West End Tattoo owner Tyrone “Red” Cooley is passionate about tattooing. And after seeing his mom suffer from lupus, he’s been just as serious about finding a cure for the auto-immune disease.
Cooley will be tattooing for 24-hours straight for the third annual Stars for a Cure fundraiser Saturday-Sunday, June 9-10, starting at 1 p.m.
For each star tattoo — pick whatever color you like, but the theme is red in honor of his mom’s favorite hue — Cooley is asking a $40 donation. All proceeds will be given to the Lupus Foundation of America-Georgia Chapter.
His goal is to raise at least $4,000. Contributions of all amounts are welcome, even if you decide a tattoo isn’t for you.
If you want to get tatted up for a cause, though, pre-register as soon as you can. The time slots are limited, so the earlier you register, the more likely you are to get your preferred time slot. I recommend the 9 p.m.-midnight slot, which will include Cooley’s birthday celebration.
But then again, Cooley is raffling off a $200 gift certificate to West End Tattoo for anyone who registers for slots between 2-9 a.m.
Sponsors P’Cheen and One Flew South will be providing complimentary food and beverages at the height of the event.
Postscript: Cooley’s mom lost her battle with lupus late last year. Make it a priority to come support him.