This Friday, January 16th through Sunday, January 18th, the 5th annual DC Tattoo Expo will be going on at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia. I went last year and had a great time and so I’d like to give you the chance to go to so we’re giving away a free pair of single day passes to the DC Tattoo Expo to one of you lucky readers! To enter: just tell me which day you’d like to attend, Friday, Saturday or Sunday, and on Thursday, January 15th at 4pm I’ll pick one valid entry at random (using Random.org) to get the pair of tickets to go on the day they selected. Be sure to use a valid email you check regularly so I can contact you if you win. Don’t worry, I won’t add you to any spam lists or sell your info or anything sleazy like that. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 24 hours another winner will be chosen at random. Since the event is so close, please don’t enter if you cannot actually attend. If you don’t win you can still go, ticket prices are $25 per person each day or $55 for 3 days. Under 12 gets in free with a paying adult and there’s a military discount as well.
So what exactly is there to do at a tattoo expo? Well for starters if you’ve been thinking about getting some new ink it’s a great place to browse the hundreds of artists there (see the full list here), many of whom will tattoo you right there at the expo. There are many tattoo artists from all over the country that will be there, including several from the reality shows Best Ink and Ink Master, as well as other famous tattoo artists. In addition there will also be dozens of artists from around the DMV area so if you’re looking for a new tattoo artist to get some serious work done with, this is a great chance to discover them without driving around to a dozen shops. Chris Saint Clark of Nashville put an awesome Cthulhu tattoo on my leg there last year (see it here) and he’ll be there this year again too, and there’s tons of other great artists as well! There will also be tattoo contests for many categories including a worst tattoo contest where the winner will get a free cover up! And there’s also the Miss DC Pin-Up Contest which is open to all women and will have a $500 cash prize for 1st place! So if you’ve never been to a tattoo convention before, or you have but would like to get in free this time, just let me know which day you’d like to go in the comments below!
The excellent instrumental band Russian Circles is coming to the Rock And Roll Hotel this Sunday, December 14th and we’re really excited about this show here at DCHM. So excited that we’ll be giving away a pairs of tickets to this very show! To enter: just leave a comment on this post telling me who your favorite instrumental band is. Maybe it’s Pelican, Animals As Leaders, Conquering Dystopia, Earthless, Set And Setting, locals Black Clouds or another band entirely. At 5pm EST this Friday, December 12th, a winner will be chosen at random (using Random.org) from all valid entries to be given a free pair of tickets to this show. Be sure to use a valid email you check regularly so I can contact you if you win. Don’t worry, I won’t add you to any spam lists or sell your info or anything sleazy like that. If I haven’t heard back from the winner in 24 hours another winner will be chosen at random. If you can’t wait to see if you win or the contest is already over when you read this then you can get tickets from Ticket Fly right now for $15 here.
Russian Circles put on a killer performance when they played the Rock & Roll Hotel back in February and you can bet they’ll do the same this time too. While they’re not the most brutal of bands I’ve always had a soft spot for instrumental bands and Russian Circles is one of the best. Also on the bill is Mutoid Man, a stoner band featuring Ben Koller of Converge and Steve Brodsky of Cave In. Now check out these killer tunes by the bands playing and let me know what you favorite instrumental band is!
Russian Circles – Geneva
Russian Circles – Deficit
Mutoid Man – Gnarcissist