The annual Ink-N-Iron Festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA., has become the most anticipated tattoo function on the West Coast. The unique combination of custom car culture and the tattoo lifestyle attracts tens of thousands of spectators and hundreds of tattoo artists from all over the world each year. This years 8th annual Ink-N-Iron Festival went down June 10-12th and it was one of the best to date. The Queen Mary and the Long Beach skyline provide a breathtaking view but the fashion statements that were being displayed by many of the show goers is quite a spectacle as well. Some of the people that came out to the festival were there for the custom cars, live bands, burlesque or the 50s fashion show but we came out for the art show that was happening inside the Queen Mary and to meet some of the tattoo artists on hand. There were 280 tattoo artists that showed up from 30 states and 25 countries. The tattoo artists filled up three levels of the Queen Mary with tattoo styles ranging from black and gray to traditional to surrealist to Asian and everything else in between. Some of the tattoo artist on hand included Fonzy, Carlos Torrez, Big Gus, Tattoo Tony, Alan Padilla, Nikko Hurtado and many more. Other artists that were on hand selling their merchandise included Gustavo Rimada, OG Able, Tony Mash, David Lozeau and many others. Next years Ink-N-Iron Festival is set to happen again onboard the Queen Mary from June 8-10th, and we here at Lowrider Arte can’t wait to go back to this one of a kind festival. v