MILWAUKEE – A lot of you can not fathom getting a tattoo for numerous causes. However think about getting inked with a complete stranger. One Ohio man’s story has impressed dozens of individuals to get matching tattoos with him — together with individuals in southeast Wisconsin.
Brandon Burks has a ardour for his craft. He has tattooed a whole lot of individuals all through his profession.
“I am just about self-taught,” Burks stated. “In a approach, I all the time inform individuals it may not have a that means in the mean time. However once you look again on it, you’ll keep in mind the place you have been at, at that cut-off date.”
A current shopper expertise moved Burk not like something earlier than. Two individuals have been ready within the foyer. They have been a man and a lady who had by no means met earlier than — however they have been getting an identical tattoo.
“Don simply began displaying me footage and pictures and instructed me he was lately identified with stage 4 most cancers,” Burk stated.
The person, Don Caskey, is from Ohio. Now, he’s taking advantage of the time he has left.
“I used to be identified this time final yr. They identified me and two weeks later they took my kidney out,” Caskey stated. “After we die all we take with us is our reminiscences.”
After listening to Caskey’s story, a server at a restaurant agreed to get a tattoo with him. Then a small group of household and associates additionally received matching tattoos.
“He labeled it a celebration of life,” Burks stated.
The whole lot modified when individuals on-line received phrase of Caskey’s journey to go away his mark.
“I received a digital tattoo with a woman in Georgia…I received a good friend request from South Africa yesterday,” Caskey stated. “It’s superb to me as a result of it’s a everlasting mark on their physique and they’re prepared to try this for a complete stranger.”
Now, greater than 100 individuals have an identical tattoo with Caskey. Most of them are individuals he has by no means met — together with a Milwaukee lady who was identified with epilepsy six years in the past.
“We’re technically disabled individuals however we don’t look disabled so we’re going to be joyful,” stated Betsy Vizcaino.
Vizcaino is moved by Caskey’s constructive perspective within the face of adversity.
“My short-term reminiscence is gone however I can have a look at my tattoos as see and know the place did I get it and what was causing it and who issues from it,” Vizcaino stated.
Burks stated he was additionally impressed to get an identical tattoo.
“I didn’t get unhappy power; any despair. It was extra jokes, laughter. He was taken with studying extra about me than telling me his story,” Burks stated.
“Brandon is an excellent down-to-earth man, he’s an excellent good man,” Caskey stated.
Whereas they began out as strangers, they now have a bond that’s greater than pores and skin deep — in honor of considered one of Burks’ shut associates.
“It sort of jogged my memory why I do it, I can contact individuals with my artwork,” Burks stated.
For Caskey, these are the reminiscences value dwelling for.
“It doesn’t matter what occurs in life and the way unhealthy one thing could seem, one thing good comes out of it,” Caskey stated.
Caskey’s tattoo with Burks is in honor of suicide prevention. He tells FOX6 Information he’s now on his 114th tattoo. He feels nice — and stated he enjoys the individuals he is had an opportunity to fulfill alongside the best way.
Burks works at Hustlin Handz Tattooing at 5114 W. Lisbon Avenue in Milwaukee.