The 1972 Issue

How one audacious year inspired the city we love. Also in this issue: a beefy guide to Korean barbecue and Japanese yakiniku, golf's new course, and a Seattle mixtape.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

Moving the Needle

Two Generations of Female Tattoo Artists Propel the Industry Forward

Madame Lazonga and Lolli Morlock are two of the many artists carving a new path for women and queer people in a once male-dominated field.

03/21/2022 By Sophie Grossman Photography by Daniel Berman

Arts and Minds

In The Public Eye: A Look at Seattle Through Art Installations

From Rachel the Pig at Pike Place to the BLM mural, Seattle is connected by a thread of new and historic artworks that tell the story of our city.

03/18/2022 By Sophie Grossman Photography by Chona Kasinger

Now Playing

Why KEXP Is Still Seattle's Indie Radio Station

Looking back at 50 years on the airwaves, 90.3FM can afford to stay weird.

03/07/2022 By Sophie Grossman Illustrations by Jordan Kay

Mixtape

Music Recommendations from Your Favorite Seattle Bands

From Brandi Carlile to Modest Mouse, Washington has birthed some musical greats. We asked Seattle artists to pick their favorite songs by other locals.

02/10/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Eat & Drink

Review

Maíz Brings Nixtamal Tortillas to Pike Place Market

The family behind Sazón is grinding our way toward better tortillas, spotlighting masa made from heirloom corn in their sopes, tamales, and tacos.

03/04/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Chef's Day Off

Recipe: Brandon Pettit’s Vegetarian Noodle Bowl with Chili Crisp

The Delancey and Dino's chef likes to finish off the day with an easy home cooked meal that's full of vegetables and ready in 10 minutes.

02/25/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Dinner Is Fire

3 Destinations for Yakiniku, Japan's Answer to Korean Barbecue

Tabletop grills meet seafood, high-end steak, even the occasional s'more at Ishoni Yakiniku in Capitol Hill, Niku Niku at Northgate, and more.

02/21/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by David Jaewon Oh

Dinner Is Fire

Great Korean BBQ and Yakiniku Restaurants in (and Around) Seattle

What's the difference between Korean barbecue and yakiniku? Heong Soon Park of Meet Korean BBQ in Capitol Hill explains the craft of grilling.

02/21/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Illustrations by Jungyeon Roh Photography by David Jaewon Oh

Dinner Is Fire

A Meaty Guide to Seattle's Best Korean BBQ

Where to find the best grilled meats, along with a host of skillful banchan (side dishes), in Capitol Hill, Lynnwood, Shoreline, and beyond.

02/16/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by David Jaewon Oh Illustrations by Jungyeon Roh

Health & Wellness

Best of the City

Top Dentists 2022

Seattle Met's annual list of the best dental practitioners in the Seattle area.

04/26/2022 By Seattle Met Staff

Home & Real Estate

Habitat

The Statement Shower: A New Approach to Cement Tile

If you're contemplating a bathroom remodel, tile is likely top of mind. A Magnolia resident shares her secrets, like favoring cement over ceramic.

02/24/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Miranda Estes

News & City Life

Coming Together

A Discovery Park Peace Offering

The creation of a public park on a former military site in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood ended decades of discord.

03/07/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy and Angela Cabotaje

Tally the Votes

The Historic Election Results of 1972

A third north-south highway, the Seattle Aquarium at Golden Gardens, and electric-powered streetcars were all on the ballot 50 years ago.

03/07/2022 Illustrations by Jordan Kay By Angela Cabotaje

Occupy Beacon Hill

The Origins of El Centro de la Raza

A peaceful takeover of a vacant schoolhouse in Beacon Hill once rocked the city—and inspired future racial justice fights like CHOP decades later.

03/07/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

Groovy, Baby

1972: The Audacious Year That Changed Seattle

Occupied protests, consequential votes, the birth of KEXP—a legacy created 50 years ago still lingers today.

03/07/2022 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, and Sophie Grossman Illustrations by Jordan Kay

Quote Unquote

Amelia Bonow Fights for Abortion Rights with Pills

With the Supreme Court indicating it may reverse Roe v. Wade, one Seattle activist thinks medication by mail can secure women's bodily autonomy.

03/03/2022 By Allison Williams

Obsession

Why Is Seattle So Obsessed with Sunset Time?

Googling "when does the sun set in Seattle today"? You're not alone.

03/01/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Explainer

What’s Up with the Giant Hole across from Seattle City Hall?

In this developer-happy city, a prime patch of downtown Seattle real estate where the Public Safety Building used to sit has been vacant for a long time.

02/24/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy Illustrations by Jacopo Rosati

ICYMI

Lego Trafficking at Pike Place Market and Other Odd Seattle News

A Nobel Prize medal is auctioned off, while the Xbox mini fridge and signs declaring the end of the internet highlight a weird past few months.

02/23/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Currents

Seattle's Psychedelic Revolution Has Arrived

The decriminalization of psilocybin, as well as increased interest in treating mental illness with psychedelics, means shrooms may be here to stay.

02/22/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Group Chat

How Progressive Is Seattle?

An extra-long 2021 election season gave us more time to weigh which side of the left we’re really on.

02/15/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Feature

The Race to Free Washington's Last Orca in Captivity

The orca known at the Miami Seaquarium as Lolita was captured in Penn Cove as a calf in the 1970s. Now, the race to free her is more urgent than ever.

02/08/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Style & Shopping

U VILLAGE, PEOPLE

Behind the Scenes at University Village

New stores like Reformation and Everlane bring attention to Seattle's outdoor shopping center, but U Village's local businesses put it on the map.

02/16/2022 By Zoe Sayler

WE DECANT

We Needed This: Viski Serves Up Crafty Barware

The Seattle-based glassware and bar tools brand makes cocktail shakers, glasses, and decanters designed with home use in mind.

01/21/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Travel & Outdoors

Growth Spurts

The Best Botanical Gardens Near Seattle

The Point Defiance Park Gardens in Tacoma, Ohme Gardens in Wenatchee—these are the best flowers and greenery in Western and Central Washington.

03/22/2022 By Allison Williams

Flower Power

Guide to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The rural farmland north of Seattle erupts into a rainbow of color during the state's biggest flower fest, creating a prime spring road trip destination.

03/18/2022 By Allison Williams

Map Quest

A Road Trip That Leads to Rainier

Cider, squash, and bighorn sheep: Take a drive through the rural highways that lead to Mount Rainier National Park.

03/14/2022 By Allison Williams

Perspectives

Covid Travel Can Mean a Whole New Kind of Culture Shock

What does it mean to be a tourist in places with a very different take on health precautions such as masking, vaccine verification, and indoor dining?

02/25/2022 By Allison Williams