PICK OF THE WEEK April 22-24 Immersed in Ink Tattoo and Arts Festival Harrah’s Casino, 1 Harrah’s Blvd., Council Bluffs $20 day pass, $35 weekend pass, kids 12 and under FREE, cash only at the door Fri. 2-10 p.m., Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday noon to 8 p.m. immersedinink.com, 512.363.6788 If you’d answer yes to any of the following: always wanted a tattoo but never knew what to get; want to show off your tattoo(s); want to show off your craft; enjoy ogling others’ body ink or piercings — check out the Immersed in Ink festival at Harrah’s Casino this weekend. The traveling event presents tattoo workshops, world class sideshows like midget wrestling and human suspension (yes, that’s people hanging from hooks pierced in their body), contests (like “best cartoon character” and “best Japanese traditional”), an open graffiti wall, vendors, and hundreds of pierced and tattooed folks hanging out. The host, Austin-based magazine Immersed In Ink , will hold an alternative model search for a future issue. Featured artists from around the nation will be available for live tattooing including representatives from Authentic Ink, Liquid Courage, Grinn & Barrett, Black Squirrel, Dr. Jack’s Ink Emporium, Sailor’s Grave, Nuclear Ink, Bizarre Body Art, Rawhide Tattoo, Ray’s Tattoo, Eternal Tattoo, Ouch Studios, American Tattoo, Iron Brush Tattoo and Seven Seas Tattoo all of Nebraska.

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