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Please join us on Friday, July 19th at SPACE Gallery for an evening of magic, burlesque, and nostalgia. We’ll raffle off prizes and host a human scavenger hunt (the winner of which wins a free tattoo project!). Local film maker Alex Coppola will be screening a short film about the shop. And crowning the evening’s entertainment will be NYC’s Albert Cadabra and his burlesque troupe, who will be performing an adult magic/burlesque show! RSVP on our FB Event Page or via e-mail – or just surprise us and show up!

Please note that while we won’t be charging admission, we are encouraging you to make a $10 donation at the door. All proceeds will be donated to a Portland area non-profit organization. To make things interesting, and to help everyone feel more invested in the gift, we would like YOU to help us choose the non-profit who will receive our gift. Each member of the Tsunami Tattoo family has chosen one of his or her favorite worthy causes for you to choose from. Descriptions of each organization are below, and at the end of this post, you’ll find a link to our poll where you can cast your vote.

phuc crop PPLibLogo1 Phuc’s Non-Profit: Portland Public Library

The Portland Public Library is the city’s cultural center serving 666,000 visitors annually at its four locations through a unique combination of print, media and digital resources complemented by robust internet access, lectures, classes, exhibits, programs and performances for all ages. Founded in 1867, the library’s mission is to serve the Greater Portland Community by providing a diverse collection of books and other resources, with access to information resources worldwide. The library’s services support the educational, informational, and recreational interests of all community members. Among its many community programs, the library offers computer training, language tutoring, local author series, lectures, children’s story time, and more. For more information, visit http://www.portlandlibrary.com.

sue crop 809aa9ae-906e-4f38-9222-27f403175e85-m Sue’s Non-Profit: Cultivating Community

Cultivating Community is committed to growing sustainable communities in three ways: by feeding the hungry, empowering the youth and community, and healing the planet. They are a community food project, and in their urban and school gardens and at their suburban organic farm, they grow produce that feeds hungry people. Their youth volunteers grow and distribute food, learn about sustainable agriculture and food systems, and work together to solve problems and strengthen their own communities. In addition to working with schools, they are also a farmer training project. Cultivating Community connects Maine’s newest Americans-primarily immigrants from East Africa and Central America-with the land, skills, and resources needed to start farm-based enterprises. Finally, Cultivating Community is an environmental action project that models organic, sustainable, and low-impact practices and incorporates these ideals into their education, training, and volunteer programs. More information is available on their web site at http://www.cultivatingcommunity.org/.

cyndi lou arlB Cyndi Lou’s Non-Profit: Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

The Animal Refuge League’s mission is to provide temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned and relinquished animals, and to place as many as possible into responsible and caring homes. The Animal Refuge League also works to create awareness and support for the humane treatment of all animals and to end animal overpopulation through education and the promotion of spaying and neutering. Founded in 1911, the organization is first and foremost an adoption agency. Every year they take in more than 4,000 stray, abandoned or owner-surrendered animals. They are committed to providing the best possible care for these animals by ensuring they receive the love, dignity, respect and medical attention they deserve. Each animal is given the time it needs to find a home regardless of its age, color or medical condition until the time it is reunited with its family or adopted into a loving and responsible home. Their motto, “Everyone deserves a happy home” is their guiding principle, and their commitment to treat each animal as an individual allows them to save hundreds of lives. More information is available on their web site at http://www.arlgp.org/.

mike 522673_10151293820696975_1763087289_n Mike’s Non-Profit: Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland

Founded in 1985 as a private, non-profit organization, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is committed to the development and uplifting of families and communities, not only to the construction of houses. Their  mission is to eliminate poverty housing in the Greater Portland area.  Habitat for Humanity is a people to-people partnership drawing communities together to build decent, affordable housing for families whose income is above public housing guidelines and who are unable to qualify for conventional mortgages. Qualified families are given a “hand up”, not a “hand out,” paying a monthly no-interest mortgage to Habitat. Each recipient “partner” family must put in hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” in order to qualify to purchase a Habitat house. The selection process is non-discriminatory.  Mortgage payments coming to Habitat are recycled into new Habitat projects – so that funds donated are used over and over again through our revolving Fund for Humanity to be used to build more homes. For more information, visit http://habitatportlandme.org.

matty crop prebel-street Matty’s Non-Profit: Preble Street

Preble Street is about people. Their mission is to provide accessible, barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty and to advocate for solutions to those problems. Preble Street’s programs include: teen center and shelter, food pantry and soup kitchen, resource center, veterans’ housing services, homeless advocacy, adult housing, and more. The people they serve come from every background, and everyone – individuals or families, youth or adults, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness – is welcome. As varied as their lives and needs are, so are the programs and services that Preble Street offers:  sometimes that means feeding a hungry mother and child, sometimes it means finding shelter for a homeless teen or adult, sometimes offering a place where a young person can resume her education, sometimes providing employment counseling for someone ready to work but unable to find a job, sometimes it means welcoming a person to their first home. Learn more about Preble Street’s many programs at http://www.preblestreet.org/.

