Tattoopalooza is coming to the Grand Central District, and it’s a cause for paws

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*The tattoos in the featured image are by artist Ray Prather, owner and president of Buku Tattoo Studio:


This event combines two things we love: Tattoos and dogs. Friends of Strays has partnered with Buku Tattoo Studio for a massive block party that will bring together more than 20 local vendors and 6 tattoo artists for a good cause.

On Saturday, April 27 the public is invited to gather at Central Avenue and 23rd Street outside of Buku Tattoo Studios for food, drinks, live music, street vendors, and of course tattoos and hennas celebrating your love for animals.

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Tattoo artists will on hand to provide new ink for some residents, or henna tattoos for those less interested in a permanent mark. Proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of Strays, which works tirelessly to help, nurture and rescue dogs and cats in need.

There will be a flash sheet of animal-themed tattoos prior to the event. Tattoos are first come, first serve, of course.

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All tattoos on the flash sheet will be $40. However if you’d like something different you can still put down a deposit during the event which will be donated to Friends of Strays. You’ll then schedule a time with the artist to come back.

Confirmed vendors for the event include Sunshine Kitty Catfe, That Dog Ice Cream, Pup Active and Furology Pet Grooming.

Tattoopalooza runs from 1-7pm on Saturday, April 27. Visit the event page for a full rundown of vendors and for updates on planned music acts and eats.

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