Photo Gallery | Tattoo artist recovering from serious motorcycle injuries
A Midtown tattoo artist is back home recovering after a tragic motorcycle accident. Now, a community is rallying around him in this time of need.
Despite what he has been through, he is counting his blessings for the many people helping him and his family get through a difficult time.
"I've never had love thrown at me like this. It's been pretty amazing," said tattoo artist Joe Stamp. Doctors had to amputate part of Stamp's leg.
The 36-year-old tattoo artist was severely injured in a motorcycle accident earlier this month. The crash broke his back and doctors had to amputate part of his right leg.
Stamp will eventually be fitted for a prosthetic leg, but he has no insurance and no way to provide for his family. Stamp is the father of one-year-old twin girls.
"I miss work so much. I've been tattooing a long time and when you don't have something around like that, it hurts your spirit a little bit, it hurts your mind a little, too," he said.
Ed Harris, a friend who organized the event calls Stamp a loyal friend and family man. The kind of guy that anyone would want to help.
"It's a horrible thing that happened to Joe but we're coming together to make sure that he's ok, that his family is ok. His daughters are going to be fine," said Harris.
Since the accident, friends and musicians have been by his side to help. Their latest effort is a benefit concert for Stamp this Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Newby's located at 539 South Highland Street. The benefit concert will feature 11 bands and thousands of dollars of donated items will be raffled off. Click here to make online donations.
Stamp has a long road to recovery ahead of him. But the love that surrounds him is helping him get through a life changing event.