Tattooists back mental health charity.
THE country's finest tattooists have backed a North East woman's bid to improve mental health services.
Kerry-Anne Richardson, who runs Cock A Snook Tattoo Parlour in Heaton, Newcastle, is raising thousands of pounds for charity Mind.
Through an auction held in Newcastle on Saturday, a raffle and last month's fundraising day involving tattoos and piercings, Kerry-Anne hopes she can make a difference, and set up the Tattoo the Taboo organisation earlier this year. The auction featured pieces of work from tattooists all over the UK.
She said: "Tattooers are talented artists in their own right, they just choose to work on skin as opposed to paper.
"This is also a good way for someone to get a piece of artwork without committing to getting a tattoo."
Kerry-Anne, 32, has owned Cock A Snook parlour for six years and, after suffering mental health issues herself, wanted to do more to raise money for services.
All her fundraising money goes to Mind, but she aims to set up the Taboo the Tattoo as a charity in its own right later this year.
She said: "Mental health is the biggest health concern in this country and services are utterly under-funded."