The "Inkcarceration" Music and Tattoo Fest is set for July 13-15 in Mansfield / Columbus, Ohio...at the famous Ohio State Reformatory (as s

The "Inkcarceration" Music and Tattoo Fest is set for July 13-15 in Mansfield / Columbus, Ohio...at the famous Ohio State Reformatory (as seen in The Shawshank Redemption).

Inkcarceration

So, you’ve visited the Vans Warped Tours, been to Bonnaroo, and reveled at Rock on the Range?

Now prepare yourself for Inkcarceration in Ohio this summer.

The first music festival of its kind, Inkcarceration will combine the best elements of a traveling hard rock show with circus-like theatrics and (as the name suggests) tattoo-centric exhibits.

The festival is set for the weekend of July 13-15 in Mansfield, Ohio. More specifically, the seventy-two hour spectacular will be held on the groups of the historic (and purportedly haunted) Ohio State Reformatory, site of the prison in the 1994 Morgan Freeman film The Shawshank Redemption.  

Over thirty bands will perform on two Inkcarceration stages. Rise Against, A Day to Remember, Of Mice and Men, and Life of Agony headline on Friday. Bush, Our Lady Peace, Living Colour, and Fuel top-line on Saturday. Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society closes out the fest on Sunday with Clutch, Hatebreed, Suicidal Tendencies, Corrosion of Conformity, and Sevendust.

Visit the official festival website for details, times, and tickets. Weekend packages are available.

Mansfield, Ohio is located halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, smack in the middle of camping country in the Buckeye State. Accordingly, weekend-long R.V. and tent camping packages will be available at the nearby Richland Fairgrounds.

Don’t worry; a shuttle service will transport from camp to concert and back again.

Be sure to check out some of the many on-site food trucks while you’re there. Marvel at the freakish sights, sounds, and stunts (knife-throwing, sword-swallowing) of the traveling Hellzapoppin troupe—and by all means tour the prison itself (and post some jail cell selfies to your Instagram).

Who knows? By the time Sunday rolls around maybe you’ll be brave enough to get some fresh ink yourself.