Official press release:
The inaugural Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival (July 13-15 in Mansfield, OH at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory) is only a few short months away! At Inkcarceration, not only will attendees rock out to three days of live music from 30+ of today’s greatest rock bands, they can also be tattooed by acclaimed local and regional artists, tour one of the most famous haunted reformatories of all time, enjoy tasty treats and refreshments from 15+ food trucks onsite, browse goods from a number of vendors, experience a full rock n’ roll circus sideshow (brought to you by Hellzapoppin), and more.
Today, the Inkcarceration team is thrilled to announce details regarding the tattoo festival portion of the event. With the concert happening outside, Inkcarceration will feature close to 70 local and regional tattoo artists tattooing all weekend inside the reformatory. Appointments are recommended if there is a specific artist you would like to work with. All appointments should be made directly through the artist’s websites and social media pages.
Inkcarceration will also feature tattoo competitions all weekend. Artists have the chance to win in over 25 categories, including a best in show! Cost is $10 per competition entry. There will be first, second, and third place winners for each category, and the best in show winner will be announced on Sunday evening. Categories will not be announced until the day of the event.
In addition to hosting the entire Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival, famed media personality Mistress Juliya has been confirmed as a competition judge. Whether it be from her multiple music shows on Fuse TV, features in magazines such as Maxim and Stuff, the runway, or hosting live events, Mistress Juliya is recognized around the globe. Mistress Juliya made her broadcast debut on the show Tastemakers on MMUSA, and her brashness made her an instant favorite. After a year, she moved on to host Uranium, which was one of the few televised outlets for heavy metal music and one of Fuse TV’s most popular programs. Mistress Juliya’s popularity led to the debut of a spin-off entitled Metal Asylum which lasted over 100 episodes. Around this same time, she began hosting the music-themed advice show Slave To The Metal. Within these few short years, she established herself as a fixture of music journalism and in the metal community. Since then she has hosted the shows No 1. Countdown: Rock and Let It Rock on Fuse TV.
Mistress Juliya says:
“It is a great honor to work with Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival this year! This is a one of a kind event, bringing together some of the best bands and tattoo artists in the industry. For myself and for the fans, this is a dream come true – a Rock N’ Roll Disney World! All in an iconic, historical abandoned reformatory where I will be interviewing bands and tattoo artists, there is no other festival like it!”
In addition to Mistress Juliya, tattoo artists Krazy Ken Phillips and Troy Denning (Invisible NYC) will also judge the competition.
Tattoo companies and artists appearing at the Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival are:
Charles Moore Jr.
Anthony J. Kaleta
Flesh to Fantasy (Springfield):
Flesh to Fantasy (Emporium):
Makayla Ragene Paige Freeman
Alecia Waddell of Living Dead Tattoo Co. says:
“Our artists are so excited to be returning to the Historic Ohio State Reformatory for Inkcarceration! We can’t wait to see how the convention has been elevated under new management. Between the ltcation, hosting some of the best tattooers in the country, and landing huge artists like Rise Against and A Day To Remember, this is definitely the must-attend event of the year!”
Heather Robinson of Drawn To The Surface adds:
“Drawn To The Surface is excited to be part of such a unique festival blending both tattooing and music. A one of a kind experience bringing together the best tattooers working today, as well as musicians. We look forward to working with the reformatory staff and the fantastic professionalism they bring to the table.”
Inkcarceration is proud to be teaming up with ReverbNation to select up to five up-and-coming bands to perform throughout the event! Bands interested in performing at Inkcarceration can enter their submission for FREE here, but hurry – submissions close on April 16 and artists chosen to perform will be announced on May 1.
For additional tickets and information visit Inkcarceration.