Cool for cats as ‘tatts’ raise funds

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Designs by Sofia Holt. Pic © JMU Journalism

A Liverpool tattoo parlour is ‘feline’ generous this month as it aims to raise money for UK cat charities with its pet designs.

The Painted Ladies outlet will donate half of its proceeds throughout October from cat-themed tattoos in a bid to generate charity cash.

Two of the studio’s artists, Holly Rice and Sofia Holt, have come with a variety of designs, from cutesy floral effects to more humorous images of cats in bonnets. There are plenty of options for clients to choose from, all while supporting a good cause.

The parlour has held other charitable events in the past, as Holly told JMU Journalism: “This is our first time getting involved with ‘Tatts for Cats’. The designs that customers can choose from have been done by myself and Sofia.”

Tatts for Cats is a non-profit organisation that was founded by ex-nurse Dolly Osborne in 2018. In the past year, it has become a popular way for tattoo parlours around the country to fundraise through events.

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She added: “We’ve had a few different themed events, such as International Women’s day and Friday 13th when we do a flash sale where all tattoos are £13.

“We also have a place in the studio where clients can drop off sanitary products to donate to women’s shelters in order to raise awareness for period poverty.”

Ms Osborne told JMU Journalism: “I was a volunteer with Cats Protection in Coventry, so I raised the money for them. I then realised that there were lots of smaller charities, who had no corporate support at all, where I could make a much bigger impact so I decided that’s where I would focus my efforts.”

The proceeds from The Painted Ladies fundraiser will go to Keighley Cat Care, a charity where volunteers rescue abandoned cats and find foster homes for them.

Ms Osborne added: “Keighley Cat Care was nominated by a Tatts For Cats follower. It was a good charity to branch out with as it actually accommodates cats all over the country and not just in its locality.

“Going forward, I will be following this process of asking for charities from the artists and supporters, then choosing one either at random or if one is overwhelmingly nominated.”

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