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Got an unsightly bare patch of skin the cool kids make fun of? Ink up that epidermis when the annual Inked Heart Tattoo Expo returns to the Blue Lake Casino, Wednesday, Jan. 30 through Sunday, Feb. 3. Now in its third year, the event features numerous tattoo artists, vendors and addicts, as well as other celebrations of body art and, of course, the chance to decorate your temple.

This year's event will showcase work from several featured tattoo artists, most notably London Reese, who scored his reality television 15 minutes besting nine other inksmiths on Oxygen's Best Ink

If by chance you don't want to trek out to Blue Lake multiple days this weekend, here's the day-by-day Inked Heart highlights:

Wednesday, Jan. 30: The ink starts to seep in with a welcoming reception in Blue Lake Casino's Wave Lounge at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 31: The full expo opens its doors to the public from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Sapphire Lounge will feature wall-to-wall tattoo artist and vendor booths, offering guests their first chance to go under the needle.

Friday, Feb. 1: Things really get classy starting at 7 p.m. with the first round of the weekend-long pin-up girl contest, followed by the returning Pantera pole dancers at 8:30 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 2: Argue with your friends over what constitutes "nude" during Saturday's body painting exhibition, starting at 11 a.m. The pin-up girl contest continues starting at 3 p.m. And if you dug the NCJ's award-winning "Hooked" spread a few years back, you'll love the human suspension at 9:45 p.m., by golly!

Sunday, Feb. 3: Ogle the pin-up girl contest finalists one last time at 5:30 p.m. when they compete for the honor of being named Miss Inked Hearts 2013. 

Think your ink don't stink? There will be tattoo contests in various categories ("Best Leg," "Best Tribal," "Best Color," for example) each day. For more info, check out inkedhearts.com.

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