Slinkii leaned ahead of their stool, expertly maneuvering the tattoo gun throughout shopper Abby Starr’s ankle.
The tattoo artist used their gloved hand to wipe away extra ink, revealing a thin-lined juice field displaying the phrases “Bad Bitch Juice.”
Slinkii’s signature is a juice field, however this one is especially particular.
The tattoo was a part of a flash sale by Black Amethyst Tattoo Company, a women-owned store in Akron using feminine and nonbinary artists like Slinkii, who goes by this identify professionally.
All proceeds went to state abortion funds and contraception choices for his or her prospects.
“I feel like we’re doing all we know how to do, which is tattoo,” said shop owner Erica Rose. “We’re just trying to turn that into something that could be helpful and beneficial.”
‘It saved my life’
It’s a trigger that’s private for Slinkii, who had an abortion at age 15.
“It saved my life,” Slinkii mentioned. “I was too young to have a child. I myself was a child. I just want everyone to have the option I did.”
The flash sale, which ran July 3 and 4, was prompted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which successfully overturned Roe v. Wade and prompted Ohio’s swift enactment of the so-called “heartbeat bill,” banning abortion after fetal cardiac exercise could be detected, usually round six weeks.
“It affects all of us,” Rose said. “Every person who works here has a uterus.”
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Flash gross sales are typically supplied by outlets or artists as a method to tattoo as many individuals throughout a brief time period as doable utilizing pre-drawn designs. Black Amethyst’s sale was by appointment solely, and all appointments had been promptly stuffed throughout the day of posting.
Most art work pertains to feminine empowerment or reproductive autonomy, corresponding to floral outlines of a uterus or sayings like “my body, my choice,” but other gender-neutral designs were offered as well.
The two-day sale raised $9,410. All artists donated their time and supplies and did not accept tips unless it went toward the fundraiser.
“We’re trying to do everything we can to have options for everyone that needs it,” said artist Sadie Winter. “The least we can do is donate a couple needs and ink and our time.”
‘Abortion is health care’
The money supports operations for Women Have Options Ohio, a statewide abortion fund that assists with out-of-state travel and paying for the procedure, and Preterm Cleveland, a nonprofit sexual health clinic offering abortion services and care.
“I came out because abortion is health care,” said 35-year-old Tressa Watts of Cuyahoga Falls while Rose tattooed a floral outline of a woman’s body on her arm. “Now that I have a daughter, it feels even more important. It seems crazy she doesn’t have the same rights I had.”
Most of the money will be donated, but some will be reserved to purchase contraception stocked in the shop’s bathroom, including condoms, spermicide gel and morning-after pills, which are used the day following unprotected sex or failed birth control method.
“Not everyone can afford a $40 pill,” Rose said. “It’s one of those things like, if you need it, take it. We won’t know who took it. You don’t even need to have an appointment, you can just come in.”
To continue fundraising efforts beyond the weekend, each shop artist designed a t-shirt to sell online.
“Birth control and abortion is just basic fundamental health care that every person with a uterus should have access to,” Winter said. “It’s pretty absurd based on your geographical location in the country, your options are limited or you have none at all, so we want to make sure we’re doing whatever we can to help.”
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