CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Tattoo artist Crystal Trovinger of Eric Von Dar Elite Tattoo found a way to give back to the community in a unique way over the weekend in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Trovinger and Von Dar inked 18 ribbon tattoos, with all the proceeds going to the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance in Chambersburg.
Von Dar said until the end of the month, customers can choose from 15 ribbon designs with the $40 fee going directly to CVBCA.
When Trovinger pitched the idea to offer a breast cancer charity event by tattooing ribbons, Von Dar thought it was a great way to make a positive difference in the local community.
“I think it’s a good cause,” Von Dar said.
“I just wanted to do something different in a way that we could give back to our community,” Trovinger said.
She said breast cancer affects so many people that she wanted to do something locally to make a difference.
Anne Weimer, of Chambersburg, came to the shop Saturday to have Trovinger tattoo a pink butterfly ribbon in honor of her late mother, Gloria Trible.
“She was a two-time breast cancer survivor. I think she is looking down and loving this,” Weimer said.
It took Trovinger about 20 minutes to complete the delicate ribbon that formed the body of the butterfly on Weimer’s lower back.
“It is a good cause — everything is going to be donated to Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance,” Weimer said.
Shalon Logan’s grandfather, Joe Jenkins, died of breast cancer in 1987.
According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States last year. Approximately 1,910 new cases are expected in men.
On Saturday, she chose pink and blue for her ribbon to honor her beloved grandfather.
“He had a really hard struggle with his breast cancer, and I always said I wanted to do something where people wouldn’t have to go through what he went through — to try to find a cure,” Logan said. “I’m really glad to be a part of this.”