8th annual Musink Festival
at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center
Friday, March 20, 2015
Los Angeles punk band The Interrupters opened the MusInk stage, unleashing three great days of high-energy music and tattoo culture upon Orange County. Fronted by firebrand Aimee Allen, their dynamic and gratifying brand of ska/oi punk set the bar high for the entire weekend. Those who had not seen this band before were in for a treat, while those more familiar with them made sure to get over to the stage, generating a larger-than-usual crowd for an opening band. This band just killed it, and their set is still my favorite of the weekend. Supported by the sharp-looking brothers Bivona — Kevin on drums, Justin on bass, and Jesse on drums — who laid down aggressive precision chords and thumping ska bass lines under Allen’s rough, biting vocals and uber-confident stage presence, this unit proved a force to be reckoned with. The three brothers kept their look clean, classic two-tone ska, while their singer arrived decked out in pure bad-ass rock star chic, sporting a hat and leather jacket covering a tee that read “Who the F is Matt Skiba” (with the F as the “Famous” logo) poking fun at the new Blink 182 member. Their fun, infectious vibe kept the room at full attention while their songs struck undertones of deep discord. Like bands such as Operation Ivy (whose tune “Sound System” they covered handily), they cleverly merge up-beat ska with an underlying social conscience, bringing a lighthearted approach to heavy subject matter. This is a band with a good sound, a great vibe and a singular flair all their own. Having them open the event said a lot for the remainder of the weekend of music to come.
Fri, March 20th – Rancid, Sick Of It All, The Interrupters
Sat, March 21st – Bad Religion, Off!, Ignite
Sun, March 22nd – Blink-182 with Matt Skiba, Yelawolf, Prayers
Are you addicted to ink? Looking to get a new tattoo or even your first tattoo? Maybe you’re also into good music played live, heavy and loud. If you also have a thing for hot bodies showing off their great work, then you need to get your tickets for one of Southern California’s best and most unique music festivals. The 8th annualMusink Festival comes back to the OC Fair & Event Center, in Orange County bringing great music and 300+ of the worlds best tattoo artists. Music+ink, contest, shopping and more are found at this one-of-a-kind, not to be missed event.
Check out the Instagram pages of a few of this years tattoo artists below. Don’t forget to look through our photo gallery from a previous years Musink, then get your tickets while there are still some left. It’s a guaranteed good time.You can still purchase tickets here on Ticketfly.