Ohio Man Bonds With Strangers With Over 500 Matching Tattoos
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Don Caskey is from Toledo, Ohio, but he has bits of the country on his skin. Through Don’s travels, he got over 500 matching tattoos with strangers.
In December 2019, Don was diagnosed with stage four kidney cancer. He had a kidney removed, but the cancer has already spread to his lymph nodes. Instead of wallowing in his diagnosis, Don decided to make the most of his life and make memories with others.
“I had just gotten my sixth tattoo and thought my tattoos only meant something to me,” Caskey said. “That’s when I came up with the idea of matching tattoos with strangers.”
Caskey’s skin is full of names, animals, and symbols connecting his story to those of strangers. From August 2020 to June 2021, Don got 419 matching tattoos.
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“Each tattoo has a story and an experience of someone I only met that day or the day before,” Caskey said. “I will carry this with me now until the day I die and beyond. It’s an everlasting memory of a cool moment in time in my life.
On Friday, two women from Owensburg and La Grange traveled to Louisville to get tattoos with Don.
“He’s so inspiring and I love his outlook on life,” said Destiny Simpson of Owensburg. “I just live life to the fullest. I just think it’s cool that he’s traveling and meeting people.
Destiny and Don got matching arrow tattoos with each other’s names.
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“I really don’t feel like we’re strangers because I’ve been following his journey for so long,” Simpson said. “I wanted something to go with him and his journey. The arrow was something to say, keep going.”
A woman from La Grange has been following Don’s story for years and made the trip for the opportunity to add to his body art.
“I love the idea behind what he does,” said Breann Missey of Langrange. “When I found out he was going to be in Louisville, I was moved. He reminds me so much of my mother who lived on the razor’s edge. We’re going to get tattoos in honor of my wife. I’m becoming a other foreigner to meet and befriend him.
Don’s story turns strangers into friends and memories into tattoos.
“I’ve done things over the past two years that I wouldn’t have imagined I would do in my previous life,” Caskey said. “I’ve met so many amazing people, and it’s been the most humbling experience. Based on all these tattoos with random strangers, we have more in common than different. J hope more people will embrace the good.
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