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Show Me the Money: Tattoo You

Community rolls up its sleeves (literally) to show support for local shelter

Pets have a way of working themselves into your heart.

A shelter fundraiser last summer showed that some animal lovers are just as eager to let them get onto their skin.

Last June, Freaks & Geeks Tattoo Sideshow in West Asheville, N.C., hosted a 12-hour tattoo and body-piercing marathon to benefit the Asheville Humane Society. Participants could choose among four pawprint tattoo designs for $40, half off the $80 that the shop normally charges. The shop’s staff of three artists, including business partners Tiffany LeMeaux and Galen Holland, donated their time and supplies.

Daron James, owner of Diamond Thieves Body Piercing, volunteered his time to provide above-the-neck and belly button piercings during the daylong event for a discounted $15.

You might think such an unusual fundraiser would have a rather limited appeal, as it involves sticking needles into people’s bodies and marking them permanently. Being tattooed or pierced requires a good bit of courage and commitment—but the fundraiser proved to be a major hit.

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