Pay It Forward: Misty Chastain

February 10, 2017 07:46 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Our latest ABC 6 News - Home Federal Bank Pay It Forward winner is using her artistic talents to give back to struggling veterans.

"I saw some of the artwork she's doing on other veterans and I was like, 'Holy cow,'" said veteran Owen Rice. "That's pretty amazing."


Owen is talking about Misty Chastain, a tattoo artist who owns the Corpus Opus Studio in Austin. 

Owen served in the Army for more than 24 years, and is one of the struggling veterans Misty has tattooed for free. 

"It's just another step in my therapy or my recovery," said Owen. "Every day is just a little bit better. Just keep moving forward." 

Derrick Brooks is also a veteran, and Misty's friend. He nominated her for our Pay it Forward award because of what's she's doing for veterans.  

"I think if she's willing to pay that forward, someone else should pay it forward for her, and that's why I nominated her," said Derrick. 

After the surprise, ABC 6 asked Misty why she chooses to do this for veterans.

"My grandfather served in the Army, and he fought [in] Vietnam, and he's going through some difficult times now." Misty said. "I just wanted to give back to him first and foremost, for what he did."

Misty also told us her grandmother was an artist, which is why she wanted to give back through tattoos.

 "I may not personally ever know how much this means to every veteran I have in the chair, but I definitely feel that this is where I need to be. I feel the love and I understand that it's not about me," she said. 

"This to me is a symbol for me that I've come a long way, and I know I have the strength to keep going," said Owen, after receiving his tattoo.

Learn more about the Warrior Ink Project here.


Marissa Collins

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