People are here for the love of Hot Rods-Kustoms, Live music, burlesque, art shows, 50’s fashion, and of course the tattoo show covering three floors inside the ship. 280 of the best tattoo artists in the world will be on hand from 30 States and 25 Countries representing all the tattoo styles; where a car show and music become an integral part of the event, mingling with the artistic expressions of the artists at work. Pinups clad in corsets, Classic Cats with Pompadours, Mohawks, fashion Mullets, full sleeves and back pieces. Not only is the breathtaking view of the gigantic Queen Mary, the beautiful water, and the amazing Long Beach skyline quite a task to take in all at once, but all the fashion statements and lavishly adorned people are quite a spectacle as well. This convention will be both a sort of art gallery and community festival. Seven years ago the ship was overtaken by the underground subculture of all things Kustom and modified. From tattooing to pin striping and tantalizing show goers with tight corsets the 8th Annual Ink-N-Iron Festival is laced up and racing for port! The Paladins~13 Cats~The Rev Tones~DJ Satoki~The Sonics~Detroit Cobras~The Woggles~Frenzy~Creepshow~Phenomenauts~Fishbone~Skatalites~King Hammond~The Hexxers~Buzzcocks~Anti-Flag~Batmobile~Psycho Charger~Dead Relatives, plus many many more!!!
Bio: 13 Cats is an all star neo-rockabilly band consisting of Slim Jim Phantom (Straycats, HeadCat), Tim Polecat (Polecats), Danny B. Harvey (Rockats, HeadCat) and Smutty Smith (Rockats, Havalinas). The album "13 Tracks" contains all the studio recordings the band made over the past four years, except...See Full Bio
“Musicianship wise, Danny B Harvey has to be one of the best guitarist's I've very heard on CD outside of the greats of old (Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Hendrix etc). Every guitar solo is original and inventive. I play guitar and would love to know how he comes up with his these original riffs and solos. Tim Polecat has one of the greatest rock voices in the history of rock music; I'd compare him to early John Lennon if he were just a little tamer. drummer Slim Jim Phantom is from the Stray Cats and like the more famous co-fonder Brian Setzer he is a master of his instrument. Surprisingly at times he sounds more like John Bonham or Keith Moon then the world-renowned rockabilly drummer he once was. all fans of The White Stripes, Social Distortion, The Clash and The Yardbirds (my favorite all time band). Do you yourself a favor and give them a listen.”