Results tagged “charity”
In a beautiful, heart tugging story, CBS News Denver reports on how tattooist Drew Carter, as well as other artists at Illumination Tattoo, use their skills to help kids battling cancer. They work with an organization called Peach's Neet Feet, which donates hand-painted shoes to children living with disabilities and fighting serious illnesses. Every shoe is customized to complement each child's life and interest. And that's how Drew spends his time a lot of his time when he's not tattooing.
As the CBS News feature notes, Drew himself beat cancer; he had undergone chemotherapy, radiation, and then a bone marrow transplant from his own stem cells. When Drew couldn't handle physical activity, he turned to art. Now, he's giving back, bring some fun into the lives of courageous children.
Check the video of Drew's story below and at CBS News.
The global tattoo community has been mobilized to help relief efforts in Japan.
One group, Tattooers for Japan, is encouraging artists worldwide to raise funds by donating a day's tattoo fees to a specific charity. Here are more details:
"The goal is to unite tattooers globally to show their compassion and gratitude to a country and culture that has influenced most of us artistically and personally. All of us owe a large debt of gratitude to Japan for its contribution to tattooing and the trade we are all so passionate about. The idea is for each tattooer/shop to schedule a walk-in day in April with all proceeds going to relief efforts in Japan. Choose your own day, advertise to your client base and community, pick a theme if you'd like. Please invite any tattooers you know to join this effort. [...] Let the Japanese foundations of respect, compassion, and integrity inspire you to help!"
A charity has yet to be officially chosen but, according to their Facebook group, it looks like the money could go to the Red Cross. They are still waiting to hear from artists in Japan about more direct methods to help. Their FB group page also has instant updates on the exact days some tattoo studios will be holding their fundraisers.
Tattoo Revolution Magazine and Tattoo.tv also have lists of relief efforts.
We'll be posting updates as well including the release of specially designs tees by Horitaka and Chad Koeplinger, the proceeds of which will be donated to charity. [One of the designs is shown here.]
If your studio or organization is planning an event, please let us know.
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: