Steve Parsons of "Quiet Travels"
Outside Village Tattoo in Waldorf on Saturday, August 18 two teenage girls used their cellphones to take pictures of themselves in front of the stage; later on they would take more with various band members. The occasion was the free Rock the Ink show,
A young man passed out on the top of a car parked behind the stage in sharp contrast to youth, moshing, slam dancing, and violently flailing their limbs to equally violent music. Those not listening to bands, gathered in groups and socialized, some smoked and daink; others even flirted. It was a typical scene for extreme music shows but a rare treat for local fans and local artists.
The afternoon sun beat down, convincing many youth to go shirtless, some stand outside of Village Tattoo, others wonder inside, some ask about prices for tattoos or piercings, fewer still, decide not to purchase either. "Money is tight right now" a young man would mention, latter claiming his attendence was thanks to the show's low price.-- free.
Employees would note that hosting the concert does not bring in a lot of bussiness. Phillip Falcone, the owner of Village Tattoo puts on Rock the Ink because he likes the music and he knows fans do as well. "The purpose of the event is to have fun" he would tell attendees, before laying out the rules, that there will be no underage drinking or drunkeness.
Boasting an older crowd than many of the local shows in the southern Maryland area, Rock the Ink's atmosphere was allowed to be more relaxed. This may have been part of the reason for the extreme excitment and dedication fans of Rock the Ink displayed.
Rumors that the show would not go on plauged the interent a week before the event. Carissa Lynn was planning on sitting in the field all day Saturday listening to music on Pandora in protest. Phillip Falcone was able to get a last minute permit and saved Carissa the trouble. He would latter post the permit on his Facebook, it would become a meme for fans.
A girl in her early tweenties was unaware of the concert but heard the music from her house; she and a friend drove through Waldrof, following the music, going neighborhood after neighborhood until they found it.
After the last band finished playing, groups of concert goers continued to talk as they waited for rides and wasted time before heading home. Incomprehensible screams of excitement and solidarity came from departing cars, testifying to the fun and excitement had by the event’s attendants. Some commentened on the brievity the event, and planned to meet up with new friends September 1st and 2nd for Park Rock Fest.