On Jan. 28, Blue Gorilla Tattoo tempted just about every Charlestonian with an offer of free tattoos to celebrate their tenth anniversary. The event was scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Peppered Shade Tattoo, but lines began forming before 8 a.m.
Ryan Morris, a freshman at the College, was among the many that went in hopes of getting some new ink.
“I really like the artistic side of tattoos and really like the idea of getting a tattoo, so I saw they were giving free ones and was like yeah I’ll go get one,” Morris said.
Due to the large turnout, Blue Gorilla had to cut off free tattoos after the first 30 people in line.
“I got there at 8 a.m. and got my tattoo around 2 p.m. By 12 p.m., there was about a 100 people,” Morris said.
After getting his first tattoo in December, Morris has been eager for more ever since. His first was of a Mexican luchador mask. It is meant to represent strength, honor and standing up for your values. Morris’s most recent tattoo is of a deck of playing cards on his upper right arm. He picked from the tattoo designs that Blue Gorilla Tattoo offered for their anniversary celebration. Morris plans to return to Blue Gorilla within the next month to add color to his new art.