Enter #OPTINK to receive a free tattoo making you an organ donor. The tattoo was created by Junge Helden, an organ donation awareness group, and McCann Worldgroup. It was designed by Gara, a Berlin-based tattoo artist, to be instantly recognizable, scaleable, and easily interpreted and interpreted by other artists.
Each year, approximately 10.000 Germans are waiting for an organ donation. Three people die each day due to a lack of donors. It’s a surprising stat given that 84% of citizens say they are willing to donate, but less so once we see the real number of donors: only 0,001% of the population – a number that puts Germany among the lowest organ donation rates in Europe. This discrepancy can be attributed to the fact that Germany has not succeeded in passing “opt-out” legislation and remains an “opt-in” country for organ donations. In Germany, there is no national registry for organ donors. To become organ donors, individuals must show proof of their consent. Any form of proof is acceptable.
One in four Germans is tattooed.
This idea transforms a regular tattoo consent sheet into an organ donation consent page, making #OPTINK act a proof that will. Above all, the tattoo is a conversation starter and a statement to family members, making them aware of the person’s opt-in donor status – which is crucial, since relatives hold the final decision.
#OPTINK’s minimal geometric design reveals a half circle juxtaposed against another half to become whole, symbolizing the gift of life that is organ donation. Promoted through a campaign with the motto “Get inked. Give life”, the initiative allows Germans to get inked with a tattoo for free at tattoo studios and events around the country.
The program was first introduced at one of Germany’s most essential tattoo events: Die Tattoo Convention in Braunschweig. The #OPTINK booth was not only fully booked for its entire duration, but the design also received an Honorable Mention in the convention’s contest.
#OPTINK was then launched nationwide at Junge Helden’s 20th-anniversary event, in the presence of the medical community, celebrities , and well-established tattoo artists. The campaign arrives on the heels of the 3rd anniversary of the German parliament’s rejection of a bill to change donor policy from “opt-in” to “opt-out,” which would make everyone donor by default.
The campaign has already turned over 100 tattoo studios in the country into recruitment centers for organ donation. That’s a saving potential of nearly 700 lives.
Click here to learn more about the list of participants and partners, and how you can get inked.
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Agency: McCann Paris, McCann Germany, Weber Shandwick Germany, MRM Germany, MRM London & McCann Erickson Worldwide
Junge Helden e.V. – c/o Sterntaler Film, Preysingstrasse 24, 81667 Munich
Anna Barbara Sum – Management, Co-Founder
Nicolas Höfer – First Board of Directors, Co-founder
Title/ Position of the Team Credits
Adrian Botan – Global ECD, CCO McCann Europe
Julien Calot – Chief Creative Officer
Cedric Astrella – Executive Creative Director
Farah El Feghali – Creative Director
Mateo Fernandez – Creative Director
Goetz Ulmer – Chief Creative Officer
Donovan Bryan – Executive Creative Director
Goncalo Gameiro – Art Director
Gabriel Abrucio – Senior Copywriter
Schakir Islamow – Senior Copywriter
Bjoern Seib – Creative Director
Guto Kono – Associate Creative Director
Jan Wilhelm – Account Director
Alexandra Znaty – Head of Project Management
Hajar El Kalaji – Account Director
Julia Suedholter – Senior Manager Media Relations
Dominik Hennes – Senior Manager, Client Experience Digital
Susan Kobs – Senior Manager, Business Development & Marketing
Ilan Schaefer – CEO
Alice Reindlova – PR & Communication Manager
Petra Strobl – Chief Communication and Culture Officer
Carmen Bistrian – Global Lead, Director of Product Excellence
Connie Bedenk – Creative Excellence Manager
Etienne Philippe – Motion Designer
Launde Morel – Interactive Designer
Pierre-Jean Bernard – Social Media Manager
Carsten Schneider – Grouphead Web Development
Keith Charlton – Software Engineer
Behzad Noroozi – Technical Director
Justine Maroux – Chief Project Manager Digital
Duc-Huy Tran – Project Director Digital
Darren Jones – Group Experience Director
Chris Taylor – Lead Front-End Developer
Constantin Muehlenhaupt – Junior Account Manager
Oliver Hugo – Head of Print Production
Sabine Schmalenbach – Producer
Ian Scheer – Cinematography
Dirk Laessig – Photographer
Tattoo Artist (Design).
Gara @ Der Grimm Tattoo
Event: Tattoo Artists
Silvia Lampreda aka Blustorm
hoke & Poke studio
House of Rituals
Skin Art Atelier
White Lotus Tattooing
Original Hamburg Ink
Atelier Noir nu
Pow Wow Tattoo
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