Nikki Coogan: The Tattooed Devil’s Twin


The Devil’s Twins released their debut album Handsome Devils in 2012. Since then, they have released two underground albums. The first they released later in 2013 titled Old Fashioned Mischief, and the second was released in 2015, titled Consequences. Influenced by acts such as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Amy Winehouse, Johnny Cash, Social Distortion, Local H and Iron Maiden, this trio has had giant success within the underground cult party.

The band consists of Nicole “Nikki” Marie Coogan and Jeremiah “J”  Louf who founded the band in 2010. They later added Matt Young to their auxiliary of live drummers and Shaqed Druyan, who began to drum in new recordings.

Nicole Coogan Tattoo Artist
Besides being a musician, Nicole Coogan is also a tattoo artist. (PHOTO BY JULIA CIRIGNANO)

Although Coogan is very passionate about her music, her other love and creative outlet has always been her work as a tattoo artist. While some girls dream of rose scented futures, Coogan dreamt of being a tattoo artist before she even got her first tattoo. Limelight Magazine sat down with Coogan while she tattooed one of the co-owners of Limelight on Sept.28th to ask her about both her music and her life as a tattoo artist.

“I’ve always been a painter and artist,” Coogan said. “I’ve been really interested in tattooing for as long as I can remember. When I was young I starting noticing them on people and when my dad would get tattooed sometimes he would let me come along. I was hooked”.

Coogan got her first tattoo when she was 18 and started her apprenticeship at Inflicting Ink Tattoo in Portsmouth, R.I., during her senior year at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She graduated and got her tattoo license the same year and has been working at Inflicting Ink for five years now.

Coogan loves the artistic elements to being a tattoo artist and also the social experiences. She loves to talk to people, hear the stories behind their tattoos, and when they see the end result. She also enjoys the process of getting to know the person she is permanently tattooing.

“I like working with my customers on their ideas,” she said. “I have a couple of favorite parts in each appointment. The first being when I get to meet the person I’ll be working with and hear their ideas. Sometimes they don’t necessarily know exactly what they’re looking for but when I come back down from the drawing table with their ideas put together visually it’s really satisfying to see the excitement they get in seeing it come to life. My second and truly favorite part is when they look in the mirror and see themselves and the tattoo for the first time. I watch for their facial expressions. It makes it all worth it to see themselves become more of who they want to be”.

“It’s interesting,” she continued. “Being tattooed is a vulnerable time for a person because they’re trusting me with their body and we’re very close. It’s like, ‘nice to meet you. I’m going to hold your arm for four hours’ but when I’m tattooing someone they really open up to me and that’s really cool.”

Coogan spoke about the ways in which being a tattoo artist has affected her.

“Both of these parts of my life have really made me a lot more confident. I used to be quieter,” she said. “As a tattoo artist, I get to make people happy all day. I get to talk to them and learn so much. That’s made me so much more comfortable in my own skin.”

Working at a tattoo parlor, Coogan has met a variety of interesting people. She has done some crazy and humorous tattoos. One of her favorite moments was when a nervous chef came to her asking for a tattoo.

“It took her a while to tell me what she wanted,” Coogan said. “What she ended up getting was two sunny side up eggs and a piece of bacon as a smiley face on her bum.”

Another crazy moment was when an older gentleman who Coogan has tattooed showed her a tattoo that surprised even her.

“His body is completely covered in tattoos,” Coogan began. “There’s this myth that he had a totem pole on his weiner and sperm whales on his balls. So one day I got really nervy and asked him and he told me it was true. I just had to know. It definitely was.”

One of Nicole Coogan's favorite tattoos was the (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Pictured above is one of Coogan’s favorite tattoos that she did for a friend. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Coogan talked about one her favorite tattoos she has ever done which she did on her friend Kacey Ellis.

