Text to [Stray Cats drummer] Slim Jim Phantom: “Hey man, on my way to Musink now; would love to say hi after your set!”
SJP text to me: “Come find me. Lem, Capt Sens and me all sharing a room. Great stuff!”
Subculture nostalgia dominated the Costa Mesa air as I entered the OC Fair & Event Center for Musink Saturday evening. First punk pioneer sighting was Greg Hetson (Bad Religion/Circle Jerks/early-Redd Kross guitarist) at the will call line. Then again, you can't go to a decent party and NOT see that guy! Walked into the main hall with my Levi jacket buttoned up–partly 'cause it was cold and partly 'cause I have a grand total of zero tattoos!
The place was abuzz with tattoo guns, artists, vendors, hawkers, victims and willing volunteers. Despite the majority of my friends and music community peers being well-inked, I still felt kinda like Lady GaGa walking through a convent; or perhaps a nun walking through a hipster club.