The Immersed Ink Tattoo and Arts Festival is coming to town. And the ‘and’ is curious because tattoos are arts. Maybe not that tramp stamp you got back in junior college, but certainly the ones that will be created and inked from 2 to 10 p.m. Friday at Mesquite Convention Center (1700 Rodeo Drive). There you’ll find some of the best tattoo artists in the industry along with plenty of entertainment whether you’re inked or not. Contests will be held in 25 categories including “WTF Was I Thinking?,” “Best Old School” and “Best Cartoon.” There will also be a Miss Tattoo contest, alternative model search, food, beer, live music, the dreaded human suspension plus sideshow acts which in the past have included burlesque, roller derby and contortionists. The festival runs through Sunday. Tickets are $25 a day or $30 for all three days. For hours and info visit immersedink.com.
Fri., June 21, 2013
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