Getting Inked for Down Syndrome
(Originally published on The Mighty)
Being part of #theluckyfew is hard to put into words. Until you are actually a part of this exclusive club you can’t truly grasp what it means! On April 29, 2018 John Street Tattoo in Hamilton, ON tattooed over 160 people with some variation of three chevrons pointing up. 3 because of the triplication of the 21st chromosomes that make up #DownSyndrome and the upward point for our fierce passion to rise up and push forward breaking through the stereotypes that society has of our children.
This day brought together people from all over the Golden horseshoe. Parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, teachers, educational assistants and complete strangers to Down syndrome, all waiting around chit chatting and getting to know one another until their number got called to be next in line to get inked.. It was a monumental day for our community here in Ontario and will forever hold a special place in my heart! Before this day I never imagined myself ever getting a tattoo, however this is not just a tattoo its a statement that we are making together collectively as a community.
Thank you John Street and their artists who donated all sales and tips collectively raising $10,000 which was donated to Project 321 Peel Down syndrome Association to put towards fine arts programs and activities for their VIP’s.
Catch a glimpse of our extraordinary day!