Meet Robbie Ripoll, a Florida-based tattoo artist with over twenty years of experience in the industry. Ripoll is best known for competing alongside his brother on season 5 of Ink Master, placing 13th in the competition. Today, Ripoll continues to tattoo and frequents conventions across the country.
Aside from tattooing, one of Ripoll's biggest passions is body suspension, which he's exhibited at many of the country's most populated tattoo conventions. Body suspension, or simply suspension as it's often referred, originates from the Mandan tribe of North America and today, it's practiced by experienced individuals and professionals worldwide. The process of suspension is extremely dangerous and can result in serious injury—even when conducted by professionals and veteran suspendees.
While attending the Kansas City Tattoo Arts Convention, Ripoll participated in suspension and unfortunately, suffered a horrific accident during the process. Ripoll fell during the act and suffered a compound fracture to his right tibia and fibula, as well shattering his ball joint. He's currently recovering from his injuries at a hospital in Kansas City and was forced to cancel his upcoming appointments and convention appearances. Ripoll's wife Donna Jean set up a Go Fund Me page to help him recover from multiple surgeries and eventual physical therapy.
Take a look at Ripoll's shocking accident in action in the video above and share warm wishes for his recovery in the comments section. And if you're able to, show your support for Ripoll and his family through their Go Fund Me page.