Local tattoo shop fundraising for art community
This Friday will be the first Friday the 13th of 2013 and the first tattooing fundraiser of the year for staff at Human Kanvas in Airdrie.
The tattoo shop opened four years ago on a Friday the 13th in February and owner Brandi Lee has been putting on fundraisers every Friday the 13th since, with all proceeds going to local organizations.
“A lot of (tattoo) shops do events on Friday the 13th and it just so happens that it’s kind of an anniversary for us,” said Lee. “It’s always one of our busiest days and we get a lot of calls from people asking what we’re doing.”
This year, the staff will be tattooing and piercing people for $40 each; tattoos will be unique to a number 13 theme with a range of different designs including skulls, crosses and flowers with the number 13 incorporated.
All proceeds from the tattoos and piercings will go to Creative Airdrie’s ARTember, which Lee says was basically a no-brainer due to the opportune timing of the event.
“Creative Airdrie does such great things with the art community here in Airdrie and the fact that a Friday the 13th fell during ARTember, how could we not choose them as the recipients of the money we raise?” said Lee.
Lee was involved with the first ARTember in 2011 when she participated as a tattoo artist designing art for skateboards.
ARTember Co-chair and Creative Airdrie Communications Director Sherry Shaw-Froggatt was excited to have Lee and her staff at Human Kanvas on board.
“At Creative Airdrie, we really work to promote alternative forms of art such as tattooing,” said Shaw-Froggatt. “To have Brandi come on board with this fundraiser was just so perfect as far as timing goes - we’re thrilled.”
Lee and Human Kanvas will not only be donating proceeds from tattoos and piercings, but there will be a silent auction for those who may not be willing to go under the needle. Auction items will include original artwork from the shop’s artists and tattoo sessions.
At their last Friday the 13th fundraiser on July 2 2012, Human Kanvas was able to raise close to $4,500 for the Boys and Girls Club of Airdrie, and Lee is hoping that with some added incentive, they can top $5,000 this time around.
“Anyone who donates $50 or more, we’ll match that donation,” said Lee.
Due to staffing and time required to complete a tattoo, Lee says that they will be trying to set a cap at 30 tattoos for the day, though they can accommodate much more for body piercing, which will also be $40 all day including jewelry.
The tattoos from the fundraiser are a keepsake, according to Lee.
“It’s cool when you see someone with one of the number 13 tattoos, you know where they got it from,” said Lee. “It’s something that they’ll always remember.”
The event will kick off at 10 a.m. and run until 6:30 p.m., for more information call: 403-980-9845 or visit the Human Kanvas Friday the 13th Facebook page www.facebook.com/events/134900380053708/