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Posted at 10:46 AM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 10:47:02-04

RICHMOND, Va. — Every Tuesday this summer, we invite one of our friends to takeover the CBS6 Instagram account and share their world with you. This week tattoo artist Amy Black is taking over. You can see all the others here. 

Amy is hosting Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery for a special event this week, that starts on August 10.  She will be showing them around town today.

They are here to build a beautiful sand mandala that will be deconstructed and taken to the James River afterward.

Amy, a practicing Buddhist, brings many things to our community.

She began tattooing in 2000 and now owns the studio where she started. She has won Style Weekly’s “Best Tattoo Artist” Reader’s Poll for five years and received recognition from many other publications

From her studio, she also operates the Pink Ink Fund. In 2011, Amy began working in another field of tattooing known as “nipple and areola repigmentation” or “mastectomy tattooing” as a part of breast reconstruction for patients post mastectomy due to breast cancer or BRCA diagnosis.

Please, welcome Amy to our #CBS6TakeoverTuesday!

At the end of the summer contest you vote for who had the best takeover and we donate $200 to their charity of choice. Amy has chosen the Pink Ink Fund. 

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Little bit of a night owl so I get to kick this off early 🌙 thanks for letting me ( @amyblacktattoos )take your IG over for 24 hrs @cbs6 see you all in a few-time to catch some 💤💤💤💤 #cbs6takeovertuesday #rva #amyblacktattoos #nightowl

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Some people have alarms, some people have babies, I have cats. Obligatory cat pic cuz erryday is #internationalcatday over here! Good morning ✌🏻️#cats #cat #eddietheorangecat #catsofinstagram #cbs #cbs6takeovertuesday #rva @amyblacktattoos #amyblacktattoos #morning

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Go ahead, ask! I will answer as many of your q's as I can! Make sure you only comment on this post so i can see it! If you don't know me I've been tattooing in Richmond since 2000, founded a mastectomy tattoo charity and am currently hosting a group of Tibetan monks who will make a giant sand mandala starting AUG 10th 12 noon at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, Be nice 💗 have fun 😎 #askmeanything #ama @amyblacktattoos @pinkinkfund #tattoos #tattooer #ladytattooer #rva #richmond #visitrichmond #cbs #charity #om #monks #mastectomy #mastectomytattoo #cbs6takeovertuesday

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Sorry i havent ( @amyblacktattoos )posted in a bit I've been busy running around with these guys!!! @mysticalartsoftibet #cbs6takeovertuesday #tibetanmonks #om #omanipadmehum #rva #virginia #mandala #compassion #happy #cbs #amyblacktattoos

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Some of you may wonder what I'm competing for today and its my charity @pinkinkfund that I founded in 2011 to help give financial aid to anyone needing help getting their mastectomy tattooing after dealing with breast cancer or BRCA diagnosis. We are a grassroots local charity that is able to help people around the world and has special emphasis on military, their spouses, and first responders. I'm passionate about making sure someone isn't barred from getting art that helps them heal from breast cancer or preventative surgeries. Thank you so much for your support today!! Follow @pinkinkfund for fun mastectomy tattoos and posts 💗 #pinkinkfund #mastectomy #mastectomytattoo #breastcancer #brca #cancersurvivor #cancerwarrior #cancersucks #previvor #charity #cbs6takeovertuesday #cbs #nonprofit #rva #media #news #amyblacktattoos

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Some of you has asked what I like to tattoo, I do lots of stuff but lately I have been creating alot of dragons, flowers, insects, greek mythology and more!!! #amyblacktattoos #rva #dragon #dragontattoo #tattoo #ladytattooer #richmond #cbs6takeovertuesday #inkedgirl

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So tomorrow is the big opening day of @mysticalartsoftibet Tibetan monks will be gracing our city making a giant colorful sand mandala from AUG 10th-14th at the Virginia Holocaust Museum and I have dreamed of being able to bring this kind of event to Richmond for years, come enjoy the art, culture, teachings and meditation I almost can't believe its finally here! ❤️🎉 info on event: www.facebook.com/rvamonks or click on the link in my @amyblacktattoos bio . . . #cbs6takeovertuesday #tibetanmonks #drepungloseling #om #ommanipadme #buddhism #buddhist #buddha #monks #mandala #art #culture #rva #visitrichmond #friends #share #community #meditate #relax #beautiful #color #ahhhh

