There are tons of great tattoo conventions in the US, but only one of them was founded by Travis Barker of Blink 182 fame. In keeping with its roots, the MUSINK convention not only showcases tattoos by some of the best tattooists in the world, it also features performances by famous rock bands. On top of all that, it’s also a car show for tricked-out lowriders. The event will last all weekend long, March 17 - 19, and there are over 100 artists scheduled to attend. Held at The Orange County Fair & Exposition Center this year, the weather will be perfect for concerts in its massive outdoor amphitheater.
Numerous big names in the industry have reserved booths this year. Some of our favorite tattooists will be there, including Nikko Hurtado, Cally-Jo, Chuey Quintanar, Little Linda, Steve Schultz, Shawn Barber, Rich Pineda, and Jack Rudy, just to name a few. Representatives of every tattoo style will be out slinging ink, so you’ll definitely be able to find the right artist for you.
Aside from all the superb body art that is produced every year, the musical performances are a part of what makes MUSINK such an outstanding convention. This year, the organizers have put together a killer lineup. On Friday night, A Wilhelm Scream, Lagwagon, The Vandals, and NOFX will take the stage. Saturday’s block is just as badass, including Gold Finger, Glassjaw, and The Used. The finale on Sunday will have some of the biggest names of all — Pennywise and Bad Religion. Needless to say, it’s going to be one hell of a concert series.
While most tattoo gatherings put visual art on a pedestal, MUSINK puts the pedal to the metal with its “Slow n’ Low” car show. Some of California’s most diehard automotive enthusiasts wheel out their lowriders for convention-goers to drool over while waiting to get tattooed or for a show to start. These are some of the slickest rides imaginable, so if you hit up the convention, make sure to cruise by them.
If you live in Los Angeles or are willing to drive up from San Diego, there’s no better way to spend the weekend. A three-day pass only runs $109, or if you’re interested in just hitting up the event for a single afternoon, tickets at the door are $45 a piece. For a few hundred dollars more, you can even meet Travis Barker and get front row seats for all of the concerts. If you want to get a new tattoo, check out the rest of MUSINK’s roster of artists beforehand and reach out to the one whose work speaks to you.