INKcarceration Festival Rocks Reformatory Grounds

  • 7/13/2018 7:40:27 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The first day of the INKcarceration music and tattoo festival was held at the Ohio State Reformatory on Friday. Not only does the festival provide entertainment for thousands of people around North Central Ohio, but it also brings a lot of business to Richland County.

"The festival brings more attention to the Reformatory," said Ron Puff, Maintenance Superintendent at the Ohio State Reformatory. "As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, we receive all our funding from all the events, the guests, the people that come in here. They're coming because of a wonderful event, and we can tie history into it because we have tours going on. We have our building loaded with our people to answer all the questions. So it brings back the history of the prison systems here in Ohio, but the wonderful thing also is what it's doing for the Mansfield/Richland County local area. Everyone that's coming here - if they're here for a weekend pass, that's motels. That's gas. If they're not eating here, that's going to be all the different restaurants. For the area overall, that's just a nice boom."

Not only does the festival attract more patrons to local restaurants and businesses, but it also helps area tattoo artists see more clients after the three-day event is over. Justin Crawford, a tattoo artist at Hard Knox Tattoo in Mount Vernon, says that events like this one help to attract new business.

"It channels a lot of people through here," Crawford said. "It allows me to meet-and-greet with a lot of people. Even if I don't tattoo them, I still get to meet them and get the word out. They see the poster. Sometimes, you'll travel and people will recognize you from various conventions and stuff. I've had people come from these things to the shop where I work afterward and increase my business, for sure."

INKCarceration continues through Sunday. For a list of concert times and to buy tickerts, visit

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