Hedley Cullen’s (AKA Jitter Bug) regular visits to Incendiary Tattoos inspired a creative new fundraising idea! Hedley’s Tats for a Cure event started in 2014 with support from this tattoo shop and raised $2500. This year at Tats 2.0, they doubled their revenue, gave out 91 tattoos and served over 100 people at their BBQ.
Hedley served for 26 years in the Canadian Navy and retired due to his symptoms of Huntington disease (HD). Upon his retirement, Hedley searched for a new community to be involved in and found Incendiary Tattoos where friendships were quickly formed. In past years, the shop artists have purchased awareness decals that Hedley was selling in support of Huntington disease. This sparked their support for the Huntington Society of Canada and their friend Hedley, who they affectionately refer to as “Jitter Bug”.
The owner Jim suggested holding an event at their shop and they connected with the South Vancouver Island Chapter to get involved. At this event, individuals donated $40-$60 and received a HD themed tattoo, whether it was the amaryllis flower, the HSC logo or new this year, the semi-colon. Patrons also enjoyed a BBQ that day!
Hedley shared his excitement about arriving for set-up that day to a line of people outside the shop, followed by another highlight: All of Hedley’s friends at the shop getting Jitter Bug tattoos in his honour. We are all so grateful for the friends at Incendiary Tattoos, who donated their space, time and talents for this event.
Hedley’s positive attitude and friendliness has inspired the shop to commit to a yearly Tats fundraiser! Tats 3.0 is being held May 13th 2017, and the community is already excited!
To learn more about Tats 3.0 click here!
To see photos from this year’s event, click here!
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