Young tattoo fan Aidan Ringo teams up with local tattoo artists for his foundation dedicated to helping kids with cerebral palsy through art
See the dashing young man with the great hair? The one in the blue flannel, yeah, that one. That's Aidan Ringo. What's so special about Aidan Ringo eh? Oh, not much. He's just a typical 11-year-old kid obsessed with Star Wars and hockey. He's also a big fan of tattoos. You see, Aidan constantly suffers from both epilepsy and cerebral palsy. While his parents are trying their best to support him in any way they can, it's still quite difficult for the young Aidan to cope sometimes.
During one of his dad's tattoo sessions from local tattoo artist Mikey Sarratt, the 11-year-old boy sparked up a brilliant idea for not just himself, but to fellow young cerebral palsy sufferers. But he's going to need the help of a certain tattoo artist.
“I came into the shop one time and I was sitting around [while Sarratt tattooed Tyler], and Mikey let me color in one of his Boba Fett [tattoo stencils],” Ringo says. “I asked him if I could color more of them, and Mikey said it was a great idea. I realized I could use it to help kids like me.”
This is how an 11-year-old boy started a foundation through the help of tattoos. A true Star Wars fan, Aidan named the foundation, CPForce—a non-profit organization that holds art workshops for kids suffering from cerebral palsy. Tattoo artist Mikey Saratt got involved in it by helping out draw tattoo flash style coloring sheets for kids to color in.
“It’s therapeutic for the kids, because they can get lost in it,” Sarratt says. “Also, as [CPForce] grows, it’s giving Aidan amazing people skills. I’m watching him grow as a person every time he comes in here.”
“Most people don’t think of tattooers as giving people,” Sarratt says. “I think this shows people that we’re not all criminals and drug addicts.” A sad truth even tattoo artists like Sarratt encounters on a regular basis. This is how a tattoo artist like Mikey Sarratt gives back to the community—he's not the only one, though, and they're all helping to break the stigma.
All in all, the main goal isn't just so tattoo artists would acquire a better image in the eyes of everyone else in the community—it's just a plus. Let's not forget the main objective of CPForce. “The sky is the limit on this,” Tessa Ringo says. “We want to bring awareness about cerebral palsy and help as many kids as we can. No matter what you can donate, it helps. It doesn’t matter even if it’s just colored pencils or paper, it doesn’t have to be $500.”
The young man of the hour is certainly more than pleased with how this all turned out. He's definitely not forgetting to enjoy himself through it all, either. “When I pick up a pencil, it doesn’t even matter where I am,” Ringo says. “I’m in the zone. I’m coloring.” Read the rest here.