“She has distant ancestors to Lizzy Borden so she wanted to get a Lizzy Borden tattoo,” Coogan said. “We did a lot of research on the story so we could keep it pretty historically accurate. The two of us live in Fall River so it’s pretty common folklore in town. We did a lace doily with the broken axe on it with a couple of peaches with bites taken out of them. The peaches were part of her alibi. We rounded it all up with ‘Daddy Issues’ written around it. It was a pretty sassy tattoo.”

Pictured above is a tattoo of Amy Winhouse by Corey Goyette that Coogan got on her leg after Winehouse died.
Pictured above is a tattoo of Amy Winhouse by Corey Goyette that Coogan got on her leg after Winehouse died.

Coogan herself is covered in tattoos that instantly draw your attention when she walks into a room. She talked about her personal favorite tattoo: a portrait of Amy Winehouse on her thigh.

“I got it the year she died,” Coogan said. “I remember when I heard Amy Winehouse for the first time it woke me up inside. She has this really unique voice. When I was first trying to find my voice, I feel like I tried to sing like a lot of other people but when I started listening to her, I realized that I didn’t have a bad voice. It was just really different.”

When she started singing like herself and not anyone else, Coogan became a far better vocalist. She found her sound, herself, and friends like her.

“If you own it, that’s it. It only takes one person to say something’s cool, before everyone else joins in,” Coogan said.

Coogan talked about her perspective on the way people with tattoos are stereotyped.

“It’s too bad the way some people judge others based only on the way they look,” Coogan said. “I do find that as time has passed things have gotten a lot better as far as tattoos go in means of judgement. Fear and judgment really do just come from people not understanding. It’s too bad that so many people decide that they know you right away rather than just asking questions.”

Coogan talked about one experience she had a few years back.

“I was working at my last job in retail at a tennis place,” she began. “It was when I had started getting a little more tattooed and an older woman came up to me at a tennis tournament and said, with a super straight face, ‘does your mother still talk to you?’”

Coogan understands that most judgement towards tattoos comes from fear of the unknown. She wishes that everyone could enjoy tattoos or at least try to understand them. She said that getting tattoos makes her happy and said, “When I get a tattoo I feel so much more like myself.”

Coogan said stereotyping has changed over the past couple of years. She explained that she now tattoos people of all ages and professions, including teachers and elderly people.

“Tattoos have been a lot more prevalent in the media, newspapers, and TV. Reality TV has really brought the industry way more into the spotlight. In some ways it’s good because it makes it a little easier to digest and understand but at the same time it gives people this preconceived notion of what the job actually entails and means. It’s not all like a show where you walk in and can get a back piece in a few hours.”

Besides being a tattoo artist, Coogan is also a member of The Devil’s Twins. She explained the natural progression to which she and Louf started making music together.

“J and I have obviously known each other for a long long time.” Coogan said.

Although their styles in music differed growing up, they came together in The Devil’s Twins. “In college J had started writing some music with a drummer from Berklee named Jesse Hangen. They were in the studio at MassArt writing ‘I Can’t Stop Sinning’ and they got stuck at a part where J really wanted a soul singer. He came up to my studio floor and brought me down there to lay it down. I think it was a kind of ah-ha moment where we all looked at each other and realized we had really started something.”

The band’s music can be found on Spotify, but Coogan explained why they chose to release these last two albums underground, after releasing their debut album in a more mainstream fashion.

“In the last year or so we’ve definitely made a change in how we want to do move forward together as a band,” she said. “What we’ve really worked for and what has made us successful in the last year or so is totally changing our format. We play less shows so they’re a bit fewer and far between and are more selective to how often we’ll play an area in a concentrated time. For Boston, we’ll plan four or five big events a year and really work sell them out and release something at each one of those.”

Coogan explained why being an underground artist attracted her and Louf and why they have stuck with it.

“We’ve also found that with these more formal releases and special events, we’ve grown so much closer to our fan base and it’s all be so much more special. They’re the reason we can do what we do,” she said.

Many of The Devil’s Twins’ fans come from an underground cult following. Coogan explained how these dedicated fans helped propel the band and how unique and special their relationship is with the band.

