Dozens of people permanently marked their skin in the week and a half since a Lincoln woman said three men carved anti-gay slurs into her body.
Fifty people paid to get “NOH8” tattoos pricked into their skin after Hartland Tattoo shop near 10th and South streets started offering them for $40.
Owner Adam Hart said the shop will donate $10 from each to Charlie Rogers, who told police three masked men barged into her house early on the morning of July 22, bound her with zip-ties and carved the slurs into her skin before trying to set her house on fire.
Hart said tattoos like the NOH8 design usually go for $75.
Rogers, 33, a former Nebraska basketball standout, told police she escaped from her home and sought the help of a neighbor.
“When something that sad happens, you just want to squish all that hate with that much more love,” said Hart.
By Wednesday afternoon, Hartland had raised $500 for Rogers, he said, and will add the NOH8 design to its repertoire. He said the shop will continue to donate $10 from each for another week or two.
Hart said they’d donated $480 through a bank account set up for Rogers and had another $20 in the till. Rogers' attorney, Megan Mikolajczyk, said last week that her client will not have access to funds from the account until police finish investigating the incident.
Hart said he got the idea for a fundraiser when a friend decided to get the tattoo to show support for Rogers.
“The NOH8 is a message of equality and acceptance, not just a gay message,” the tattoo shop owner said. “It was just a friend coming to ask us for a favor, and it just kinda blew up.”
The message reached Chuck Fleming, 23, Tuesday afternoon when he got NOH8 inked into the knuckles of his right hand. Fleming said his brother came out about seven years ago while in high school and struggled to deal with what his parents, friends and society thought about gay men and women.
Fleming said he doesn’t know Rogers, but said the attack she reported to police should never happen anywhere.
“It’s just sick and disgusting and wrong. No one should ever have to deal with that ever,” he said.
“We’re all equal, all the same. You love everyone no matter what.”