Single-day lineups announced for Mansfield tattoo, music festival

MANSFIELD — The InkCarceration Music and Tattoo Festival recently announced its return to the historic Ohio State Reformatory, a.k.a. Shawshank Prison, in Mansfield, OH, on July 12, 13 and 14. This year’s massive line-up will be led by none other than colossal rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch. Quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier rock festivals, InkCarceration will feature over 30 bands on two outdoor stages, 70 tattoo artists, reformatory tours, gourmet food trucks, the best drinks and for the first time, the haunted house attraction, Escape from Blood Prison.

Today, InkCarceration has revealed the festival’s individual daily line-ups! In addition, single day tickets are now on sale via


Friday, July 12 — Shinedown; Taking Back Sunday; Skillet; Fozzy; Red Jumpsuit Apparatus; Awake at Last; The Funeral Portrait; and The Everyday Losers.

Saturday, July 13 — Godsmack; +Live+; Motionless in White’ Red Sun Rising; Buckcherry; Andrew WK; Stabbing Westward; Light the Torch; Eyes Set to Kill; Raven Black; Impending Lies and Monster Dolls.

Sunday, July 14 — Five Finger Death Punch; Seether; I Prevail; Starset; P.O.D.; From Ashes to New; Smile Empty Soul; Kerbera; Beyond Unbroken; Rivals and Monster Dolls.

InkCarceration Music and Tattoo Festival’s incredibly unique festival setting — the historic Ohio State Reformatory — is considered one of the most haunted buildings in the country and is the setting of the 1994 cinematic classic/IMDB’s highest rated movie of all time, The Shawshank Redemption (celebrating its 25th anniversary this year). The Ohio State Reformatory is centrally located about an hour away from Cleveland, Columbus, and Canton/Akron, Ohio and within a three-hour driving distance of Toledo, Dayton, Cincinnati, Youngstown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, Michigan and southern Ontario. Additionally, InkCarceration features tent and RV camping for a true outdoor festival experience!

With the concert happening outside, InkCarceration will feature 70 local and regional tattoo artists tattooing all weekend inside the reformatory. Appointments are recommended if there is a specific artist you would like to work with. Visit for information on how to book your appointment and to see a full list of featured tattoo shops, companies and artists.

Escape from Blood Prison is the annual Halloween haunted house attraction hosted at the historic Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, OH. It typically runs from the end of September through early November every year, but InkCarceration will make this spooky attraction available for festival goers to experience all weekend long in 2019! Once Blood Prison takes over the reformatory, the enormous facility is filled with bloodthirsty inmates waiting for victims to enter and try and make it through the facility alive.

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In its first year, InkCarceration brought enormous entertainment to over 18,000 fans, and this year, the festival aims even higher.


Staff report