“They’re all crazy. They do ridiculous things,” she said. “We have this attitude with them, we’ll never stop playing this music with you and we’re going to support you and make you part of our family but what you do to support us is in your hands. They’re all really in the public eye with their support. So many of them have come to me to get the ‘2’ tattooed which is crazy. So many of them have made patches and pins and merch for our table. They’ll go to other shows and hand shit out and like tag walls and graffiti things. They’re extremely extremely supportive.”

Not only are The Devil’s Twins close to their fans, they’re also close to their crew.

“We try to keep our crew close. The 2 crew are our core fan base. The ones who are always there no matter what.” she said. “They’re like a family that has developed over the past years. They have their own Facebook group where they’ll make plans and share videos and talk. They all have the tattoos and they’re all out of their damn minds. They definitely all feel included and they know we couldn’t do it without them. It’s all felt a lot more special since we started treating things like that.”

The Devil’s Twins are currently working on new music. They’re experimenting with new sounds and collaborating with other musicians.

“We’re working on some new material now that we’re really excited about,” Coogan said. “We just finished a song with the Boston rapper, Slaine which has always been a dream of ours. We’ll be releasing that soon and I’m so excited to have everyone hear it. We’ll be releasing it as a single in the very near future.”

Coogan explained that The Devil’s Twins’ new music will sound like them but with a new twist. They are exploring new instruments and sounds to create what they think will be the band’s best album so far.

“I feel like we’re melding into a new era where we’re less afraid to use more auxiliary sounds,” she said. “We have so many options open because right now it’s just J and I making all of those decisions and we’re both so into just kind of getting free with our music now. I’m really into our lyrics being very wordy and almost tripping over themselves. I love making music that has a real narrative storyline to make people think.”

Recently, The Devil’s Twins have been nominated for two Boston Music Awards: Best Rock/Indie Band and Best Live Artist of the Year. Cast your vote HERE!

Nicole "Nikki" Marie Coogan shines on stage at a recent performance with The Devil's Twins. (PHOTO BY
Nicole Coogan shines on stage at a performance with The Devil’s Twins. (PHOTO BY ROGER GORDY, SUBMITTED BY NICOLE COOGAN)


10 musicians from New England share what their tattoos mean


To coincide with our 10th year anniversary, Limelight Magazine has decided to post ten of our favorite tattoos that were submitted to us by local musicians throughout New England. These musicians have also explained what their tattoos mean to them. Read below to learn more about these musicians and the reasons why they decided to get a variety of intricate and meaningful tattoos.

Emil Belisle (of Impending Reflections)

“My two face tattoo stands for inner struggle between good and evil.”


Emil Belisle (of Impending Reflections)

“My wolf tattoo is really special. It is a painting that someone very special in his life did. My tats were all done at Altered Images in Cumberland, RI.”


Nicole Marie Coogan (of The Devil’s Twins)

“Johnny Cash was a familiar background voice in our home growing up. My dad has always had great taste in music and truly immersed us in a huge variety of big and small name artists in all different genres. I think that’s what really kept me open to hearing and loving all different types of music. Johnny Cash was always one of my favorites though. He definitely followed an interesting path in his life and sometimes he didn’t make the right choices but those were the choices that led him to his happiness in the end. His storytelling ability and charm were something that really stuck with me. I took a lot of that along in the back of my mind when I started writing and helped form my narrative based writing style. It only seemed right to thank him with a reminder of his voice and songs following me through my life. “


April Cushman (of The April Cushman Band)

 “This tattoo I got for my grandmother and grandfather, who have both recently passed from liver disease and liver cancer. My grandfather, Paul Daoust, who passed on Sunday, September 18th, 2016, was an extremely skilled archery champion and hunter who came from very deep French-Canadian and Native American roots. The arrow symbolizes his hard work, determination and most of all his passion for doing what he loved the most. My grandmother, Kathleen Daoust, passed away on May 6th, 2004. She was the most kindhearted human on this planet. She laughed often, gave more than she ever received and was a very skilled chef. She was in love with angels and is coincidentally my guardian angel. I feel her often and know she is always with me. The beads on this tattoo represent liver disease and cancer awareness, as well as my angel number, 66. My grandparents had gifted me my very first acoustic guitar at Christmas when I was just five years old, which shaped me into the person and musician that I am today. My father (their son), is also in my band, sharing the family’s love for country, folk and acoustic music.”


