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9th annual MUSINK, presented by Travis Barker 1

The 9th annual MUSINK, presented by Travis Barker

Musink is one of our favorite Southern California shows.  It’s an  event that is also a lifestyle -music and ink  are famous bed-fellows, throw in some car culture and you got yourself on hell if a weekend. The first of the three-day events took off this year with  Yelawolf (his second year). The band come on with Travis barker drum kit placed up front/off center. Always great when a band decides to do that since most of the time your lucky to catch a gimps of the drummer at all.  Yelawolf, who introduced himself as Catfish Billy, played a few songs before technical issued took out the band’s DJ. They unfortunately, cut their set short. But while they were on the audience and myself were reminded why this act got to where they are.  The man is damn good at what he does.


The second band of the night was the Transplants. They owned the room with their brand of rough and rowdy  rap-fueled punk. Tim “Timebomb” Armstrong leading with a demeanor of a street hooligan spitting words in your face along-side  Skinhead Rob who is the ultimate verbal instigator delivering words in a knotted snarl. They  put on a good set with fans getting everything they could expect out of this out of control band. Some highlights of their set were  “Gangsters and Thugs”, “Tall Cans in the Air” and, of course, “Diamonds and Guns”.


In a twist in genre (for the punk-heavy show),  superstar rap artist, Snoop Dogg claimed the stage and put on a hell of a show. Some rap acts lose something in a live show. For the most part, this is not the case with Snoop Dogg. He is 100% of what you’d expect him to be and delivers all the smooth, slick, ultimate pimp cool any audience could handle doing hits like “Nuttin’ but a G Thang”,  “P.I.M.P”, “Gin and Juice” and “Who am I (What’s My Name?)”. The set was near perfect, except for a couple of moments where there was some unnecessary “filler”. Snoop playing some tunes from other artists as a tribute, where he mostly spoke over the DJ’s tracks, but the set of his work alone was enough. This was a small complaint because the rest of the set more than makes up for it. And there is just  something to be said for the man’s swagger and charisma. Near the close of his set came off part Snoop D-O-double-G, part Snoop Lion, bringing day one of the 9th annual Musink  to an end in style.

Snoop Dogg

Check out parts  two and three of Musink







Yes, it’s that time of year again. Are you ready for the premiere tattoo convention, music festival, and car show? Orange County is host to the Southland’s most exciting and unique lifestyle festivals.

  • Friday, March 4: Snoop Dogg, Transplants, Yelawolf
  • Saturday, March 5: Deftones, Taking Back Sunday, Plague Vendor
  • Sunday, March 6: Circa Survive, Atreyu, Face To Face

General admission and VIP tickets for MUSINK are on sale now at www.musink.org.

The MUSINK tattoo convention will feature over 300 world-renowned tattoo artists, with featured artists including Paul Booth, GTC’s Tattooland, Spotlight Tattoo, Freddy Negrete, Shamrock Social Club, Nikko Hurtado, Royal Peacock Tattoo, Gold Rush Tattoo, Oliver Peck, Nspired1, Robert Atkinson, OC Tattoo, Corey Miller, Baba, Franco Vescovi, Boog, BJ Betts, Carlos Torres, Norm, Little Linda, Carlos Rojas, Dan Smith, Shaun Topper, Rich Pineda, Yushi, and many more. In addition, the MUSINK vendor midway will include hundreds of vendors.

Check out some of the amazing tattoo work by a few of the artists who will be attending. Afterward, scroll down for more info on the show and artists.

Robert Atkinson

Nikko Hurtado

Oliver Peck 

Franco Vescovi

Carlos Torres

Corey Miller

GTC’s Tattooland


Famous Stars and Straps presents the Low ‘N’ Slow Car Show will feature American classics and lowriders, including some from Travis Barker’s own collection. Also represented will be cars from acclaimed photographer/director Estevan Oriol and noted car clubs including Elite CCDuke’s Orange County, Beatniks Koolsville, Pegasus, Duke’s Kustom Chapter, plus Hillview Customs, an Instagram contest winner chosen by Travis Barker, music from DJs Funk Freaks and more.


Another MUSINK attraction is the Miss MUSINK competition. The top inked beauties will compete for the title of Miss MUSINK 2016 and a spot as the next official “Sullen Angel.” For full details, visit www.musink.org.

Multiplatinum artist, actor and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg is at the forefront of popular culture with award-winning albums and songs, multiple films, lifestyle products, philanthropic efforts, and digital ventures, including his YouTube original series “GGN News.” Snoop Dogg has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and received multiple Grammy® nominations.

Since Deftones’ inception, the multiplatinum, Grammy-winning alternative rock band from Sacramento, CA have quietly been pursuing two paths, delivering songs defined by churning, double-fisted aggression while also testing the boundaries of music by incorporating elements of psychedelia and shoegaze. Deftones have released seven albums to date and have sold over 10 million albums worldwide.

In their decade-plus career, critically acclaimed progressive rock band Circa Survive have continued to challenge themselves and test the boundaries of musical genres. With each album they’ve gone outside their musical comfort zone, jumping between post-rock, psychedelic, prog, post-hardcore and shoegaze, creating a sound that’s uniquely theirs yet has the power to connect with a wide swath of music fans.

