12 years ago one of our absolute favorite drummers, Travis Barker, started Musink, a festival where music and art collide. Basically blending a love of punk rock, tattoo art, and low riders, Travis brought together heavy hitters across the industries to create an event that is like nothing else. Spanning three days, March 8th to the 10th, at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, the festival will include hundreds of incredible tattoo artists, several of the top musicians, and even a return of the Low 'N' Slow Car Show brought to you by Travis Barker’s Famous Stars and Straps. As if that wasn't enough there will be tattoo contests each day, as well as a competition for the hottest babes of the scene presented by Sullen to crown the "Miss Musink".
This years artists will include Tattoodo fam and favorites Nikko Hurtado, Emily Malice, and Big Sleeps...not to mention a ton of other insanely talented tattoo artists like Freddy Negrete, Grace Neutral, Jon Leighton, and Matt Tischler. It's no surprise that Travis Barker's event blends these tattoo artists with the likes of Suicidal Tendencies, Fear, TSOL, and The Vandals. Most tattooists will tell you that the world of punk rock was one of their first introductions into a world that embraced freedom of expression. Today going against the grain of the mainstream means fitting into communities like that of tattooing and music...it also means feeling at home within a sick af event like Musink.
Last years Musink Fest had over 23,000 attendees over the three day event, which we assume means that this year will be even bigger, and even better. Passes are still available and you can even pick up VIP tickets that includes access to a VIP lounge, complimentary beer and signature cocktails, as well as a Meet and Greet with Travis Barker himself...but even if you can't swing the VIP pass price, don't fret. Travis is scheduled to do a drum and dj set for the crowd. If all of this doesn't fling you into a wild fit of excitement, we're not sure what will. As for us...this event is basically like...our dream come true. Not only do we get to see the bands that made our younger selves survive shit like high school, but we now get to drink and get tattoos without having to hide it from our parents. All in one place. Fuck ya. Bring it on.