CowPok Piercing & Tattoo Gallery will once again host the annual Semi-Colon Tattoo Charity Fundraiser on Saturday, November 23rd with proceeds supporting the work of Crisis Services. Now in its 5th year, CowPok’s Buffalo and Williamsville locations will be joined by Seven Seas Tattoo (Buffalo and Orchard Park) and Divine Machine (Buffalo), more than doubling locations across the region for even greater reach.
What has now become an annual fund- and awareness-raising event was born out of the Semi-Colon
Project’s national movement to reduce incidents of suicide “through connected community and greater
access to information and resources” (www.projectsemicolon.com). Using the imagery of a semi-colon
to symbolize the continuation of a sentence, and not an end, thousands of Buffalonians since the event’s
launch in 2015 proudly display tattoos that share a collective message that their stories are not over.
For event originator, Marc Lavey (formerly of CowPow, now of Seven Seas Tattoo), the profound impact
of a family suicide became a call-to-action: “I started this event as a way to show that people who
struggle with suicidal thoughts or the loss of loved ones are not alone. It’s not poetic, but it’s that
simple. I just hope that this event continues to change lives in a positive way.”
Co-organizer, Sarah Gravino (CowPok), feels proud to be an ongoing part of this event that has growing
community impact and swelled to well over 800 customers in 2018. “We have a great team that works
together to make the day run smoothly and provide a memorable experience,” Gravino adds, to the
thousands across the area who are anticipated this Saturday.
This year, all five area locations will offer two sizes of semi-colon tattoos ($40); both Seven Seas
locations will additionally offer expanded designs, including butterfly wings, dog tags, hearts and angels’
wings to complement existing semi-colon tattoos ($50). Customers must be 18+ and bring proper ID.
This is a cash-only event and customers are received on a first-come, first-served basis between the
hours of 12PM-8PM.