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Tattoo parlor fights bullying

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LEESVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Revolution Ink is staying true to its name and participating in a revolution--a revolution against bullying. 

You may not recognize it, but this tattoo needle is the sound of the fight against bullying.

"It's kind of amazing," said Joselyn Alford, a tattoo apprentice at Revolution Ink. "I mean people want these tattoos like left and right."

The movement started when Michael Morones, an 11-year-old boy in North Carolina, was bullied for liking "My Little Pony," a TV show marketed to girls. 

In a moment of desperation, Michael tried to take his own life. 

"No one should have to feel like they don't belong here anymore on this Earth because of a TV show," said Alford. 

Now, tattoo studios across the country are taking back the image of My Little Pony, including Revolution Ink in Leesville.

"No one's going to mess with him anymore because he likes My Little Pony," Alford said. "Because you know what? Motorcyclists and bad boys, even tough girls, around the world, are teaming up."

The ponies may be customized...

"I'm getting the Octo-pony," said Matt Powell, the piercer at Revolution Ink. "The one with the octopus tentacles, the undersea pony."

...but they all have the same message.

"I think more than anything, we're saying we stand behind you," Powell said. "And we're not going to put up with it anymore."

It's not just about the ink. They're also raising money for the Michael Morones foundation--for Michael's continued medical care and an anti-bullying campaign.

"And that makes me feel overjoyed," Alford said. "There's no words." 

For these tattoo enthusiasts, it's not only a message for Michael, but for their own children as well.

"As a parent, that's the most terrifying thing that I could ever imagine seeing happen to my child," said Kyrstin Mettler, a long customer of Revolution Ink. "I would just lose it. And I want to tell him that I got that [tattoo] to take a stand against the bullying."

"That's what the world needs, is more understanding of each other," she said. 

And they're making sure it's a message that lasts longer than the hurtful words of bullies.

"This story will live on forever in our tattoos," said Joselyn Alford. 


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