Cast your vote HERE by July 15th!

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Sue, here. As anyone who knows us well can attest, if there is nostalgia to be reckoned with, I am the Tran who is doing the reckoning. Coming up on our ten-year anniversary (of Tsunami Tattoo and of living and working in Portland), Phuc and I have been looking back through our visual history of the past decade.

It’s hard to fathom that in ten years, we’ve been in three different locations, traveled to eight conventions and more than a dozen guest spots, embarked on more than more than 3,000 tattoo sessions, and met countless friends, well-wishers, and fellow tattoo enthusiasts.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll share with you some photos, stories, and maybe some surprises. To get you started, here is a look back at some of the places and faces from the original Tsunami Tattoo at 9 Union Street (August 2003 – May 2006)…

Sue & Phuc in the original Tsunami Tattoo, August 2003.

Sue & Phuc in the original Tsunami Tattoo, August 2003.

Josh and Enzo travel from the Lower East Side to check out the new shop at Tsunami Tattoo's Grand Opening Party, Fall 2003.

Josh and Enzo travel from the Lower East Side to check out the new shop at Tsunami Tattoo’s Grand Opening Party, Fall 2003.

Steven Huie (Flyrite Tattoo) and Claw at Tsunami's Grand Opening Party - Fall 2003

Steven Huie (Flyrite Tattoo) and Claw at Tsunami’s Grand Opening Party – Fall 2003.

Melissa, Julie, and Ann-Marie at the Grand Opening Party, Fall 2003.

Melissa, Julie, and Ann-Marie at the Grand Opening Party, Fall 2003.

"The Greaper" visits Phuc at the shop, Fall 2003. Thankfully, all she wanted to do was sing showtunes and dance...

“The Greaper” visits Phuc at the shop, Fall 2003. Thankfully, all she wanted to do was sing showtunes and dance…

Legendary British tattooer George Bone stops by Tsunami while on holiday in Portland.

Legendary British tattooer George Bone stops by Tsunami while on holiday in Portland.

The first winter at the shop lent itself to lots of extra time for the Times Crossword and hours of creative diorama projects like this.

The first winter at the shop lent itself to lots of extra time for the New York Times Crossword and hours of creative diorama projects like this.

One of our oldest and favorite clients, Noella - just look at that awesome hat she made me!

One of our oldest and favorite clients, Noella – just look at that awesome hat she made me!

Space Modification II, Spring 2005

Tsunami Tattoo, 9 Union Street

Space Modification III, Spring 2005

Tsunami Tattoo, 9 Union Street

This guy!

This guy!

Mooncusser Tattoo's Khristian Bennett hanging out at the shop, Winter 2004.

Mooncusser Tattoo’s Khristian Bennett hanging out at the shop, Winter 2004.

Mooncusser's Andrea X. Tasha at Tsunami, Winter 2004.

Mooncusser’s Andrea X. Tasha at Tsunami, Winter 2004.

That first spring had its quiet moments, too. Here's Phuc checking out Gabe FM's new ride. Spring 2004.

That first spring had its quiet moments, too. Here’s Phuc checking out Gabe FM’s new ride. Spring 2004.

Phuc tattooing superclient, Jim – Summer 2005.

Steven Huie tattooing Phuc (that's Beth in the foreground) - Summer 2005.

Flyrite Tattoo‘s Steven Huie tattooing Phuc (that’s Beth in the foreground) – Summer 2005.

Beth, freshly into her apprenticeship, practices on some unsuspecting fruit. Summer 2005.

Beth Potter, freshly into her apprenticeship, practices on some unsuspecting fruit. Summer 2005.

Spring 2006

Spring 2006

(left to right) Phuc, Jennifer Moore, Beth Potter, Danielle Madore, Chris Dingwell, Brendon Rowe, Steven Huie, and Jason Ajello - March 2006.

Beth’s Coming Out Party (left to right) Phuc, Jennifer Moore, Beth Potter, Danielle Madore, Chris Dingwell, Brendan Rowe, Steven Huie, and Jason Ajello – March 2006.

Sue and Claw at Beth’s Coming Out Party – March 2006.

Phuc tattooing Beth - Spring 2006.

Phuc tattooing Beth – Spring 2006.