Tattoos for a cause, local shop offers chance to get inked and fight cancer


by Rachel Platt

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 6:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- December is typically Tattoo Charlie's slowest time of the year, but customers were spilling out the door on Monday at the Preston Highway location and it was due to charity.

This is the third year Buddy Wheeler, the shop’s owner, has selected a day to tattoo ribbons for cancer awareness.

Some patrons chose to have the ribbons adorn their arms, others their shoulders and some chose their ankle --- some even had to find a spot on the other ankle, because they were here last year.
Many customers came to the shop seeking the tattoos to honor family and friends, others wanted to document their own struggle with cancer.

Tina Allgeier said she is getting the tattoo to honor her mother-in-law, who is fighting cancer.

Those getting a tattoo donate a minimum of $20 and proceeds benefit Meghan's Mountain, local charity that helps care for cancer patients.

More than $10,000 has been collected in two years and today Meghan, who has battled leukemia, was there to see it for herself.

The tattoo artists donate their time and skills while Buddy Wheeler donates all of the supplies.

If you don't want to get a tattoo, everyone is encouraged to come in and make a donation and add a name to their memory tree.

Tattoo Charlie’s is open until 1a.m., but Buddy Wheeler said you better be here by 8p.m. in order to get one Monday night, because of the anticipated crowd.