After only having her tattoo shop, Wildwood Flower Tattoo open in Richmond for almost two years, owner Andrea Wiseman is inking people up to help give back to the community.
On Sunday, Wiseman and several tattoo artists will be tattooing people for a cause, in which all proceeds raised at the fundraiser will go towards the Hope’s Wings Domestic Violence Shelter in Richmond.
“This is the first year that we have done this, and we are really excited,” she said.
Although the shop is normally closed on Sundays, Wiseman will open up the doors at noon for walk-ins with pre drawn designs for people to choose that range from $60 to $150.
“All of the supplies we will use Sunday are paid for out of pocket, and so everything we make here will go to the Hope’s Wings Shelter,” she said.
The local tattoo shop's fundraiser is a part of a international flash fundraising event called Still Not Asking For It. Tattoo shops around the world will be hosting Still Not Asking For It flash events with over 80 shops nationwide participating on Sunday.
All proceeds from these events will be donated to local and national organizations, dedicated to prevention, recovery & justice for sexual assault and rape recovery.
Wiseman said that she picked the violence shelter because she knew a person who had worked there, and she thought it was a good fit.
“They do job placement for women who have suffered from domestic violence and help with getting people into homes and I think that is really cool,” she said.
While she says that she doesn’t have a specific monetary goal in mind, she hopes to raise about $1,000 for the shelter, and thinks it is attainable with the response the shop has received on their Facebook page.
Jennifer Lainhart, the director of Hope’s Wings, said that all the money generated will go towards their upcoming renovations, which will include an additional two bedrooms, a bathroom and learning center.
“They are proactive in helping us,” Lainhart said. “A lot of people care about our cause, but they sometimes aren’t as proactive about it and this fundraiser is very appreciated.”
Lainhart said that additions to the center would total anywhere from $175,000 to $200,000 and that they have made good progress with the annual Jail and Bail fundraiser that was done in March.
She says that in the upcoming years, the shelter hopes to extend their services further by adding a four-plex apartment on the backside of their already existing site.
“We are located in the best community ever, and without these members, we wouldn’t be as successful as we are,” she said.
The Still Not Asking For It flash fundraiser event at Wildwood Flower Tattoo shop will be Sunday, June 9 from noon to 8 p.m. at the shop, 201 Geri Lane Suite 2B in Richmond. For more information about the event, contract Wiseman at 287-4597.
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