Mike LaRoche (of Landsdowne/Blameshift/State of Emergency)

“I started getting this sleeve when I was 18. I was inspired by the TOOL music video for “Schism” where a little creature comes out of the body and only has a mouth and no eyes. I also loved H. R. Giger’ s work with biomechanical drawings so I wanted to incorporate that as well. I started off with a small scene on my forearm. Within the next year, I kept adding a couple scenes at a time eventually forming into a full sleeve. My entire arm is one full theme. There are a bunch of those little creatures running around inside my arm pulling levers and climbing ladders essentially running it like a factory.”


Ken Macy 

“This tattoo celebrates 10 successful years of my business: Ken Macy Music. I started to become a professional musician ten years ago and wanted to live out my dream. Now 10 years later, the tattoo reminds me of the people I’ve met and the places I’ve been. It’s my first tattoo (I got it this past August 2016) and it means a lot to me. The logo is the Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers logo to which he and the band influenced my writing. I was also born on Valentine’s Day hence the heart and V guitar (arrow) through the heart. We as artists all go through blood, sweat, and tears to do what we love for a living so my tattoo is for all the musicians out there who wear their heart on their sleeve.”


Stan Matthews

“I have two tattoos, one on each arm. The tattoo on the right is “Pat Patriot”, the old Patriots logo. To say that I’m a big Patriots fan is just a start. I went to my first game in 1967, my dad was a season ticket holder for many years.”


Ryan Stark (of Far Above the Ground)

“One of my tattoos is of Frank Sinatra on my right arm driving a 1955 T-Bird. I got the tattoo because to me Frank is the original rock star. He had a rollercoaster career and ended up on top of the world.”


Arline Urquhart (of The Teter Todders)

“I got this tattoo to represent my passion for music. I sing for self-therapy and would not have overcome so many obstacles without being blessed with my musical gift. If you notice the notes flow up as well as my faith and belief that music heals.”


Mark Vinciguerra

“Ok so Seven League Boots was a rock/reggae band from Boston in the early 90’s featuring Bobby Sullivan of Soulside along with trhee local guys from Massachusetts – including former Rumble winner Bow Thayer.

They were the band who influenced me in 1992 to start my own band and become a musician, which I still am. I’m not in a band right now though since I’m waiting on hand surgery and can’t play guitar. The last band I was in was Jah Fist out of Providence who are still playing, just without me.

So 20 years later on a whim I searched and found the guys on Facebook. Started that page above for them, then ended up DIY (do it yourself) remastering and re-releasing their only CD release, which had been out of print for 20 years.

All their music is HERE, along with a full set live video from 1992.

They ended up doing a couple reunion shows in 2012, where I was made an official member, although they have since split up again.

One of the shows was at a huge festival in Vermont where I got to play with pretty much everyone from the ‘90s Boston scene…Roadsaw, the remaining members of Morphine, Laurie Sargeant, Dan Blaksee, etc…When I got home, I got this tattoo with the money I was paid to play the festival.”



10 celebrity graves visited by Limelight Magazine

To coincide with our 10th anniversary, we are doing 10 days of lists containing 10 items related to a theme. In going through our photos, we realized we visited 10 celebrity graves over the past decade. Here’s a photo of the grave and where it’s located if you want to pay your respects. (All photos by J. Kenney)

John Belushi (Abel’s Hill Cemetery, South Road, Chilmark, MA)


Albert R. Broccoli   (Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA)


Charles Bronson (Brownsville Cemetery, West Windsor, VT)


Joan Crawford (Ferncliff Cemetery, 280 Secor Road, Hartsdale, NY)


Bette Davis (Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA)

Lee Van Cleef (Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA)


Ronnie James Dio (Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA)


Andy Gibb (Forest Lawn Memorial Park ,6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA)
Liberace (Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA)
Isabel Sanford  (Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA)



It’s nostalgia and more at The Time Capsule



The Time Capsule is a store owned by Rob Yeremian. The main location is in Cranston, RI, and the other is in Seekonk, MA. The main store in Rhode Island will be celebrating its 13th anniversary with a big sale that will run from October 22nd to October 28th.

