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PHOTO BY MARK LARSON
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Feeling inspired (one way or the other) by shirtless Adam Levine? Have an inkling of what you'd like etched into your skin? Some of the best tattoo artists in the industry will be gunning for you at the Inked Hearts Tattoo Expo happening Feb. 7-10 at Blue Lake Casino & Hotel ($10 single day, $30 all-event pass).

Hosted by Ted and Amy Marks of NorCal Tattoo, this premier tattoo event features the talents of Liz Cook, Tye Harris, Joshua Carlton, David Vega and Liz Venom, along with more than 30 other artists present and tattooing on-site. Need to touch up or transform some spotty choices? You don't need an advance appointment for a tat, but you might have to wait a bit or your favorite artist may be pre-booked. Check www.inkedhearts.com for availability. And while this is an all-ages event, but you must be 18 to get tattooed.

Does your baby have what it takes to win Best Butt Wiggle, Best Smile or Most Slobbery? Cool. But this contest is for the four-legged type. Back for round two, it's the Super Bully Bowl, a pageant featuring swaggle-licious French and English bulldogs, Sunday, Feb. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. Woof!

And as part of the special 10th anniversary of the event, organizers are bringing in some big names for the Inked Hearts Concert Series. Sublime with Rome plays the Blue Lake Pavillion on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. ($60, $50 advance) and Cypress Hill takes the stage Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. ($60, $50 advance).

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