Marked for Life Fundraiser


The Winnipeg Tattoo Convention is excited to announce it will be raising funds for Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba (MDAM).

During the August tattoo convention, more than 100 attending tattoo artists will be donating their time and talent at the Marked for Life booth doing pre-drawn tattoos in exchange for donations that will go entirely to the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba.

“Many tattoo artists have been impacted by mental illness, depression and suicide,” explains convention director and tattoo artist Rich Handford. “We have lost loved ones and really want to give back to an organization that makes a difference and supports people affected by mood disorders.”

How it Works

People attending the convention can visit the Marked for Life booth and get tattooed in exchange for a minimum $100 donation to MDAM. There will be a selection of tattoo designs to choose from including the semi-colon tattoo design that has been used in recent years to raise awareness of suicide prevention. Entry fees for daily tattoo judging contests and proceeds from 50/50 sales will also go towards MDAM.

The booth will be first come, first serve with a waiting list on site. There will be no appointments. Just show up and get in line for a tattoo!

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MDAM will be on hand at the Marked for Life booth to share information about the services it offers to those affected by mood disorders in the province.

“Artwork is an important tool in mental well-being and this type of event offers a vehicle for expression,” says Tara Brousseau Snider. “We want to thank and acknowledge our appreciation to the Winnipeg Tattoo Convention for working with us to offer help to the 95,000 Manitobans that received peer support, information, education and advocacy through MDAM last year.”

While not all cases may be documented, we know that in 2014 more than 76,000 Manitobans were impacted by mood disorders (Statistics Canada). Over four years (2009-10 to 2012-13) there were over 459 known suicide attempts made by children in Manitoba (Manitoba Centre for Health Policy).

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