This December, two downtown St. Catharines tattoo shops, Golden Horseshoe and Studio 4 Tattoo Parlour are raising funds, goods and awareness for Community Care and Gillian’s Place respectively.
“It’s really important to the shop to help out the community,” said Maggie Shields, tattoo artist and co-owner and Studio 4. “We chose Gillian’s Place at the request of the feature artist in our gallery space, Amber Lee Wiliams. The hard work that they do to help women and children live safe lives, and get back on their feet is very dear to her.
“Last year was a huge success, we were humbled by the amount of support from clients, friends and the whole community.”
Williams will be displaying her paintings and will be doing live blind contour portrait drawings on Sunday December 18 at Studio 4’s Second Annual Art Show and Toy Drive.
While in the past, Golden Horseshoe held one-day sales with certain designs, whilst taking donations. This year, they are holding a tattoo and piercing raffle. There are two $300 tattoo gift certificates up for grabs, or you can enter to win a $150 piercing gift certificates for piercing – or you can enter both. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. All proceeds go to Community Care and there will also be donation bins in the shop.
“Community Care is an organization most people don’t know about until they need it. We want to bring attention to organizations like theirs and the work they do for our community,” said Gordon Bouchard, owner and piercer.
In the past, tattoo shops were seen on the fridge of society, but the stigma surrounding tattoo shops has changed over the past decade or so. Now they are ingrained in our culture and communities. As Bouchard said “I think any small business should support their community in one way or another. We depend on these people to keep us going. The least we can do is say thank you once in a while.”
Shields also embraced these sentiments: “These events are important, not just at the holidays, but all year round to make sure we are doing our part to provide help and support to those around us who are struggling.”