Government Street Tattoo Parlour/Bryan J. Turnbull

An artist at one of Victoria’s most popular tattoo parlours is hosting a fundraiser to support Cherry Bomb Toys, a business that had to shut down due to smoke damage from the Plaza Hotel fire last week.

Bryan Turnbull, a tattoo artist of 18 years and close friend of the owners of Cherry Bomb Toys, invites the public to get inked for just $80 this Friday, May 17th between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

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Turnbull will be assisted by artist Miles Kanne in providing small tattoos from Government Street Tattoo Parlour’s “Get What You Get Machine” OR one of several mini space ship tattoos designed by Turnbull. These tats are usually worth $100.

Each person who gets a tattoo for the fundraiser will also receive a $20 gift certificate to Cherry Bomb to use at the upcoming Toy Fair.

Community rallies together

Cherry Bomb Toys is one of several businesses affected by smoke damage due to the massive fire that destroyed adjacent Plaza Hotel building at the intersection of Government and Pandora last week.

In the aftermath of the blaze, the owners have had to close down shop in order to restore all the contents of the store, vault and museum due to smoke damage.

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“This was just something I wanted to do to help my friends,” Turnbull told Victoria Buzz.

“It’s kind of blown up a little bit. They’re pillars of the community, and it’s obvious that people really love them on account of the reaction to this fundraiser.”

All proceeds will go towards helping Cherry Bomb Toys pay their bills, pay employees, and help support their family, as the building that housed their business is also where they live.

Turnbull and Kanne will be volunteering their time and talent at Government Street Tattoos between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. this Friday, but the parlour will still be open to regular walk-in customers looking to get inked.

Who’s in?

Get What You Get machine at Government Street Tattoo Parlour/Bryan Turnbull

Tattoo fundraiser for Cherry Bomb Toys

  • When: Friday, May 17th, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Where: Government Street Tattoo, 1710 Government St

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