Ink N Iron - Queen Mary - June 9, 2013
By: Alex Distefano
Ink N Iron
Jun 9 , 2013
Sunday marked the third and final day of this year's Ink N Iron festival, a weekend event full of classic cars/ hot rods, tattoo artists, models and tons of punk and rockabilly bands. This year, closing the tenth annual event, were headliners NOFX and the Offspring.
Even though a good portion of crowd, which was about several thousand deep, were obviously drunk, hung over, or overdosed on sun, tobacco, and tattoo ink, it didn't stop the masses of fans from crowding around the giant stage set up in the parking lot in front of the iconic ship in the Port of Long Beach. By 7:15 p.m., as the sun began to set, NOFX took the stage and proceeded to shred as their images flashed on two huge monitors on the left and right side of the stage.
From the onset, it was clear that the legendary skate punk band (comprised of vocalist/bass player Fat Mike, guitarists Eric Melvin and El Jefe, and drummer Eric Sandin) didn't give a fuck who was offended with their foul-mouthed diatribes or satirical songs. It was good old fashioned 90s punk set of fast, up beat, energetic and semi melodic songs. The band also mixed in a bit of old-school 80s hardcore punk, skate punk, and even hints of surf rock and ska that NOFX is known for. The band pulverized through a set of hits ranging from songs off albums like Punk in Drublic, White Trash Two Heebs and a Bean, Heavy Petting Zoo, to more recent offerings such as 2009's Coaster or last year's Self Entitled.
"Now in all sincerity, I just have to say that we're the best band on this whole damn three-day fest," Fat Mike yelled to the crowd, his face sweaty and his mohwak collapsing. The crowd cheered from the center of two giant circle pits, with just 20 minutes left to go in the set. "I mean come on honesty is different than arrogance," Fat Mike said. "I just want people to know there is a camera focused on my drink," he said as the crowd applauded and laughed., as the band ripped through the final songs, "I Am An Alcoholic," and "Don't Call Me White."
NOFX might be known for their off-the-wall remarks and offensive humor but their music speaks for itself. The band has, in the past 20-plus years, earned a devoted fan base around the world, and steered clear of any major labels to this day. They've also kept a DIY approach to their recording and touring schedule. Most importantly, the band is not afraid to poke fun of and criticize or satirize such taboo topics as sex, racism, drug use, and the war on terror.