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Tattooing for a cause

Canyon Country resident fights cancer with ink, fundraiser

Posted: November 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 2, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Adam Guyot of Eternal Art Tattoo in Canyon Country displays his Tattoos Cure Cancer tattoo on his wrist and a page of options of the logo that will be available at the Tattoos Cure Cancer fundraiser event, which will occur on Sunday.

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For Canyon Country business owner Adam Guyot, the fight against cancer is personal.

“I lost my father to lung cancer in 2004,” the owner of Eternal Art Tattoo said in a Friday interview. After that, it became his dream to see the disease struck down as it struck down the father he loved.

Then one night the dream became literal.

“I actually had a dream, and in that dream I saw a T-shirt that said ‘Tattoos Cure Cancer,’” Guyot said. “I thought that just was a good idea to be able to raise money (for cancer).”

Almost nine years later, “Tattoos Cure Cancer” has transformed from a dream slogan to a nonprofit organization that will hold its first fundraiser Sunday.

Guyot, a long time Santa Clarita Valley resident who has been tattooing since 1992 and opened his shop in 1995, will have 13 local artists on hand to tattoo one of 17 anti-cancer ribbon designs anywhere the customer wants for $50.

The body-art-shy can support the cause by buying a Tattoos Cure Cancer T-shirt for $25.

Guyot hopes to raise about $50,000 during the event to be split between Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and families affected by cancer and in need of financial help.

He has also paired with a tattoo shop in Staten Island, N.Y., that will be helping the cause by hosting a similar event Sunday and donating the proceeds collected there to Tattoos Cure Cancer.

He said he may use some money from the fundraisers to build the nonprofit with the goal of raising $1 million in the organization’s first year.

With an art show and silent auction planned in December, Guyot is quickly scheduling more events for 2014, including an appearance by the Eternal Art Tattoo crew in a January tattoo convention in Washington, D.C., tattooing ribbons, his signature event.

For more information on Sunday’s fundraiser, visit tattooscurecancer.com/. The website also includes an option to donate online if supporters cannot attend the event.

 

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