The Queen City tattoos itself with love, then parties

Friday, Nov. 20, 7-11 p.m.; 
Renaissance Hotel, downtown

There is no “Secret” any more. ArtWorks Cincinnati has moved on to a full-on, out-loud celebration of love for the Queen City.

That expression of love culminates with “Ink Your Love,” an evening of art, food and entertainment that celebrates the CincyInk project. The celebration will kick off with Lexington’s March Madness Marching Band and will continue with the premiere of the Cincinnati Tattoo Project video.

ArtWorks’ CincyInk is a citywide celebration of love for Cincinnati, manifested in a poem, tattoos, and public art. Inspired by the Cincinnati Tattoo Project, and the vision of artists Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, CincyInk is at its core an exaltation of love for Cincinnati.

CincyInk began with a call for words of love, and more than 1,000 people responded. Those responses were crafted into the poem, “Seven Hills and a Queen to Name Them.” The words of the Cincinnati love poem were permanently inked on 263 people and in 54 public installations.

On Nov. 20, guests can dance to the sounds of Fresh Funk and imbibe Molly Wellmann’s CincyInk Cocktails and food prepared by Cincy Chefs.

For sale will be 36 signed prints created by Cincinnati’s top graphic design artists as well as plates created in collaboration with artist Pam Kravetz and Rookwood Pottery. Each features a line from the CincyInk poem.

All proceeds benefit ArtWorks.

If you go …

When: 7-11 p.m. Fri., Nov. 20

Where: Renaissance Hotel, 36 E. 4th St., Cincinnati

Cost: Tickets begin at $150

Info: (513) 333-0388 or the event’s web site.

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