With two designs in my head and six months since my last tattoo, I loved and hated the idea of going to a tattoo festival and only watching. Honestly though, I had never seen someone else get work done before! It was always me getting repetitively stabbed for the sake of a tattoo. For those of you that love getting tattoos done, you understand why the buzzing sound makes me so happy and jealous of those getting work. Those of you that think it hurts, or have not had them done... I don't know what to tell you, other than that going to Musink is a great way to get your feet wet and see tattoos done in person.
Musink is like a farmer's market of ink and skin. There are booths and in almost every one there are tattoo artists. Occasionally you'll run into something like this dis-articulated skull (pictured to the right) that I had a hard time looking away from. Of course there was music in a tend across the sidewalk. Penneywise, Bad Religion and other punk rockers shook the tent, but the tattoo artists were the real stars of the festival.
For more information on the festival and the people involved, check out my interview with the festival's founder.
See you at the show
(All photos by photobytamea.com)