Yeremian owned The Time Capsule Comics from 1993 to 1998. In 1998, Yeremian explored the rising interest in online shopping and began to sell comics and collectibles that way. In 2003, Yeremian decided to reopen the store but with a bigger variety of sales items, so he cut comics out of the name.

With abounding success, Yeremian decided to open a second store in 2010. He chose to hire Jeff Tundis, the first ever employee at The Time Capsule Comics in the ‘90s, to manage this second store in Seekonk.

Limelight Magazine spoke with Yeremian last week about both of his stores and what to expect at their upcoming 13th anniversary sale.

“I started out doing comic book conventions in 1986 and, after some years of doing them, I decided I wanted to run a store,” he said. “A year before I graduated college I opened my first store and after I graduated I just continued to run my store. I never had to apply for any jobs. I had lots of freedom to do what I wanted and I could be my own boss.”

 The Time Capsule Comics had decent success selling comic books and toys, yet he decided to sell the store in 1998. He talked about why he made the decision to close the store after many years of success.

 “I sold the store in 1998 because I wanted to move to Los Angeles,” Yeremian explained. “I didn’t want to look back at my life and be disappointed that I had only lived in one state my whole life. Turns out I really loved living in Rhode Island so I moved back about eight months later.”

 “When I returned from LA I opened another storefront in Warwick which only lasted for a brief time. I joined E-bay late in 1998 and closed the store so I could concentrate on online sales,” he continued.

At first, Yeremian had success selling online but after 9/11 in 2001, the company began to decline. By 2003, Yeremian was forced to close his online business but this unfortunate end led to an even better beginning.

“In November of 2003 I reopened a storefront in Cranston, RI, and just called the business The Time Capsule,” Yeremian said. “I dropped the name comics because I wanted the new store to be more than just comic books. I missed the interaction with customers and also realized that there were many collectibles that were better suited to sell in person than online.”

 While some may consider this a re-opening of Yeremian’s old store, it was much more than that. The new Time Capsule has gained far more success than the first store or Yeremian’s online business. This success may be due to the fact that Yeremian decided to sell a bigger variety of products at The Time Capsule in Cranston.

 “Since selling the store in 1998, my interests in collectibles had expanded,” Yeremian said. “Also, even more importantly, at the dawn of this digital age, I knew that to have a successful brick and mortar store you needed to bring in a bigger group of people to survive, let alone thrive. I was watching stores of all kinds of variety getting ravaged by online competition and didn’t want to be another casualty of Amazon and related sites.”

The Time Capsule sells a variety of merchandise such as vintage video game, and anything else cool that they can find. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Today, The Time Capsule sells a variety of merchandise such as comic books, records, toys, vintage video games, older sports cards, magic cards, and anything else cool that they can find.

Even since their opening in 2003, The Time Capsule has grown and improved. For starters, Yeremian now owns the building which he once rented. It has also changed in other ways.

 “I expanded the store into the adjacent storefronts and expanded the floor space dedicated to records and video games,” Yeremian said. “The amount of vinyl records and vintage video games that I sell has really surpassed my expectations.”

 Although records and vintage video games sell very well at The Time Capsule, their biggest selling item is still comic books. The Time Capsule has also expanded into an online business through eBay.

“eBay has allowed me to sell many, many types of collectibles that I would never be able to sell locally,” Yeremian said. “I have sold off collections of soda bottles, vintage magazines, transistor radios, laser discs, marbles and I could go on and on.”

The Time Capsule also sells a wide selection of music on vinyl, 45, and CD.

