WANTING to raise money for charity, Shelley and Danny Stevens put their tattooing talents through the ultimate test.
The pair own Eclipse Tattoo Studio in Fareham and, with two other tattooists, spent 24 hours inking cancer research ribbons on customers.
People chose from two designs costing £25 with £20 from each tattoo going to The Rowans Hospice and Cancer Research.
Danny, 45, said: ‘I lost my mum to cancer when I was 16, so raising money for The Rowans and Cancer Research is a poignant cause.’
Shelley, 42, and Danny have owned the tattoo studio in Redlands Lane for two years and said a lot of people get memorial tattoos.
‘We realised when we got into the industry that a lot of people get tattoos for people they have lost,’ said Shelley.
The ribbons are a nice way for them to donate to charity but also remember someone they have lost through cancer.Shelley Stevens, co-owner of Eclipse Tattoo Studio
‘The ribbons are a nice way for them to donate to charity but also remember someone they have lost through cancer.’
The 24-hour tattoo event started Saturday at 10am and finished on Sunday. In that time, 162 people were inked, raising £3,240 for the charities.
Danny added: ‘We never aimed for a target because you never know how these things are going to go.
‘But we were busy during the day and the turn out was great.’
Mother and daughter Sharon and Charlotte Sloman, from Fareham, each got a ribbon.
Sharon’s dad was diagnosed with brain and lung cancer last week after they had already decided to get the tattoos. But it made them more determined to get them done.
Sharon said: ‘We had already planned to get it done but it made us really want to get it.
‘He will be receiving a lot of help from charities so it’s important that we can make donations.
‘The whole idea is brilliant because people love getting tattoos.’
Charlotte, 33, added: ‘I know quite a few people who have suffered from cancer and I wanted to donate. I thought this was a really great way to do it.’
Twenty-year-old Ricky Harvey also got inked. He said: ‘A close family member of mine had cervical cancer but luckily she survived. My great-grandad died of bowel cancer so I wanted to get one.
‘I was a bit nervous beforehand.’