NiteOwl Tattoo in Northampton held their annual Tattoo Flash Day Thursday, where they invited people to get inked in support of Lyme disease research.
A Tattoo Flash Day is like a flash sale for designer clothes, but you wear it for the rest of your life — and for a good cause!
“It think it’s important just because it kind of breaks up the disease itself, it’s a serious thing but it turns into a fun kind of thing as well,” said NiteOwl Manager William Rock.
Lyme disease is an illness transmitted to humans through the bite of infected ticks.
Lyme Warrior is a national nonprofit whose mission is to raise funds for Lyme disease research, to develop a cure.
“So, constantly you know you’re finding misdiagnosis’ there’s not a lot of clarity, so research will help us bring to the forefront the clarity that Lyme disease needs,” said Eric Canfield of Lyme Warrior.
Canfield told 22News, tattoo shops across the nation have raised a total of $18,000 to support Lyme disease research.
A Connecticut man made the trip up to Northampton to support the national tattooing event for the second year in a row.
“To support the event and donate money to a good cause, and get some fresh ink is an awesome thing. Like I said, second time back,” said Aaron Hale of Enfield.
NiteOwl is hoping to raise $2,000 by the end of the event.