On November 18th, just a few days before Thanksgiving, tattoo shops around the world are participating in the first ever “Food Tattoos for Hunger” Day. These studios and artists will be inking special food-themed tattoos and donating money to local food banks in an effort to alleviate hunger.
Organized by Off the Map Tattoo in East Hampton, Massachusetts, “Food Tattoos for Hunger” was originally planned as a fundraiser for Feeding America but Hurricane Sandy, and international interest, has broadened where the money will go. The goal is to raise $150,000.00 for local food banks.
“We were happily surprised by the excitement shown outside of the United States such as Canada, Poland and Australia,” a spokesperson for Food Tattoos for Hunger tells me via Email. “We recommended participants donate their earnings in a way they feel most fit, be it locally, to special situations or to a system such as Feeding America. Many shops are donating to aid people affected by Sandy.”
If you’re interested in getting a tattoo, participating studios are creating flash sheets of the tattoos they’re making available for the fundraiser. In Chicago, Butterfat Studios, normally not open to the public, will welcome walk-in customers just for the event.
Off the Map tells me that more than a hundred tattoo studios are participating, but not all seem to be listed on the page of participants as of this writing. But a search on Twitter could also help you locate a local studio tweeting and Instagraming flash sheets and "Food Tattoos for Hunger" examples.
There is also still time as of this writing to ask your local tattoo studio to participate. The more studios that participate, the more people local food banks will be able to serve this holiday season.