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A Night at the Besties Oct 23, 2014 Celebrate CityBeat's "Best of San Diego" issue with live music from Little Hurricane and Steph Johnson, performances from the Fern Street Circus, an art exhibit from the Dream Machine Arts Collective, a mobile video arcade by Coin Op North Park and more. 60 other events on Thursday, October 23
 
Fall Arts
Epic San Diego Museum of Art exhibition promises a textbook lesson in the evolution of modern works
Editorial
Kevin Faulconer’s likely to tack left on sustainability
Film
Adaptation of Patricia Highsmith novel tops our coverage of movies screening around town
News
With few specifics on who they were looking for, officers held the wrong man at gunpoint
Theater
Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical leads our rundown of local plays

 

 
 
Bars & clubs

San Diego Bars & Clubs FTW

Raise a glass for San Diego's watering-hole champions

In this, the 2011 edition of our annual Bars & Clubs issue, we salute the wizards of the watering holes, the stars of the saloons, the conquerors of the canteens, the tops of the taverns.

Bars & clubs

Power player

Eddie “KON” Castro can’t get enough of pinball

By Carissa Casares

Eddie “KON” Castro is crazy about pinball, and he’s not afraid to show it.

Bars & clubs

About Schmidt

Noble Experiment cocktail maker hopes to defend his title

By D.A. Kolodenko

When the final secret ingredient of the night was revealed to the last two survivors, Anthony Schmidt knew immediately what cocktail he’d make.

Bars & clubs

Trivial matters

The Shakespeare Internationals know more than you

By Dave Maass

John Evans will tell you he’s a piano technician. Do not believe him. He is a British MI6 super-agent who’s been sent to San Diego to slowly undermine our social infrastructure—one quiz night at a time.

Bars & clubs

Lethal weapon

An amateur street fighter cleans up at Soda Bar

By Peter Holslin

At first glance, you wouldn’t guess that Todd Cutler is dangerous with a joystick.

Bars & clubs

A guide to San Diego bars and clubs

2011 CityBeat Bars & Clubs listings

From the beaches to the Mesas, CityBeat staff and freelancers set out to write one sentence about hundreds of bars. The result is this seriously long-but-useful list of bars and clubs across San Diego County.

Bars & clubs

Conqueror of cups

Practice, confidence and a nice buzz are the secrets of his success

By Alex Zaragoza

As much as natural ability has been key to his success, Kreutzer says that practice has indeed made perfect.

Bars & clubs

Fishing for a win

At Worldcup Goldfish Racing, it’s up to you to catch the champ

By Kinsee Morlan

The jockeys line up and, one by one, carefully choose their fish from a tank of about two dozen. This one small choice will ultimately decide the outcome of the night.

Bars & clubs

Best bathrooms in town

Currant is where it's at

By Kinsee Morlan

The best thing about a hotel bar is the bathroom. Elaborately folded-over toilette paper ensures freshness. Polished marble. Automated everything. Yeah, hotel-bar bathrooms are the best, I decide as I walk through the lobby of the Sofia Hotel back toward Currant, the Downtown restaurant that boasts a bar shaped like a rounded diamond (or a pointy oblong, depending on how you look at it).

Bars & clubs

Odysea and Ora girl

A review of Odysea in San Diego

By D.A. Kolodenko

I didn’t want to tell Ora the name of the bar.

“Odysea, a Liquid Adventure” wouldn’t sound cool to a chick who, last time I saw her, was cleaning up a spilled tube of cadmium red oil paint from the dirty floor of her City Heights shack by smearing it onto her hands and slapping bloody prints all over the walls.

Best of San Diego

Finding the best of San Diego requires all five senses

Our readers and writers choose the most sensational things to hear, spy, sniff, lick and feel up

We played Mr. Potato-head, trying one sensory organ at a time and following each to the best things about San Diego.

Best of San Diego

Best of Sight

From California Candle Gallery to Paras News, we point you to what’s good-looking

Have you ever purchased a candle that was so beautiful you didn’t want to light it because it would melt away? If so, Seaport Village’s California Candle Gallery has the perfect solution for your finicky design needs.

