Rock legends Blink 182, Bad Religion and Rancid came together for an epic weekend of music at the eighth annual Musink Tattoo and Music convention at the OC Fair and Event Center.
Travis Barker of Blink-182 presented the event which included numerous tattoo artists from all over the world showing off their skills with live tattooing in the event center. Despite the large number of people that showed up to the event, not everyone was there for the tattoos.
Musink had a fully stocked lineup of some bands ranging from punk to hip hop within the the 3 day weekend.
Blink 182 who headlined on Sunday, gave fans an incredible performance with the help of Matt Skiba ( Alkaline Trio). The line up change seemed to give more life to the songs and the crowd sang along to each verse as if nothing had changed at all.
Set highlights included ‘Feeling This’, ‘Going Away to College’, ‘First Date’, and ‘ The Rock Show’. Skiba’s vocals in ‘Always’ are very reminiscent of his trademark vocals used in the songs of Alkaline Trio. Even so, the dynamic with him, Mark Hoppus and Barker was very real, as though they had been doing this since the beginning of it all. Skiba was met with warm reception by the crowd especially when he would finish a song and they would chant “Skiba! Skiba!”
Openers on Sunday included up and coming ‘cholo goth’ duo Prayers who is made up of vocalist Rafael Reyes and David Parely, another project Barker is involved in. Barker will be producing their upcoming EP “Young Gods.’ They delivered a strong performance of their song ‘Gothic Summer’ and established their presence with bold lyrics giving insight to Reyes’ life before music.
Musink weekend also featured legends Bad Religion and Rancid.
Rancid played their first show of 2015 to the Friday night crowd which included the title track from their latest release ‘Honor is All We Know’. They were sure not leave out fan favorites from their album ‘…And Out Come the Wolves’ which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
The set was electrifying as Tim Armstrong crooned throughout ‘Ruby Soho’, ‘Salvation’ and ‘Timebomb’. Lars Frederiksen also led a strong performance especially with ‘You don’t care nothing’ which he also stated in reference to the song ‘Even after 20 years Jenny Demillo still doesn’t care about us.’
The band have been together for more than 30 years and still can get their audience to move.
Greg Graffin delivered on vocals with such ease proving that the band’s upcoming tour is one not to be missed.
East Coast punk veterans Sick of It All also provided a brutal set that prepped the crowd up for Rancid on Friday night. The highlights from their incredible set included ‘Sanctuary.’ ‘DNC’ and ‘Built to Last’. The set gave a taste of old school east coast punk traditions to the west coast festival crowd.
Musink provided a great atmosphere that combined the love of music and tattooing all under roof. The fact that even families with small children were able to enjoy a punk festival was also a great implication that music does bring people together.