By:  Kathleen Perkal, Founder of Cartoon Cuts

Conventional wisdom might suggest that doing nice things for yourself will bring you happiness.  But, the experts who study HAPPINESS, have a different take.

When we do things for others, we feel happier–more fulfilled.  We connect to the world in a positive and meaningful way.  When we help others, we improve our moods and reduce our stress.  Basically, if you want to feel good–do good.

I am pretty sure that Vilma and her team would agree.  Throughout the month of March, one dollar at a time, they raised $825 for Ellie’s Hats!!  It was an opportunity for them to come together as a team, to engage their customers, and to be a force for good.  They were inspired by Ellie’s story.

Kindergarten is supposed to be all about letters and numbers and shapes and story time and dress up…unless, you are diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a couple of months before kindergarten begins.

Ellie arrived at Woodburn Elementary in 2013, with her winning smile and beautiful red locks…ready for her first day of kindergarten.  But, shortly after the school year began, her cancer treatments caused her hair to fall out.  She was a resourceful kind of girl, so she found a couple of “fun and cheery” hats, and she made that, her “look”.

Her teacher, Jay Coakley was inspired.  He held a hat drive to provide Ellie with more hat choices.  He used the power of social media to spread the word, and soon, hats were pouring in from across the country.  Since 2013, Ellie’s Hats has provided hats to thousands of kids with cancer.

In July 2015, Ellie finished her treatments.  As her hair began to grow back, she wanted a stylish haircut.  A visit to Cartoon Cuts was just what the doctor ordered!  Ellie has become a frequent Cartoon Cuts visitor, and she even posed for a photo with her namesake, “Ellie, the Elephant.”

Once again, Cartoon Cuts is excited to donate to Ellie’s Hats.  As a company, we raised $2,000!

Thank you, Vilma and Team…for being the EXPERTS

HoloTats at Cartoon Cuts: Watch Ellie Come to Life!

Who doesn’t love temporary tattoos? Here at Cartoon Cuts, we know how fun it is to peel back the paper and see the bright design of that new tattoo. But, what if a tattoo did more than just look cool? What if your tattoo could come to life? Well, thanks to HoloTats, now they do!

Oh, you haven’t heard about HoloTats? Well, let’s fix that!

HoloTats are not only fun temporary tattoos, but also magical friends that you can play with on any digital device.

To use your HoloTat, you must first download the FREE app from either the App Store or Google Play. Then, apply your tattoo to your skin as directed on the back of the tattoo paper. Finally, sit back and watch as your cool new friend springs to life through the eyes of your mobile device!

HoloTats & Augmented Reality-

This neat trick happens through the cutting-edge technology of “augmented reality”.  Similar to Pokémon Go or Snapchat, the magical friends seem to exist in reality, but can only be seen through the window of your device screen.

The augmented reality tattoo figures start their fun animations by jumping into view, then continuing to move around or dance on-screen, complete with sound effects. You can even take photos or videos of the animations to see again later!

With each service at one of our salons, customers will get a FREE exclusive Ellie the Elephant tattoo to start their collection! We also offer a 6-pack of Magical Friends tattoos at all of our salons, which includes Flutter the butterfly, Horace the Boar, and Bubbles the Fish.

This unique Ellie tattoo even shoots water out of her trunk and has her own set of sound effects! Kids and parents alike can be among the first to pose with Ellie to get some “unreal” shots for your social media, using #CartoonCuts!

Cartoon Cuts HoloTat

Mixing and matching your tattoos will multiply the fun! Why settle for one friend at a time, when you can apply two different friends or more to your arm at once?

So come visit us at Cartoon Cuts and show off your creativity with your very own HoloTats!

Ellie 3D HoloTat    Little Girl With Cartoon Cuts HoloTat    Little Boy with 3D Ellie