Live entertainment, classic cars, motorcycles, beautiful women, tattoo artists and their amazing artwork are the ingredients necessary to create the perfect music festival and tattoo convention. What can I say about this kustom kulture festival other than it was everything I expected it to be and more. It wasn’t until after the event that I was made aware of the fact that this is going to be the last annual convention in SoCal. However, they will continue to carry on the musink festival in Nashville and focus more on the art of tattoos here in Long Beach in the future. If you missed out on Ink n Iron this year, be sure to attend next years convention!
Here are some pictures that I took and the experiences that went with them on my day at Ink n Iron 2015.
That’s our banner on the fence in the background
I had never been to a tattoo convention before, so it was quite the experience to walk up and down the Queen Mary and be able to watch countless tattoo artists from all over the world, each of their own unique style, hard at work and thriving in their element.
I love how this guy looks like he’s sleeping so peacefully, he’s probably dreaming of waking up with his awesome new tattoo.
A very nice attendee getting some killer ink on his back.
While I was walking around inside the ship, I stopped this gentleman named Matthew to look at his freshly healed tattoos. As it turns out, his artist Jeremy Brown was upstairs creating more masterpieces as well! I absolutely loved this man’s tattoos!
The underside of his arm
I met the man on the right when we were on the shuttle on our way to Inkfest and had ran into him, his girlfriend, and his friend (to the left) later in the day as they sat down to get a bite to eat. They were all extremely nice and I’m glad I get to be able to share these men’s amazing tattoos!
If you guys are reading this, forgive me for I have forgotten your names!
Tattoo artist Christian Marek and his tattoo by his brother, Carl Grace
Performances of all kinds such as pole dancing, pin-up pageants, magic tricks, tattoo contests and burlesque shows were also a part of this musink festival. Without realizing it, I ran into two of the girls that were in the pin-up pageant as well.
The 2nd place winner, Madeleine Mayhem and her friend
and one of the runner-ups, Miss Aldene
One of the best parts of the convention was being able to walk around and see all of these amazing classic cars and motorcycles, too!
I absolutely loved the pattern on the sides of this low-rider.
Just a few of the many beautiful women at Ink n Iron posing in front of this hotrod
Here’s a picture of myself being incredibly awkward standing next to this beautiful car.
Earlier in the day I even ran into the crew over at Pabst Blue Ribbon!
Another really cool part of Ink n Iron was this wall that artists were able to work on over the course of the three-day event. I don’t know how many other artists had worked on this wall, but the following artists are the ones that I had met. This is how the wall looked so far on Saturday.
I can honestly say that I’m happy I was able to go to Ink n Iron this year as the last Musink festival in SoCal.