Griffith ladies get ‘inked’ for autism

GRIN AND BEAR IT: Aimee Gibbs gets inked for autism with tattoo artist Bo Smith, while organiser Nicole Horley looks on.

GRIN AND BEAR IT: Aimee Gibbs gets inked for autism with tattoo artist Bo Smith, while organiser Nicole Horley looks on.

FOUR local ladies will sport autism symbols forever after getting them inked on their skin. 

Ink4Autism started in Canada in 2012 and aims to raise funds and awareness as part of Autism Awareness Month for different charities around the world.

To date, more than $25,000 has been raised and four Griffith ladies have done their part. 

Event organiser Nicole Horley came across Ink4Autism on Facebook and approached Ben Smith from Misfit Tattoos and asked him to be involved. 

Mr Smith signed up to ink the women cheap and donated $50 to the Griffith Autism Support Group and called on each lady to match his donation. 

Ms Horley said Mr Smith was originally booked out for April but he understood the importance of getting the tattoos done during Autism Awareness Month and gave them a slot as soon as someone cancelled.

“There were 14 people signed up, but Bo was able to fit us in on Easter Saturday at late notice so only four of us were able to make it,” Ms Horley said.

“All of the people that had originally signed up are parents of a child with autism so I’m confident they will contact Bo separately and still follow through.” 

Each tattoo took about an hour with two ladies getting a love heart with a jigsaw puzzle piece inside it and the other two getting a puzzle piece with more puzzle pieces inside it.

One of the ladies who got inked, Aimee Gibbs, said it was a family thing for her.

“We have a few kids in our family with autism and I have a boy in my care until he is 18 with autism,” she said.

So far, $400 has been raised for the Griffith Autism Support Group and Ms Horley said they would talk about making Ink4Autism an annual event.

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