A Maple Ridge tattoo artist is doing her part to make a positive mark on the community.
From the charge for each tattoo, Tracey Nahachewsky, owner of Authentic Ink Tattoo, is donating $5 or $10 to the Friends In Need Food Bank, depending on the price of the body art.
She is also accepting donations above and beyond those amounts from her customers.
Nahachewsky's goal is to raise at least $500 for the local food bank.
"I would love to challenge or ask other local businesses to also contribute a little bit," Nahachewsky said. "This is my way of giving back."
By the time she closed her shop's doors for the day on Sept. 5, the first day of the fundraising drive, Nahachewsky had already collected $75 towards her goal.
"I'd like to start it for the month, but if it does well, I'd like to progress it right through to December," she said. "Basically it's just helping out with the food bank. From what I know, they can always use help. I want to be one of those businesses that help out. You give what you get."
She has owned the shop for three years and welcomes a number of regulars ranging from RCMP officers, to doctors and nurses, many returning to augment their body art.
"I have the RCMP who hang out here... everyone hangs out here. It's turned into a clubhouse," she said.
Nahachewsky has no prior connection to the Friends In Need Food Bank.
She simply woke up one morning and said to herself, "Let's do it. Let's help somebody."
Initially, Nahachewsky had planned on accepting nonperishable food donations, in exchange for a certain percentage off the cost of each customer's tattoo.
"But the food bank can stretch five dollars farther than a can of soup," she said. "So that's how this all started."
Located at 22353 Lougheed Hwy., Authentic Ink Tattoo is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Donations are being accepted during those business hours.
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