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Free tattoos in support of Breast Cancer Awareness

By on October 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink is the color used by many to symbolize their support of the cause. 

Republic-Times subscriber Bonnie Marquardt (left) is all smiles as she prepares to get her very first tattoo from artist Eric Catalano, owner of Eternal Ink Tattoo Studio in Hecker. Marquardt was one of many who responded this week to Catalano’s offer of a free pink breast cancer ribbon tattoo.

For the third straight year, Eternal Ink Tattoo Studio in Hecker brought awareness to the cause in a unique way, offering free pink breast cancer ribbon tattoos to all those who want one.

Tattoo studio owner Eric Catalano said he and his fellow artist applied 418 pink ribbon tattoos three years ago during their inaugural event, followed by 278 the following year.

This year, the total number of those receiving free tattoos exceeded 500, Catalano said.

The free ribbon tattoo offer ended Thursday evening. Donations are accepted as part of the effort, with around $400 expected to be donated to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation.

For more information, call the studio at 618-719-3273.

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.