Free tattoo time prize prompts Food Bank donations

Tattoo artist Mike Peace is giving out a ballot to enter a draw for free tattoo time for every Food Bank donation he receives. The contest is proving popular.

Entry fee is a food donation for the Veterans Food Bank. The prize is free tattoo time

Veterans Food Bank fundraiser

6 years ago
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Each donation to the Veterans Food Bank earns an entry to win time at Parlour Tattoo Studio.

A Calgary tattoo artist is offering his talent for a good cause this holiday season.

Mike Peace — who owns the Parlour Tattoo Studio — is giving people a draw ballot for free tattoo time for every donation he receives for the Veterans Food Bank.

He wasn't prepared for how popular the contest would be among his clients.

Maneuvering around stacks of canned food and boxes of pasta in his living room, Peace says he's overwhelmed by his clients' generosity.

Tattoo artists Mike Peace wasn’t prepared for how popular the contest would be and now has a living room full of food bank donations. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

"The response has been crazy. I mean even other tattoo shops have been bringing stuff to me. It's really amazing," he said. "Some people would come in with like, three or four items and then this one guy comes in and he had 255 items with him."

Peace's tattoo shop has been open for a couple years. Since the recession, business has struggled, but that hasn't stopped him from wanting to give back.

"It was just engrained in me as a kid, better to give than to receive, the old adage, right? And you know I just feel like I need to help people," he said.

The contest runs until Dec. 17.