MILWAUKEE – An Ohio man who went viral final 12 months for getting matching tattoos with strangers got here again to Milwaukee to get some extra items of ink, all whereas dealing with the most important well being battle of his life.
“It’s at all times a pleasure when Don comes round,” stated Brandon Burks. “It’s at all times a celebration.”
FOX6 Information first launched you to Don Caskey and Brandon Burks in December 2020. Burks, 27, is an unbiased contract tattoo artist with a ardour for his profession.
“He’s my brother,” stated Burks. “He’s greater than only a pal.”
Caskey is 55 years outdated from Toledo, Ohio. Combating stage 4 kidney most cancers, it’s unknown how a lot time he has left.
“Docs can’t assure how lengthy I’m going to be round, however I’m doing my greatest to be round so long as I can,” stated Caskey.
Caskey is making the very best of his state of affairs. His optimistic outlook went viral final 12 months.
“My social media blows up each day,” he stated.
Tons of of strangers throughout the nation and nearly around the globe have been impressed to get matching tattoos with him. That’s how Burks met Caskey.
“There’s nonetheless extra nice individuals on the planet than there may be unhealthy, and he stated it to me after we first met,” stated Burks.
After listening to his story, Burks additionally wished an identical tattoo.
When FOX6 final noticed Caskey, he was inching nearer to 100 tattoos. Virtually 6 months later, he has surpassed 300.
“Just about most of my legs, all my arms. I’ve acquired them on my palms now. Placing some on my knuckles subsequent. My shoulders are lined. I’ve acquired a couple of on my again and some on my chest, and I’ve acquired like 16 on my butt,” he stated.
Again in Milwaukee, he acquired a couple of extra matching items of ink.
Whereas his analysis has not improved, it additionally has not gotten any worse. Docs are encouraging him to maintain doing what he’s doing.
“It’s essentially the most wonderful but surreal expertise I’ve ever had in my life,” he stated.
Somebody despatched Caskey a track by nation artist Jay Allen referred to as “Tattoos to Heaven.”
“I despatched his supervisor an e mail,” stated Caskey. “Subsequent day, Jay Allen calls me up. That Friday I used to be down in Nashville getting tattoos with him.”
He additionally went on stage with him. Now, Caskey is making an attempt to pay it ahead by beginning a nonprofit referred to as “Stranger Ink” to assist households with funeral bills. He says preventing terminal sicknesses is expensive and leaves little left for what occurs subsequent.
“Life is brief and all people is aware of it. They hear it on a regular basis however make the most of what time you bought. Take pleasure in it,” stated Caskey.
For now, Caskey is persevering in opposition to all odds.
“Don’t dwell in a field and wait for all times to take you. Take life,” he stated.
Whereas there could also be lots of unknowns alongside this surreal journey, it’s actually led to lasting recollections.
“I’m taking them to the grave with me, and I’m on them for the remainder of their lives,” stated Caskey.
It’s actually led to lasting recollections.
“Undoubtedly, you’re with me endlessly, Don, most undoubtedly,” stated Burks.