For Immediate Release
January 27, 2014
TITAN TATTOO SUPPLY ROLLS OUT TO HELP HOMELESS YOUTH IN DURHAM
OSHAWA, ONT — Charities are known to help others, but sometimes charities need a little help themselves. Titan Tattoo Supply is doing just that and assisting Joanne’s House, Durham’s only emergency shelter for youth, fundraise money.
To help create more awareness, Titan Tattoo Supply will be hosting Spring Metamorphosis, a New Day, and New Beginning fundraising event. Recruiting local reputable Tattoo artists to transform blank skateboard decks, supplied by Titan, into pieces of art. The pieces will be available for silent auction beginning March 24 – 28 at The Vault in Oshawa from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. The main event will be held on March 29 starting off with a photo shoot with the artists from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The doors will open to the public at 8 p.m., and the announcement of the winning bids will start at 9:15 p.m. A 19+ after party will take place with a donation entrance fee at Wasted Space in Oshawa, and a portion of bar sales will also be donated. A book will be published after the event including art photos, bios of each artist and Joanne’s House as well as photos from the event. The book will cost $45, with a permanent percentage donated to the shelter.
“During the conceptive stages of planning this event, we were expecting 10-15 artists to donate art. While recruiting tattoo artists, we received a lot more interest than anticipated. We were visiting different tattoo shops hoping for at least one artist to donate, but almost all of them took interest. We now have 20 plus artists involved,” says Brian Vince, Owner of Titan Tattoo Supply. “The artists made a personal connection to the cause after talking about Joanne’s House and the services they offer at-risk youth. Many of them have been touched personally, or know someone who has been exposed to youth homelessness in some way throughout their lives.”
Joanne’s House is located at 82 Kings Crescent in Ajax. Youth ages 16-24 are welcomed and are offered shelter, meals and other supportive services such as counseling. Many youth become homeless due to unforeseen circumstances such as poverty, loss of employment and suffering from abuse or a mental health issues. Joanne’s House has offered shelter and support to over 800 youth since they opened on April 7, 2008.