The Last Laugh

Morbid wristwatches for those short on time

Take a bite out of death with “The Last Laugh,” a pair of watches from Mr. Jones that sport hour and minute readouts on the bare teeth of human skulls. The hour marking on the upper teeth uses a “jump hour” feature that flips the time over on the hour while the minutes cycle clockwise below, a capability that is especially impressive considering that the …

Horikazu + Spiritual Skin

Two new books cover traditional Japanese tattooing, tribal markings and scarification

As one of the oldest forms of body decoration and religious art, tattooing plays a significant role in cultures all over the world. While the custom has been extensively documented, few published works present such detail as Traditional Tattoo in Japan: Horikazu and Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos and Scarification, two recently released titles from Edition Reuss. Taking a look at the work of master tattooer …

Beyond Elegance

Art, espresso and amateur tattooing from Todd James and Alexis Ross

Opening tonight, 13 November 2012 at 560 Washington Street in NYC, artists Todd James and Alexis Ross are joining forces in a joint show called “Beyond Elegance.” Both pranksters in their own right, Ross and James are influenced by a self-taught aesthetic and penchant for farce. The duo and the team behind the show—which is being presented by Andy Valmorbida and PM Tenore—have been working …