This page will show you to some of the articles that have been written about us over the years. We have done charity auctions for our work and have done marathon tattooing for childrens causes and hospital benifits. We are very active in the community with not just giving our services to wanting customer but also to the needy in the many ways we volunteer our time. Please read along and learn our many facets as we aren't just a simple tattoo parlor any more.
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'Tattoo-a-thon' adds color to sick children's futures
Roseville shop raises $17,000 for hospital
By: Nathan Donato-Weinstein ,Gold Country News Service
Asking employees to work a full day plus overtime - without collecting any pay - isn't usually considered a way of inspiring workplace satisfaction. But William Hill, proprietor of Wild Bill's Tattoo in Roseville, managed to do just that. On Feb. 25, none of his employees was earning a cent, but all of them were happy to be there.
" It's worth it," said Melissa Funk, a tattoo artist at the venerable Roseville Of course, Hill wasn't earning anything either, except maybe the gratitude of doctors, parents and children - all of whom stand to benefit from the shop's participation in a charity event contributing to the UC Davis Children's Hospital.
Last Saturday's "Tattoo-a-thon," now in its fifth year, was part of a larger effort by Entercom radio stations, including 98 Rock, KWOD 106.5, Smooth Jazz 94.7 KSSJ, 96.9 The Eagle and 107.9 The End, to raise funds for the hospital.
Five years ago, Kim Forrest, a tattoo artist at the shop, was listening to the radio when she heard a story about a child treated at the hospital. "I called in and said I would donate everything I made that day to their radio-thon," Forrest recalled. "It progressed from that. Now, our whole shop has been involved."
Each of the outfit's artists worked up to 15-hour shifts that Saturday, donating all proceeds - including tips - to the Entercom charity fund for UC Davis Children's Hospital.
" They've been great supporters over the years," said Jacquelyn Kay-Mills, a spokesperson for the hospital. "All the money stays in our community hospital here. We use the money for research, patient care services and equipment that we wouldn't be able to purchase without the funds."
The hospital counts 437 on-staff specialists, who help treat nearly 74,000 children annually. It's the only level one pediatric trauma center in Northern California, and its 350 in-progress research studies make it one of the most active children's hospitals in research.
Mid-day Saturday, Hill described the turnout as "phenomenal." And it's easy to see why: The shop was filled with regulars looking to augment their already-impressive array of body art, as well as first-timers nervously awaiting going under the needle.
Laurie Cristoni was part of the latter. The Citrus Heights resident admitted being a little apprehensive, since her tattoo - a floral wraparound - was to be located around her ankle, a particularly sensitive area. But the event's cause convinced her to go ahead.
" I've wanted one for a long time, but a friend of mine's daughter has leukemia," Cristoni said. "He told me about the event today. Basically he said, 'Hey, if you want to support this hospital this is the way to do it.'"
" A lot of people are waiting for an excuse" to get a tattoo, Hill agreed.
Eean and Nicole Levin used the event as an excuse, too - to try to take their minds off their newborn son's condition. He was born unable to breathe without a respirator. "They've been telling us, 'Get your mind off of things, get your minds off of things,'" Eean said.
So, after hearing about the Tattoo-a-thon, Eean and Nicole took a break from the intensive care unit and decided to try some ink therapy. Eean's new tattoo makes tangible what's already close to his heart: in neat cursive on the upper left side of his chest, it spells out Elyjah - his son's name.
By midnight, nearly 150 people walked out more decorated than when they walked in, helping collect over $17,000 - $5,000 more than last year. That brings the five-year total to over $45,000.
Not a bad haul, considering tattoos used to be the purview of sailors and motorcycle enthusiasts. These days, though, the inky artwork adorns people of every demographic - from the secretary in the front office to the business executive. That's good for business, and during the Tattoo-a-thon, it's good for the hospital.
" Tattoos were really frowned upon for a long time," said Hill, who has been tattooing his entire adult life. "When people would walk with their kids by me and see me, they'd pull their kids closer to them. Now for the last 10 years, people are like, 'Look at his tattoos!'
" Now, it's more the norm. It's become socially acceptable."
Nathan Donato-Weinstein can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sacramento Business Journal - February 24, 2006
Get inked for the kids
Wild Bill Hill and his crew want to burn and pierce for the kids.
Wild Bill's Tattoo in Roseville, popular with Harley buffs and Sacramento Kings alike, will donate every penny customers pay on Saturday to the UC Davis Children's Hospital.
Ten skin-artists will plug away with electric needles for hours; massages will be provided to make sure tired hands don't turn out a jagged squiggle instead of a pirate ship. Folks who don't want to stand in line can buy a gift certificate and come back later.
A total of $11,720 was raised last year. Customers waited for hours, baring arms, legs, backs and other body parts to rack up more than 200 tattoos in 16 hours of non-stop action.
That's a lot of freaking tattoos.
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SACRAMENTO NEWS + REVIEW STORY; WILD BILL'S TATTOO STUDIO RAISES $17,300.00
IN A ONE DAY
Event Pick of the Week That's tat
By Jonathan Kiefer
William Hill, the acclaimed tattooist and designer of Roseville's outgoing mail-cancellation mark, is better known to his friends and clients as Wild Bill. He was a bit of a hell-raiser in his early days. At 14, Bill built his first tattoo machine and began experimenting with it on himself. His first project, he said, was a girl's name; his second was a design to cover it up. He has had some life experience. Wild Bill is a man who decided to give up drinking a full year before he reached the legal drinking age.
It's good to know his hands will be steady on Saturday, when, beginning at 8 a.m., Bill and nine of his fellow artists will undertake 16 straight hours of tattooing for the fifth annual Wild Bill's Tattoo-a-thon, a benefit fund-raiser conceived by lead artist Kim Forrest. They will donate all of the day's revenue to the UC Davis Children's Hospital, which cares for tens of thousands of kids every year.
Last year's Tattoo-a-thon raised $11,720. "This year," Bill said, "we are going to try our best to top that." Since the 'thon began, the Wild Bill's staff has raised more than $31,000 for the hospital, officially proving that in certain circumstances, tattoos can be very good for children.
Childhood, remember, is a time in which to feel invincible. Everyone deserves to be healthy and happy in his or her youth--free, as Bill was, to misspend it. So, for the children's sake, think about getting some ink. Tattoos start at $50. Gift certificates are available. But if you really want to live, show up at a quarter before midnight when everyone's really punchy and ask them just to improvise. Wild Bill's is at 205 Vernon Street in Roseville. Call (916) 783-9090 or visit www.wild-bills.com for more information.