03-07-2012, 11:44 AM
Join Date: Mar 2011
| | Skunx Tattoo organize auction of tattoo art
Press Release for Tattoo Press
Nick from Skunx Tattoo walks the famous El Camino De Santiago
On the 25th August 2012 Nick Reid, owner and founder of Skunx Tattoo in Angel, London will begin to walk the El Camino De Santiago. The walk is a modern day pilgrimage of 864km from St Jean in France to Santiago in Western Spain.
He is hoping to raise awareness of Mantle Cell Lymphoma and raise as much money as he can for the Mantle Cell Lymphoma trials unit at Plymouth Hospital.
A very dear friend and fellow Skunx tattooist Steve Richardson recently lost his dad John to the cancer at the age of 57, only 3 months after being diagnosed. He was a huge Newcastle United fan so the English translation - the Way of St. James - is particularly fitting.
What is Mantle Cell Lymphoma?
Mantle cell is a rare non hogkins lymphoma (NHL) cancer that affects the lymphatic system. When you have lymphoma some of your white blood cells don't work properly, so they can't fight infection as normal white blood cells do. Only about 5 out of every 100 people diagnosed with NHL have mantle cell lymphoma. It mainly affects men who are over 50 and unfortunately it is often widespread when it is diagnosed.
Treatment for mantle cell lymphoma is similar to treatment for other types of NHL but it is difficult to cure. It is an aggressive disease and often comes back relatively soon after you get it into remission.
Unfortunately, John did not reach remission. The cancer had spread to his brain and whilst in hospital for routine treatment, he suffered a brain hemorrhage. At 07.15 on 28th February 2012 he died surrounded by his family.
A word from Steve:
"My dad was a hero to his family and friends and although nothing will ever bring him back, we would like to help in some way to raise awareness of this particular form of cancer. Obviously many, many forms of cancer affect families every day but these rarer forms recieve very little attention and fewer funds towards research and treatments.
If we can contribute in some way to there being a successful form of treatment that will prolong the life of someone else one day, then it may help to ease the pain our sudden loss.
We would like to thank Nick for adopting our cause in his journey."
Skunx Tattoo is donating £5 from every tattoo done at the studio from now until the walk. Donations are also being taken via Nick Reid is fundraising for Plymouth Hospitals
The Skunx team will be organising an auction of tattoo art later this summer, which will include work donated by some of the world's best tattooists; including Xed Le Head, Shotsie Gorman, Tokyo Hiro, Lal Hardy, Dan Gold and over 20 other artists.
The evening will also feature performances from leading circus variety acts, including burlesque artists, high profile bands and close up magicians. More information and invitations to the event will be circulated in the next few weeks.
For more information please contact Hannah McFaull via Skunx Tattoo, 0207 278 6960 or email@example.com