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Whoa: these are stunning and are for the monks tomorrow, thanks again for donating several beautiful florals @bespokebotanic totally to die forrrrrr!!!! ❤️🌺🌷🌹🌸💐🌻 #flowers #flowerpower #floral #beautiful #nature #fresh #stunning #botanic #local #rva #bespokebotanic

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Alright @cbs6 peeps ive got an early day tomorrow so its lights out, my days begin and end with this orange kid! Thanks so much to CBS6 for letting me takeover the IG for a day it was a blast!! Come see me with the monks!🌙 nite! #thankyou #cbs6takeovertuesday #goodnight #catsofinstagram #cats #nightcap #rva #amyblacktattoos #pinkinkfund

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This week the talented tattoo artist Amy Black (seen here with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama) is taking over our Instagram account. Amy is hosting Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery for a special event and they arrive in Richmond tomorrow! They are here to build a beautiful sand mandala that will be deconstructed and taken to the James River afterward. The event runs from August 10 to August 14. The colorful grains of sand will take shape in a two-story, open room at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, that has balcony seating available for great viewing. Amy, a practicing Buddhist, brings many things to our community. She began tattooing in 2000 and now owns the studio where she started. She has won Style Weekly’s “Best Tattoo Artist” Reader’s Poll for five years, and received recognition from many other publications From her studio she also operates the Pink Ink Fund. In 2011, Amy began working in another field of tattooing known as “nipple and areola repigmentation” or “mastectomy tattooing” as a part of breast reconstruction for patients post mastectomy due to breast cancer or BRCA diagnosis. Please, welcome Amy to our #CBS6TakeoverTuesday! Below is the schedule of events for the MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET EVENT. AUG 10th : OPENING CEREMONY 12 noon:chanting and laying out the mandala, don't miss this amazing event! Then creation of the mandala will happen until 6pm**6pm public mediation with chanting AUG 11th : 10am-6pm making the sand mandala**includes 6-6:20pm public meditation with the monks! 7pm: public lecture on meditation ($10 suggested donation per person please) *A separate lecture on "Symbolism of the Mandala" is also happening with day/time to be announced soon! AUG 12th : 10am-6pm making the sand mandala**includes 6-6:20pm public mediation with the monks! AUG 13th : 10am-6pm making the sand mandala**includes 6-6:20pm public meditation with the monks! *2pm: public lecture on "Symbolism of the Mandala"($10 suggested donation per person please) AUG 14th : 10am-12 noon finishing the mandala 1pm : CLOSING CEREMONY beautiful chanting and dissolution of the entire mandala.

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Below is the schedule of events for the MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET EVENT.

AUG 10th : OPENING CEREMONY 12 noon:chanting and laying out the mandala, don’t miss this amazing event!
Then creation of the mandala will happen until 6pm**6pm public mediation with chanting

AUG 11th : 10am-6pm making the sand mandala**includes 6-6:20pm public meditation with the monks!
7pm: public lecture on meditation ($10 suggested donation per person please)
*A separate lecture on “Symbolism of the Mandala” is also happening with day/time to be announced soon!

AUG 12th : 10am-6pm making the sand mandala**includes 6-6:20pm public mediation with the monks!

AUG 13th : 10am-6pm making the sand mandala**includes 6-6:20pm public meditation with the monks!
*2pm: public lecture on “Symbolism of the Mandala”($10 suggested donation per person please)

AUG 14th : 10am-12 noon finishing the mandala
1pm : CLOSING CEREMONY beautiful chanting and dissolution of the entire mandala, small packets of the sand will be handed out to the audience *we cannot guarantee all attendees will get sand we will do our best!* then the remaining sand will be deposited into the James or Canal Walk 20-30 minutes after the closing at the museum-this is an awesome part of the ceremony where all the positive blessings of the event are sent out to the world!