Best of San Diego

Best of Smell

From the Central Library to the Flower Fields, we tell you what’s sweet-smelling

So, what is that smell, exactly? I haven’t been able to find a proper answer, but, according to a few librarian blogs, it’s the pungent aroma of books essentially rotting away very slowly.

Best of San Diego

Best of Touch

From Victor the echidna to the Whaley House, we give you the goods on that happy feeling

Who gets all the glory at the San Diego Zoo? Pandas. Everybody wants to hug a cute and cuddly looking panda—but they’ll rip your face off!

Best of San Diego

Best of Taste

From South Park Abbey to Fatuma’s Restaurant, we lead the way to what’s mouth-watering

I love goat meat—not only is it delicious; it’s also one of the healthiest meats in the world. I prefer it in big chunks, right off the bone, served atop a heaping pile of spiced rice.

Best of San Diego

Best of Sound

From Pants Karaoke at Eleven to Smilin’ Jack’s squeezebox, we identify the nicest noises

You can’t miss Smilin’ Jack—he’s the skinny guy with the big, toothy grin and an accordion strapped to his chest.

Best of San Diego

Readers Poll 2011

Your picks for the most killer restaurants, shops, parks, services, galleries, nightlife and more

Massage Envy, in a way, is the massage industry’s answer to Starbucks: No matter what part of the county you’re in, you’re never too far away from one of this chain’s clinics.

Best of San Diego

Dissident Dave's List

Dave Maass's best of the 2010 San Diego news

By Dave Maass

The Supreme Leader doesn’t believe in evaluating news, mostly because he’s insulated himself completely from current events. That leaves those who have gone underground to provide their own list of subversive 2010 bests. This one was left for us in a bicycle locker at the Fashion Valley bus stop.

Fall Arts

‘Gauguin to Warhol’ brandishes the big guns

Epic San Diego Museum of Art exhibition promises a textbook lesson in the evolution of modern works

By Susan Myrland

Ariel Plotek has to decide where the Van Gogh should go. It’s the 1888 painting “The Old Mill,” done shortly after the artist left a wintry Paris for the warmth of southern France, when he was embracing the interpretive use of color.

Fall Arts

Big b-boy battle Freestyle Session comes home

Cros One returns his breakdance competition to San Diego

By Kinsee Morlan

 This year marks 15 years since the event was born in Chula Vista, so Cros decided to mark the anniversary by bringing the now internationally known breakdance battle back home.

Fall Arts

Rebecca Webb and the future of ArtPower!

UCSD arts group brings back the Filmatic Festival and other exciting selections hand-picked by its film curator

By Glenn Heath Jr.

Film curator and digital-technology advocate Rebecca Webb spearheaded the first-ever Filmatic Festival earlier in 2014, an event she describes as solely dedicated to “the art and science of cinema.”

Fall Arts

Athenaeum’s jazz program lures the genre’s top players

Little library in La Jolla celebrates 25 years of big shows

By Seth Combs

It seems fitting that this year’s jazz series, staged at The Auditorium at TSRI (The Scripps Ranch Institute), is a multigenerational showcase of talent, with a group of hard-bop legends opening the series, followed by a quintet led by two established players and concluding with a more contemporary, younger sax man.

Fall Arts

Chuck Palahniuk on sex toys and conspiracy

Lionized author comes to San Diego for a pajama party and a raucous reading of his new novel

By Jim Ruland

It's been 18 years since Chuck Palahniuk published Fight Club and 15 years since David Fincher's film adaptation, establishing Palahniuk as that rarest of writers: a best-selling author with a cult following.

Fall Arts

Richard Baird’s ready for take two

New Fortune Theatre Company set to launch in October

By David L. Coddon

New Fortune's production will feature a cast of 14, including Thompson and Schaar, on Ion's little stage, but Baird relishes the logistical challenge.

