In an effort to raise awareness and funding for the ongoing battle against cancer, Ink’d Chronicles Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery in Pomona will be hosting its first “Tattoos for the Cure” event to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The affair is set to take over Pomona’s famed downtown 2nd Street Art Colony on Saturday Nov. 8, from noon to 11:30PM. Proceeds will be donated to the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center, a state-of-the-art facility that provides diagnosis, treatment and counseling services.
“This isn’t your typical fundraiser with a bunch of guys in suits standing around holding cocktails,” says Terry Dipple, founder and proprietor of Ink’d Chronicles. Aptly expressed, considering that against a backdrop of live music performances and an exhibition of high quality low-brow counter-culture artwork, his studio will be offering pink ribbon tattoos in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness month, or any other tattoo one would want to commemorate a family member or loved one.
“At first they [Lewis Family Cancer Care Center] were skeptical of a tattoo-themed charity event, as they are used to dealing with more conservative types,” Dipple says. However, being that Cancer does not discriminate based on one’s stylistic preferences, Terry sought to “bring awareness to a demographic the Care Center may not otherwise reach.” The impetus for this event occurred when Dipple’s girlfriend was diagnosed with breast cancer. Moved by the quality of support and services offered at the RBLFCCC, Terry and his daughter, Tess—who helps run the shop and also works as a piercer—both got a pink ribbon tattoo as a symbol of their love and support.
As such, they extend the invitation to one and all to do the same. (Hans Fink)
Ink’d Chronicles Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery, 264 W. 2nd Street, Pomona, (909) 622-5351; www.inkdchronicles.com; Sat., Nov. 8, 12PM – 11:30PM