On February 20, 2003 one of the worst nightclub disasters in US history happened at the Station in in West Warwick, Rhode Island. During the set of the band Great White, pyrotechnics caught some of the sound proofing on fire causing the club to go up in flames. Over hundred people will killed and many more were injured.
With the ten year anniversary of the tragedy approaching, artist Paula McLaughlin--who's brother and sister-in-law perished in the fire--has gotten together with survivors and family members of victims to create an exhibit for the victims. McLaughlin has a sacred heart tattoo on her wrist as a reminder of her loved ones, and she is among several others who have similar artwork. Some survivors have tattoos around scars from burns sustained in the fire.It is these tattoos that will be featured in Station Ink.
The exhibit will run from February 15-17 at the Pawtucket Armory. It will include photos of 60 survivors and family members of victims with their tattoo. The exhibit will also allow them to share the story of their tattoo and what it means to them.