It's hard to pigeonhole the work of tattooist Sean Herman
. In one month he can rock a zombie Laura Palmer portrait
to gentleman walrus, with equal adeptness and aplomb.
What is constant is his activism, as evidenced on his blog
, so it comes as no surprise that he has volunteered his time to my favorite cause
: working to free the West Memphis 3.
On April 3rd, 2009,
the auction for tattoo work by Sean will begin. The highest bidder will receive five hours of tattooing valued at $800. The starting bid is $500.
While Sean works at Royal Street Tattoo in Mobile, Alabama, he travels frequently to conventions and guest spots, so it is an amazing opportunity to get top tattoo art and help a most important cause.
I posted a great deal about the WM3 on Needled.com, but for those new to the cause, here's some background:
Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin -- all teenagers at the time -- were
convicted in 1994 for the brutal murders of three eight-year-old boys
in West Memphis,
Ark. Despite flimsy circumstantial evidence -- the bulk of which centered
on the trio's alleged involvement in a Satanic cult -- and a questionable
and factually-inaccurate confession extracted from mentally-challenged
Misskelley -- the three have been serving stiff prison sentences for over
a decade. Misskelley was sentenced to life plus 40 years, Baldwin is
serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and
Echols -- who was deemed the ringleader of the attacks thanks to his love
of black clothing and Metallica -- is currently on death row as he waits
for the outcome of his appeals."
You can donate to their defense via Skeletonkeyauctions.com
or through their online store.
Like on Needled, you'll be reading more updates on WM3 here. As people often judged simply by our tattooed appearances, it's a case that hits close to home for all of us.