One cannot deny that there is a strong connection between cars, music, girls and artwork. They go hand in hand like sweet tea in the south. For over a decade, all of above and more are showcased at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. The former cruise ship is host to a large tattoo convention inside the old ship. On the outer docks, hundreds of classic rides from kustoms to rat rods to hot rods line up for the weekend long festivities. A special feature is the Long Beach Motorama that showcased the best of the best inside of the dome and also displayed hand molds of pioneers of the custom car industry.
If tattoos and hot rods weren’t enough; several stages featured punk, reggae, rockabilly and rock bands throughout the weekend including headliners The Misfits, Suicidal Tendencies, Pennywise, The Vandals and Buckcherry. Side stage performers included pinup models and circus acts to round out the spectrum of fun. It is hard to beat music, models, classics and tattoos in the So Cal sun. For information on next year’s event, visit www.ink-n-iron.com.
Text and Photos by Jason Mulligan