On Friday March 10th, Brooklyn tattoo shop Eight of Swords opened its doors for it’s annual art show and silent auction to raise money for charity — this year’s foundation of choice being the Best Friends Animal Society. The atmosphere was incredibly friendly, which is no surprise from the Eight of Swords crew.
Over 100 artists participated in creating amazing one-of-a-kind pieces for the event — each wall graced by the likes of Justin Weatherholtz, Steve Huie, Tron, Iris Lys, Woodz and many, many more. Attendees flocked to the bidding sheets hoping to take home some of the wonderful art created solely to aid animals in need.
The libations flowed freely from a much appreciated open bar sponsored by Sailor Jerry and manned by Betty Rose herself, as the shop’s speakers played a variety of top shelf party jams… at a pet-friendly volume, of course. By the time we left, the space was elbow to elbow with big smiles on everyone in attendance.
It comes as no surprise the event attracted such a crowd. As one event attendee, Lauren A., put it, “Cute animals and an open bar? Sign me up.”
The real stars of the evening were the animals on hand for adoption. The Best Friends Animal Society crew brought along a few furry friends for guests to pet and play with during the party and silent auction. Between the two tiny, vision-impaired grey kittens, an older, laid-back orange tabby cat and an adorable, super friendly chihuahua mix dog — it didn’t take long before people were lining up for a meet and greet.
"Most days I work, it's for the love of the job and to make a living. Events like this are purely for the love of it. Adopting my own kitties and helping other homeless critters find places to live has given me overwhelming joy -- I hope events like this can do the same for others," Rose says joyously. Rose curated the event alongside fellow Eight of Swords artist Zoe Bean with help from shopgirl Sonia Karas and owner Dave C Wallin.
The event was a roaring success, raising over $3,000 for the cause. The friendly pup found a forever home and several people signed up to foster other cute animals in need.
If you couldn’t make it out, you can still do your part for the cause. Check out Best Friends Animal Society on the web and find out how to donate or otherwise get involved.