• The "Our Pulse Beats Strong" tattoo honours the victims of Orlando's Pulse nightclub shooting. (Facebook)Source: Facebook
Mourners make a permanent tribute to the lives that were lost.
By
Alyssa Braithwaite

20 Jun 2016 - 12:20 PM  UPDATED 20 Jun 2016 - 12:22 PM

Tattoo parlours around Orlando are working overtime as people opt for a permanent tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Anarchy Tattoos and Art Co. were offering free Pulse tattoos on the weekend, as their way of giving back to the community.

"In light of the horrible thing that happened Sunday morning in our city beautiful I would like to offer a FREE tattoo to all those who were affected by this awful tragedy," the company wrote on their Facebook page.

"I have no time outside of the shop to offer any help but I want to give back to the community in the best way I can by offering FREE pulse tattoos."

Just two days later they had to end the offer, after being inundated with customers.

"We have done many tattoos since we have offered it and we have many more lined up the rest of this week and the rest of next week so we can no longer take anymore appointments or walk ins we do apologize and hope that everyone understands thank you for the support ‪#‎orlandostrong‬"

Another shop, Realm Tattoos was doing them for free, but customers were encouraged to leave a donation to support the victims, while Stigma Tattoo and Bar offered a $50 tattoo deal that would donate the proceeds to help victims' families.

"We expected big but we didn't expect this big at all," Christa Larsen, who is a volunteer with Stigma Tattoo and Bar, told Florida Today. "We've got about seven artists in there working on people. They had to call in some extra artists so we're just working on it as diligently and as fast as we can."

Florida native David Grant got his first tattoo in the wake of the shooting, which claimed the life of a friend of his.

"I've always wanted a tattoo but I wanted it to be something that was deeply personal, with a lot of meaning," Grant told SBS.

"The symbol is of course the name of the club but a pulse is a heartbeat, a sign of strength, a sign of life. The largest beat is at the end because that is where we will end up, stronger than ever, beating one beat. And of course a flat line is pain and death which pays tribute to those who have fought and bled for our community and all other oppressed groups."

Kelly Osborne was one of the more high-profile people who have been inked after the Orlando shooting.