A Little Rock tattoo shop, The Empire of Ink, is proving that a little ink goes a long way.
Empire of Ink is helping rescue pit bull dogs, by donating all tattoo proceeds to help our four-legged friends. Empire of Ink often has events for a good cause, holding multiple fundraisers a year. Through the end of March, you can get a paw print tattoo for $25 to help the Out of the Ashes Pitbull Rescue.
The owner of Empire of Ink, John Rheaume, has three pit bulls. So while the fundraiser is personal, Empire of Ink is opening its arms for all rescue pit bulls.
"Anything I can do that would help the pit bulls in the state that need the help…I'm all over it,” Lisa Thrasher, Empire of Ink customer, told ABC 7.
Lisa Thrasher said this tattoo “means the most” to her. She wants to see other people become more open towards the breed.
“If they're raised to fight, they're going to fight and it is how they're raised. I think that if they were raised gently and raised like my spoiled brats…it'd be totally different,” she said.
Out of the Ashes helps saves pit bulls in Arkansas from death row. Tattoo artist Darion Griffith says over 40 people have been tattooed in the first couple days of the event.
"We chose out the ashes because out of all the other organizations, it doesn't get as much help as it can,” Griffith said.
"I think it's important to represent pit bulls because they don't get the rep that they should. A lot of people see them as an angry type breed, when really they need help just as much as anyone else,” he said.
Griffith hopes to see more people actively helping to save pit bulls.
"I would say give back in any way that you can. If there's something to where you can help somebody else or help others then do so, especially if it includes getting a cool tattoo along with it,” Griffith said.
Empire of Ink also has several pit bull ink options and offers other ways for people to donate. The event goes until Saturday, March 30.