Michigan tattoo artist finds unique way to support Flint

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Getting a tattoo is a deeply personal experience for many, but one tattoo artist in Michigan found a way to make it a charitable act as well.

Carrie Metz-Caporusso decided she wanted to use her skills working at the Lucky Monkey tattoo parlor in Ann Arbor to help support residents in Flint, about an hour away, who've been struck with a major water crisis, so she decided to hold a fundraiser with an ink twist.

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She designed a special heart tattoo, with dripping water, and promised that anyone who came to get the tattoo -- and paid $50 for it -- would get the wear the symbol of hope for Flint on their sleeve. The shop promised to donate all of the proceeds to Flint Child Health and Development Fund.

See the tattoo and the people who came out:

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The "Water Hearts for Flint" tattoo design
"First wave of Water Hearts for FLINT! We had a line out the door! We'll be tattooing these until 8 pm tonight so come on in! Hearts are $50 and 100% of proceeds go to the Flint Child Heath and Development Fund!" Facebook
"First wave of Water Hearts for FLINT! We had a line out the door! We'll be tattooing these until 8 pm tonight so come on in! Hearts are $50 and 100% of proceeds go to the Flint Child Heath and Development Fund!Facebook
"‪#‎Flintwatercrisis‬ Lucky Monkey Tattoo's Carrie Metz Caporusso will be tattooing these small water heart tattoos on FRIDAY Feb. 12 from 12:30 pm - 8 pm for $50. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. Tattoos are walk in only, first come, first serve. Please help spread the word and help us help Flint's children. Want to help but don't want ink - donate here: https://www.cfgf.org"
The Flint Water Plant tower is seen, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 in Flint, Mich. Flint is under a public health emergency after its drinking water became tainted when the city switched from the Detroit system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The city was under state management at the time. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
The Flint River is seen, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 in Flint, Mich. Flint is under a public health emergency after its drinking water became tainted when the city switched from the Detroit system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The city was under state management at the time. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Midwest Food Bank workers and volunteers carry cases of water that was donated, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Indianapolis. All of the water that was collected will be sent to Flint, Mich., where drinking water has been contaminated by lead. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
A forklift driver moves a pallet of water in a warehouse Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Flint, Mich. Area residents dealing with contaminated drinking water in Flint will be the recipients of the water, which they can pick up at fire stations throughout the city. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Metz-Caporusso told public radio she expected five people to come by and give back in the ink-fundraiser after they posted about it on the shop's Facebook page. Instead, 35 people came and all told she and her husband say they raised about $2,200.

The couple is now offering the design -- which they call Water Hearts for Flint -- up to other tattoo shops for free if they're willing to raise donations to give back to the Flint community. They hope it'll inspire others to join the cause as well.

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