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Rat-A-Tat Tattoo and Music Expo

by The Staff on December 1, 2011

Photos by Leif Zurmuhlen.

As one seasoned fan observed, New York hardcore vets Sick of It All “sound as good as they were when they were 16.” No doubt, the band’s headlining set on Saturday at Northern Lights was a highlight of the sixth annual Rat-a-Tat Tattoo and Music Expo. But things didn’t slow down any on Sunday when Baltimore vets Trapped Under Ice topped a bill including Albany band Born Low (pictured). All the while, a collection of the region’s best tattoo artists—as well as a few high-profile out-of-towners—worked throughout the day, battling for top honors before a panel of judges in the weekend-long tattoo competition.