“We Will Never Forget”: Hundreds Are Remembering Orlando Pulse Victims In Ink

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.

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“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.”

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*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.