Fall Arts

Fall Arts 2013

The season’s best offerings in music, dance, theater, art, film and literature

By CityBeat Staff

We think we do a damn fine job of supporting the arts in San Diego throughout the year, but each September, we like to give the town's cultural events a little extra push.

Fall Arts

Our region’s history, in Doug Simay’s head

Oceanside Museum of Art to exhibit longtime art collector’s pieces

By Kinsee Morlan

Doug Simay was called "one of [San Diego's] youngest and most ambitious art collectors" in a story that appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1987.

Fall Arts

Years of yearning pay off for poet Manuel Paul Lopez

Local writer to appear at San Diego City College International Book Fair

By Jim Ruland

Manuel Paul Lopez's first book, Death of a Mexican and other Poems, was published by Bear Star Press in 2006. He was able to develop the manuscript for The Yearning Feed with support from the San Diego Foundation's Creative Catalyst Fund and Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company.

Fall Arts

San Diego Asian Film Festival programs with purpose

Annual cinema event expertly bookends it upcoming series

By Glenn Heath Jr.

What makes a smart and dynamic film-festival program? Is it simply the quality of the movies? How does audience experience become a factor?

Fiction 101

Fiction 101

Announcing the winners of our annual short-story contest

That was true again this year, when pieces about a public defender for monsters and Twitter in biblical times won first and second place. Third place went to one of the shortest stories we’ve ever honored (22 words).

Fiction 101

Fiction 101

Behold the winners of our short-story contest

The long wait is over—behold the winners of our 10th annual story-story contest

Fiction 101

Here are the winners of our Fiction 101 contest

Short stories about brainy bunnies, a surly bartender and an opportunistic pooch lead the pack

The bartendress, Shirley, ruled with an iron fist and a lifelong smoker’s hack. When she and Jack split, she took the truck and left him the house, unbolting the camper from the truck bed and driving away while Jack slept inside.

Fiction 101

CityBeat's 2010 Fiction 101 contest

Short stories about zombies, murder, angst and more

Fiction 101

101-word flashes by CityBeat staff

Inspired by your fiction submissions, we offer up our own.

Fiction 101

2009 Fiction 101 contest

The winners of our seventh annual super-short-story contest

The winners of our seventh annual super-short-story contest

Fiction 101

Fiction 101: Out loud

Our Fiction 101 contest gets revived and made into a live spoken-word show

Our Fiction 101 contest gets revived and made into a live spoken-word show

Fiction 101

2008 Fiction 101 Contest

Presenting this year's winners

Presenting this year's winners

Fiction 101

2007 Fiction 101 contest

The winners of our fifth annual super-short-story contest

The winners of our fifth annual super-short-story contest

Local Music Issue

The Great Demo Review of 2014

You sent it in, and we reviewed—whether you like it or not

By CityBeat Staff

This batch also comprises a pretty wide range of music. We still got the expected garage rockers, punks and reggae jam bands—and more than a few familiar names—but we also heard a lot of bands this year that think outside the box, with results that range from inspired to baffling.

Local Music Issue

Gary Wilson: king of the weirdos

A San Diego legend’s remarkable rebirth

By Peter Holslin

Gary Wilson's live shows—he's been known to incorporate bizarre costumes, sexy mannequins and messy onstage antics involving bags of flour and other unlikely items—freak out the squares and inspire the freaks in equal measure.

Local Music Issue

Ed Ghost Tucker’s feel-good sound

Reinvention is key for San Diego indie-pop group

By Jeff Terich

Despite having been a band only since 2012, the members of Ed Ghost Tucker have a long history together. 

Local Music Issue

The Great Demo Review of 2013

Behold and beware: It’s our annual critique of local music submissions

By CityBeat Staff

We got a lot of demos for this year's Great Demo Review. No, seriously. We got a lot—way more than we usually do. We got 223, to be exact. 

Local Music Issue

Aki Kharmicel is a man with a plan

Hip-hop artist is full of brilliant ideas

By Peter Holslin

Aki Kharmicel can’t stop. A local rapper and self-described “beat head,” he keeps his two Akai MPC beat machines on 24/7, and brings them along whenever he travels.

