Wayward Christmas Tattoo Drive

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 2:45 PM
Wayward Christmas Tattoo Drive by Ben Speggen

Saturday, Dec. 10

When we think of ink on Christmas, making twice-checked lists of what we wish to give and receive typically come to mind. This Christmastime, you can add to your giving list a toy for some Erie girl or boy and kibble for some Erie dog or cat, and – thanks to Wayward Tattoo Studio – get a sweet new tat!

As in years past, the artists at Wayward are volunteering their time and talents to provide you with fresh ink for the New Year. So aside from helping Erie boys and girls and dogs and cats have an awesome Christmas, you’ll have something slick to show off at ugly sweater parties! To get that free tattoo, all you need to do is bring in either an unopened toy valued at $20 or a large bag of dog or cat food.

“This event is something we love to do as a shop,” says Corey Thompson, co-founder and co-owner of Wayward. “It’s the best way we can give back to our loyal clientele and the city of Erie by using our skills and talents.”

Toy donations go to support children of Arc of Erie, an organization dedicated to improving services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Cat and dog food donations go to the ANNA Shelter, the Association for Needy and Neglected Animals.

Collectively, the nine artists participating last year completed more than 140 tattoos. This year, they’re looking to up the ante.

At last year’s event, Wayward received more than 150 toys and nearly a ton of dog and cat food. Collectively, the nine artists participating completed more than 140 tattoos. This year, they’re looking to up the ante.

Thompson, along with fellow co-founder and co-owner Johnny Matters, “Eerie” Eric Fargiogio, Will Petroff, and a host of other artists – including some guests – will be tattooing “all new designs from each artist working the event,” Thompson explains.

Important things to consider: Along with a $20 toy or a large bag of kibble (receipt please!), you’ll need to bring your ID. No tattoos for minors (sorry!).

Tattoos will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited one tattoo per person – unless you’d like to go through the line again (and provide an additional donation).

You can also donate without getting a tattoo. If you’re feeling more generous, you’re welcome to drop off as much as you like.

Because of the anticipated volume of givers of toys/food and getters of tattoos, artists will be tattooing as they become available (awesome chance to meet a new artist!). If you want a sneak peek at what’ll be possible, stop by the 12th Street shop on Friday, Dec. 9.

And don’t forget: This gifted crew isn’t profiting from the donations – they’re just looking to give twice: To you, with some sweet new art, and to local boys and girls and pups and kits with toys and food. But this tattooed contributor strongly encourages you to tip your artist and show your appreciation. – Ben Speggen

Noon to 8 p.m. // 2301 W. 12th St. // 456.0103 or Facebook.com/WaywardTattooStudio

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