East Palestine artists provide free tattoos of cancer ribbons

East Palestine tattoo parlor provides free tattoos to raise cancer awareness

EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WKBN) – A local tattoo parlor is doing its part in the fight against cancer by giving away free ribbon tattoos to people who sign up.

At Bulldog Custom Tattooing in East Palestine, four artists were busy Sunday tattooing ribbons in every color.

So far, more than 221 people got free tattoos that would have cost them around $50.

The shop’s owner says it’s his way of giving back.

“We know cancer’s touched a lot of people,” said owner Bruce Riehl. “It was sort of a way to give back to the community and it just sort of grew.”

“We’ve all been hit by cancer at some point in our life,” said Brian Hooker, one of the tattoo artists.

Riehl says he lost his dad and wife to cancer.

Tim Martin, another artist, is happy to give back to those who have been affected by cancer in some way.

Riehl’s shop offered a variety of designs that they had sketched up to the public for free. Hooker says the only thing they asked for in return was a smile.

“To see the response from the community is pretty overwhelming,” Riehl said.

“We’ve had an amazing turnout. Way more than we even anticipated,” Hooker said. “I think it’s an awesome way to kind of give back to our customers. They’re the reason we’re here.”

Martin says this was Riehl’s idea, and Hooker was on board right away.

“What better way to give back to the community than saying, ‘Hey, come raise awareness for a good cause,'” Hooker said.

“I put a little thing on Facebook. One like turned into 50 likes, which turned into 50 shares,” Martin said.

Stephanie DiVincenzo was a recipient of one of the tattoos.

“I think it’s pretty cool, I mean, I’m sure it means a lot to the people who have lost someone,” she said.

If you signed up for the two-day special and didn’t get in by 8:00 Sunday night, Bulldog Custom Tattooing is offering the ribbon tattoo at the discounted price of $20.

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