June 2 to 5: Art Gathering, Long Beach’s Biggest Art Fest Gonna be HUGE

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Pop Surrealism! Lowbrow! Tattoos! Performance! Installation! Film! Punk Rock DJs, Collectibles! Utter coolness!

Art Gathering–the giant indie art fair and tattoo convention aboard the Queen Mary–is going to be huge! On board the venerable ship will be over hundred independent artists hanging on the Kulture Klash walls and showing in booths. Ron English and Chet Zar both have booths dedicated to their art–very appropriate since English will be honored with the Make Your Mark award (along with tattooist Roberto Hernandez) on Saturday June 4; and Chet Zar will be presenting a specially ticketed four-hour session on how to paint a portrait of a monster.

Lowbrow and Pop-Surrealism galleries Gregorio Escalante Gallery, La Luz de Jesus, and Tresor Gallery will be presenting, and Cartwheel Art will be presenting “Dark Progressivism: Mathematica II,” featuring work from Amer The Gamer SMT, Tony DeCou, Dr. Eye, Fish, José Alfredo Garcia, Jason Hernandez, Kyle, Susan Logoreci, Petal,  Rafael Reyes (Leafar Seyer), Joe “Prime” Reza, and Shandu. Plus there’s a screening of the award winning documentary Dark Progressivism.

During the fair you can catch DJ sets from punk rock and art icons Joe Escalante, Greg Hetson, Jello Biafra and Chris “Coop” Cooper at the Corner of Curiosity stage, which will also feature performances by ballerina Miss Angelina, magician Christopher Wonder, equilibrist Brittany Walsh, and the marionettes of  Rasputin. Or wonder outside and browse the dozens of maker and collectible vendor tents. Visit the Range with installations created some of Burning Man’s renown artists, while expanding your mind and imagination.

Plus you can get a tattoo from one of over 200 tattooists from around the world!

The VIP  and artist reception is June 2, and the $100 VIP admission includes a weekend pass for the run of fair. Weekend and one-day tickets are also available, for $60 and $25 respectively. Children 16 and under are free with adult admission (You must be over 18 with ID to get tattooed).

For tickets, click here.

Cartwheel Art is a sponsor of this event.


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