Local Music Issue

Silly styles for 2013

Some genres to watch out for

By Peter Holslin

It used to be that music snobs would turn up their noses at genres like pop-punk or soft-rock. These days, though, even the most uncool sounds are cool again, as we’ve seen with the rise of sentimental soft-rockers like Bon Iver and M83.

Local Music Issue

Dustin Illingworth steps out of the wilderness

Scene vet channels his grief into a gorgeous folk-pop tribute

By Seth Combs

Dustin Illingworth has always been a scrupulous songwriter. He has an innate, some would say God-given talent for pop hooks and composition, but it doesn't always come easy to him.

Local Music Issue

Low Volts wants to blow your mind

Local one-man band makes timeless tunes with raw power

By Peter Holslin

Tim Lowman has big plans for Low Volts, his one-man band. Think bottom-heavy riffs tearing out of a stack of amplifiers. Pounding drums with the power to crack sternums. An enormous structure of two lightning bolts positioned in a “V” shape, their lights pulsating to the rhythm.

Local Music Issue

Orko Eloheim is supreme at being

Two decades into his career, veteran San Diego rapper is still going strong

By Quan Vu

Orko Eloheim is one of San Diego’s most influential and prolific hip-hop artists, but he remains an enigma.

Local Music Issue

Artists on the rise in 2012

San Diego musicians, bands and labels that are making moves

By Peter Holslin

Ask anyone who pays attention to local music and they’ll tell you that the scene is getting bigger each year. Nowadays, San Diego has more buzz-worthy acts, a wider array of live-music venues and a growing population of bar-goers who seem just as interested in checking out live music as they do in getting drunk and laid.

Photo contest

CityBeat’s annual photo contest winners

A burning beard, a mini-Superman and an Instagramed dancer take top honors

"Dude's beard is on fire!" That was our general immediate reaction to Jason Bang's submission to our photo contest this year, which ended up winning first place.

Photo contest

The winners of CityBeat’s annual photo contest

Caterwauling babies, caterwauling singers and gargoyles who aren’t caterwauling impress the judges

It’s been too long since we’ve had a bawling baby on the cover of CityBeat. It’s been nine years, in fact—we put a crying infant on the cover for our second annual photo contest, on April 28, 2004.

Photo contest

The winners of CityBeat’s 10th annual photo contest

Get thee to the Whistle Stop for our viewing party on June 7

For the second straight year, a whimsical photo captured the collective fancy of CityBeat’s panel of judges and took first place in our annual contest.

Photo contest

2011 CityBeat Photo Contest

The winners of our 9th annual photo contest

Here, we present those three winners, along with nine runners-up that we thought were the best of the entries—one of which won our first-ever readers poll.

Photo contest

Submission explosion

Our 2010 CityBeat Photo Contest

By Nobody

Egads! Last year, we received 185 submissions to our seventh photo contest. Damn! We thought. That’s pretty good. Um, yeah. This year, we got 905 entries. 905!

Retro Issue

The Retro Issue

Our special section celebrates the past

Of course, many of us are also nostalgic because we romanticize times gone by; we’re drawn, perhaps, to what we perceive as a more innocent and simpler era.

Retro Issue

Barber Side: where everybody knows your mane

Normal Heights shop is a return to an old-school social club

By Jim Ruland

Imagine it’s 1899 and you want to know what’s going on in the world. You really only have two options: buy a newspaper or head to the barber shop. 

Retro Issue

Rockabilly raza

Mexican-tinged American culture thrives in San Diego’s Latino community

By Alex Zaragoza

“I look like this every single day. It’s mostly about feeling classy and good about yourself,” says Mia Alvarado-Ruffier, a 32-year-old Chicana sitting at South Park’s Whistle Stop Bar for “Sleepwalking,” a lowrider oldies night.

Retro Issue

Stephen Rey is working-class cool

San Diego rocker is a badass with a heart of gold

By Peter Holslin

Stephen Rey's house looks like something out of a Wild West movie. Fronted by a bulky wooden gate, it's 102 years old and designed like an old saloon, with sun-bleached blue paint on the exterior and hand-crafted woodwork inside. 

