The 10th Annual Ink-N-Iron Festival
The Ink-N-Iron Festival's theme celebrates the '40s-'50s era!
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There are very few festivals out there that combine body art, live bands, burlesque, figure drawing, ‘50s fashion, pole dancing performances, a car show and more all in one place.

At the 10th Annual Ink-N-Iron Festival taking place on the Queen Mary in Long Beach from June 7 to 9, festival-goers will get the chance to experience an event like no other. Ink-N-Iron promises three days filled with exciting art, music and live entertainment.

Visitors should take advantage of the 280 tattoo artists that will come in from all over the globe – Italy, Japan, France, Netherlands and Germany are just a few of the 25 countries that will be represented. You can browse the artists’ portfolios and pick the best one to design your perfect tattoo (with so many to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find an artist and a design that’s right for you!).

Of course, no festival is complete without live music, and Ink-N-Iron is delivering the rock ‘n’ roll goods. Catch Sublime with Rome, Iggy and the Stooges, The Offspring as well as Rocket from the Crypt, NOFX, Wanda Jackson and more.

Ink-N-Iron’s car show, called The Motorama Car Show, is a must-see for all attendees. It’s one of the most popular car shows in SoCal where you’ll get to see Hot Rods, Kustoms and motorcycles from the pre-’69 era. If you have a hot, stylish car from that era that deserves to be seen, you can register it in the show through the festival’s website.

To say the Ink-N-Iron Festival isn’t a bit “sexy” would be a lie. Those looking for an enticing, titillating show need only head over to the Pleasure Portal, where you can watch sultry burlesque performances. The International Pole Performer Showcase will feature amazing pole athletes who will prove that pole dancing is not something only appropriate for the strip clubs – it’s beautiful art that deserves respect. There’s also the Pin-Up Pageant, a classic ‘40s-‘50s pageant where you’ll see women dressed in vintage wardrobe, hair and makeup. And lastly, there’s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School. In the Boiler Room (bottom floor of the tattoo hall), get in touch with your artistic side and sketch live models (who might or might not be scantily clad).

Speaking of art, art lovers will enjoy the Kulture Klash Art Show, which is open from morning to night each day of the festival. You’ll be able to view tattoo art, photographs and paintings.

To end your experience at the Ink-N-Iron Festival, make sure you check out the spaghetti western flicks on the Tiki Drive-In stage starting at sundown. They will be showing God Forgives…I Don’t, Rita of the West and Johnny Yuma.

The 10th Annual Ink-N-Iron Festival takes place on the Queen Mary in Long Beach (1126 Queens Highway) from June 7-9. The early bird general admission one-day ticket price is only $60. For more information, visit ink-n-iron.com
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