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04/19/2007


Texas Tattoo Parlor Offers $20 'My Little Pony' Tattoos To Raise Money for Suicidal Bullied Teen

MylittleponyImperial Tattoo in Sugar Land, Texas has become a surprising well-spring of anti-bullying activism after the attempted suicide of Michael Morone, an 11-year-old student and "brony" (a male fan of "My Little Pony") from North Carolina.

The tattoo parlor's owner, Tony Wayne, took action immediately, offering $20 "My Little Pony" tattoos in order to raise funds for Michael and an anti-bullying organization. It turns out that Michael and tattoo aficionados have more in common than one might initially think.

The Houston Chronicle reports:

"We've done 25-30 of them since last week and more are booked this week," said store owner Tony Wayne. "They're regular guys, tattooed mean lookin' guys."

Wayne says as soon as he saw Michael Morones' story, he knew he had to help.

"Tattoos are about freedom of expression. Michael should have been free to like My Little Pony if he wanted to,"  Wayne said. "I knew other kids would be being bullied and this was the only way I could think to help."

Patrons with personal stakes in Michael's story have also gone to Imperial to receive their equine ink.

Christy Van Kannon, 34,  from Katy got a blue My Little Pony with a red mohawk on the inside of her left arm.  She said she felt compelled to do it because one of her 12 year old daughter's school friends also committed suicide because of bullying.

"I have three kids," said Van Kannon, "For me this was an incredible opportunity to show people how important it is to stop bullying,  We have to stand up for others that cant stand up for themselves"

Michael's recovery is suspect at this point, and he is still in critical condition at a North Carolina hospital. He may have severe brain damage. A recovery fund has raised nearly $70,000, but some of the Imperial's donations will also go to Stomp Out Bullying, a bullying prevention organization aimed at kids and teenagers.

"I didn't even realize this was going on, but things should not be gender specific. I'm getting (a My Little Pony Tattoo) myself now. You don't have to be a girl to like My Little Pony," Wayne said.


Man Wants Ryan/Romney Tattoo Removed: VIDEO

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Remember back in November when we predicted regret?

It has happened:

An Indiana man who tattooed the logo of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on his face says he is removing it. Eric Hartsburg says he initially planned to keep it, but cites post-election comments by Romney for his change of heart.

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One Direction's Harry Styles Got a Massive Abdominal Tattoo

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One Direction's Harry Styles added a new tattoo to his collection of more than 30, E! reports:

"...although his face can't be seen in the photo tattoo artist Liam Sparkes posted on Flickr Jan. 22, a rep for the One Direction singer tells E! News that is definitely Styles in the snap."


Adam Lambert Gets Massive New Tattoo

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Adam Lambert posted photos of a new astrologically-themed tattoo this afternoon, writing:

"New Ink...It represents my Astrological Birth Chart, along with Pagan, Buddhist, and Greco- Roman Archetypes related to balance and the life cycle....My chart is AQUARIUS Sun, Libra Rising, Aries Moon. All three are represented."


The Romney-Ryan Face Tattoo Guy Talks to Jimmy Kimmel: VIDEO

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Remember the guy who got the regrettable Romney-Ryan face tattoo?

Jimmy Kimmel Skyped with him last night. Hartsburg says he had the idea of putting his forehead up for sale and the election happened to be going on, so he approached some Republicans with the idea, and someone put down the money. Hartsburg says he'll keep the tattoo for the rest of his life, and hopes that Marco Rubio and Paul Ryan run in 2016.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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From the Dept. of Regrettable Tattoos: The Romney Ryan Logo

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"R" is for regret, especially if it's in the form of the 'Aquafresh'-style logo of the Romney-Ryan campaign, and it's tattooed on your temple.

Politico reports:

Suffice to say, he’s not happy with Tuesday’s results.

“Totally disappointed, man,” Hartsburg told POLITICO. “I’m the guy who has egg all over his face, but instead of egg, it’s a big Romney/Ryan tattoo. It’s there for life.”

Hartsburg’s tattoo covers a 5-by-2 inch space on the side of his face, and he did it after raising $5,000 on eBay for the effort. He didn’t even tell his wife he planned to get the tattoo until about an hour before.

Right away, she was taken aback,” Hartsburg said, adding that his wife is also a Romney/Ryan supporter.

“My 15-year-old son, however, he was all about it.”


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