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Pink Ink: A Ribbon of Hope for her Mom

September 27th, 2013

Lisa Dawson

pink ribbon hope tattoo

Krystal was helping me at the Home Depot customer service desk when I noticed the pink ribbon on her forearm. It’s in honor of her mom, a six year survivor.


I really like the shading on the ribbon, and the lettering has great lines (the photo doesn’t do it justice). Thanks for sharing your story, Krystal!

A Tattoo for Breast Cancer & Autism Awareness

February 8th, 2013

Lisa Dawson

Ribbon tattoo for breast cancer & autism

Magali Reyes was one of the first participants in the Dzul Ink Lounge’s “Get Ink for the Cure” fundraising event I wrote about last month.

Ribbon tattoo for breast cancer & autism

I really like the puzzle-inside-a-ribbon design, and learned Magali wants to increase both breast cancer and autism awareness:

“I got the breast cancer half for my aunt who has been currently battling breast cancer as well as for the women I have known who didn’t get the chance to win their fight; one example is my friend’s mom who passed away when she was a little girl.

“My other half, that’s my Autism Awareness… meant for myself and my sister since we both have it, as well for some of my family members who have more severe cases of autism.”

Magali told me she had always wanted to get a tattoo from Dzul, and when she saw the fundraiser on Facebook she thought it was a perfect opportunity to get the ribbon and benefit breast cancer programs at the same time. This is her 18th tattoo – she’s slowly building up a sleeve on her arm and there was a perfect spot for the ribbon.

Thank you, Magali, for sharing your story! I love your tattoo.

Dzul Ink Lounge in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood is donating 25% of the proceeds from cancer tribute tattoos to the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate. “Get Ink for the Cure” runs through the end of February, and includes any tattoo that commemorates a fight against cancer or remembers a loved one.

“Get Ink for the Cure” at Dzul Ink Lounge

January 31st, 2013

Lisa Dawson

Dzul Ink Lounge

Dzul Ink Lounge has been a fixture in White Center for many years, but brothers Jacob and Alejandro (Alex) Dzul found they were spending more and more of their time in downtown Seattle. So they started looking, found a great space on 3rd & Lenora in Belltown, and officially opened their new shop in December.

As part of their grand opening, they decided to honor their friend Marvin’s mom, Anita, by donating 25% of the proceeds from cancer tribute tattoos to the Komen Puget Sound Affiliate. Get Ink for the Cure runs through the end of February, and includes any tattoo that commemorates a fight against cancer or remembers a loved one.

The studio is also hosting a “Honoring Survivors” party on February 23rd from 6-8pm. It’s open to the public (yours truly will be there) and promises to be a good time with some great door prizes.

Dzul Ink Lounge

I stopped by to check out the studio and had a chance to talk to Alex about their plans for the new location. I was a little surprised at how light and airy the shop is. Clean lines, high ceilings and a mural by Jacob as the backdrop to several open tattoo stations in the front (private rooms are in the back). Local art hangs on the walls – the shop will feature a new exhibit every few months.

Alex and Jacob are well known for their portraiture and black and white work, but have been doing more and more colorful, custom designs in recent years. Other services include piercing and airbrushing for people who want less permanent body art.

I know some of you have been thinking about getting a tribute tattoo (you know who you are), so I encourage you to talk to the guys at Dzul Ink Lounge. Be sure to let me know if you end up getting something done – I’d love to feature you on the blog!

Get Ink for the Cure

Pink Ink: A Ribbon on her Calf

October 7th, 2012

Lisa Dawson

pink ribbon tattoo

I met Gretchen at my cousin’s bridal shower of all places. As I was taking a seat, my sister leaned over and whispered “Look, she’s got a pink ribbon tattoo!” Sure enough, there was a lovely illustrated tattoo on the outside of Gretchen’s left calf. She and I had a chance to chat as the party was winding down.

Gretchen told me an artist friend had drawn it for her, and the tattoo artist stayed true to the drawing. There’s some serious detail to this  2-3 inch piece – It looks as if it were sketched with colored pencils, with distinct lines and shading. Beautiful!

Gretchen’s enthusiasm for her family and friends is contagious. Seven years after her mastectomy and chemotherapy, she lives with significant lymphedema, but that doesn’t seem to slow her down. She radiates joy.

