Ink’d Chronicles in Pomona hosts its annual tattoo and piercing charity event to benefit cancer research.
LV Life Editor
The second annual Tattoos for the Cure, a breast cancer charity event hosted by Ink’d Chronicles in Pomona on Saturday, helped raise over $6,000 for the Pomona Valley Hospital’s research on breast cancer.
“We tattooed over 70 people and did eight piercings,” Terry Dipple, owner of Ink’d Chronicles, said.
Dipple is a University of La Verne and ULV College of Law alumnus, and a graduate of Bonita High School.
Dipple also served as the mayor of San Dimas for eight years.
Ink’d Chronicles raised over $4,000 for breast cancer research at last year’s event, and hoped to surpass that amount this year, Dipple said.
The minimum donation for tattoos was $80 and $35 for piercings.
“I think it’s a great cause,” Tatti Vladis, an artist at Ink’d Chronicles, said. “I hope that other tattoo shops start doing this.”
Vladis also participated as a tattoo artist in last year’s event and said she believed more people would participate in this year’s charity event as opposed to last year.
There were six tattoo artists and one piercer working the event.
“My fiancé was diagnosed with breast cancer in August of 2008,” Dipple said.
One year ago she was pronounced cancer-free, he said.
All proceeds from the tattoos and piercings were donated to the Breast Health Program at the Robert and Beverly Lewis Family Cancer Care Center at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, the center where Dipple’s fiancée went for treatment.
“It was a huge success,” Dipple said of last year’s charity event, which he plans on holding every year. “I wanted to do it again because it was the right thing to do.”
Customers could receive either the traditional pink breast cancer ribbon tattoos or any other tattoo and still participate in the charity event.
Many of those who got tattooed on Oct. 10 chose the pink breast cancer ribbon, Vladis said.
“I think it’s cool if it doesn’t hurt too much,” Jennifer Parnell, a breast cancer survivor who has been in remission for three years, said.
Parnell was in line to receive her first tattoo ever – a pink breast cancer ribbon – on her ankle.
Although last year’s Tattoos for the Cure took place in November in celebration of the anniversary of Ink’d Chronicles’ opening a year before, the event will now be held every October.
“I wanted to move it to October because October is breast cancer awareness month,” Dipple said.
“I think this is awesome for them to do this and raise awareness,” Valerie Ybarbo, a Covina resident, said.
She received a cancer ribbon colored in shades of pink, yellow and gray.
The gray is for her husband, who died from cancer, yellow is for her son-in-law who is in the military, and pink for her grandmother, who suffered from breast cancer, said Ybarbo.
“My sister-in-law and my daughter are also here today for the cause,” Ybarbo said.
Although walk-ins were also welcome, Dipple said he had over 40 appointments made in advance for the charity event.
“I’m happy that we could do this,” Daniel Gomez, an apprentice at Ink’d Chronicles, said. “I’m hoping we raise more money than last time.”
Also a part of the event was a tattoo-inspired art show later in the evening. Raffles, prizes and live music were also included.
All who were tattooed or pierced for the event and their guests were invited to the later event where food, drinks, music and a DJ were present.
Ink’d Chronicles’ slogan, proudly displayed on a wall in the tattoo parlor, is “Every tattoo has a story.”
“Everyone is just more than happy to share their story,” Dipple said.
At the event he said he had heard both heart-warming and heartbreaking stories by both cancer patients and survivors.
“I would say to seek support from other people that are going through cancer,” Dipple said of what he would tell someone going through breast cancer today. “It’s pretty hard to see someone go through it.”
Angie Marcos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.