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Put a bird on it: Tattoos raise cash for Audubon's feathered flock

By Jennifer Anderson
Portland Tribune

On Sunday, November 15, Wonderland Tattoos raised $5,850 in support of Audubon Society of Portland as part of the Willamette Week’s Give Guide by donating an entire day of their work devoted to bird-themed tattoos.

Some donate money, buy an auction package or volunteer their time to help an organization.

Others make a lifelong commitment — and get a tattoo.

Many of those diehard Audubon Society of Portland supporters did just that last Sunday and helped raise nearly $6,000 for Audubon's conservation and education programs.

The staff at Wonderland Tattoos, 7036 S.E. 52nd Ave., donated their time and all proceeds on Nov. 15 to Audubon, devoting their work to bird-themed tattoos.

Customers and bird enthusiasts started lining up in the rain at 6:30 a.m. to secure their spot to get an original tattoo by an artist at Wonderland.

"We love birds and supporting our community through fundraising, outreach, and promotion," said Wonderland owner Alice Kendall. "Thanks so much for coming out to support a great organization that provides vital services to local wildlife."

In preparation for the fundraiser, artists from Wonderland visited Audubon's sanctuary on Northwest Cornell Avenue to gather real-life inspiration and images of their education birds, including Aristophanes the raven, Finnegan the Peregrine falcon and Jack the American kestrel.

Blake Brady, one of the first customers in line, came down from Olympia, Wash.

He said he appreciated the collaboration of the local nonprofit and business, and the unique opportunity.

"I love birds. I love all different types of birds," Brady added. "I think these artists are definitely the ones to see if you want that type of tattoo."

Others drove down from Seattle and all across the region.

Kelly Babbitt got her tattoo in memory of her grandmother. "She was an avid birder and Audubon member, and we used to bird together," she says. "She passed away a couple of years ago, but I wanted to come today to try and get a bird tattoo in memory of her.”

Images of the bird tattoos are online here: http://tinyurl.com/audubonwonderland.

Audubon is holding their largest annual fundraiser, the Wild Arts Festival, this weekend — Nov. 21-22 at Montgomery Park.

For more: wildartsfestival.org.

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