Tattoo you?

Studio donates time and talents to ink folks up in aid of cancer hospice

Published on February 7, 2014
Dave Munro of Troublebound tattoo studio. — File photo by Tara Bradbury/The Telegram

There’s hardly a person in the province who hasn’t been touched by cancer in one way or another, whether they’re a survivor themselves or have had a loved one experience the disease.

The five artists at Troublebound tattoo studio in St. John’s are no different — over the past few years, each of them has lost a family member or close friend to cancer.

In owner Dave Munro’s case, it was his brother Will, a Toronto-based artist, DJ and gay rights activist who died in May 2010 from a cancerous brain tumour. The following February — the month Will would have turned 36 — Troublebound held its first cancer ribbon tattoo fundraiser for Daffodil Place.

Every February for the past three years, Munro, Mike Ledrew, Alicia E., Brad Brown and Andy Griffin work extended hours for a daylong tattooing blitz.

For $100, they tattoo customers with a cancer ribbon design, customized as a memorial to a loved one or a symbol of a personal experience.

So far, Troublebound has been able to donate more than $22,000 to Daffodil Place because of the fundraiser.

“I’m hoping we beat previous years’ records,” Munro told The Telegram. “We are so honoured that we have been able to help out in raising money for such a great cause, all the while helping people celebrate their loved ones’ struggles against cancer.”

Daffodil Place isn’t the only charity Troublebound supports — in December, the shop put together its second annual Flash for Kids series of prints, which were sold in a set of five for $100, and sold out before they were even available in the shop. Proceeds were donated to Marguerite’s Place.

Giving back to the community is a priority for Munro.

“I was brought up with a very strong understanding of social responsibility,” he explained. “Though we are a small business, cancer has been something that has affected everyone at the studio drastically. This event allows us to work our craft in honour of those we’ve lost and still give to institutions that are making up for our underfunded health-care system.”

Troublebound’s 2104 cancer tattoo fundraiser will take place this Saturday. The artists are just about booked, but there are still some spots available. In addition to tattoos, Munro and his staff will donate the proceeds from T-shirts and art prints sold that day to Daffodil Place. To book, call 754-5590.

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