“For vinyl, we focus on rock n’ roll and jazz but we also have a good selection of R&B, soul, country, comedy, soundtracks, classical and even easy listening,” Yeremian said. “We get a large variety of customers so we try to have something for everyone. We have a high turnover on LPs and we restock the LP section every week. We have a good selection of 45s as well in most of the genres I mentioned.”

Surprisingly, Yeremian explained that he does not sell many CDs.

“As far as CDs, we are not as aggressively buying them anymore,” he said. “The sales of CDs have dropped over the last few years so while we still carry some, we’re not taking them in like we used to.”

 Yeremian also talked a about his second store in Seekonk. When it opened in 2010, Yeremian offered the position of manager to Tundis and he was pleased with his decision.

“Jeff was my first employee at the original store back in the 1990’s in Warwick,” Yeremian said. “He and I stayed friends and for 12 years we were in a band together. His job at the time was relocating and I opened that store because of Jeff’s availability. Jeff is very knowledgeable about the items we sell and he also has the right type of personality to deal with the public. He has done a terrific job managing that store.”

While it hasn’t been as successful as the first store, it has been successful in its own right.

“The Seekonk store is not as big as the Cranston store and the Cranston store has been around for a longer time period,” Yeremian explained. “Because I have been doing this for almost 30 years, I have a good number of customers who have been doing business with me for decades so I have that advantage as well over the second store.”

 Yeremian talked about the difference between the two stores.

“While the stores are very similar there are some items I sell in Seekonk that I don’t sell in Cranston,” Yeremian said. “I also decided to have all the out of print trade paperbacks and graphic novels sold there. They have an amazing selection of these, probably the most in southern New England.”

The main store in Rhode Island will be having its 13th anniversary sale from October 22nd to October 28th.

 “The sale consists of 65% off back issues comics in the boxes, 50% off all records, video games and toys and 35% off wall comics and trade paperbacks and graphic novels.”

Both Time Capsule stores have been successful. Although nothing is set in stone, Yeremian talked about his plans for the future of his business.

“I’m not against a third store but the right manager and right location would have to present themselves,” he said. “Otherwise I am happy with my two stores. I also like working with local artists and creative people. I was the executive producer of the film Tales of Rocky Point Park. It’s been a great success so far and Jason Mayoh, the director, and I are contemplating another project.”

Check out The Time Capsule’s website HERE for more information!


One of our hobbies is to visit the filming locations of popular TV shows of the past and present. To coincide with our 10th anniversary, here are 10 filming locations where some of your favorite TV shows were shot and where to find them! (All photos by J. Kenney).

Benson (1365 S. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena CA 91106)

The “Governor’s Mansion” where Benson worked on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)

Brady Bunch (11222 Dilling Street, Studio City, CA 01604)

The home where Mike and Carol Brady lived on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)

Dallas (3700 Hogge Drive, Parker, TX 75002)

Southfork Ranch – The home of the Ewings on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)

Dark Shadows (207 Ruggles Avenue, Newport, RI 02840)

The Collinwood Mansion (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)
The Collinwood Mansion (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)

Falcon Crest (2805 Spring Mountain Road, St Helena, CA 94574)

The home of The Channings at Falcon Crest.
The home where the Channing family lived on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (251 N Bristol Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90049)

The mansion Will lived in with the Banks family. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)
The mansion where Will lived with the Banks family on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)

Golden Girls (245 North Saltair Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90049)

The ranch-style home where Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia lived on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)
The ranch-style home where Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia lived on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)

Happy Days (565 North Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004)

The home where the Cunningham family & The Fonz lived on the show. (Photo by J. Kenney)
The home where the Cunningham family & the Fonz lived on the show. (PHOTO B J. KENNEY)

Mama’s Family (1027 Montrose Avenue, South Pasadena, CA 91030)

The home were Mama's family lived on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)
The home were Mama’s family lived on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)

The Wonder Years (516 University Avenue, Burbank, CA 91504)

The home where Kevin Arnold and his family lived on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)
The home where Kevin Arnold and his family lived on the show. (PHOTO BY J. KENNEY)

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