Playgirl's Tattooed Centerfold: Phil Varone
05:32 PM

The Needles & Sins Inbox is usually flooded with press releases for pin-up contests, hot inked girl calendars and assorted tattooed vixen ephemera, so I was a surprised to see that the universe heeded my call for Tattooed Boys Gone Wild. Unfortunately, it came in the form of a naked Phil Varone, Playgirl's Mr. December Centerfold [obviously not work safe].

Here's what the release says:

Playgirl Magazine chooses rocker Phil Varone to spice things up this holiday season. Varone, who claims to have slept with over 3,000 women, is ecstatic about his Playgirl debut. Tattooed, raw and real, this 21st century man is an actor, standup comedian, author, swinger, rock drummer and can now add Playgirl's first rocker centerfold to his many credits. Varone adds his irreverent edge and fierce sex appeal to the legendary magazine's image, taking the publication to the next level and baring himself completely, down to his swinging lifestyle. He's breaking ground not only as the first rocker to achieve Playgirl centerfold status, but also in bringing rock photographer Todd Kancar to the spread. The magazine will remain on newsstands through February 2011.

phil varone playgirl.jpg I guess Tommy Lee was unavailable.

I haven't picked up the issue, and not sure if I'm ready to go into my local press shop where I get enough looks picking up those dirty, dirty tattoo magazines. Maybe one of my gay boyfriends will do it for me; after all, isn't that the real target market? The bigger question is whether I even want to see 16 pages of the Sex Rehab alum nude. The even bigger question is why there aren't popular sexy magazines and sites that cater to the desires of straight women and gay men with a preference for "alternative" attractiveness that doesn't have ridiculous covers shouting "Hung" or "Cock Test."

Perhaps suicide boys are just hard to find. When I put out that cheeky call for hot inked guys, only one man responded (other than me forcing Brian to be our pin-up boy). And yet thousands of young tattooed women vie to be the hot tattooed chick of the day. It raises some interesting issues on gender, tattooing, and self-esteem. And it's driving me crazy that our comment forums haven't been fixed yet because I'd love to hear more from you on the topic. If you want to share your thoughts, hit me up at marisa at

Maybe something good could come from Phil Varone's drumstuck.

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