Ink-n-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA

Ink-n-Iron Festival in Long Beach, CA on June 5th – 7th at the Queen Mary.

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“The best tattoo artists in the world and a series of additional events will make this 2009 festival a hit. There will be 280 artists from 30 States and 25 Countries representing all the tattoo styles pricking away with their machines in an exciting atmosphere, where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. This convention will be both a sort of art gallery and community festival.” – from the Ink’n’Iron website.

This was my first year attending the event, but I’m definitely going to go back next year because this was a really great event. The pics really don’t do the event justice because I got too caught up checking out the phenomenal art of all the tattoo artists, ton of hot chic’s, and the badass rat rod bikes. The easy access to the beer also proved be detrimental to my picture taking ability.

Anybody wanting to go next year, make sure you pay online $35 vs. the hefty $40 door charge. These rates may seem high, but they have a ton of vendors, bands, cabaret burlesque show, aeriel showgirls, car show, food, and tons more. Plus, the event goes till 2 a.m.!

The last pic of the fried chicken is from Honey’s Kettle Fried Chicken in Compton off of Alondra.  I had been hankering for some soul food, but R&R had a half hour wait that we didn’t want to wait around for.  Flossie’s in Torrance was freak’n closed by 8:25 on a Saturday night, so we ended up in Compton for some Honey’s.  This place has some really good biscuits, and the fried chicken skin and coating is like nothing else I’ve ever had – super thin, and super freak’n crispy.  I wouldn’t say it’s the best chicken I’ve ever had because I still have to give that honor up to chains like Popeye’s, not to mention all the supermarkets with half-way decent fried chicken for basically chump change.  Also, the sauces at Honey’s is funky.  The citrus sauce was a peppery asian inspired sauce and the hot sauce wasn’t my hands-down preferred favorite Lousiana hot sauce.

The events website
http://www.ink-n-iron.com/

Myspace page
http://www.myspace.com/inkandironfestival

2008 Pin-up Pageant Gallery
http://www.ink-n-iron.com/gallery.asp?id=pictures_08/pageant
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