World mental health day 2019
In this industry, we are no strangers to mental health issues. Over the years, we have been shocked, moved and brought to tears by the stories we have heard from our customers. We think tattooing is simply about giving someone the chance to relax for a few hours outside of their busy and stressful life and do something just for them. Those hours spent in the chair being tattooed are also often the only hours where someone can escape the grind and have a good chat about what’s going on with them – in a space where there’s no judgement. There isn’t a lot that shocks us, and although we’re not legally bound by confidentiality – we take a very serious view on the personal stories we hear. As far as we’re concerned, what you say in our tattoo studio stays in our tattoo studio.
Every single one of us has our own demons, and we understand that for anyone suffering with mental health issues, everyday life can seem overwhelming. Just leaving the house and having to interact with people can be exhausting and frightening. We sometimes get customers who have shown huge amounts of courage by just walking in the door and talking to us about a project. It might be something they have been thinking about for ages or maybe they want help covering up something with bad memories attached, whether it be self harm scars, or remnants of old lifestyle choices, or simply something personal to them. Whatever the reason, we just want them to feel safe and welcome. We always enjoy seeing our customers happy, but there is no greater pleasure than seeing someone that has overcome a lot of challenges finally get a piece they always wanted. Sometimes they cry, sometimes they smile, sometimes they just say thank you and quietly leave. It is always rewarding.
Of course, sometimes it isn’t that easy. Oh, how we wish it was. Mental health battles are never really over, and all of us have personal experience with how hard overcoming your own brain on a daily basis can be. Collectively, our med collection could probably take down an elephant. But hell, we do our best, and that’s all anyone can do. Needing medication to be the most functional person you can be is not something to be ashamed of! It represents being brave enough to admit you need help, and taking control of your wellbeing.
With that in mind, this Thursday we will be launching a small collection of tattoo designs related to mental health. With Mental Health day tomorrow, and National Coming Out Day on Friday, we felt that we needed to get involved. 50% of the proceeds from each design completed will go to ‘MindOut‘, a charity who directly help people with mental health problems and provide mental health support to the lgbtq+ community.
We will also be posting our own experiences with mental health throughout the weekend, in the hope that if someone is out there despairing, or wondering what the point is, that we can show them that things do get better. Life goes on, and it’s highly important that you do too.
We are going to break open the conversation, because stigma is the enemy, and hopefully donate some funds to a worthy cause in the process.
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