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Tattooing for rhino conservation atop Kilimanjaro

Times LIVE | 2013-02-07 11:01:54.0

After the launch of their ‘mark the rhino’ campaign in December, Skintrade Tattoos, aims to set a world record by summiting Mt Kilimanjaro and doing a rhino tattoos at the top - the highest altitude that a tattoo has ever been done at.

The mark the rhino tattoo will be done using modified tattoo equipment made to run off battery packs.

The tattoo parlour says it will be following it up with the lowest altitude tattoo ever done by going down a South African gold mine and applying a rhino tattoo there as well.  

The Mark of the Rhino is a tattoo of six or eight square centimetres, a silhouetted, tribal style tattoo of a rhino, designed to represent the black, white and even Sumatran rhino, and a unique code beneath it in roman numerals.

The code will be individualised for each and every donor’s tattoo.

Along with the tattoo, they will also receive a certificate with their name which will also be placed on the website next to their individual number. Their own names, company names, or a pseudonym can be used. Companies can also buy multiple ‘marks’ and give them out to suppliers, staff members or customers.

The mark will cost donors R900 and take around 10 to 15 minutes to get done and will have a lifetime guarantee.

It takes around a week to a week and a half to heal and doesn’t require much aftercare.

The proceeds will go directly towards purchasing equipment to aid in the fight against rhino poachers.

The ‘mark’ can be purchased at any Skintrade Tattoos shop .They are award winning artists and have participated in many shows and tattoo conventions, including the BMX world championships, international tattoo conventions in South Africa, and the Sexpo show to name a few, They are located in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town, but they will also be doing road shows around South and Southern Africa.

They will be appearing at shopping malls, festivals, fairs and markets in many areas.

Addresses for the shops can be found on the website and details of the road shows will be posted there too.


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