased in one way or another everytime. And this is no exception. “Inception” takes us for a ride in the mind and makes us think “What if?”. I love the existential twist and the questions it raises. This is wellmade into every detail and Hans Zimmer´s excellent musical score takes “Inception” up several notches. Some outstanding action sequences unravel infront of your eyes as well. The magnificent cast with DiCaprio, Gordon-Levitt, Hardy, Cotillard, Caine etc brings the story together and keeps it in a tight fit. What I think puts “Inception” a bit in the air, is the apparent likeness with “The Matrix” and it´s similar thoughts and action scenes. I felt as well that the winter action sequence was a bit out of place or maybe too much of a James Bond homage from Nolan. I kind of wish Nolan had cracked this one before “The Matrix”, but I do know he has worked on the script at least for a good eight years. I do however like the script to “Inception” much better and in this case we don´t have to endure the acting of a wooden stick…. This is a thriller that merges all sorts of influences in the Nolan blender and the result is pretty cool. It´s a solid 4 out of 5. See it and get your mind bended…..

Trailer: http://bit.ly/bsrUL8

Neal Cassady & Jack Kerouac.

Green Lantern/Green Arrow#76 (April 1970). And the cover art is by the brilliant Neal Adams. Some of the comic books I red in my childhood was drawn by Mr. Adams. Love his style. I am pleased as well to see that Green Lantern finally get some recognition in the shape of a movie adaptation. Always loved Green Lantern and Green Arrow. A proper superhero duo.


Christina Hendricks, Elisabeth Moss and January Jones photographed by Bryan Adams for Men’s Vogue, 2009. Stunning.

The Beat Generation is entering the silver screen. First out is “Howl” and next year we will see a movie adaptation of Jack Kerouac´s “On The Road”. Good stuff.

“James Franco stars as the young Allen Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture adventurer and chronicler of the Beat Generation. In his famously confessional, leave-nothing-out style, Ginsberg recounts the road trips, love affairs and search for personal liberation that led to the most timeless and electrifying work of his career, the poem HOWL. Meanwhile, in a San Francisco courtroom, HOWL is on trial. Prosecutor Ralph McIntosh (Strathairn) sets out to prove that the book should be banned, while suave defense attorney Jake Ehrlich (Hamm) argues fervently for freedom of speech and creative expression. The proceedings veer from the comically absurd to the passionate as a host of unusual witnesses (Jeff Daniels, Mary-Louise Parker, Treat Williams, Alesssandro Nivola) pit generation against generation and art against fear in front of conservative Judge Clayton Horn (Bob Balaban).”

Trailer: http://bit.ly/br82r9

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