| Mansfield Information Journal
MANSFIELD – Few folks have been extra enthusiastic about INKcarceration than Mark Gailey.
The tattoo artist and proprietor of Homicide Ink got here all the best way from Portland, Oregon, for the expertise.
“That is an unbelievable occasion,” Gailey stated. “This could be the spotlight of my profession.”
Godsmack and Shinedown amongst rock bands that carried out at pageant
Tattoos and hard-rock music have been the order of the day Friday afternoon as folks made their strategy to the Ohio State Reformatory for the opening of the three-day pageant.
“All of the bands which are taking part in are my favorites,” Gailey stated. “Shinedown, Godsmack, 5 Finger Loss of life Punch … that is the music I tattoo to.”
The tattoo artists arrange store within the outdated jail, an environment Gailey discovered inspiring.
“I get chills once I stroll on this constructing,” he stated. “There’s quite a lot of power right here.”
Gailey deliberate to maintain his schedule pretty open so he might see headliners 5 Finger Loss of life Punch, scheduled to shut the pageant. Gailey has seen the onerous rockers 12 occasions.
Jasmin Otero was ready for the gates to open. She is an assistant at American Outlaw Tattoo in Amherst. The artists have been briefly away from the sales space.
“They do quite a lot of tattoo conventions, as many as they’ll,” Otero stated. “We’ll ultimately take breaks to go see the bands, so long as it isn’t too loopy. I used to take heed to quite a lot of these bands once I was in center college, highschool.”
Shinedown was Friday’s headliner. Theresa Dalessandro got here all the best way from Tucson, Arizona, to see her favourite band. Sporting purple hair and purple sneakers, she was surveying the work of the tattoo artists.
“I am hoping to get one (tattoo),” Dallesandro stated. “I am searching for somebody who does good writing, nothing fancy.”
She was planning to have the phrases “My monsters are actual” tattooed in honor of a Shinedown lyric.
Followers of INKcarceration made a lot of vogue statements. Many predictably wore all black, however some stood out, together with a person in a pink kilt. A girl wore a brief black gown coated with white skulls, accented by a pair of towering boots.
One other man dressed because the Flash.
Different folks wore T-shirts of their favourite bands. Matthew Roberts and his buddy Jake O’Connell made the eight-hour drive from Troy, New York.
Roberts sported a Shinedown T-shirt.
“I’ve seen a few these bands earlier than, and I needed to see them once more,” he stated.
Roberts stated the jail was an expertise all to itself.
He stated he works in a haunted home and confirmed off his lone tattoo, Pennywise, the killer clown from “It.”
“This tattoo ties me to this occasion,” Roberts stated.
O’Connell stated he did not have any tattoos however deliberate to get one when he and Roberts return dwelling. He did not understand among the tattoo artists at INKcarceration have been accepting walk-up visitors.
“I would test that out,” he stated.
The primary band to take the huge, 110-foot stage was Damaged Fingers, from the UK.
Damaged Fingers, which has been touring with Shinedown, could be prepared for a breakthrough. Atlantic Information signed the band in October.
“This can be a excellent place,” frontman Dale Norton advised the group. “You’ve got received a jail over there and a pageant over right here. What’s that?”
Norton identified Damaged Fingers was taking part in its first pageant within the U.S. On the finish of the band’s quick set, he thanked the group.
“I respect your ears,” Norton stated.
Whereas organizers anticipated greater than 50,000 folks for the weekend, not everybody was exc about INKcarceration. A gaggle of Canada geese, birds that usually rule the grounds on the Reformatory, walked single file in one of many parking heaps, little question questioning about all of the commotion.