Friday, April 9, 2010
Preview: MusInk Tattoo Convention and Music Festival in Dallas
In addition to bands and tattoo artists, there will be a BMX bike and skate demo where local pro skaters will perform.
Dallas-Fort Worth area residents with an affinity for tattoos and music will have their dreams come true this weekend as the MusInk Tattoo Convention and Music Festival makes its first appearance in Texas at Centennial Hall at Fair Park in Dallas.
Oliver Peck will host the festival. The well-known tattoo artist hails from Dallas and was married to Kat Von D, a fellow tattoo artist in Los Angeles.
Bill Hardie, the festival’s producer, began this festival three years ago in Orange County, Calif., because he felt he could put on a tattoo convention with “better bands and better artists.”
“I’ve been putting on concerts for 20 years,” Hardie said, “and I was a big tattoo enthusiast.”
Hardie said it was Peck who approached MusInk about coming to Dallas for its first year outside of California. They hope to see numbers close to the festival’s attendance in California but expect about a couple thousand people a day for the bands alone.
Hardie has worked with a few of the bands before, and he said that after all his experience in the field, he’s used to pitching ideas to new bands.
In addition to bands and tattoo artists, there will be a BMX bike and skate demo where local pro skaters will perform, Hardie said. Although BMX has been a part of the festival since its first year, the skate portion was added last year.
Marissa Rodriguez, an English sophomore, is excited to attend MusInk because her birthday is Saturday.
“I’m turning 20, so I’m going to get a tattoo,” she said.
This will be her fourth tattoo and her first tattoo convention. Although she will mostly attend for the artists, she said she plans on taking a look at the skaters and some bands.
“I’m going to get a sugar skull, like Day of the Dead, but I’m going to incorporate my family,” she said.
MusInk Tattoo Convention and Music Festival will begin at 2 p.m. today and end at 10 p.m. Sunday. One-day passes cost $25, and a pass for all three days costs $48. For more information, visit the festival’s Web site at www.musink.org/dallas.
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