Texomans get Texas tattoos for Harvey victims

SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Modified Design Tattoo & Piercing in Sherman did what they do best to give back to victims of Hurricane Harvey: they inked nearly 140 tiny outlines of Texas on people Sunday, all proceeds going to the relief efforts.

"It means I actually got a chance to help someone," said Courtney Gaines. "That $20 can help someone who lost everything."

Each tattoo, and some select piercings, were $20.

"Really all you do is come in, get a small one inch tattoo of Texas, it's $20, we're trying to knock out as many as we can," said Caleb Stone, who has been tattooing for seven years.

Cody Collins, who lives in Sherman, decided to put Texas on his wrist after seeing the event online.

"I donated, I didn't feel like it was enough," Collins explained. "We saw this pop up on Facebook and it piqued my interest, so I decided to dedicate part of my body to those affected by Harvey."

Another customer, Courtney Gaines of Tom Bean, said she loves the nontraditional way of helping out.

"It's a really good to come as a community together to help with the hurricane," Gaines said.

All week long, Texomans have been helping victims of the hurricane—called the costliest and worst natural disaster in American History--whether it's taking a boat down south, hosting a fundraiser, or getting a tattoo.

"Bless them for what they're doing and everyone in this community," Collins said about the special tattooing.

The event was supposed to go on until 8 p.m., but there was such a large turnout that the shop had to cutoff the line at 4 p.m.

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