Aboard the Queen Mary, Long Beach – Californ-I-A; on the 12th through to the 14th of June 2015 – is the 13th edition of the Ink N Iron Festival, which could possibly qualify as one of the most interesting yet bizarre festivals to attend this coming week.

We at Festival Sherpa take pride in introducing our readers to the weirdest/coolest/most amazeballs and yet, unsung and underrated festivals from the shiftiest crevices of the world. Ergo, we love discovering new festivals. And we love enthusing about them to you. Here’s this week’s fix of quirky for you –

Set across all three floors of the ship’s (The Queen Mary) interiors, the festival has a wide range of intrigue on offer to any goer. With over 280 tattoo artists from across the world being featured on this platform while an auto-show, a pole-dancers fight to ‘reach the top’, and a Pin-Up Girl pageant will hopefully keep everyone occupied – the Ink N Iron line-up for Long Beach 2015 seems to be taking a turn back in time – to the wonderful 50s of Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll and a whole lot more – featuring artists like Gary Numan, The Cold Hard Cash Show, The Caravans, and Wanda “Queen of Rockabilly” Jackson!

You might assume that this is like any other music festival in town – but THAT, is where we tell you what else is in store at Ink N Iron 2015 – Long Beach.

  1. The Scintillating Circus

In the words of Armitage Shanks Esq., himself – the Boiler Room Big Top is a “Preeminent parable of parodistic pageantry”, in essence, a show that will bedazzle you, and weird you out – all at once. With Karina, The Snake Charmer, Kalani Kokonuts, The Showgirl, and a couple others who are sure to get your temperatures close to boiling point.

  1. The Car Show

Motorama – The Car Show – featuring strictly pre-69, handpicked, customs, hot-rods, trucks, cars and bikes to be showcased at Queen Mary’s base; with the best vehicle getting a hand-made, walnut bodied trophy replete with a caste aluminium topper!

  1. The Cabaret

Sounds inviting, doesn’t it? Experience the burlesque, the sexy, the pleasurable, and the mind-bogglingly wonderful only at the Pleasure Portal Cabaret at Ink N Iron 2015!

Here, take a look-see;

  1. The Pin Up Pageant

Though voting went on through out the year, at Ink N Iron 2015, festival goers can meet the Queen and Her Court throughout – if they’re spotted that is, and interact with Adorabella Christina – the Queen, and her ‘right out of a poster’ court-girls!

  1. The Wedding Chapel

If you manage to find your soul-mate, at Ink N Iron 2015, or even if you’re just there with her/him – you can head on over to the Chapel and get hitched at one of the most interesting festivals of the season – possibly get matching tattoos too!

  1. Tattoo Contest

Talking about tattoos – the Tattoo Contest at Ink N Iron 2015, Long Beach could be your claim to fame – enter the contest and compete to win one of several titles at this years festival, while you indulge in some tattoo curation and exhibition across the Queen Mary!

And last, but not least – is what we think is the most spectacular ‘attraction’ at Ink N Iron 2015,

  1. The Pole Championship

The Queen Mary Pole Championship assures every festival goer the sight of some of the best Pole Artists across the country, battling it out for the Queen Mary Pole Champion title!

There you have it, The Ink N Iron Festival 2015 – Long Beach, California. We sure can’t wait to see what comes out of this one!

And now, you’ve heard too.

(All Images Courtesy – Ink N Iron – https://www.facebook.com/Ink.N.Iron?fref=ts )

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