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For three days, the annual Ink-N-Iron Kustom Kreations Festival will be taking over the Queen Mary, bringing together fans of live music, “kustom” cars and body art.

Stroll through the multi-floor tattoo show, featuring 280 of the world’s best tattoo artists from across the country and the globe, check out tricked-out cars and motorcycles, and listen to live music from some of rock’s greatest acts, including Pennywise, Buckcherry, the Misfits and the Vandals.

The International Tattoo convention takes over three floors of the Queen Mary, featuring hand-picked tattoo artists. Festival goers can browse the extensive artist portfolios, and even leave with some new ink.

The annual Ink-N-Iron car show features a hand-selected display of pre-'69 automobiles that make for a truly impressive viewing experience. This year, the car show presents the “Motorama Experience,” which gives a historical account of drag racing and car shows throughout Southern California. The exhibit follows the Hot Rod and Kustom car craze, resurrecting impressive displays of famous auto shops, automobile magazines and historical car clubs.

The festival also features punk rock karaoke, cabaret and vaudeville performances. The International Pole Performers Showcase returns for the third year and features eight athletes from around the world, offering a truly unique spectacle on the 15-foot vertical pole.

To continue the fun, fans can cheer on their favorite pin-up girls in the annual pin-up pageant. One of the most sought after pin-up pageants in the country, contestants have been competing in online elimination rounds since February, and the lucky finalists will compete in a top 12 competition live at the festival.  

Looking for a unique cultural experience? The Kulture Klash Art Show features the latest from tattoo, lowbrow and photography artists, and runs from 11 a.m-8 p.m. each day of the festival in the Capstan Gallery. A lounge, full bar and fantastic view of the Pacific make the art viewing experience truly extraordinary.

Cap off the day with a screening of a classic Western. Ink-N-Iron will be proudly presenting showings of God Forgives... I Don’t, Rita of the West and Johnny Yuma on the Tiki Drive-In stage. The shows start at sundown Friday and Saturday.

Daily tattoo contests, numerous vendors, nightly movies, and of course, plenty to eat and drink make Ink-N-Iron a festival that no one should miss! The annual event promises to be a relaxing, fun and entertaining weekend for all.

The Ink-N-Iron Festival will be taking place June 8-10 aboard the Queen Mary, docked at 1126 Queens Hwy. in Long Beach.

Tickets start at $40. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ink-n-iron.com

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