Retro Issue

Needles and Fred

Meet the no-nonsense man behind Classic Audio Repair

By Dave Maass

Traversing the doorway of Fred Longworth's Classic Audio Repair is like entering the Lost World. A Balinese mask hangs on the wall next to a display case where two dead lizards—one fully skeletal—are displayed beside an assortment of turntable cartridges.

Retro Issue

Need a fix?

Where to go in San Diego to get your vintage goods repaired

By Kelly Davis

Living in Boston for three years, I learned about "spring coats"—those that are perfect for temperatures in the 50s and 60s. In other words, Boston's spring coats are San Diego's winter coats. 

Retro Issue

Goodbye, Whaling Bar

La Jolla watering hole is gone, but three other mainstays persist in dodging time’s harpoon

By D.A. Kolodenko

One weekend last fall, I took the woman for whom I'd fallen to visit two of my favorite places in San Diego, Kitchen Creek and The Whaling Bar: wilderness and civilization. 

Retro Issue

Stardust Donut Shop is a way of life

There’s a hole at the Imperial Beach institution, but the fryer’s still on

By Amy T. Granite

There isn't anywhere to sit at Stardust Donut Shop in Imperial Beach. From inside, 69-year-old Cliff Arnold waits on customers as they walk up to the little stand's window and choose what they want from the modest selection of cult favorites like cinnamon rolls topped with peanuts.

San Diego Music Awards

Simple folk

2007 SDMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nick Reynolds of The Kingston Trio never wanted to be po

By Kia Momtazi

2007 SDMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nick Reynolds of The Kingston Trio never wanted to be political. He just wanted to be an entertainer.

San Diego Music Awards

2006 SAN DIEGO MUSIC AWARDS

Welcome Message from the President!

By Nobody

Welcome Message from the President!

San Diego Music Awards

Welcome Letter

12 years and counting...

By Kevin Hellman

12 years and counting...

San Diego Music Awards

2002 Performers

No Knife, Jason Mraz, Jack Tempchin, Robert Walter, Black Heart Procession, Berkly Hart, Agua Dulce,

By Will K. Shilling

No Knife, Jason Mraz, Jack Tempchin, Robert Walter, Black Heart Procession, Berkly Hart, Agua Dulce, Troy Sisters

Sex Issue

San Diego sexologist wants orgasms for all

Nick Karras is dedicated to talking about, researching and facilitating good sex

By Kinsee Morlan

In 2005, CityBeat covered Karras' controversial project, Petals, an artistic photography book featuring up-close, sepia-toned photos of women's vulvas. 

Sex Issue

How Kamala Devi kicked monogamy

San Diego activist advocates for polyamory

By Joshua Emerson Smith

Beyond her individual and couples coaching, Kamala Devi holds regular workshops on tantric orgasm and shamanic sexuality and directs the San Diego Tantric Theater. 

Sex Issue

An interview with adult-film historian Bill Margold

Find out what the former porn actor always wanted to do in Balboa Park

By Joel Hoffmann

As much as Bill Margold laments the state of the adult film industry, he's still nostalgic about all he fought so hard to erect. By his count, Margold filmed 500 scenes during his 30-year career.

Sex Issue

Vitamin S-E-X

An experiment with over-the-counter sexual enhancers

By Alex Zaragoza

When it came time to getting busy, Cleopatra and her lover Casanova famously slid raw oysters down their throat, earning the seafood the reputation of being a natural love drug.

Sex Issue

Pantry raid!

Household items that can double as pleasure toys

By Alex Zaragoza

When opening a utensil drawer, one doesn't usually think, That fork looks sexy. I should bring it into the bedroom and have some fun with it. 

Sex Issue

Meals ’n’ heels

The search for the best strip-club eats in San Diego

By Jeff Terich

Nobody reads Playboy for the articles. Nobody goes to Vegas for the local color. And nobody visits strip clubs for the food—not until now, anyway. Consider me the first.  

