Rock The Ink in the Providence Journal

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Rock The Ink: The Ultimate Music & Lifestyle Experience to debut in Providence, RI

Rock The Ink
Featuring: Godsmack, Bret Michaels, Killswitch Engage, State Radio, Sevendust, All That Remains, Badfish, Rehab, Gary Hoey, Saliva, Drowning Pool, Taproot
At the Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Friday, October 24, Saturday, October 25 and Sunday October 26, 2008
Tickets prices are $31.50, $77.50 (3 day pass) and $97.00 (1 day VIP)

Providence, RI (September 25, 2008)-Rock The Ink, the highly anticipated three day music and tattoo lifestyle expo, rolls into Providence Rhode Island on October 24th, 25th and 26th, appearing for three days and nights at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and Rhode Island Convention Center.

Rock The Ink is the cultural fusion of music, on-site tattooing, fine art performances, celebrity appearances, local band competitions, daily tattoo contests, motorcycle exhibitions and fashion. Designed for fans of cutting edge music, the hard-core inked, the newly inked and the simply curious, Rock The Ink brings together 50 bands and over 100 of the world’s top tattoo artists for a three-day immersion in the Rock The Ink way of life.

Killswitch Engage, a local New England band whose success has taken them to forefront of modern music, kicks off Rock The Ink on Friday night. Also appearing Friday night are Drowning Pool, Saliva and All That Remains. Leading the headline talent and spearheading the Rock The Ink experience is New England’s own Godsmack. In their only 2008 Northeast appearance, Godsmack and front man Sully Erna will appear on Saturday night, along with Sevendust and Taproot. Bret Michaels, star of VH1’s ?Rock of Love?, and his band will headline Sunday night. Sunday night’s line-up also features NE favorites State Radio and Rehab, whose song “Bartender” is poised to top the national charts. Rounding out Sunday’s talent is rising star Gary Hoey and area favorite Badfish: Tribute to Sublime.

Ami James, premier tattoo artist and star of Miami Ink, will appear all three days at Rock The Ink. Ami James will introduce bands, meet his fans, sign autographs and unveil his Rock The Ink merchandise and jewelry designs, including t-shirts, hoodies, dog tags, pendants and belt buckles. Ami will no doubt find some fresh skin to tattoo. Attendees will get to see Ami tattoo the lucky winner of a Rock The Ink promotional contest.

In its commitment to artistic expression, Rock The Ink is proud to announce that renowned visionary artist Alex Grey will appear all three days at Rock The Ink. Alex Grey will take fans on a visual journey as he creates his extraordinary artwork live on stage. His artwork has appeared on the album covers of Tool, Beastie Boys and Nirvana. Alex Grey’s paintings and signed posters will be offered as prizes in Rock The Ink promotional contests.

Over 100 of the world’s top tattoo artists and body piercers will set up shop on the floor of the RICC, including featured artists Tony Olivas, Bob Tyrrell, Nikko Hurtado, Jess Yen, Cory Kruger, James Kern, Jon Clue, Pooch, Jon Jon, Alec Bezzina and Yoji from Miami Ink. H2Ocean, the leader in all natural after care products and sponsor of Rock The Ink tattoo artists, will host daily tattoo contests open to all patrons. This is an amazing opportunity to get a tattoo or watch it all happen before your eyes, as talented artists, with their tattoo machines buzzing, make their mark on rock stars and patrons alike. Rock The Ink will honor tattoo legend Lyle Tuttle, the forefather of modern tattooing, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Rock The Ink lifestyle expo is the place to check it out and get checked out, where daily events include celebrity signings, interactive competitions with reality TV stars and professional athletes, Miss Tattoo USA Contest, daily tattoo contests, fashion shows and the filming of new reality TV show.

Rock The Ink. A Way of Life. Brought to you by Yamaha Star Motorcycles.

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Event tickets are on-sale now! Tickets are available at the Dunkin? Donuts Center Box Office and at Ticketmaster outlets, by calling (401)-331-2211 or by logging on to Concerts Near Me.

Alex Grey

Renown visionary artist Alex Grey will appear all three days at Rock The Ink, and take fans on a visual journey as he creates his extraordinary artwork live on stage. Alex Grey is a painter who works in the “psychedelic” or visionary school, blending pharmacology of the West with spiritual traditions of the East. His canvases are brilliant in color, often grand in scale and sought after by discerning collectors. Prominent themes include anatomically detailed portraits of spiritually enlightened bodies filled with mystique and wonder. Alex Grey’s artwork has appeared on the album covers of Tool, Beastie Boys and Nirvana. Rock The Ink welcomes Alex Grey, his wife, artist Allyson Grey, and Visionary Primitive Group.

Rock The Ink Tattoo Contest

Rock The Ink is holding daily tattoo contests! Find out more info on how to submit YOUR tattoo here!

Godsmack to Headline Saturday Night

Frontman Sully Erna has announced that Godsmack will make Rock The Ink their exclusive 2008 Northeast play. Sully says, “You’ve been waiting for a kick-ass event like this, now show up!”

Ami James to appear at Rock The Ink all three days

Ami James, renown tattoo artist, tv star, club owner and quintessential advocate of the Rock The Ink lifestyle will make scheduled and surprise appearances during Rock The Ink weekend. From signing autographs to introducing headline talent on the main stage, Ami plans to get up close and personal with fans, bands and fellow artists. Star of Miami Ink, Ami has tattooed famous celebrities, athletes and most notably, everyday people with colorful and meaningful life stories.

Ami James to design Rock The Ink tee

The powerful and intriguing images of Ami’s artwork will be presented on the first series of Rock The Ink event merchandise. Limited edition items will be available exclusively to Rock The Ink attendees in Providence,RI.