INKcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival to Return in 2019


  • Chad Cochran
More than 30 bands performed earlier this year at the inaugural INKcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival that took place at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield. The bill included acts such as Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Bush, Black Label Society, Clutch, Our Lady Peace, Suicidal Tendencies, Fuel, Hatebreed, Sevendust, Living Colour and Alien Ant Farm, and the festival included over 70 booths featuring local and regional tattoo artists.

Organizers have just announced that the festival will return next year; it’ll take place on July 12, 13 and 14 and feature more than 30 bands. Additionally, the festival will once again feature over 70 tattoo artists from across the country, a large variety of food trucks and a “terrifying” haunted house attraction. The lineup of musical acts will be announced in January.

"The Reformatory is thrilled for the return of the INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival in 2019," says Ohio State Reformatory Creative Marketing Director Dan Smith in a press release. "We had the chance to take a behind the scenes look at the upcoming lineup for this year and it is epic. You are not going want to miss this! Summer months are made to be enjoyed outdoors, and we can't think of a better time than with live music and the opportunity to get a tattoo right here at the Shawshank Prison. Come prepared for a great time that you'll be talking about all year."

"INKCARCERATION, Ohio's rock concert event of the summer, is back and set to be bigger and better than last year's groundbreaking weekend," adds Lee Tasseff, President of Destination Mansfield. "You can't beat the imposing presence of one of the world's most (in)famous prisons, the Ohio State Reformatory. This isn't just a venue, it is the perfect environment for hard rock and tattoo art... there is no equal. We look forward to welcoming fans of rock music and tattoo art back to Mansfield!"

This coming Tuesday, the metal website Loudwire will release the debut episode of the 10-part weekly series Needle and the Damage Done. Filmed on location at the inaugural festival, the series of videos features rockers such as Dave Lombardo of Suicidal Tendencies, Mina Caputo of Life of Agony, Corey Glover of Living Colour, Dez Fafara of DevilDriver, Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust and Ben Weinman of the Dillinger Escape Plan telling the stories behind their most famous tattoos.

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