'My Little Pony' tattoos support bullied boy Michael Morones

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"My Little Pony" tattoo at Imperial Tattoo in Sugar Land, Texas

 

(Clarion-Ledger) -- A Texas tattoo artist wants to rally support for a 11-year-old North Carolina boy who attempted suicide after being bullied for being a "My Little Pony" fan, HLN reported

Tony Wayne of Imperial Tattoo in Sugarland, Texas, is supporting Michael Morones by offering $20 "My Little Pony" tattoos. Wayne said that profits from the tattoos will go to Morones' family and the anti-bullying organization StompOutBullying.org.

Michael's parents said the Raleigh boy received constant torment from classmates, who bullied him for his love of the cartoon.

"I saw his story, and I knew I wanted to help somehow," Wayne told HLN. "And this was pretty much the only way I know how."

Morones' story has touched many people.

Wayne said he did not anticipate the outpouring of support. He's said he's done about 40 "My Little Pony" tattoos - including customers who were tattoo-free.

"We've been getting e-mails from people driving from five hours away to get them this weekend," Wayne said.

One Texas man who decided to get a pony tattoo in Morones' honor said he did it because he can relate to the challenges the boy has faced.

"I think a lot of people in the tattoo community, we know what it's like to be ridiculed and judged," Jonathan Myers said. "So yeah, it definitely touched me in that way."

Wayne has also put the tattoos on customers who are part of a rising subculture of "My Little Pony" fans called "Bronies."

"Bronies" are adult males who love the cartoon. There is a documentary dedicated to the super-fans.

Wayne said he doesn't recall ever giving a "My Little Pony" tattoo before launching the fundraiser for Morones.

Wayne also said Morones' stepdad thanked him for his support of Michael.

"I told him, everyone here in my studio wanted to help any way we knew how," Wayne said. "We figured this would be a little bit better than just donating money."

Morones tried to hang himself off the side of his bunk bed in January. Doctors fear he may have permanent brain damage.

"We won't know for months how much is going to heal," Michael's mother, Tiffany Morones-Suttle told WTVD. "It could even be years before we find out what potential for healing he has."

The Morones' family has received support from as far away as Ireland.

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