Sex Issue

The missionary position

A latent Mormon’s foray into the world of strange and inexplicable sex toys

By Ryan Bradford

A Mormon walks into a sex shop.  It sounds like the set-up to a bawdy comedy, or a joke where the punch line is inevitably "The Missionary Position!"  Ha. Ha. 

Sex Issue

‘Space Bush’ is a galactic jerk-off

How seriously can you take a novel about extraterrestrial poontang?

By Dave Maass

Andrew Armacost makes one request before the interview begins: He doesn't mind if this piece makes him seem evil; he just doesn't want to look stupid.  

Sex Issue

A dinner date with Penis Hickey

Getting hot ’n’ heavy with the avant-garde

By Peter Holslin

As music editor at CityBeat, I sometimes feel like the belle of the ball in the San Diego music scene. Every band wants my number, it seems. Every band wants me to go to their show.

Sex Issue

The Sex Issue

If you’re looking for love, you’re looking in all the wrong places

By David Rolland

Where's the love?

Summer guide

Bacon- and sausage-infused summer

Death for Food invites you to kill your own dinner—plus two-dozen other fun things to do in San Diego

By CityBeat Staff

The summer months will bring even more fun stuff to do in San Diego. What follows is a curated list of events, including a few featured happenings that gave us a chance to tie in our summer-camp theme, just for kicks.

Summer guide

Summer Guide 2014

Our detailed manual for the intrepid summer-camper

By CityBeat Staff

How much do you miss going off to summer camp when you were a kid? A lot, right? Don’t you want to relive it No? You hated summer camp? Oh. Well, then, if those are painful memories, how about creating new ones?

Summer guide

Ramona’s winery scene is growing

Locals are turning the sunny, backwater hillsides into fine wine

By Kinsee Morlan

Campers looking to earn their wine badge this summer will find that the grape-rich region is far more than just a pit stop on the way to somewhere else.

Summer guide

San Diego County’s swimmin’ holes

Hikes to cool off can be a leisurely stroll or a harrowing journey

By Ryan Bradford

Swimming holes not only epitomize the summer-camp experience; they also provide some of the most scenic, enjoyable environments in which to swim.

Summer guide

San Diego’s hidden urban canyons

There are way more of them than you think

By Joshua Emerson Smith

"I'm doing a story on San Diego's 13 canyons," I said over the phone to Eric Bowlby, executive director of nonprofit San Diego Canyonlands, hoping to cull some basic information. I had recently fo

Summer guide

San Diego ice-cream social

14 places to get your frozen-dessert fix

By CityBeat Staff

What's summer without ice cream? And what's summer camp without an ice-cream social? In homage to the joy of stuffing your face with all sorts of sweet, chilled creamy goodness, here we bring together in one place some of the best spots to hit for some tasty frozen desserts.

Summer guide

Our summertime event picks

CicloSDias takes back the street on Aug. 11—plus 20 more rad things to do

By CityBeat Staff

On Sunday, Aug. 11, cyclists and pedestrians will have complete control of 30th through Golden Hill and South Park and into North Park.

Summer guide

San Diego bike rides to suit every taste

Where to take that two-wheeled thing gathering dust in the garage

By Chris O'Brien

San Diego has perfect cycling weather and bicycle routes throughout the county. Just getting on your bike and out of the house is great, but as your skill level progresses, you’ll be looking for some more diverse riding experiences.

Summer guide

Pedal parties

Social biking groups bring fun and games to laid-back rides

By David Taube

Compared with Spandex-wearing, sponsored-jersey-donning cyclist teams, social bike groups are more casual endeavors. The groups range from those that go to Padres games or coffeehouses to those populated by beer drinkers who pedal around to parks and pubs.

Summer guide

Discounts for San Diego cyclists

The bike shop that started the program is gone, but the perks remain

By Jeff Terich

In San Diego, cyclist commuters have the added privilege of being able to take advantage of discounts at a long list of businesses throughout the city.