Alabama-born Yelawolf’s sophomore release, 2015’s Love Story, debuted atop the BillboardR&B/Hip-Hop album chart and earned rave reviews, including from Rolling Stone, which praised his “stronger embrace of his Southern roots” and “slow-burn ballads.”

With influences ranging from At The Drive-In to Liars to The Cramps, Plague Vendor’s self-described “voodoo punk” is a dance-fueled rock aesthetic tinged with shadowy darkness. The Whittier, California band’s new album BLOODSWEAT is due March 25 on Epitaph.

MUSINK begins at 3:00 PM on Friday and Noon on Saturday and Sunday. Music is scheduled for6:0010:00 PM each night.

MUSINK 2016 is produced by Bill Hardie, Travis Barker, John Reese of Synergy Global Entertainment (SGE), and Sean Akhavan. MUSINK partners include KROQ, Rockstar Energy Drink, Famous Stars and Straps, Tecate, Johnny’s Saloon, Second Floor, and Golden Crown Barber Shop.

The OC Fair & Event Center is centrally located in Southern California, just off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. The venue is conveniently accessible to all in Orange County, as well as Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. John Wayne Airport in Irvine, CA is also nearby for those traveling from other parts of the U.S. and the world.

Website: www.musink.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/musink
Instagram: http://instagram.com/musink_tatfest
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Musink_TatFest

Check out some of our coverage from Musink 2015


Del Mar Racetrack
Friday, September 18th – Sunday, September 20th
By Harriet Kaplan

KAABOO Del Mar aimed to be the ultimate entertainment adult escape geared toward a mature audience but managed to also draw younger people from pre-teens on up to the 20-year-olds and beyond attracting multi-generational crowds from the ages of 40 to 70-year-olds. The first inaugural KAABOO Del Mar was all about options of the upscale variety and was successful on every level from gourmet cuisine (which included plant-based and vegan food choices) to specialty wines, beers and liquor to necessary comfort items that included cabanas and high-end port-potties in private trailers with toilets and sinks. Imaginative, colorful and vivid art murals and installations were also heavily featured.

Editor Caren Spiter interviewed Amanda Lynn, KAABOO art curator, in a separate installment article. Held at the Del Mar Racetrack from Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20, KAABOO set out to be more than just an elaborate music festival though there were seven stages of live music that showcased various genres of music from rap, pop, alternative, rock, funk, reggae and blues. Prominent headliners included No Doubt and Snoop Dogg along with several mainstream name acts (Zac Brown Band) throughout the three-day period and critically-acclaimed artists (X and Rodrigo Y Gabriela) performed as well.

Caren Spitler got an exclusive interview with Ulysses from Ozomati. www.theartofla.com also profiled California’s Fairground Saints and Hawaii’s Natty Vibrations. Most performances seen were imbued by passionate intensity and conviction onstage sometimes bordering on the theatrical and were epic in scale while others were more subtle and nuanced punctuated by smaller, quieter gestures. The staging was big, elaborate and well executed. Jumbotron screens made it possible to view what concertgoers couldn’t see if the size of the crowds got so large to obscure the eye level view.

The audience response was always one of constant dedication, enthusiasm and the energy level was very high despite the soaring hot temperatures and the resulting accompanying sweltering humidity  from mid-morning everyday until sundown. The only drawback with so many talented performers appearing in a massive festival was the competing time slots where the sets overlapped one another. The biggest challenge was trying to figure out if one should stay for most of a particular set or part of at the most expense of seeing others.

Comedy performances from up-and-comers and well-known acts were another entertainment component of KAABOO billed as Humor Me. www.theartofla.com got to see headliners Chris E’Elia and Ron Funches from NBC’s hit show, Undateable, and legendary SNL alum Tim Meadows perform. Caren Spitler did a phone interview with funnyman Funches also featured in a separate article installment. The large building/warehouse where the comedy was took place was boiling hot inside and ventilated by several large fans circulated the stagnant and stifling air but it wasn’t nearly enough to cool it down. It was incredibly uncomfortable to sit through the shows. Even the comedians discussed the absurdity/irony of having a comedy show in what they called a “barn” at the Del Mar Race Track as part of their acts. Uninspired material characterized by the plethora of ass, pussy and dicks jokes got old fast. When the comedians deviated from that timeworn script, and were inspired by other subject matter taken from their own lives, giving it a different twist, the sets took fire and managed to generate more laughs.

With a commitment to produce multiple KAABOO events in the future, including one already in the planning stages for 2016, the first one seemed to be off to promising start based on the high-quality and attention to every detail and care put into it that transcends and expands on the narrow concept of what this experience has traditionally looked like and felt to all senses.


Check out our other stories on  KABOO Del Mar:
  1. Natty Vibes Interview 
  2. Natty Vibes
  3. Fairground Saints Interview
  4. Fairground Saints
  5. Ron Funches Interview
  6. Vendor Interviews
  7. Ki
  8. Fitz and the Tantrums
  9. Neon Trees
  10. Delta Rae
  11. Chris D’Elia
  12. X
  13. The Apache Relay
  14. Minnie Driver
  15. Atmosphere Galeries