This weekend is a great time to get a tattoo and help a great cause


Jonathan Norman from Two Fathoms Tattoo works on a tattoo from last year's Do You Part with Skin Art event. courtesy of Northeast Missouri Humane Shelter

HANNIBAL, Mo. – If you’ve been thinking about getting some ink, you can get a tattoo for a good cause this weekend.

Two Fathoms Tattoo and the Northeast Missouri Humane Shelter are partnering for the third annual “Do Your Part with Skin Art.” More than 200 designs, for legs and arms only, will be priced from $80 to $150 depending on size and design. Half of the proceeds will go to the shelter.

The event starts at noon Saturday and Sunday at Two Fathoms Tattoo, 613 Broadway. It has a first-come first-serve policy. No waiting is required. Customers can drop in to sign up and receive a text about 20 minutes before the artists are ready for you. 

Elise Blue, director of the Northeast Missouri Humane Shelter, hopes this is the biggest year yet. With four artists instead of three as in previous years, she is excited to see the chairs fill. 

“This has been such a great event for us in the past, and we can’t wait to see the turnout this year” Blue said.

The artists will be:

  • Jonathan Norman: He started tattooing when he was 18 years old and has been a self-taught artist for 15 years. He is the owner of Two Fathoms Tattoo in Hannibal. 
  • Jordan Metz: He has been tattooing for 10 years and lives in Columbia, Mo. Metz loves doing traditional color tattoos. 
  • Andrew Buckwalter: He has been tattooing for 15 years and owned his own shop for 10 years. A self-taught artist, Buckwalter loves to tattoo black and grey.
  • Liz Buscemi: She is a first-year tattooer working out of Ashland, Mo. Norman said Buscemi “Is a super talented young female who does fantastic traditional, fine line and black and grey work.”

Jesse Slade from Theodore Records in Ashland, Mo. will be on-site to play vinyls all weekend.

“He is a jovial guy with great taste in music and a fantastic little record store owner that curates for everyone’s taste,” Norman said. “He will be selling vinyl and keeping the records flipping”

Tattoos are only available for people age 18 and older, but the event has something for everyone.

Kid Flash are temporary tattoos for a $5 donation for young ones who want to help the shelter but aren’t old enough, or for any person who isn’t ready to make a permanent commitment.

Designs are available on the Two Fathoms Tattoo Facebook page or the Northeast Missouri Humane Shelter page. Cards and cash will be accepted.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The number of tattoo artists available at this event was incorrect in a previous version of this story.

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