Slipknot, Coal Chamber, Sevendust To Tattoo The U.S.

Hard rockers to tour this summer with tattoo artists.

Hard-rock bands and tattoo artists will team up for the summer Tattoo

the Earth tour, whose main stage will feature masked industrial-metal

band Slipknot, Los Angeles rockers

Coal Chamber and Atlanta hard-rockers

Sevendust.

A festival village will serve as a showcase and studio for top-notch

tattoo artists including Paul Booth, Hanky Panky and Sean Vasquez, whose

appointment books are often filled two years in advance. A festival

spokesperson said fans may be able to make advance appointments at the

festival's Web site (www.tattootheearth.com). The vending area also

will include body painting and piercing and henna artists.

Promoters say that the pairing of tattoos and hard rock embodies the

spirit of youth counterculture. Still in the planning stages, the tour

is expected to include 30 dates at racetracks, fields and fairgrounds,

beginning in mid- to late July.