Unusual tattoo trend set in Port Talbot for kidney charity
A PORT Talbot tattoo parlour has started an unusual trend in the town, in a bid to raise awareness of kidney disease.
Underdog Tattoos was inspired to run a monthly charity day, where fundraisers can get character kidney bean designs, after two members of staff were affected by the condition.
The parlour, on Riverside Walk in the town, held the first event yesterday to raise money for Kidney Wales Foundation.
Owner Jo Tanner was born with one kidney — but didn't discover the fact until she was 18 — and the daughter of parlour receptionist, Karen Jeremy, was diagnosed with kidney failure two years ago. Currently on dialysis, she is awaiting a transplant.
Mrs Tanner and Ms Jeremy — neighbours and friends for seven years — came up with the idea to offer the charity tattoos.
Mrs Tanner said: "I was 18 and had just found out I was pregnant. They did a scan and they told me then that I had one kidney."
"I'm now on blood pressure tablets constantly," she said.
"But I'm doing this event for Karen's daughter Rachel — I've known her since she was 11.
"I didn't think it would be very successful, but we were booked out today and we're thinking of doing it once a month."
Tattoos cost a minimum of £20 each and all proceeds from the day will go to the charity, with all staff working 9am to 6.30pm for free.
"We've had people requesting different characters other than what we've already done, so we'll keep doing it as much as possible," said Mrs Tanner.
"And everybody loves a cheap tattoo."
Mrs Tanner's husband Chris thanked all the customers for their generosity.
"They have been fantastic," he said.
"It only took abut 12 hours to book up the day. I'd also like to thank Pugh's Colour Print for our posters."
The next event will be held on September 6. To book a place call 07541 388316.