Townsville INK captures local hearts

Posted on March 8, 2011

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Michael gets his Emmy tattoo

Michael and his Emmy tatt

Michael shows off his new ink

It’s been a bumper week for Townsville INK, vol. 2.

We’ve had a lot of ups, a little bump and one brilliant information night (despite that persistent NQ rain).

Last Wednesday (March 2, 2011), Townsville man and survivor of child abuse Michael Hatfield chose to wear his heart on his sleeve quite literally by having Emmy, the ACT for Kids logo, tattooed on himself to help launch production of Townsville INK, vol. 2. Michael made the decision in the hope that it would give him the opportunity to break the silence on child abuse and show people that, as adults, we all have a responsibility to keep children within our community safe from harm. While Michael is thrilled with his new tattoo and locals have applauded his gutsy commitment, the decision wasn’ t quite so well received by a national website that called it “creepy” and “perverted”. Fortunately, the site’s editors were the only people who seemed to hold this belief, and once Harshmellow, ACT for Kids and Michael himself provided a bit of background to the story, people seemed to really come around.

Support for Michael and Townsville INK reverberated around The Brewery last night too when we held an info night for anyone interested in being involved with the book. While that pesky rain seemed to put a dampner on the 160+ we were expecting, about 50 people turned up to hear more, show off their ink and sink a few casual beers with some like-minded Townsvillians. A number of attendees also bravely put their hands up to have Emmy tattooed themselves when Inksplosion tattoo studio holds a Townsville INK open day in two week’s time.

If you’d like to get an Emmy tattoo for a small donation to Townsville INK, join us at Inksplosion tattoo studio opposite Heatley High School on Saturday, March 19 between 10am and 2pm.

Tattoo bookings are essential, to arrange an appointment please call 4775 7111.

If you’re not the tattoo type, but would still like to show your support, come and sink your teeth into some ACT for Kids cupcakes by Scarlett Jean’s Cakes and Creams.

Look forward to seeing you there,

Sarah xx

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