IT will be a fundraiser with a sting when Good Times Tattoo Studio in Medina inks patrons on Sunday, January 31.
Starting at 10am, a selection of $50 tattoos will be available to customers on a first in, first served basis with proceeds going to help the victims of the states’ catastrophic bushfires earlier this month.
However, it’s not just tattoos being offered on the day with activities for the whole family, including a bouncy castle and a sausage sizzle.
Good Time Tattoo studio owner and artist Neil Holland said the personal impact of the fires spurred him on to make a contribution.
“I had a friend and he lost everything down at Yarloop, so as a studio… why don’t we get involved? Offer our services on a Sunday because we’re too booked up and do $50 tattoos and see what kind of response we get and it’s been very overwhelming,” he said.
Mr Holland said the support and donations from Kwinana residents were heart-warming.
“I’d just like to thank everyone that has got on board and we were pretty overwhelmed by the response of people wanting to help out,” he said. “It’s really positive that the community spirit is back on board.”
A range of ‘novelty’ tattoos will be available on the day, ranging from fire hydrants to David Bowie tributes with Mr Holland saying he and his staff were looking forward to donating their time to the cause.
“I think us as a tattoo industry, we get so much flak and people stereotype it in the old days… it’s nothing like that any more. We’re legitimate businesses,” he said.
“For something like this to happen, then it just feels good to get on board. A lot of unfortunate people lost everything, so why not just be able to give back something?”
Good Time Tattoo studio in Medina is not the only local business to get on board with The Admiral Hotel also hosting a fundraiser in the form of a concert.
On Saturday, January 30, rock and acoustic covers from bands such as Live Wire (an AC/DC tribute band), Inferno and Just 4 Kix will thrill the Admiral Hotel, with the aim of raising money for South-West bushfire victims.