Ink Spot tattoo shop hosted the Ink Party Showcase and raised money for its future reality show, Tattoos & Turnpikes.
St. Louis-area tattoo shop, Ink Spot, hosted its first of three block parties, showcasing St. Louis bands, at Pop’s Concert Venue. This year, the shops mission is to make a reality TV show incorporating tattoo shops, motorcycle building, and rock ‘n roll. They are calling it Tattoos & Turnpikes.
The premise of the show focuses on the owners of Ink Spot,Â David “Big Dave” Canoy and Denny Hawkins, along with Paul Wideman of Bare Knuckle Choppers, tattoo artist Robby Kallery, and their friend Red Dog. The group plans to embark on a 21-day journey on motorcycles, visiting fifteen tattoo shops, various biker establishments, and meeting up with musicians/rock bands along the way. At each tattoo shop they have chosen to visit, they will focus on an artist and let that artist tattoo one of them as a way to showcase their talent.
Ink Spot and friends are seeking to fund Tattoos & Turnpikes through a kickstarter campaign and by hosting their monthlyÂ block party music showcases. The showcases feature some of the best St. Louis area bands and $3.00 from each ticket goes towards financing the show. They are held during one evening in each month of May, June, and July at Pop’s Concert Venue.
The final show, the Block Party itself, is held north of St. Louis at the Troy, Missouri, fairgrounds and is free of charge. The Ink Spot hosts this yearly festival as a way to showcase both national and local acts as well as an annual customer appreciation day. The Block Party will also be the final day of filming for the reality show.
This first showcase featured headliners Inimical Drive, a metal band from St. Louis. Their style combines melodic themes incorporated with a heavy dose of brute strength. They have signed with Authentik Artists of Los Angeles and currently have one EP,Â Signal the Sirens,Â which is available on itunes, and Â another release due this year.
Opening up forÂ Inimical Drive was Discrepancies, a “rapcore” band from St. Louis. They combine metal/hard core with rap, creating quite a distinctive sound. This show was the precursor for a 50-shows-in-60-nights tour over the summer for the band.