Punk and rap music may not have a lot in common, other than being two of my favorite genres. But if there's one thing you'll definitely find in both scenes, it's an abundance of tattoos. Lil Wayne is nothing without his epically tattooed face, and I know at least five dudes with Black Flag tattoos on their aging bodies. This week, you, too, can enjoy some killer rap and punk—and watch people stain their skin with questionable tats.
First, The Void (3519 El Cajon Blvd. in City Heights) introduces a new hardcore-rap night to the mix. B.Y.S., which I can only assume stands for "Butt-shaking? Yes, Sir!," kicks off Thursday, Oct. 3, and will return every first Thursday of the month. Brought to you by Booty Bassment's resident DJ, Dimitri Dickinson, the night will feature tunes by the likes of Gang Starr, EPMD, Geto Boys and Action Bronson. It's worth checking out, especially if you haven't been able to get into Booty Bassment for months. Stupid long line!
Hip-Hop vs. Punk Rock, the monthly night pitting top musicians from both genres against each other via live sets, is back at Tower Bar (4757 University Ave. in City Heights) on Friday Oct. 4. This time, local punks Bat Lords take on rhymemaker iD the Poet, and Final Boss will flow down against Mexican hardcore outfit Calafia Puta. DJs Unite, Mr. Henshaw, Sesh and Pelengue will be on the 1s and 2s between sets.
Now, for those questionable tattoos. Fernet-Branca, the brand of aromatic Italian spirit popular with craft-cocktail scenesters, has a not-so-secret society of bartenders and drinkers who each possess a coin to denote their membership. I wrote about the group in our June Drink Issue, and I also happen to be a member. No big deal. Every year, coin holders nominate members to receive a Fernet-Branca tattoo. On Monday, Oct. 7, at Seven Grand (3054 University Ave. in North Park), you can drink fine whiskey and watch the chosen winners get inked.