Now in its fifth year, the Musink Tattoo Convention & Music Festival returns to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa this weekend, March 2-4. With body art as deeply embedded into Californian culture as rock ’n’ roll, the annual fest, which began in 2008 with a big push from “L.A. Ink” star Kat Von D, has become wildly popular among music fans and musicians who are also tattoo and piercing enthusiasts.
This year’s three-day event boasts hundreds of artists who will be tattooing on-site as well as performances by Tiger Army, the Howlers and Guana Batz on Friday, New Found Glory with Yellowcard and Bayside on Saturday, and Alkaline Trio, Against Me!, Hell or Highwater and the Darlings on Sunday.
Nick 13, vocalist and guitarist for L.A. psychobilly trio Tiger Army (powered by bassist Geoff Kresge and Fullerton-based drummer James Meza), says that performing at Musink is a natural fit for his band, which also appeared at the inaugural fest.
“Everyone in the band is into tattoos and has been for some time, and our fans are as well,” he said during a recent phone interview. “There are hundreds if not possibly thousands of Tiger Army tattoos around the world that either feature lyrics or the ‘Tiger Bat’ logo, so I think it’s a very cool thing.”