Tattoo artists in Central Florida have been overwhelmed by patrons looking to permanently honor those who died in the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub Sunday.
“It’s all really emotional, feelings of love and joy,” said Jax St. Ledger, one of the hundreds of mourner looking to permanently honor those who died “It just shows your love for whatever you believe in.”
“I truly believe we’re at the beginning,” said Dan O’Leary, operations manager at Broken Arrow Tattoo Company in Longwood, “We’ve had an incredible response.”
Since Monday night, Broken Arrow has already done 10 tattoos. Lance White, an artist at Cast Iron Tattoos, says he’s also seen an increase in the number of people looking to honor the Pulse victims.
“What better way to do it right when it happens,” said White. “It’s fresh in everyone’s mind and they want to remember it.”
By the end of business Friday, Cast Iron had completed about 50 tattoos. White said many of the “shop’s clients either frequent Pulse or are employees there.”
Logan Downs writes on Instagram: “I could not be happier with my Pulse tribute tattoo. The people affected were my brothers, sisters, and friends. I will never forget what happened and this will be a beautiful reminder to never take a day for granted. ❤️ I couldn’t think of a better place to get it, right next to my Love Thy Neighbor tattoo.”
I could not be happier with my Pulse tribute tattoo. The people affected were my brothers, sisters, and friends. I will never forget what happened and this will be a beautiful reminder to never take a day for granted. ❤️ I couldn't think of a better place to get it, right next to my Love Thy Neighbor tattoo. I have zero complaints about my experiences (he also did my UFO pizza tattoo ?) with @timit_tattoos, he makes you laugh, makes you feel comfortable, and makes beautiful art. Go check him out! #OnePulse #PulseTattoo #LGBTandProud #TransandProud #lgbtink #transandinked
Client had 2 friends lost at #pulseorlando❤️???? and wanted a design to represent #onelove and the flag and the heart of her two friends. So..we got this! Wanted the pride flag strioes to be #watercolor so this was my take. Hope ya like. #orlando #orlandostrong #rememberpulse #pulseorlando #pulse #pulsetattoo #tat #tattoo #color #gaypride #neverforget #onelove❤️ #body #language #custom #ink thanks @neotatmachines #neotat @pulseorlando @rotaryworks #rotaryworks @fusion_ink #fusionink @phucstyxtattoosupply
Tattoo by Steph Modified Tomorrow (Saturday 10am-7pm) Steph and Justen will be doing Pulse lgbt related tattoos 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the victims,families. 3920 N.Dean Rd Orlando FL 32817 @modifiedtattoos #pulsetattoo #orlando #orlandolove #love #florida #orlandoflorida #orlandotattoos #floridatattoos #heart #lgbtpride #justlove #modifiedtattoos #tattoo #tattoos #onelove #watercolortattoo
In honor of those who survived and died at Pulse Nightclub Sunday morning. You are forever in my thoughts and prayers. There has to be a change in the world for this to never happen again. I still grieve but will stand strong along with the friends and family suffering til this day. God has gained 49 beautiful souls, as they are now safe with him. ❤️???? #OneLove #OneFamily #OnePulse
*Equality Florida, Florida’s largest organization dedicated to securing justice for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds for the victims and families of the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub. Please donate if you are able. Click here for more information.