SALT LAKE CITY (KSL) – Six Utah-based tattoo artists organized an event Monday to raise funds for Utah’s Rape Recovery Center, as well as a way to speak out against sexual assault.
Some started setting up camp outside the Salt Lake City tattoo shop at 6 a.m. Monday, and by 1 p.m. more than 750 people had put their names on the waiting list to get the free cat tattoo.
“We didn’t expect it to get this big,” tattoo artist Sarah de Azevedo said.
It started with an idea de Azevedo had to raise awareness about sexual assault, then five other Utah-based tattoo artists joined in and helped organize the event — a fundraiser for Utah’s Rape Recovery Center.
“Pussycat tattoos to give people a reminder, make them feel empowered,” de Azevedo said.
The idea was sparked after the 14-year veteran artist heard the audio released of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s off-the-record conversation with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush.
“I was pretty upset when the Trump tapes came out … the purpose of the art is to call attention to those words that are now famous and how inappropriate and inexcusable they are,” de Azevedo said.