Ink in the Clink tattoo oddity event returns to historic Ohio State Reformatory

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MANSFIELD – The infamous Ohio State Reformatory historic site in Mansfield, Ohio will once again host the incredibly popular – and colorful — Ink in the Clink tattoo and music festival July 14-16. Produced by Rick and Susan Fields, the unique event features more than 100 tattoo artists, four daily tattoo artist contests, plus Tattoo of the Day and Best in Show awards. In addition, food trucks, palm readers, oddity vendors and other attractions. Some three dozen headlining bands will perform throughout the weekend, including Three Days Grace, In this Moment, Theory of a Deadman, All that Remains and more. Ink in the Clink 2017 will also offer an exclusive preview of the terror behind the upcoming Halloween attraction, Blood Prison, which takes place in October.

“Ink in the Clink is truly unlike any other event in the nation,” said Mary Cabrera Kennard, Deputy Director of the Ohio State Reformatory. “It combines high-adrenaline music with a showcase of world-class tattoo artists, at an incredible, historic destination.”

Ink in the Clink tickets are available online at Single-day passes are $55 per person and a full weekend pass is available for $150. The IITC events runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A full list of vendors, artists, and musicians can be found at

Haunt Manager, Vic Amesquita promises a gory-glance at his artistic direction for this year’s haunted prison experience, which is a highlight of the Halloween season taking place within the dark dungeons of the 130-year-old prison. Ink in the Clink guests will be able to put their courage to the test by purchasing either a one-time pass for the haunt ($5) or a day-pass, allowing them to experience multiple trips through the haunt for $15.

“We are really excited and honored to preview our brand-new haunted attraction, Blood Prison at this year’s Ink in the Clink,” said Haunt Manager and owner of Undead Studios, Vic Amesquita. “Rick and Susan Fields are great people to work with and have created such a cool and unusual event that will draw thousands of visitors to Mansfield.”

A destination unlike any other, Mansfield and Richland County, Ohio offers unusual travel adventures and experiences, world-class motorsports, skiing, hiking, biking, golf, and loads of other outdoor adventures attract families and visitors of all ages. Complete visitor information and free visitors guide is available at or by calling 800-642-8282 or by searching “Destination Mansfield” on Facebook and Twitter.

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