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Flash tattoo fundraiser to benefit North Hills Community Outreach

| Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
Owner and tattoo artist Daniel Nodianos (left) tattoos Jacob Wilder of Ross Township as their friend Luke Healy (rear) of Ross, watches on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Brothers Keeper Tattoo Shop in West View.
Heidi Murrin | Tribune-Review
Owner and tattoo artist Daniel Nodianos (right) tattoos Jacob Wilder of Ross Township as their friend Luke Healy (rear) of Ross watches on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Brothers Keeper Tattoo Shop in West View.

Deni Rust keeps telling her co-workers at North Hills Community Outreach that she'll be taking one for the team when she gets her second tattoo next month.

On Aug. 2, Rust — and anyone who wants to join her — will get inked for a good cause during a “flash tattoo” fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit, which helps struggling families and individuals in northern Allegheny County.

“I'm so pleased, thankful and blessed to be here in this job,” said Rust, the organization's community auto service coordinator. “I'm tickled by the combination, so why not do it?”

Brothers Keeper Tattoo, a Christian tattoo shop on Perry Highway in West View, will host the fundraiser. People can walk in and choose from 25 to 30 small, pre-designed tattoos. Each will take 15 to 20 minutes and cost $50 to $60. Designs will be available for review online before the event at

Daniel Nodianos, the shop's owner, said he's done flash tattoos in the past for Friday the 13th, National Star Wars Day on May 4 and, most recently, a June 28 fundraiser in McKees Rocks for The Mario Lemieux Foundation.

“I definitely like to support things in the community,” Nodianos, 24, of Bellevue said, adding that he makes donations to West View Borough and the community's fire department, which is next to his shop.

He said the fundraiser for the Lemieux Foundation, which raises money for those with Hodgkin's disease, was much more successful than he expected. Nodianos estimated that he and two other artists each did about 10 tattoos and raised several hundred dollars.

“We were tattooing from 6 at night until 2 in the morning,” he said.

Nodianos said fundraiser patrons usually are a mix of people getting their first tattoos and those who aren't strangers to the needle. He said four tattoo artists will be on site for the North Hills Community Outreach's event.

His mother, Vicki Nodianos of Bellevue, suggested that Daniel do the fundraiser for Community Outreach.

“He opened (the shop) two years ago hoping he'd be able to help people in the community,” she said.

Jennifer Drayton, development manager at Community Outreach, said unusual fundraisers are great for nonprofits and that she's heard nothing but positive feedback about flash tattoos.

“I'm very excited that they thought of us,” Drayton said.

Rust, 44, of McCandless said she's heard great things about the shop and is excited to get a tattoo on her wrist, but is still a little nervous because she's not sure what she'll get.

She said she wants something that recognizes her long recovery from the unexpected loss of her husband to cancer at age 32. He died while she was pregnant with their second child.

“I just came out of a deep depression, and I want something that symbolizes rebirth or beauty coming from the ashes,” Rust said.

Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6353 or

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