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Huntsville Tattoo, Arts, and Horror Festival This Weekend at the VBC

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Immersed In Ink has announced the arrival of one of the most prestigious Alternative Arts Festivals in the United States to the Von Braun Center on March 21-23, 2014.

The 9th annual festival will feature over 100 of the nation’s most talented tattoo artists and multiple appearances by some of the hottest horror film actors. This event is open to the public for live tattooing, sideshows, human suspension, costume contests, tattoo contests, on-stage entertainment and more.

Patrons can enter their tattoos in over 20 contest categories or just come watch artists express themselves in this alternative art medium. In addition to tattoo artists from all over the world, the show will feature many different vendors selling merchandise from clothing to tattoo supplies and beautiful hand crafted art.

Past entertainment has included a comedy/magic stunt show, live human suspension, burlesque/belly dancing, Ms. Tattoo Pageant, costume contests and so much more. This event is a celebration of Pop Culture in Tattoo Arts and Film.

“Tattooing and piercing used to be a taboo form of expression but is now widely accepted as a mainstream art form throughout the world.” Shannon Gutierrez, owner of GFORCE Productions explains in an interview with Immersed In Ink Magazine. “Our festival promotes this alternative form of expression and provides patrons with the opportunity to learn about the culture and beauty of art in this medium. Tattooing, piercing and scarification (Body Modification) began many centuries ago with Polynesians and many other tribes who ceremonially labeled their kind. One could determine marital status, wealth, tribal status and so much more just by looking at tattoos.

Tattoos were popularized in western civilization in the 60’s and became much more prevalent in the 80’s with rock stars and hippies. With more and more demand for the art and less risk involved with getting tattooed, artists have learned to do amazing things with the human canvas.

Immersed In Ink began producing shows 9 years ago throughout the US and our 2014 tour across the US will hit Florida, Alabama, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois and Mississippi. This festival will feature some of the best artists from all over the world showcasing their talent and entering tattoos to win awards, and there will be a dozen celebrities available for photos and autographs.”

The show is open Friday from 2pm-10pm, Saturday 11:30am-11pm and Sunday from 12pm-8pm. Get there early to avoid the long lines! Admission is $20 for the day or $35 for the weekend. All entertainment is included in the admission price.

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