Tats for injured rider


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August 30, 2016 12:00 AM

Michelle Harris, with daughter, Jayden, in happier times, before the crash that sent the mother to hospital.

Anybody looking to get some free ink while supporting a good cause has the opportunity to go under the gun at Steel Dragon Studios, as its owner Jakks Sterling is using his skills to raise money for a fallen motorcyclist.
The tattoo isn’t exactly free it should be said, but comes with the purchase of a $10 ticket, or three for $20, and will depend on the luck of the draw.
The winner will get two hours of work done, with a normal cost of $280, and all proceeds will go to help soften the financial burden of Michelle Harris’s medical costs, who is currently in the hospital in Edmonton after a motorcycle crash she suffered on Aug. 7.
“Basically a friend of mine got in an accident and I thought, she’s a single mom with kids and what not, so I just wanted to help her out, raise some money and try to make things a little more comfortable for her,” said Sterling.
“She’s still in the hospital recovering from the accident so I’m going to throw a fundraiser on for her and raise as much money as I can so maybe she can pay for the ambulance ride and the airplane ride (to Edmonton), so that’s just the basis of it.”
Sterling heard through Harris’s daughter that Harris had to get reconstructive surgery on her leg because of a broken femur, broke some ribs and her collar bone, as well as suffered scrapes to her face, putting her on the critical list for three of four days.
Harris has been in the hospital for roughly three weeks and is expected to stay for a few more, and, as Sterling put it, life still happens and bills still need to be paid despite being laid up in a hospital bed, so he made it his goal to raise a little money to help offset those costs.
“Basically I just want to help out the family and if people want to help out, they can come down to the shop and drop $10 or $20 and have the opportunity to get a free tattoo and we raise money,” he said.
“I don’t have a target (amount to be raised), whatever people want, and you’re getting a pretty good deal there, plus you’re helping out somebody and helping her family out with some of the financial issues that are happening.”
Those looking at a chance to get some inexpensive tattoo work done while helping out a fellow Lloydminsterite can visit Steel Dragon Studios at 5008- 50 Ave.

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