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Tattoos benefit children

11/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Photos courtesy of Jeremiah Currier
HIGHLAND SQUARE — On Sept. 29, six tattoo artists donated their time and skills to raise funds for Akron Children’s Hospital during the first Good Life Gives Back event.

Held at Good Life Tattoos and Piercings, located at 752 W. Market St., the fundraiser began at noon and lasted until nearly 11 p.m., according to Jeremiah Currier, who is co-owner and a piercer at the shop.

More than 60 customers got tattoos, with some waiting in line for more than five hours for their turn, Currier said.

He added the idea for the fundraiser came from his business partner, Jesse Strother. The partners are pictured at right top, at the hospital, with Strother on the right, along with many of the toys they were able to donate. Another view of the donation is pictured at right bottom.

Inspiration also came from Maryland tattoo artist Krooked Ken’s efforts to raise money for the March of Dimes through “Tattooing to Save Babies,” now an annual event, according to Currier.

Good Life wanted its event to have a local impact and decided Akron Children’s Hospital would be the recipient of its fundraising, he said.

Customers chose from 40 classic designs kept secret until the day of the event, with an ancient ship as the most popular tattoo chosen that day, said Currier.

The Orange Trük was on hand to provide refreshments to those waiting in line, with the vendor contributing all of its tips to the fundraiser, Currier added.

Tattoo artists who donated their time that day included Kyle Elwood, Brian McFadden, Vic Savage and Strother of Good Life, as well as Suga Bear from Erie, Pa., and Joe Thompson of Pittsburgh.

“Everyone had a blast,” said Currier.

More than $3,000 was raised through the event, and toys were bought and delivered to the hospital Oct. 2.

The group got guidance from the hospital on types of toys to buy before going on a shopping spree at Toys”R”Us, where they received a 15 percent discount.

“I don’t think any of us realized how many toys we were going to be able to get,” said Currier, who added he expects Good Life Gives Back to become an annual event.

— By Ariel Hakim

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