Ink For A Cause

The spirit of giving will go skin deep at Ink For A Cause, a two-day body art event this fall. This show, unlike any other, advocates generosity through adornment. Ink For A Cause plans to donate a portion of all proceeds to this year's designated charity, CALM, whose mission is to prevent, assess and treat child abuse.

Santa Barbara, California, November 14 & 15, 2009 Hundreds are expected to gather for the love of skin art and the opportunity to support CALM at the "Ink For A Cause" two-day body art expo featuring world-renowned tattoo artists and piercers, live entertainment, roller derby girls, tattoo contests, assorted vendors, celebrity guests, and more. The event, the first of its kind in the city of Santa Barbara, is expected to attract serious collectors, as well as those who just want to learn more about this amazing art form. The event will be like a living, breathing art exhibit as well as have a full weekend of activities, including an after-party at Velvet Jones.

"I have been a part of the body art community a long time and I wanted to put on a show with a greater purpose," says Christina Diaz, event promoter. "This show is about promoting body art in a positive light and is an opportunity to highlight and fund raise for organizations such as CALM." "Each year Ink For A Cause will feature a different charity," says Diaz. This year's charitable recipient, CALM (Child Abuse Listening and Mediation) is the only private non-profit agency in Santa Barbara county whose sole mission is to prevent, assess, and treat child abuse by providing comprehensive, culturally appropriate services for children, adults and families.

Families are welcome with a Kids' Arts and Crafts Corner to help entertain the little ones. Single day admission is $20 per person, for both days it's $30 per person and children 12 and under are $10 or, also in the spirit of giving, FREE with a non-perishable food donation to the Santa Barbara County Foodbank. Expo hours are 11AM 11PM Saturday and 11AM to 7PM Sunday.

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