People in Shreveport-Bossier pull together to stand with Standing Rock, the Indian Reservation close to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Tattoo artist, Shane McCormick at Red Handed Tattoo in Shreveport, is an environmentalist. He was looking for a way to help the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation community and the perfect information came across his Facebook news feed.
“I think we’ve given up on politicians and so we as people feel it’s up to us to stop environmental disasters and in their case treaty violations, human rights violations.”
The Standing Rock Tattoo GoFundMe page was set up so the tattoo community could help raise funds for the Standing Rock community.
The movement calls for a minimum of $30 from each tattoo to be donated to the fund. The page, which has attracted worldwide support, raised more than $61,000 as of December 2.
McCormick has the tattoo and says about 15 people have come in for the tattoo since they started about a week ago. He says the main focus is helping people, so they do not plan on making a profit of the tattoos.
Red Handed Tattoo plans to continue doing the tattoos at least through December. They will then send one big donation.
“A lot of people relate to the working middle class of America. They see these people out there. They see them getting blasted with water cans. They see them getting treated poorly by the militarized government. We have to make sure that these people are treated fairly,” said Red Handed Tattoo owner, Micah Harold.
Several locals from Shreveport-Bossier have been to Standing Rock, including Mary Thoma. She led an event at Marilynn’s Place in Shreveport, called “Shreveport-Bossier Stands with Standing Rock.” Thoma says she wanted to people to be able to share experiences, raise awareness and funds for what’s happening in North Dakota.
“Once you’ve experienced something like that. You can’t come home and sit idle,” said Thoma.
More than $3,000 was raised, not including the proceeds from an auction and vendor donations.
Thoma and McCormick are united in the effort. She got a tattoo and he was at the community event.
“The vibe there was amazing. We got to hear stories from people that were there at Standing Rock. Very emotional stories that touched everybody,” said McCormick.
Red Handed Tattoo plans to continue doing the tattoos at least through December. They will then make a big donation.