Published on August 26th, 2019 | by Admin

Be Forever Bound by Blood (and Ink) at Xbox Global Gears Ink Pop-Up Events

As gamers across the country prepare for the launch of the highly-anticipated Gears 5, Xbox ANZ is excited to announce Gears Ink – a first-of-its-kind global fan moment taking place across several countries around the world, including Australia.

Gears Ink will take to the graffiti-streaked streets of Melbourne’s warehouse district on Thursday 5 September from 7:00-10:30pm, bringing to life the unique outlaw culture of the Gears universe. Hosted by The Coalition’s very own Bonnie Jean Mah, Narrative Lead for Gears 5, Gears Ink will give fans their first hands-on with Gears 5 – including Horde, Versus, Escape and Campaign modes.

Featuring some of the world’s best tattoo artists, barbers and brewers, the festival will celebrate 13 years of the fan-favourite franchise with bespoke creations and experiences for local fans. On the night, hardcore fans are invited to take to the chair as legendary tattoo artists Troy & Adam Slack ink unique Gears inspired custom designs, which are available on a first come, first serve basis.

If tattoos aren’t your thing, Gears fans can also have their devotion to the cult title shaved into their fades by the expert barbers from Men’s Biz, who will be on-site giving haircuts and beard trims, while iconic Aussie brewers Young Henrys will quench attendees’ thirsts from fighting off the Swarm. And finally, local graffiti artists will be creating a live mural during the entire event.

So grab your lancer and move quick as ticket registrations are live now! To register for one of the limited tickets head to the official Gears Ink Melbourne Website. If you’re not quick enough to grab a ticket, don’t stress. Fans can tune in to the livestream of the Gears Ink event across Xbox ANZ’s TwitterMixer and Facebook channels.

Gears 5 arrives at all good retailers in Australia on September 10, while Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can play the highly-anticipated title from September 6.

Be Forever Bound by Blood (and Ink) at our Global Gears Ink Pop-Up Events


Tattoos are a long-held tradition in the Gears of War world; from the famous Marcus Fenix tattoo in the game world, to the thousands of Crimson Omens, Lancers and COG tags out in the real world, we are constantly inspired, awed and humbled by the culture of permanent art our fans create.


Even more remarkable than the tattoos are “the stories they tell“; of devotion not just to the game but to family, friendships, memories and even marriages of people who met while playing online. This year, to honor our fans and celebrating the launch of Gears 5, we’re commemorating that meaning by bringing Gears Ink to our fans.


Gears Ink events will pop-up for one night only in LA, London, Berlin, Paris, Mexico City and Melbourne between September 4 and September 6. Fans in each city are invited to attend or tune in via a series of Xbox livestreams broadcast from each event.


Each Gears Ink event will feature some of the world’s greatest tattoo artists creating bespoke tattoos for some of the world’s biggest Gears fans, inspired by the Gears universe, their own unique style and culture of each location.


For more detail about each of the local events and to sign up to attend or get your very own Gears Ink, please head to the registration page and select the event you’re interested in –Register here.


If you’re unable to attend any of the events, you’ll also be able to check out what’s happening via a series of live streams from each event, including celebrities, gameplay and live Gears Ink tattoos. More details to come, stay tuned to Xbox on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more information.

About Gears 5

From one of gaming’s most acclaimed sagas, Gears is bigger than ever, with five thrilling modes and the deepest campaign yet. With all-out war descending, Kait Diaz breaks away to uncover her connection to the enemy and discovers the true danger to Sera – herself.

Pre-order any digital edition of Gears 5 or pre-install Gears 5 with an active Xbox Game Pass membership before launch and receive the Terminator Dark Fate Character Pack, featuring Sarah Connor and the T-800 Endoskeleton, the Vector Lancer Skin and 7 days of Boost. (Character pack and skin require Xbox Live Gold on console, membership sold separately).

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