Up & Coming Weekly

April 02, 2019

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM APRIL 3-9, 2019 UCW 15 Bill and Betty Brown, owners of the family-friendly Evolution Ink on Cliffdale Road, debuted their free EvolutionInk Tattoo Convention last year. ey said the community response exceeded their wildest ex- pectations. is year, April 12-14, the Browns are bringing the convention back — and going all-out to make it a can't-miss weekend for tattoo-lovers and their families. All weekend at this year's free event, attendees will enjoy special pricing of $20 off all tattoos and $5 off all pierc- ings. Up to 19 tattoo artists, about 17 in-house and two guest artists, will be present. Evolution Ink's piercers, master piercer Nick Perron and Lyn Blevins, will also be there. "Most conventions charge $25-$65 for the weekend," Bill said. "Ours is free. Our motto is, you take that money you'd spend on other conven- tions and use it on a tattoo or piercing at the EvolutionInk Convention." For each day someone attends the convention and gets a tattoo or pierc- ing, they'll be entered into a drawing to win a grand prize of $2,500 worth of custom Evolution ink or a second- place prize of $500 in body piercing. "Nobody has a prize like that," Bill said. "I wanted to go really big this year. … And it's not like the North Carolina lottery where your odds are one in a million to win. You have pretty good chances. Someone is go- ing to walk away with a huge prize." Regardless of the drawing, everyone who gets tattoos or piercings will walk out with a free VIP Swag Bag contain- ing $65 worth of items, including a T-shirt, water bottle, car decal, magnet and future discount cards. Friday afternoon, Jeff Davis from Q98 will DJ a live show on-site. at evening, locally loved and acclaimed band Rivermist will entertain with live music. Saturday afternoon, local celebrity and Army veteran EJ "Skullcrusher" Snyder will do a meet-and-greet. Snyder is Fayetteville's own three- time champion of Discovery Chan- nel's "Naked and Afraid." All day, the United Service Organization of North Carolina will have a mobile center set up with tablets, big-screen TVs, video gaming consoles, Wi-Fi and casual seating for service members to enjoy. Babann's Southern Fried Chicken food truck will be on-site Friday and Saturday afternoons, too. e Fayetteville Woodpeckers will be present selling Woodpeckers clothes, hats and other parapherna- lia. at day has not been confirmed yet, the Browns said, but it will likely be Sunday. "Kids and babies are welcome; we're definitely family-friendly," Bill added, noting that there will be an outdoor face-painting station set up for children. "It's going to be the big event in Fayetteville. If we have too many cus- tomers on a day and someone can't stay and get their tattoo or piercing done, we'll give them a raincheck card. Within three months after that date, they can come back and get that tattoo or piercing and they'll still get the discount and the Swag Bag." A portion of the event's proceeds will benefit St. Jude's Children's Hos- pital, the Fort Bragg Fisher House, the Fort Bragg chapter of United Service Organizations of North Carolina, and the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society. Evolution Ink has a heart for giving animals homes and offers a year-round incentive where customers who show their adoption papers for a pet from FAPS, or any local certified shelter, get $50 off their ink. e EvolutionInk Tattoo Conven- tion 2019 runs Friday, April 12, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Sunday, April 14, from noon-8 p.m. Evolution Ink is located at 5924 Cliffdale Rd. Visit www.evolutioninkstudio.com or call 910-323-2243 to learn more. e convention runs April 12-14 and features a grand prize drawing for $2,500 worth of custom Evolution ink. EVENT Evolution Ink's free tattoo convention returns by LESLIE PYO Treat Yourself! Book appointments today! 910.483.0186 thesanctuaryatcedarcreek.com 1965 Cedar Creek Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28312 Microblading $350 Individual Mink Lash Extenstions $150 Lash Lift & Tint $100 Venus Versa IPL Treatments Special 3 Sessions for $300 ($300 savings) 2 Skin Tightening Treatments $100 ($220 Saving) WWW.EXPRESSPROS.COM/FAYETTEVILLENC BRAD LOASE | OWNER 815 STAMPER ROAD FAYETTEVILLE, NC 28303 (910) 437-5959 LESLIE PYO, Assistant Editor. COMMENTS? Editor@upand- comingweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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