Scott and Katrina Estreich of Lismore were part of the 200-strong crowd at the 12th annual tattoo show held at the Italo-Australia Club.
Scott and Katrina Estreich of Lismore were part of the 200-strong crowd at the 12th annual tattoo show held at the Italo-Australia Club. Marc Stapelberg

Tatt's the way to help vital service

BEFORE she met her husband, Katrina Estreich was scared to get big tattoos because she didn't know how men would react.

But when she married Scott Estreich, that all changed.

The Lismore woman said their marriage seven months ago had made her more relaxed and given her the confidence to get some bigger tattoos, and she now boasts a large dragon tattoo on her lower back and a Phoenix design on one of her thighs.

On Saturday, the pair joined about 200 other people with tattoos and artists at the Italo-Australian Club, Lismore, for the 12th annual charity tattoo show, which raised $3764 for the Lismore Soup Kitchen.

Mrs Estreich said it was a good opportunity to help a charity and show off your tattoos at the same time.

“Tattoos are pretty addictive,” she said. “I started off with just one small one, but you just get the feel for them and want to get more.”

Nola Davidson, from one of the main organisers, Creative Tattoo Art in Lismore and Byron Bay, said she was pleased so many people had turned up to support the event.

She said the money raised would help keep the soup kitchen running, by going towards buying food and paying overheads such as electricity bills.

The cause was close to her heart.

“We met a guy years ago who came into our tattoo studio and said he needed help,” Ms Davidson said.

“We got to know him, and others who went to the soup kitchen. Some people just have nowhere to go.

“It's important to help because one day it could be you or me – somebody's got to help, so it might as well be us.”

Ms Davidson said the event was also a chance for people with tattoos and tattoo artists to showcase their work without the 'aggressive influence' that was often found at bigger tattoo shows.

Another organiser, Geoff Wilcox, said the money raised was the only injection of cash the soup kitchen regularly received.

While many people were forthcoming with donations of food and other items, cash was harder to come by, he said.



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