Tucked away in “Middle Earth”, otherwise known as Mansfield, Ohio, is the historic and infamous film location for the movie ‘Shawshank Redemption’ (and recently several ghost hunting shows). On July 13th (Friday the 13th!), 14th, & 15th, it was also home to some of the biggest names in Music, tattooing, and the HellzaPoppin freak show.
Hellzapoppin at Inkcarceration 2018
The engergy from the fans and bands was one of awe, excitement, and could only be fueled by the festival fever that many music fans possess. The 3 day weekend music line up included DevilDriver (look for our interview with lead vocalist Dez Fafara coming soon),
Of Mice & Men (look for our interview with Valentino coming soon),
Rise Against (who headlined Friday the 13th),
Bush (who headlined day 2 of Inkcarceration and who we covered twice in three days at Rock USA & Inkcarceration),
Akadia (Guy – bassist for Akadia pictured on the right, shortly after getting his “Steam Punk Skeleton” cover up tattoo by artist Wave Judd on left),
A Day To Remember,
Hatebreed (with Shawshank serving as part of their backdrop),
Our Lady Of Peace (look for our interview coming soon),
Corrosion of Conformity,
Soil (with the prison serving as the backdrop),,
Bad Omens (who we saw at both Rock USA in Oshkosh, WI and Inkcarceration on consecutive days),
and Black Label Society (who headlined Sunday night July 15th) were among the bands that took the stage at Inkcarceration.
Now set that soundtrack to the visual of one of the most impressive and historic prisons around today. Tour the cells,
tour the grounds,
and as you walk through you can feel the presence of the ghosts of past.
If you look out the back windows you can see (but not photograph or video) the felons in the yard of the activie prison located directly behind the former. It is spooky beyond words.
.Inkcarceration is a must from top to bottom. From the ghostly and macabe to the epic music and tattoo artists, this festival has a bit of something for all of us. Personally, we can’t wait for Inkcarceration 2019!!!