Inkcarceration draws 75,000 fans over three days

The 2021 Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival set a new record for the event this past weekend as 75,000 music fans rocked out at the sold-out event on the historic grounds of the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio–a site made famous by the movie “The Shawshank Redemption.”

After originally selling out the event in only three weeks, festival co-producers Danny Wimmer Presents were able to release a limited amount of additional passes to the public to allow in as many fans as possible to attend the anticipated event. More than 95 percent of festival-goers arrived with proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test, and others were able to receive rapid testing onsite to access the event without delay.


Inkcarceration also marked Danny Wimmer Presents’ return to Ohio, where it also hosts Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival and formerly co-produced Rock on the Range, both held in Columbus.

Inkcarceration featured a lineup with some of the biggest names and brightest new stars in rock and metal, including headliners Slipknot, Rob Zombie and Mudvayne (in its first show in over 10 years), as well as A Day to Remember, Mastodon, Halestorm, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Motionless in White, Steel Panther, Fever 333, The Hu, Pop Evil and many more.

Of Mudvayne’s reunion on Saturday night, Revolver magazine said: “After years of fans clamoring for it, Mudvayne finally broke their hiatus and played their first show in more than a decade. The shape-shifting alt-metal group — vocalist Chad Gray, guitarist Greg Tribbett, bassist Ryan Martinie and drummer Matthew McDonough — took the stage at Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival in Mansfield, Ohio, last night (September 11th), and ripped through a 14-song set … the band gave OG fans what they wanted by donning the freaky make-up and wacky outfits that added to their notoriety when they came onto the scene with 2000’s L.D. 50.”

Other highlights included a rousing set from Slipknot on Friday night, Rob Zombie’s high-octane performance full of hits on Sunday night, the debut of Steel Panther’s new bass player Silky Pocket, a fully instrumental set from Badflower after singer Josh Katz lost his voice but went on with the show and Saving Escape vocalist Kayla Rose offering a moving performance of the national anthem ahead of Pop Evil’s set on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

In addition to enjoying the music lineup, fans were able to book appointments with more than 50 tattoo artists and participate in nightly tattoo competitions, as well as receive complimentary tours of the Ohio State Reformatory prison. There also was a wide selection of gourmet food, a wide selection of beverages, camping and the return of the award-winning Haunted House attraction Escape from Blood Prison.

Inkcarceration has announced its dates for 2022, the weekend of July 15 to 17, once again returning to the Ohio State Reformatory. Passes are available now for just $10 down at

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Photos by Steve Thrasher/Danny Wimmer Presents


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