The Social Tattoo Project Wants Skin for Good Cause

Posted on: August 5th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

People tend to tattoo dumb shit on their person, whether it’s in poor judgment after a night of debaucherous inebriation or for some extra cash to promote new technology (i.e. Zune tattoo dude). But would you willfully get inked for socially-conscious causes?  Along comes The Social Tattoo Project to help answer, with altruism at the heart of its mission.

The Social Tattoo Project, currently operating an art gallery inside Sacred Tattoo, is about empathizing with major events, albeit in a permanent fashion.  Each week, the group proposes four trending subjects on Twitter, which are then voted on for the next seven days.  Democracy.  The ultimate winner (e.g. Japan) is branded onto a ready volunteer.  And apparently there’s a standby group of said suckers volunteers, willing to sacrifice flesh for the crowdsourced cause.

Having total faith in society to choose their tattoos, we have seen our volunteers and voters deeply affected and moved through this process. We have already had five volunteers who have received the topics #human trafficking, #Haiti, #poverty, #Pray for Japan, and #Norway. Currently, we have an art gallery set up at Sacred Tattoo in Manhattan.

Here’s an idea, how about voting up “Bowery Boogie.”  It’d be nice to have an indelible commercial walking the streets of New York.  Any takers?

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