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New Ink & Arms Tattoo and Gun Expo coming to Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre Nov. 10-12

New Ink & Arms Tattoo and Gun Expo coming to Woodlands in Wilkes-Barre Nov. 10-12
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After holding its second annual event in Wilmington, North Carolina earlier this month, it has been announced that the Ink & Arms Tattoo and Gun Expo is coming to The Woodlands Inn in Wilkes-Barre for the first time on Friday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov. 12.

Organized by Good Time Tricycle Productions, Ink & Arms is “the nation’s only tattoo and gun expo,” combining “the freedom of self-expression and the right to bare arms into one weekend-long event, all while celebrating Americans being American,” according to the event’s website.

“This resort has a great deal of amenities, and we are very eager to bring our brand of tattoo expo and gun show to the Pocono area,” organizers wrote on Facebook, noting that this is the first of more Ink & Arms conventions to come as the event expands to other areas.

Good Time Tricycle, which produces the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival, the Atlantic City Tattoo Expo, the Atlantic City Seafood Festival, Bizarre AC, Knee-High Knuckle Buster Midget Wrestling Championship, and other Atlantic City events, also created the Steamtown Beer & Music Festival at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton in 2013, which featured over 50 breweries and music by Scranton punk band The Menzingers, Fuel, Alien Ant Farm, and Muscle Shoals Revival.

Ink & Arms is primarily described as a “lifestyle event,” and while details about tickets and guests at the The Woodlands (1073 Hwy. 315, Wilkes-Barre) have not been released yet, a short description on the Facebook event page says:

Tattoo artists from down the street to across the globe, along with firearms dealers, manufacturers, and gear companies, will converge on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area for a weekend of arms, art, and ink!

The North Carolina Ink & Arms convention on June 9-11 featured over 80 tattoo artists; over 20 gun manufacturers; gear, clothing, and novelty vendors; seminars and demonstrations; sideshow performances; tattoo contests; and appearances by reality TV stars from shows like “Ink Master,” “Tattoo Rescue,” and “Tattoo Nightmares.”

Organizers describe the event further in this video released last month: