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Best tattoo artist desperately in need of surgery

Best tattoo artist desperately in need of surgery

Personal message

I had the pleasure of meeting Jose in December 2018 for my first ever tattoo. Blouberg, Cape Town

 I didn't know at the time that we are kindred spirits and during 2019 until the present we became very close friends to the extent that we are in contact nearly every day. From Jose I have learnt how to be an artist (I never knew I had the actual talent sitting there, unused) and how to be a decent human being in general.

During lockdown in 2020 we kept each other in good spirits, in spite of the fact that Jose was unable to work due to the government imposed restrictions. During December 2020 Jose became ill with a severe urinary tract infection and while the state health facility (Groote Schuur) were able to help, the cause was identified as damage done from an untreated urinary tract infection when he was a teenager in high school.

Surgery was performed in February 2021 at Groote Schuur State facilities which offered minimal improvement, later with his condition deteriorating around July 2021, and him having to be catheterized since. He has gone for three opinions at three separate urologists each declaring the previous surgery unsuccessful. He had a recurrent infection this past weekend (21 November) which has now meant that he is unable to work and the studio will regrettably have to be closed. The studio is well known in South Africa and it would be a great loss if that were to happen. I am also concerned that if left untreated that he may eventually die.

I am informed that the entire procedure requires R120k at a private hospital, with a deposit of R10k necessary to secure a procedure date. Bear in mind that tattoo artists (as much as some people view them in a negative light) are self-employed and do contribute to the economy- they do not have the benefits such as a medical aid to cover these situations and it is rather sad considering the amazing talent they have and artwork (not on people- on actual canvas) that they can produce.

I am a longstanding client, but more than that, I am a close friend, and I am appealing for assistance in this regard.

Thanking you in advance for your kind assistance.

Kind regards
Jason Mitchell

Donations

  • Dec 08, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    You did my first tattoo, love it, you are an amazing human being.

    " - Tanya

  • Dec 07, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Word gou gesond, José!

    " - Anonymous

  • Nov 28, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Wishing you all the best ..." - David Sutcliffe

  • Nov 28, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "all the best" - derek baker

  • Nov 27, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Get well soon Jose! All the positive vibes being sent your way!" - Shannon Manuel

  • Nov 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Jose set a standard for the importance of building a relationship between artist and client. We wish you success and a speedy recovery. Love & light sir. " - Carmen

  • Nov 25, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Get well soon Jose , Jose and I are always there for you . Just please call out !" - Paddy Sutcliffe

  • Nov 25, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "We love you Jose and hope you get the care you need." - Marc and Eske

  • Nov 25, 2021 - USD $ 332.28
  • "Love you Jose. Thinking of you loads and sending you good luck x" - Bronwen

  • Nov 25, 2021 - USD $ 125.92
  • "José I'm heartbroken. We are all with you and hoping you get the surgery soon. We Love you unconditionally. You are worthy of the help and love. Never forget this. So our love, Nic, Jan and the kids" - Nic Sutcliffe

  • Nov 25, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Keep your chin up, you’ve got this!" - A Riverbed Guesthouse

  • Nov 25, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Lief vir jou Jose X" - Cecilia

  • Nov 25, 2021 - USD $ 31.48
  • "All the best Jose, I have you in my prayers! Lots of love Jess xx " - Jessie Sutcliffe

  • Nov 25, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending all our love and strength Jose xxx" - Andrea and Gareth

  • Nov 25, 2021 - R 5 000.00
  • "Hang in there Jose, much love Michael" - Michael Sutcliffe

  • Nov 25, 2021 - USD $ 94.44
  • "Sending strength across the oceans. Love you millions. " - Aunty Kathy Connor and Tristan

  • Nov 25, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "You got this!" - Karla

  • Nov 25, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Sending love and healing thoughts to you Jose. " - Amiena & Cats

  • Nov 25, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Love you Jose" - Bernadee Biddle

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Love you like a son Jose - Uncle John and Rina" - Rina Davidovics

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Hope you get better soon" - Donovan

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "All the best Jose. Hope you get healthy." - Dirk van Zyl

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Strongs Joze!!!" - Elmari & Frank

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Jose, you helped me along the way to where I am now, it is my proudest moment to be able to give back. You did such beautiful work on my body, there are no words to describe. You have my support bro!!" - Jason Mitchell

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck." - Dalleen Appel

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Good luck buddy " - Zander Smit

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Hope this help bud" - Sean

  • Nov 24, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "José is an amazing artist, I get compliments on my tattoo daily and have had it since 2019. He is a great guy and I sincerely hope that his condition can be treated and he can get back to full health." - Adri van der Westhuizen

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jose in December 2018 for my first ever tattoo. Blouberg, Cape Town

During December 2020 Jose became ill with a severe urinary tract infection and while the state health facility (Groote Schuur) were able to help, the cause was identified as damage done from an untreated urinary tract infection when he was a teenager in high school.

I am informed that the entire procedure requires R120k at a private hospital, with a deposit of R10k necessary to secure a procedure date.