short balls: gilt gets big and three boys make big (and different) decisions

Hockey (player) for homos: As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo amps up his serious push for a marriage equality bill in Albany, the Human Rights Campaign scored a big win in the fight for equal rights: a major sports league male. Sean Avery of the New York Rangers is known as fashion-conscious (check out the glasses) and the 31-year-old NHL veteran isn’t shying away from being the first New York professional athlete to campaign from the cause. And this shouldn’t surprise anyone: he’s Canadian. The former Chelsea resident now lives in SoHo.

Gilty of it: One of our fave online shopping outlets, Gilt, is getting rather giant, actually. The member-based site was valued at $1 billion recently, according to a New York Times article. A new investor in the fashion-savvy site? Goldman Sachs. Guess the big boys are finally getting serious about this online shopping thing, eh? More: Venus’ EleVen on Gilt

Tattoo watch hide your eyes: We think it better to close your eyes on this one. The Utah Jazz’s Andrei Kirilenko (he’s Russian, but not related to Maria as far as we know) reveals his latest body art. And… are there any words? Nope. None at all. Just… nothing. TSF Vault: The (classier) tattoos of the tennis tours

Schockingly perfect: There really is only one word for Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock: HOT. Yep, the soon-to-be-30 Republican from the Midwest is giving you a corn-fed washboard stomach on the current cover of Men’s Health. His reasoning to go almost-shirtless on the cover of a national mag? To promote healthy living. Hey, we appreciate such things, Aaron! But we’re still waiting for Mrs. O’s abs on the cover of Shape – and that ain’t happening until January 2017 at the earliest.
Short(er) balls: While we may be a little late to the game (the event was tonight), ESPN the Mag teamed up with popular San Francisco-based Pop Up Magazine tonight on NYU’s campus in downtown Manhattan. That’s right — a live magazine. Regular This American Life-contributor Starlee Kine was going to be there, as were ESPN writers like Katie Baker and Alyssa Roenigk. The event featured artists and columnists as well, and we can’t wait to see/hear/smell/listen/touch what pieces of brilliance comes out from the evening after tonight. | In a strange story getting stranger, Nancy Kerrigan was due to testify at her brother’s trial today in the death of  her father. | And just in case you forgot about our friends at Tennishead.net, we’re loving their British-inspired tennis coverage.

tattoo watch update: andreas haider-maurer comes timestamped

We checked in with the camp of Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer, and it turns out that his forearm tat is the time he was born.

He and his Davis Cup teammates are playing out the tie against Israel for a spot in next year’s World Group. They’re currently down 1-2; Haider is currently set to play the fifth rubber against Harel Levy. More: Tie info here.

tattoo watch: andreas haider-maurer

Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer lost the first rubber against Israel’s Dudi Sela at this weekend’s Davis Cup World Group Play-offs (in Tel Aviv). The scoreline: 6-4, 6-1, 6-3. Last month, Haider qualified for the 2010 US Open Main Draw on his first try; he lost to Robin Soderling in the first round. Not sure what that tattoo is… possibly a bible verse?

Even: Jurgen Melzer beat Harel Levy to put the tie at 1-1. See all the stats here.

Update: That tattoo isn’t a bible verse… Andreas’ camp tells us that this (6:55) is the exact time of his birth.

(image via Getty Images)

tattoo watch: philipp kohlschreiber

German Philipp Kohlschreiber fell to second seed Nole Djokovic at the 2010 BNP Paribas Open — but not without a fight. He took the second set and pushed Djokovic to a tiebreak in the third, exposing the Serb’s weakened game; Djokovic lost to veteran Ivan Ljubicic 7-5, 6-3 in the round after. Up next for Ivan in the quarters is Juan Monaco (!), who beat Gigi Lopez in three sets. (Draw: Men’s Singles.)

Buy: adidas Men’s Spring Competition Crew, in black/core teal/white, $38.99; the Barricade-esque Tirand III, $59.95.

Tattoo Watch: TSF ran into Kohlschreiber during one of his practice sessions. Did you know he has a tattoo on his right shoulder? Up close: See it after the cut…

tattoo watch: the barely legal jonathan eysseric

Jonathan Eysseric became the victim of Andy Murray in a first round clash at Roland Garros. Eyserric put up a fight but eventually lost 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 0-6, 2-6.

Much to the delight of law-abiding TSF readers, Eysseric turned 18 today. Happy birthday!

Tattoo watch: And there’s now a bounty out for a photo of Jonathan’s back tattoo in its entirety. You know the drill. (Thanks, Rachael.)

Browse: See the rest of our tattoo watch sightings.

(photos by Getty Images, Belga)

ralph lauren's U.S. Open storefront, le coq sportif, another case for shoulder tats, etc.

Polo at the Open: Ralph Lauren continues to sponsor the U.S. Open. They’ve dressed their Madison Ave. storefront for the event. Tidbit: “Polo replaced Fila, the Open’s official apparel sponsor for 22 years, after Fila was sold to Sports Brands International in 2003.” (amNY)

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More on the sponsor patch debate: American Michael Russell lost out on $3,000 because the ATP only allows sponsor patches on sleeves. But Russell prefers to go sleeveless. (I guess if he really wanted the money, he could’ve worn sleeves.) Still, I’m tellin’ ya, this could all be fixed by throwin’ shoulder tats into the picture. (Cincinnati.com)

The rooster crows: The North American arm of Le Coq Sportif, which has set up in Portland, is ready to make its move. CEO Tim Cool is looking to reconnect with those who grew up (and remember) the brand: “that’s 20- to 30-year-olds who travel and know us from abroad. Together these higher income young men and women make up the pillar of our target in the U.S. market.” (via DTL)

(OT) LV to set up shop at MOCA: You better believe I’ll be waiting in a crazy line with boppers on their Sidekicks (or are they all using iPhones now?) when the Takashi Murakami exhibit opens at MOCA on Oct. 29. There’ll also be a fully functional LV store on-site (!) selling handbags and coin purses customized by Murakami for the show.

Some people aren’t so keen on the fact that a for-profit company will be selling goods on the premises of a non-profit, and I agree: I hope that some of the proceeds would go back to funding the museum, but that likely won’t happen. (via This Heart’s On Fire)

(OT) Cavalli and H&M: This interview with The Times coincides with the announcement of designer Roberto Cavalli launching a collection for H&M in November.

On working with the Swedish clothing company:

“I said OK to H&M so that youngsters could have the chance to wear Cavalli, not just the beautiful stars on the red carpet. The style is very Cavalli — a little bit from the past but, more importantly, a vision of the future. I hope to see lots of girls queueing up to discover what I have created for them.”

On hiring Kate Moss right after her big cocaine scandal:

“People asked me why I used Kate Moss immediately after her drug scandal. I find her a great professional, and I have always liked her personality. I have never thought: ‘Does this person use drugs or not?’ I am anti-drugs, but what can you do? As designers we have to trust the models’ personality and professionalism. I don’t want to know about their private lives.”

(via JC Report)

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(RL photo via amNY, Murakami wallets via Eric Nakamura)

tattoo watch: davis cup

Flavio Saretta, playing against Frederic Niemeyer of Canada in Davis Cup.

I’m really excited that more of the men are paying attention to what they wear (e.g., matching their sweatbands to their rackets or shirts).

Though he gets a demerit for NOT having “BRASIL” on the back of his shirt, unlike his countryman, Ricardo Melo (right):

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