Tech and treats collide at Studio 21 Tattoo’s Donuts and Robots fundraiser


You won’t find a semi-robotic donut maker, purchasable donut-shaped artwork and robot demonstrations at just any tattoo shop. But for one night, May 21, Studio 21 Tattoo will transform into a smorgasbord of unique art, donuts and technology to raise money for Cimarron-Memorial High School’s robotics program, the Team 987 High Rollers. They’re headed to Shanghai in August, their third-consecutive trip to the international China Robotics Challenge.

Studio 21 owner and Cimarron alum Austin Spencer met a few members of Team 987 when they came into his shop for some ink. In conversation, he mentioned his “Dohbots” machine, a “deep fryer that looks like a space pod and makes delicious donuts.” It was then that he found out about the school’s award-winning robotics program, and the Donuts and Robots art show fundraiser was born. “It’s so much bigger than kids just building robots,” Spencer says. “They’re able to get out there and learn all of these programs that they will need in the workforce.”

The event will feature creatively designed, donut-shaped wood from more than 25 local artists—including the entirety of Studio 21’s staff—along with donuts from Pink Box, New Belgium craft beer, a DJ and a raffle. Team 987’s goal is to raise $15,000, as it costs $500 per student to attend the CRC competition. If you want to donate but you’re unable to attend, visit gofundme.com/team987china2016.

Donuts and Robots May 21, 6-9 p.m. Studio 21 Tattoo, 6020 W. Flamingo Road #82.

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