As a side note, my aunt overheard us talking and seemed surprised that Gretchen would have a tattoo. But less so when she realized it was a pink ribbon. There’s such a stigma associated with tattoos, so I always love it when I see someone gain a new appreciation for this art form!


Pink Ink: On the Nape of Her Neck

August 18th, 2012

Lisa Dawson

pink ribbon on the nape of her neck

My favorite shoe store, Clementine, has an amazing annual sale featuring odds and ends from the year’s assortment of styles. I always try to stop by on the first day, when there might actually be some size 9s on the shelves.

I found a pair and headed for the checkout line. In front of me was a woman with gorgeous tattoos of cherry blossoms and other flowers peeking out from the neckline of her tank top and extending down her arms. As I admired them, I noticed a little pink ribbon at the nape of her neck, almost completely hidden by her long, curly red hair.

Marguerite got the tattoo when she lost her hair to chemotherapy, figuring it would be visible until her hair grew back to cover it, a sign that treatment really was over. She didn’t remember exactly what the symbols meant, but they had significance at the time.

I only spent a few minutes talking with her but it was clear, five years later, that this tattoo had served its intended purpose.

pink ribbon on the nape of her neck

Thank you, Marguerite, for letting a stranger take a picture and share part of your story.


Pink Ink: Boxing Gloves & A Ribbon

July 29th, 2012

Lisa Dawson

Pink boxing gloves and pink ribbon

Samantha and I met at a rest area on the first day of the 2011 Seattle 3-Day walk. As we chatted over pretzels and purple gatorade, I noticed her tattoo: pink boxing gloves hanging from a pink ribbon.

Sam’s got a great sense of humor, but she’s serious when it comes to raising money to fight breast cancer. She showed me a photo of her and her friend Les, who had recently finished treatment for breast cancer. I was touched and inspired by her spirit.

Pink boxing gloves and pink ribbon

This year will mark Sam’s fifth time walking the 3-Day. Please consider supporting her fundraising efforts.



Pink Ink: Julie’s Celtic Knot

July 24th, 2012

Lisa Dawson

Julie's Celtic Knot

I met Julie and her mom, Marylucia, at the Komen Puget Sound Grace Notes auction in March. Both of them are breast cancer survivors. Julie’s cousin Titus McKnight is a tattoo artist in St. Paul, MN. He designed this beautiful tattoo beautifully incorporating a pink ribbon into the Celtic knot.

I love how her dress was cut as if it were made to honor the tattoo! Thank you, Julie  for supporting Komen during a challenging time, and thank you for letting me share your pink ink.

Julie's Celtic Knot
Julie's Celtic Knot
Julie's Celtic KnotJulie's Celtic Knot


The 2012 Grace Notes gala raised more than $825K for breast health programs in the Puget Sound region.

Pink Ink: A Ribbon & Cross Tattoo for Mom

June 5th, 2012

Lisa Dawson

pink ribbon and cross tattoo

Sunday’s Race for the Cure was overcast, but warm enough for a few people to go sleeveless. I spotted Richie and his friends after the finish line and asked if I could snap a photo of his pink ribbon tattoo.

Richie raced in memory of his mom, Trudy, and his grandmother, Gertie. His family lost Trudy to breast cancer in 1996.

Like so many others at the Seattle Center on Sunday morning, their Race was less about Komen and more of a time to pay tribute to loved ones.

Richie, if you see this, thank you for letting me share your story.

8,500 people participated in Sunday’s Komen Puget Sound Race for the Cure, raising over $1.1 million for breast health programs in Western Washington.

Pink Ink at the San Diego 3-Day

February 19th, 2012

Lisa Dawson

pink ribbon angel tattoo

The 3-Day walk is great for spotting pink ink, and participants are always willing to sharing the story behind their tattoos. San Diego 2010 was wet, very wet, but there were some sunny periods where the rain gear came off and the shorts and tank tops provided a peek at some lovely pink ribbon tattoos.

I know I’m a little late… I was sorting through some photos and realized I never uploaded them. Let me know if you spot yours!

pink ribbon angel tattoo

In memory of her mom


Classic pink ribbon


Tattoo shop fundraiser!


Running ribbon with a flower for each friend.


Classic pink ribbon for mom.


Pink sneakers. Pink ribbon.

pink ribbon believe arm

She got this at a tattoo shop fundraiser

pink ribbon angel tattoopink ribbon believe arm