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Skulls For Strays

It’s no surprise that the artists of Lark Tattoo are passionate about tattoos and piercings. But behind the needles are also a group of animal lovers, who are currently auctioning off intricately decorated skulls to raise money to help abandoned animals. 


“The shop is full of animal lovers. We all have either a rescue dog or love for our dog,” says store manager Ed Niemczura. “There’s so many strays and abandoned animals on Long Island and no kill shelters need support. So anything we can do to support them we’re all for.” 


The shop does several charitable works a year and was looking for another cause to support during the holiday season. When the possibility to help rescue and strays on Long Island arose through the League for Animal Protection of Huntington, the artists jumped on board. 


As they began looking for ways to raise money, Niemczura stumbled upon some decorated 3-D skulls in a store. With skulls being a popular tattoo theme and Halloween looming, Niemczura and Lark Tattoo owner, Bruce Kaplan, were inspired to have the Lark tattoo artists decorate and auction off skulls. 


“It’s an opportunity for a non-tattooed person who might love tattoos but not have one to possibly bid on these skulls and have a piece of art from the tattoo studio,” Kaplan said. 


Niemczura and the store’s full time tattoo artists decorated each one of the seven skulls up for auction. The skulls are made of Plaster of Paris, and each one is different, highlighting the individual designer’s distinct strengths and talents.

One is covered in roses, while another features intricate stipple work. Kaplan’s skull is covered in black Polynesian work, a theme often found in his tattoos. Niemczura’s is a mixed media design, covered in tiny figurines and painted gold. 


“It goes back to what you enjoy doing. It’s always nice with art when you get to do something you want to do, as opposed to something someone’s telling you to do,” says Niemczura.


Auctioning the skulls off on Ebay allows the fundraiser to reach a national market, as well as raise an indefinite amount. 


“It’s a self-serving market,” says Kaplan. “As opposed to just putting a price tag on it and having it for a dollar amount, we can have an auction and who knows how much money we can raise?” 


100 percent of the proceeds go to the League for Animal Protection of Huntington. The skulls will be up for auction on Ebay for 10 days, starting Nov. 20. Starting bid for each skull is $50.  


For more information and to find a link to the bid page, visit Lark Tattoo’s website at or call 516-794-5844.