Mr. Betz -
You have done other charitable work for the community. Kudos to you. I hope you are genuine and sincere with these current efforts related to the horrific use of bath salts. You are a breath of fresh air. I wish you the best. Thank you for your caring & concern of friends, family, and community.
Local tattoo artist working to organize community event against bath salts
Submitted by Howard Owens on July 13, 2012 - 1:09pm
Eric Betz says he and a lot of his friends are pretty unhappy with what they're seeing in Batavia right now.
Betz wants to do something about it: raise awareness of the dangers of bath salts and send a message that not everybody who enjoys an alternative lifestyle approves of this behavior.
"We don't want people who enjoy their freedom of expression to be equated to these scumbags," Betz said.
He's working on organizing a community event sometime soon that he hopes will bring the community together to rally against bath salts.
He said a few local businesses, such as Bourbon & Burger, Foxprowl Collectables and CPR Computer, have signed on to support the event. Next he wants to talk to the City of Batavia to get permission to hold the event in Austin Park.
He's also looking for a donation of a car that people can take a whack at with a sledge hammer as a "your brain on bath salts" message.
At $5 a hammer swing, Betz is hoping to raise money for GCASA or another substance abuse program.
Betz, manager and a tattoo artist for Affliction Ink, 440 Ellicott St., Batavia, said "almost every one of my clients is against this crap."
Affliction Ink is owned by Eric Weiss. Both Weiss and Betz are former employees of The Laughing Buddha (440 Ellicott is the Buddha's original location) who left their jobs there, Betz said, because they were concerned about Jason Lang allegedly selling synthetic marijuana.
Now they're just down the street from 420 Emporium (located at 400 Ellicott St.), which Betz believes has sold bath salts, and he said if they were or are, it's bad for the neighborhood.
People sometimes confuse the two businesses, he said, and he wants to make the distinction clear. Affliction Ink has nothing to do with bath salts, he said, though some people still come into the store looking to buy packages of the narcotic.
"It's getting out of hand," Betz said. "We see people walk by every day high on this stuff. It's disgusting."
One of the big dangers of bath salts, Betz said, is that it makes people paranoid and they might act irrationally, making them a danger not just to themselves but anybody in the community.
"We want to raise awareness about it," Betz said. "I'm tired of hearing people saying they want to leave Batavia because of it. This is my home. I love it here."
Rich Clark of CPR Computers has set up a Facebook page for the planned event, "Let's Beat Bath Salts."
UPDATE: The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 28, at L&L Transmission, 8781 Alexander Road, Batavia. Additional businesses supporting the event: Neptunes Gardens Pet Shop, Rochester Metal Booking, B-Town Yellow Taxi, My T-Shirts Etc. Also, I'm told I got Eric's profession wrong. He does piercings for Affliction Ink.
Mr. Betz -
Update on the event:
Date: July 28th 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: L&L Transmission
More details can be found at the link posted above or below.
Thanks for all of the support.
I would like to thank all of you at Affliction Ink for what you are doing. What a great thing!!!
Sounds like a good cause.I don't think GCASA needs cash.