Salt, Light & Clean Water
Field Note #215
On December 2 of 2018, Salt & Light Tattoo of Chandler, Arizona, hosted a fundraiser with the long-term goal of raising $10,000 for Wine To Water. The fundraiser? Giving free cross tattoos and nose piercings, all with the minimum donation of $40 to help in the fight against the Global Water Crisis!
Matt Geiogamah opened Salt & Light Tattoo in 2012 with the desire to be a blessing to others as a place of belonging. He sought to use his gifts as a tattoo artist to bring people together, regardless of their different backgrounds. Living in community with and encouraging others in such a creative space is Matt’s favorite part of his job.
One day, Matt was scrolling through Facebook when he came across a video produced by RAW, a Wine To Water partner. In witnessing the real work that was taking place in the field, Matt felt called to act and be involved somehow. Salt & Light had always sought to impact their community in a positive way, but it had been some time since they had held a fundraiser as they normally do. Matt saw no reason why he shouldn’t get back into the habit of giving. After some further research, Matt was sold on the mission of Wine To Water and quickly got to work planning his fundraiser.
When the day of the event came, Matt’s greatest joy was that his entire team came to support and give tattoos without pay. According to Matt, matters of the heart matter more than money, and that certainly rings true for the whole team of Salt & Light Tattoo.
After a long day of tattoos, piercings, and heartfelt community, Salt & Light Tattoo raised over $2,000 for Wine To Water. Many of the donations came without even receiving tattoos or piercings, which greatly encouraged the parlor team. All this success and Salt & Light is not stopping there.
Wine To Water is constantly grateful for and inspired by individuals like those on the Salt & Light team, who are always looking to find purpose in meaningful community with others. Their creativity and hard work has brought Wine To Water one step closer to resolving the world’s water crisis, and we cannot wait to see what they do next to be a positive light in their local and global community.