The Body Art Issue

San Diegans led the charge for body-art regulation

The Safe Body Art Act marks the single greatest legal change in how tattoos are inked and skin pierced

By Dave Maass

In 2011, the bill passed again and Gov. Jerry Brown signed it more quickly than it would take to ink an anarchy symbol on a punk rocker’s calf.

The Body Art Issue

Tattoo Gary's life in ink

Almost 40 years in tattoo shops will give a guy some stories to tell

By Kinsee Morlan

When you sit down to get tattooed by Hoag-Corio you will hear plenty of stories, but two are at the top of the list.

The Body Art Issue

In defense of the tribal tattoo

A member of the Tribe of Being 18 makes his case

By Ryan Bradford

I hail from the Tribe of Being 18, easily recognized by our butterfly tramp stamps, our Chinese symbols and tribal tattoos.

The Body Art Issue

UCSD fellow studies SoCal tattoo culture

Aren’t you jealous of Todd Honma's research fellowship?

By Dave Maass

How did a young, black-metal fan with stretched ear lobes and a fascination with corpse-simulating face paint score the prestigious “Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity” at UCSD?

The Body Art Issue

A list of films in which tattoos play a leading role

Memento, Cape Fear and more movies with inky plotlines

By Anders Wright

Tattoos in films are nothing new, but in those listed below, they go further than just making a character look badass.

The Body Art Issue

A wounded warrior wears his traditional hand-tap tattoo as a badge of honor

Joe Gracia's inked-up leg is a symbol of his soldier story

By Kinsee Morlan

Gracia rolls up his right pant leg to show his prosthetic leg. Then he rolls up his left pant leg to reveal a tribal tattoo.

The Body Art Issue

Justin Hudnall's fishhook roundabout tattoo

How the 'most poetic of road signs' ended up on this guy's arm

By AnnaMaria Stephens

Justin Hudnall had just driven 18 straight hours to the South by Southwest music festival to write about local label Volar Records when he passed the sign. “I recognized this fishhook

The Body Art Issue

Breast-cancer survivors' areola restorations

A La Jolla-based permanent-cosmetic center gives women nipple and areola tattoos

By Alex Zaragoza

For the most part, tattoos fall into one of two categories: beautiful pieces of body art depicting something a person is passionate about or terrible ideas brought on by drunkenness or poor deci

The Body Art Issue

The 2012 Body Art Issue

When TotalBeauty.com released its list of the country's most tattooed cities and San Diego wasn't on it, but Kansas City, Mo., and Flint, Mich., were, we nearly ran out and got WTF tattooed on our foreheads. That way, Total Beauty's editors would have a little clue as to the nature of our hostility when we walk up and head-butt them on the street.

Seriously, though, San Diego is one tatted-up-and-pierced city, and we thought it was time to give body art the attention it deserves. In this issue, you'll find out how San Diego artists passed landmark body-art legislation, why a UCSD scholar is interested in tattoo culture and what to do if you find yourself stuck with a regrettable tribal tattoo. We also profile a few tattoos that grabbed our interest and examine movies where tattoos play a starring role.



Mad props go to Rob Benavides of Flying Panther Tattoo, the cover artist who imagined

what CityBeat would look like inked on someone's back. Click here to visit the Body Art homepage or click on the individual stories below:






San Diegans led the charge for body-art regulation




UCSD fellow studies SoCal tattoo culture







In defense of the tribal tattoo





Tattoo Gary's life in ink






A list of films in which tattoos play a leading role





A wounded warrior wears his traditional hand-tap tattoo as a bad





Breast-cancer survivors' areola restorations





Justin Hudnall's fishhook roundabout tattoo





Bringing back “souvenir” tattoos





'Do not drink and ink'






Hand-tap tattooing in San Diego (podcast).


The Body Art Issue

'Do not drink and ink'

Miles Orff has learned to live by that rule

By Peter Holslin

“and then I realize that I already have a skull with an eyeball in its mouth on my stomach. So, I got the same tattoo twice!”

 
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