Ink N Iron- Queen Mary - June 8, 2013

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John Gilhooley
Ink N Iron (Day 2)
Queen Mary
June 9, 2013

Ink N Iron was in full swing by the time we arrived on Saturday afternoon. People were clearly excited to be there dressed up in their pin up outfits, showing off their tattoos or even getting some ink at the festival for the day that boasted punk icons Iggy and the Stooges, the Dead Kennedys, Rocket From the Crypt and many more.

It didn't seem to be as crowded this year in the ink area which was nice because we actually had a chance to look around the various artists booths without feeling packed inside like a can of sardines. Some artists, like Axl and Melanie from Inky und Stretchy in Germany, were excited to be able to come back to the ship/show to see bands and do some tattoos for some fans that had booked them six months in advance from a Utah convention.

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The tattooing area wasn't the only thing that seemed to have improved since last year. They had put more shows in different parts of the ship and I was able to catch a burlesque show up on the Queen's deck. It was amazing. Scarlett James was a true burlesque dancer, she was wearing a cute under the bust white corset and a glittery thong and bra, compared to her milky white skin and blonde hair, she looked like she had walked out of the 50's. She did not go over the top with her sexuality and gave the audience a show that left them hungry for more.

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John Gilhooley
After her was Brittany Walsh, the equilibrist, who performed her debut show. This woman brought out two little poles that were no more then two inches wide and she was performing on top of them like she was doing one-handed hand stands, bending her body completely in half where her toes were touching the back of her head. Even in a simple white tank top and panties, her elegance was incredible. It was truly a story being told with the song. At the very end she gets up on her two hands, the host places a loaded bow and arrow between her legs and toes, she pulls the bow with her toes and shots at a target almost making a bulls eye. It was the shit.

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John Gilhooley
The next dancer that went on after her was Charlotte Treuse and her picture was the biggest in the booklet, center and all and her show was a stripper show by the virtue of the fact that at one point she bent over with her vagina in the audience's face and dry humped a carousel horse.

By the end of the evening it was time to see the Dead Kennedys, though their performance lacked the kind of spark we're used to seeing from the band, resulting in a mediocre performance. I'm not the biggest Dead Kennedys fan, but I know a few songs but I could bare even hear those because the vocals were so low and Klaus Flouride's bass was so high--easily over powering the guitar of East Bay Ray. However, it didn't even seem like they cared if they were there or not, they had no energy on stage an although the fans were responding to them nicely, its because of the name not what was going on stage. I was disappointed I expect to see more then I got.

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