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Custom Ink & Steel supports Flint through tattoo fundraising event

People lined up to receive tattoos, the $25 per person going toward Big Brother Big Sisters. Photo provided

People lined up to receive tattoos, the $25 per person going toward Big Brother Big Sisters. Photo provided

FLINT — The second annual Inked for the Kids was an overwhelming success again this year, according to organizers.

Owners Jeremy Wood (Woody) of Custom Ink & Steel and Joe Lash of Electric Chair Tattoos decided to offer tattoos and piercings again this year to benefit programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

They provided the tattoos at their own expense, donating many hours of their labor and charging customers only $25 per tattoo to cover material costs, with the bulk of the money donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Both locations had enormous lines beginning at 9 a.m. in the morning. The event lasted well past midnight and yielded an impressive $4,700.

Taffy Jones Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters said, “We so appreciate the efforts of Woody, Joe, and their entire staff of talented artist who put many hours in to make this event a huge success. The positive impact they provided will assist our agency in sustaining our mission of providing professionally supported one-to-one mentoring to Genesee County Youth.

For 73 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flint and Genesee County in collaboration with community partners, and volunteers have supported youth facing adversity empowering them to reach their fullest potential.

Big Brothers Big Sisters officials said they are grateful for the opportunity to partner with local businesses in joint fundraising events, such as this event with Custom Ink and Steel and Electric Chair Tattoos.

Fundraising endeavors ensure we have increased capacity to respond to growing youth needs in the community. Successful third party fundraising events help to provide direct financial support to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ programs and support the children of Flint and Genesee County. — G.G.

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