Artists use tattoos to help friend after attack

They tattooed 25 people and raise d$2,434

Brynn Sladky hosted a fundraiser doing tattoos to benefit Jacob Shroyer, who was attacked on May 8, 2017. (KOIN)
Brynn Sladky hosted a fundraiser doing tattoos to benefit Jacob Shroyer, who was attacked on May 8, 2017. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Tattoo artist Brynn Sladky has been tattooing her friend Jacob Shroyer for years and when he was seriously injured in a random attack Monday night, she wanted to use her skills to help.

Jacob Shroyer in a photo seen on his YouCaring page, May 11, 2017
Jacob Shroyer in a photo seen on his YouCaring page, May 11, 2017

Shroyer was stabbed multiple times Monday outside the Pacific Tower Apartments in Old Town. According to friends, he is in a medically induced coma and has undergone several surgeries.

All day Saturday, Sladky has been doing small, simple tattoos for whoever wants them at Blacklist Tattoo on NE Broadway. She said 100% of the proceeds will benefit Shroyer’s medical expenses.

By the end of the night she and her fellow artists tattooed 25 people and raised $2,434 for Shroyer.

“It’s amazing the turnout and the response that we’ve had with people coming in,” Sladky said. “People that don’t necessarily even know Jacob that are just like ‘thank you for doing this’ it’s just important to get this out there and do this for him.”

Supportive strangers and longtime friends showed up to get inked with simple tattoos Sladky picked because they remind her of Shroyer.

“Mine is going to be a rainbow heart,” friend Jon Petty said. “I always wanted one anyway to show off my pride and I figured with a cause like this would be a perfect time to do it.”

Sladky isn’t the only one donating her time and money to help Shroyer. At his station in Bishop’s Barbershop, colleagues have started a collection jar and friends started a You Caring page and have more than a dozen other fundraisers planned.

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