Hundreds of fans filed in early for the 10th annual Musink Tattoo Convention & Music Festival in OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa on Friday.
The three-day fest, curated by Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, continues through the weekend with hundreds of world renowned tattoo artists showcasing some of their best work and tattooing patrons on site in one hangar, while a crop of punk rock bands entertain fans in another.
“I like that it’s not just all about tattoos and it’s not just all about the music,” Barker said following his meet and greet with VIP fans.
“People that show up here to get tattoos, they are dedicated and they get gutsy and get pieces they probably wouldn’t normally get anywhere else. Then there’s the music and you’ve got guys like NOFX and Bad Religion this year. It just keeps getting better and better.”
Walking through the convention, lots of guests had made appointments with a variety of artists for tattoos, most of which were being done on the upper thigh. Sprawled out on tattoo tables they grimaced through the pain or peacefully listened to music with headphones on as artists tattooed their flesh, some of the pieces looking as if they’d have to be completed in sessions throughout the weekend.
Others took in the Low and Slow Car Show, a portion of Musink that has grown considerably this year to include almost showroom quality features to show off these low riders, some of which are valued now at over $600,000. Fans sported a lot of green and grabbed cold cups of beer since day one fell on St. Patrick’s Day and headed into the main hangar to enjoy early sets by A Wilhelm Scream and Lagwagon, waiting for headlining sets by Orange County’s own, the Vandals and punk rock staples, NOFX.
The Used, Glassjaw, Goldfinger, Story of the Year and Hell or Highwater will perform on Saturday and Bad Religion, Pennywise, Swingin’ Utters and…