Tattooing for Tots

Raising money to make Christmas memorable for a child in need is pretty common this time of the year, but one man is taking his efforts to the extreme. John Cross, a tattoo artist at Ink Works in Cleveland, is going for a world record for the longest tattoo session, all while taking donations for Toys for Tots.

Noah Stoop sits very still, as the inking begins. Unlike his other tattoos,  this one is for a good cause.

“I got laid off at the end of October. And i’ve got two kids myself so I know what it’s like to not have the means to give your kids the kind of Christmas they want,” said Stoop.

And while some may think tattooing is a strange way to raise money for kids, Stoop  disagrees.

“We’re doing a good thing. It’s a good reason. We’re gonna help out a lot of families in the community. And there shouldn’t be any kind of stigma about people with tattoos or tattoo parlors,” Stoop said.

John Cross is a tattoo artist now, but he was a sergeant in the Marines for 4 years and after that, he joined Mike Battery. That’s when he was able to do lots of work with Toys for Tots.
But, there are uniform regulations in the Marines. no visible tattoos or piercings,  so he found a different way to help.

“And because it says no tattoos, I can’t put it on. I can’t stand out retailers and ask for donations. So I decided to use what I know now to continue helping with the toys for tots,” said Cross.

For Cross and Stoop, this cause is close to their hearts.

“I’m a 33 year old adult and I still remember a good Christmas and I want someone else to feel that. , someone who’s not expecting anything. I want them to be surprised. I want a small child to wake up, not expecting anything, that there will be a bunch of toys there for them,” said Cross.

“Theres a lot of people out there that don’t have jobs.  And a lot of those people have kids and familes of their own. And bills, they don’t stop coming,” Stoop said.

Right now, the world record is 48 hours. They’re shooting for 50.

“If I break the record, I break it. I’d like to have that record. But if we go 6 hours and we raise a lot of money, , we raise awareness, we raise toys for kids, I’ve accomplished my goal,” Cross said.

The 50 hours started at 1:55 Monday afternoon, so it should be completed by Wednesday afternoon. We hope to be there to see the finished product, and see how much was donated for Toys for Tots.

This news, Tattooing for Tots excerpt from News Channel 9

Short URL: http://www.usnews9.com/?p=4919

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