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Sailing the High Seas With Punk Rock's Finest Scallywags for New Noise Magazine

For the last two years in a row, its possible that the best assignment I've gotten was covering the Salty Dog Cruise, a sailing punk rock festival headlined by Flogging Molly. Our friends The Bouncing Souls were aboard this year, as well as NOFX, Less than Jake, The Voodoo Glow Skulls, The English Beat, The Skalites, the Bunny Gang, and a few thousand scurvy pirates and wenches. We had some good time on that rocking ship.

Scallywags. Photo: Rich Johnson/Spectacle Photo.

This year, Mollys accordionist Matt Hensley and friends had a skate ramp built on the deck of the ship, which I covered for Grind TV I also did a more complete log of the voyage for New Noise Magazine. This is the first time I've worked with them and I'm looking forward to contributing more to a publication that is bucking two trends - staying independent and surviving as a print mag. Read the full feature on Flogging Molly's Salty Dog Cruise here.


I want to give a special thanks to my friends Rich Johnson and Caleb Morgan of Spectacle Photo  who shoot the raucous three day affair and captured the amazing images used for both of my pieces. 

Dave King/Rich Johnson Photo: Caleb Morgan/Spectacle Photo.
The Bunny Gang, Photo: Rich Johnson/Spectacle Photo.
This guy. Photo: Rich Johnson/Spectacle Photo.
By Jon Coen
Kienz, Souls. Photo: Rich Johnson/Spectacle Photo.
Matt Hensley. Photo: Rich Johnson/Spectacle Photo.
Dave King/NOFX. Photo: Rich Johnson/Spectacle Photo.

Salty Dog Cruise for Inked Magazine

Last Saint Patrick's Day, I set sail with a few thousand punk rock misfits and Irish hooligans aboard the Salty Dog Cruise - Flogging Molly's annual voyage out of Miami to the Bahamas with an amazing lineup. Three straight days of seeing Rancid in a small venue and floating around on rafts in the Caribbean with Fishbone watching Flogging Molly, plus hanging with Frank Turner, Christopher Ellis, and The Street Dogs. 

Inked Mag, "Ship's A-Rockin"Inked Mag, "Ship's A-Rockin" by Rich Johnson/Spectacle Photo.

The feature ran in Inked Magazine Issue 76. In case you missed it, you can read my full feature, Ship's A-Rockin' here at Inkedmag.com.  This was easily one of the best assignments of my life.

"The ship’s stewards—tall, distinguished Norse men in pressed white sailing suits— began to cajole the masses. They herded mohawks and green fedoras, pin-up girls and skinheads, chubby weirdos in Speedos, and miles of tattooed limbs, all while maintaining a smile. Once assembled, the spike-belted mob broke out in soccer chants and squirt gun fights, calmly quelled by the stewards until 2,000 people simultaneously learned how to put on a life vest. 

 Somehow we got through the drill. When the leather jackets, pirate wenches, checkered Vans, and half of Boston were all back on the pool deck, the cruise director welcomed everyone to the Sail Away Party. Then, as Norwegian Cruise Line’s Sky cruised past the southern point of Key Biscayne, Frank Turner commandeered the mic. “Ladies and gentlemen,” the English punk folk singer declared, “We are on a fucking boat!” The assembled misfits raised their glasses with a roar like the sea."

23 years of seeing Fishbone, seeing them on a beach in the Bahamas was jus surreal. Frank Turner is literally the least pretentious musician I have ever met. And I pretty much avoided the pool since there was free booze 24/7 and no one ever seemed to go to the restrooms. 

We are actually on the front page of Inked today. The article features some really amazing images of the crew of characters by Rich Johnson and Caleb Morgan of Spectacle Photo. Huge thanks to Flogging Molly and CA Management for getting me on the boat and Inked for running such a great piece. 

Nathan Maxwell/Jon Coen for Inked MagazineNathan Maxwell, of Flogging Molly.
FishboneAngelo Moore. After 23 years of seeing Fishbone in different cities, a beach in the Bahamas was among the most surreal.