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The Town

November 15, 2012

Imperial Art Studio holding drive to benefit Food Bank of WNY

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Tonawanda News — Terror Technologies began as a way for Hinaman to promote a haunted house he ran out of his Kenmore residence for years until this year, and even though the haunted house attraction is no more, his group of some 160 zombies still dress up to help raise funds and food for charity, and even blood for UNYTS.

“Our motto is ‘we play dead so that others may live,’ “ he said. “You just get good feelings out of it when you go down to the Food Bank as a zombie and take a few hundred pounds of food.”

Royce has no idea what kind of turnout to expect at the tattoo shop. This is Imperial Art Studio’s first food drive and only its second charity push in its year of existence, after October’s Tats for Tatas event, which collected about $1,000 for the American Cancer Society. The shop is giving to charity, he said, because now that he has found success, he wants to give back.

“If one person has a Thanksgiving meal, great, if 100, even better,” Royce said. 

“A lot of people always give you that first sterotypical glance, like ‘this guy’s got tattoos on his hands and his neck and his face and he’s got to be some kind of jerk or drug addict,’ “ he said. “But it seems like the minute I open my mouth to speak to them, I surpass that (expectation).”

“They realize we’re not a bunch of idiots. We’re out here using the art form to try to help others.”

After November’s Tats for Turkeys promotion, Imperial Art Studio will be holding a Tats for Toys fundraiser ahead of the Christmas holiday. Royce said the shop plans to accept one or two preferably unwrapped toys in exchange for $35 and $50 tattoo gift certificates during the drive. For more information about either promotion, call the shop at 862-8282.

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