Drop of Ink Tattoos and Body Piercing in Mechanicsburg was abuzz with activity midnight Friday to midnight Saturday for the fifth annual 24-Hour Tattoo Marathon benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

By mid-afternoon Saturday, marathon proceeds had reached $4,400, already surpassing the previous year’s total of $4,150, Drop of Ink owner Frank Disbrow said. However, the business fell short of its $10,000 goal, raising a total of $7,467 during the Saturday marathon.

Disbrow said they were able to almost double last year’s total because there were three tattoo artists this year who were booked for the entire 24-hour period.


“This is awesome,” he said. “As a business owner, it’s an honor for me to have a crew who is willing to do something like this. These people have integrity. If the community and people work together, we can change things in the country and parts of the world that need change.”

Drop of Ink tattoo and piercing artist Ronald Carr started the fundraiser on April Fool’s Day in 2012 with all proceeds from tattoos and piercings benefiting the MDA. “We hold it on April Fool’s Day because my wife Heather said, ‘You’d be a fool not to show up for this,’ and it stuck,” explained Carr, of Shippensburg

Carr has long been a champion for muscular dystrophy, inspired by a friend’s son who is living with the disease. He serves as a counselor eight days each summer at a MDA camp in New Jersey and has participated in the MDA Ride for Life fundraiser for 10 years.

Carr worked solo during the first four marathons, but this year he was joined by Drop of Ink artists Fagan Quinn and Kyle Devaney.

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Quinn, of Camp Hill, said he donated to MDA previous years but decided to take things a step further on Saturday. “I approached Ron and said, ‘Why not?’ If the old man can do it, I can muster up the strength to get through (the marathon). I’m tired, but I keep getting second winds. I’m on an upward stroke now. Red Bulls and coffee are keeping me alive now.”

Quinn was about midway through a six-hour tattoo session with Jim Downs of Mechanicsburg.

“It’s for a good cause,” said Downs, who was getting a split image of a bear and an American Indian warrior head tattooed on his upper arm. “I was here once before and they do very good work.”

Meanwhile, Devaney of Mechanicsburg, was finishing a tattoo of a green muscular dystrophy support ribbon on the arm of Edith Ramsey of Coatesville. The ribbon was intertwined with the names of her grandsons, Mason, 11, and Max, 7. Mason’s name was there because he is living with muscular dystrophy. Max’s name was there because his grandmother didn’t want him to feel left out.

The boys’ mother, Evelyn Nellius, of Strasburg, was next in line to get the same tattoo from Devaney, while sister-in-law, Amanda Campbell, of East Petersburg, was waiting for a “Live, Laugh, Love” inking. Nellius said she learned about the event on Facebook.

Carr was also busy crafting a mother/daughter tattoo for devoted customer Nicole Jacoby, who traveled from East Berlin to support Carr and his cause. “I will come to him. I don’t care where he is,” Jacoby said.

The event also featured several raffles with prizes including a $50 gift certificate donated by Dodge Steakhouse out of Harrisburg, and four $50 gift certificates donated by JD Lovedrafts MicroPub in Harrisburg. For a $20 donation, patrons also could vie for a grilled steak dinner and drinks for two at Carr’s home.

courtesy of cumberlink.com