INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces ReverbNation Battle of the Bands Contest Winners + Food Truck Extravaganza!

July 13-15, 2018 in Mansfield, Ohio

@ The World-Famous Historic Ohio State Reformatory, Home of the “Shawshank Prison”


Music Festival Portion to Feature Performances by Rise Against, A Day To Remember, Bush, Black Label Society, Clutch & More + Tattoo Festival Featuring Nearly 70 Artists, Reformatory Tours, Rock N’ Roll Circus Sideshows, Food Trucks & Vendors



The inaugural INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival (July 13-15 in Mansfield, OH at the Historic Ohio State Reformatory) is just two 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.

As previously announced, INKCARCERATION recently teamed up with ReverbNation to select up to five up-and-coming bands to perform throughout the event. After receiving a staggering 1,600 submissions, INKCARCERATION is pleased to now announce the inaugural event winners! Friday’s line-up will feature Milwaukee, WI’s Avenues, Saturday will feature Raleigh, NC’s Nikol, and Sunday will feature both Bradley, IL’s The Unlawful and Columbus, OH locals Absolute Hero. Click each band’s hyperlink to read more.

Since 2006, ReverbNation has helped millions of emerging artists build their careers. They have connected artists to venues, festivals, brands, publishers, labels, and the fans themselves. ReverbNation’s mission puts artists first. Their powerful career management and online marketing tools, combined with rapidly growing A&R capabilities and broad industry relationships offer emerging artists from around the world access to the global music industry.

INKCARCERATION is also thrilled to announce the tastiest part of the weekend – the food trucks! Food trucks being featured at the festival include Three Little Piggies BBQIsland Noodles FloridaTortilla Street Food, Bistro de MohrZaki GrillLoopsHoly TacoFlora & Lily’s Mexican KitchenBig Bamboo ConcessionsPizza Cottage Food Truck, GET LOADED, Swat Lynettes Country BBQOH Pizza and BrewSmash Time The Gaucho & The Gringa, and Stone Pelican Rolling Cafe. See each link to learn more about each truck and read individual menus.

INKCARCERATION recently announced 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. Tattoo artists Krazy Ken Phillips and Troy Denning (Invisible NYC) will also judge the competition.

For a full list of tattoo companies and artists appearing at the INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival, visit

Electrifying artists set to perform at the music festival portion of INKCARCERATION include Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Bush, Black Label Society, Clutch, Our Lady Peace, Suicidal Tendencies, Fuel, Hatebreed, SevendustLiving Colour, Of Mice and Men, DevilDriver, Corrosion of Conformity, Lit, Life of Agony, Alien Ant Farm, ’68, Soil, Adelitas Way, JennCity, Bad Omens, Fear The Fallen, Dead Girls Academy, Akadia, Through Fire, and All About A Bubble. Individual performance times and stages will be announced leading up to INKCARCERATION.

As mentioned, the INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will take place at the eerie, enormous Historic Ohio State Reformatory (100 Reformatory Rd., Mansfield, OH). This massive, awe-inspiring locale is recognized primarily as not only one of the most haunted buildings in the country, but also as the filming location for the 1994 cinematic classic, The Shawshank Redemption, starring Hollywood legends Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins.During INKCARCERATION, attendees can take part in self-guided reformatory tours, exploring the prison independently at their own pace while learning about the history of the facility and the many unique Hollywood and paranormal connections.

INKCARCERATION single day tickets are available at just $65, which include an entire day’s worth of activity for an affordable price. Weekend tickets start at $165 and all ticket holders will have access to the concert portion of the event, the tattoo festival, self-guided reformatory tours, the circus sideshow, and more. Single day & Weekend ticket VIP, starting at $180, are also available and will also include access to the air-conditioned VIP lounge offering lunch, dinner, viewing platform, and a private bar, in addition to the listed activities above.

Tent and RV camping packages are also available as well as Weekend/Single day Premium VIP access. Visit for all ticket options and more information.

Stay tuned for more news coming soon regarding INKCARCERATION as we inch closer to the main event! Additional ticket and camping information, parking details, event hours, and other important FAQ’s can be found at


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