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Inkcareration 2022 Lineup Announced

4 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

After debuting a massive revamp of the festival grounds in 2021 and welcoming a record-breaking crowd of 75,000 people, Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival aims to make the 2022 edition the biggest one yet. Over the weekend of July 15-17, music fans will converge for three days of nonstop music, tattooing, haunted attractions, and more, all held on the historic grounds of the Ohio State Reformatory (made famous by the movie The Shawshank Redemption) located in Mansfield.

The headliners include rock and metal giants KornDisturbedBreaking Benjamin and Evanescence with the weekend also offering must-see performances from Lamb Of GodPapa RoachSeetherFalling In ReverseThree Days GraceI PrevailBlack Label SocietyTheory Of A DeadmanBlack Veil BridesJelly Roll and many more.


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Coffee, Murder, & Mystery Takes On OSR: Podcast

20 Jul , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

A national podcast that focuses in on “true crime” stories has recently set it sights on Mansfield.

The “Coffee, Mystery, & Murder” podcast discusses murder, mystery and the supernatural, according to host Melissa Lancaster. The podcast’s website is here, which has links to several social media pages.

The July 18 edition looks at the history of the Ohio State Reformatory. Listen and enjoy:

Image by Christoph from Pixabay

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Public Ghost Hunts This Month And Next

11 Apr , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

The venerable Ohio State Reformatory is a place where the unknown becomes known — sometimes without warning!

This month, it is also the venue for Public Ghost Walks where visitors can experience the thrill of paranormal hunting under the watchful eye of MRPS guides. Listen to stories of hauntings and horror as you are led through the prison in the dark.

Because of the nature of these events, participants must be at least 13 years old, and anyone 17 or younger must bring proof of age. All others must bring a valid photo ID. More…


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Inkcarceration Announces Change In Dates

9 Mar , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

In website and social media announcements on Monday afternoon, Inkcarceration Festival 2021 organizers confirmed that the “show will go on” this year and a new set of dates.

In fact, it will take place during a different season of the year!

The announcement shared: “Although we expect summer to be open for business, we want to be able to provide ALL you Ink fans with the full festival experience you’ve come to know and love, not dictated by limitations. With that said, we will be holding the Festival this fall to ensure we can reunite in rock for 2021. Our new, FINAL, confirmed dates will be September 10-12, 2021 and our lineup/onsale dates will be coming in April.” More…

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Take A Public Ghost Walk

12 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse

Interested in all things ghost-related? You’re in luck, as many of Ohio’s historic attractions have reopened, and that includes many place where guests can attempt to experience the paranormal.

Mansfield is, after all, home to what is likely the top such attraction in the Midwest — the Ohio State Reformatory. The fine folks at OSR have been adding events back to their lineup, and that now includes the opportunity to share in a Public Ghost Walk. More…

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Area Historic Attractions Begin To Reopen

11 Jun , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

NOTE: Updated on Thursday afternoon

The Responsible Restart Ohio plan to reopen business and society has, as we all know, taken a sector by sector approach. One of the latest areas of the economy allowed to reopen has been in indoor entertainment venues, including the state’s outstanding collection of historic venues and museums.

Along with movie theatres, art galleries, and zoos, Ohio’s museums were allowed to open their doors again on Wednesday. Each must abide by the standard set of heath guidelines, including restrictions on social distancing and gathering size.

At least two local historic attractions have set plans to do just that. More…

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Inkcarceration Announces 2020 Lineup

18 Dec , 2019  

Limp Bizket. Weezer. Blink-182. Papa Roach. These and many other musicians are heading to Inkcarceration 2020, coming to OSR on July 10-12, as announced by the festival on Wednesday morning. The complete lineup is available here

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OSR Seeks Help In Establishing Art Gallery

12 Nov , 2019  

The Ohio State Reformatory (OSR) is seeking donations for the creation of The Frank & Rae Darabont Art Gallery.

This year’s goal is to raise $80,000, which is needed to pay for the complete restoration of a hallway as well as the secure display of 20 treasured works of movie art related to The Shawshank Redemption donated to the Ohio State Reformatory by the film’s writer and director Frank Darabont and his wife Rae. The works include movie poster art created by Hollywood legends Drew Struzan and Justin Reed. More…

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OSR Named As One Of World’s Creepiest

22 Oct , 2019  

A Mansfield attraction gained some international notoriety this month. Fitting, given what month it is.

When the venerable magazine Architectural Digest set out to create a list of the world’s creepiest places to visit, they decided to include a place you know quite well.

Architectural Digest bills itself as “…the interntional design authority, featuring the works of top architects and designers, as well as the best in style, culture, and design.” Founded in 1920, it also publishes in China, France, Germany, Russia, Spain, Mexico, and Latin America. More…

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NPR Covers Shawshank25

18 Aug , 2019  

It’s not every day that national news comes to town. Last Friday, National Public Radio did just that.

It’s not every day that a beloved film turns a quarter century old, however, and the community in which it was largely filmed comes together to celebrate that fact. More…


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INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival Announces Daily Set Times and Stages

7 Jun , 2019  

The INKCARCERATION Music and Tattoo Festival will 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.

INKCARCERATION has now announced the daily set times and stages for performing bands. More…

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Richland County Included In List Of New Ohio Visitors Experiences For 2019

15 Mar , 2019  

This week, when TourismOhio announced its list of new visitors experiences which can be enjoyed across the state in 2019, Richland County was included.

With a full slate of exciting new developments and experiences, Ohio has lots to celebrate in 2019. From iconic anniversaries and exciting expansions, to lodging updates and new cultural offerings, there will be even more for visitors to enjoy in Ohio during 2019. More…

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Dispatch Profiles Shawshank 25

7 Mar , 2019  

Planning is well underway for this August’s celebration of the quarter century anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption, and word is getting out.

On Friday, news hit the Columbus and other Gatehouse Media markets through a piece entitled, ‘Shawshank cast gathers to celebrate 25th anniversary in Mansfield.’ In the staff-written piece, the author shares the up-to-date list of cast members who have registered their intention to appear; a list of locations along the Shawshank Trail; and a list of events during the celebration. More…

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Inkcarceration Announces Lineup

16 Jan , 2019  

It’s a day that rock music fans have been looking forward to for some time.

The second annual Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival is set for July 12 through 14 at the Ohio State Reformatory, and the lineup of music and artists has been announced.

The Festival will feature over 50 tattoo artists willing to make their talent available to attendees, and this year over 30 groups will be on hand to rock out the crowd on two stages. Headliners this year include Shinedown, Godsmack, and Five Finger Death Punch. More…

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OSR Seeking Unique People For A Bit Of Mystery

4 Jan , 2019  

Auditions for the 10th murder mystery dinner theater at the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield will be held this Sunday, January 6 and Monday, January 7, both starting at 6 PM.

Auditions will include cold readings from the script. This is a partially scripted show with heavy interaction and improv with the audience. Special skills such as juggling and other “circus” or “side show” skills and talents are encouraged. More…