Glen Burnie tattoo artist donates lodge mural

Tattoo artist Taylor O Cuinn donated his time to paint a freehand mural on the exterior wall of the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company Lodge.
Tattoo artist Taylor O Cuinn donated his time to paint a freehand mural on the exterior wall of the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company Lodge. (courtesy photo / HANDOUT)

Southside Tattoo artist Taylor Ó Cuinn painted a mural on the side of the Glen Burnie Volunteer Fire Company’s Lodge on Bell Avenue July 18.

Ó Cuinn battled fat beetles, bees and blazing sun to complete the work in one day— entirely freehand, and free-of-charge.


“Being able to paint a wall without worrying about getting in trouble — that’s awesome — and to be able to have fun and give back,” Ó Cuinn said.

Hall manager Tori Hagedorn said the lodge previously had an LED sign which couldn’t be turned off and irritated neighbors. When the building was painted recently, the company decided to do away with the sign with its dancing stick figures.


“We just thought this would be really nice — it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb and doesn’t bother the neighbors with the flashing all the time,” Hagedorn said. “It lets them know who it is, what we are and that we really are proud to be volunteers in the community.”

Ó Cuinn has done other commissioned murals, such as a Maryland Flag at Signature Finishes, and 20-by-35-foot flag at Exile Fitness in Rosedale. He’s painted everything from shipping containers to pinstriping.

Ó Cuinn said he’s always drawn and got into airbrushing when he was about 10, followed by graffiti a few years later and commissioned work in high school. He tried his hand in the automotive industry, but hated the lifestyle.

“I just couldn’t wake up and sit in traffic every day anymore, so I gave all that up to go all-in on tattooing,” Ó Cuinn said, noting he’s been at Southside for about four years.

The shop offers free tattoos to cover gang or racist tattoos —but only if the person really is serious in turning their life around and abandoning their old ways. Ó Cuinn enjoys being able to give back through the program.

Though tattooing is his bread and butter, Ó Cuinn said his heart really is in paint.

“I’d rather be airbrushing,” Ó Cuinn said. “I mean, I get lost in my little designs, but being out here on the wall — that’s like my second most favorite thing to do.”

Hagedorn said it was important to show the relationship of the hall — which is in Point Pleasant — to the station, which is located about three miles away on Central Avenue.

Ó Cuinn’s work so impressed Hagedorn he is considering another tattoo by him to commemorate her recent return to service with the company and EMT certification.

Hagedorn said eventually the company would like to have the other side of its building painted with bay doors, giving the appearance of emerging apparatus.

The station has served the community for nearly 100 years. The company also sponsors the well-loved Santa ride through the community on Christmas Eve.

Bingo is offered at the lodge every Thursday night and the hall can be rented for events such as parties and meetings. A discount is offered to first responders and military personnel.


The lodge plans to host an all-night bingo in October and a trunk-or-treat event for Halloween, as well as community CPR training at both the station and the lodge.

For more information about the lodge, visit https://www.facebook.com/GBVFCLODGE. For the station, visit https://www.facebook.com/gbvfc.

To check out Ó Cuinn’s work, visit https://www.facebook.com/OkwinDesigns, https://www.facebook.com/taylor.ocuinn or https://www.facebook.com/Bmoretattoo.

It’s carnival time

The 110th Big Glen Burnie Carnival opens at 6:30 p.m. nightly beginning Friday and runs through Aug. 4 at the carnival grounds behind the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, 19 Crain Hwy. S. The carnival is closed on Sunday.

The carnival accepts only cash. Ride tickets are $1.50 each, and rides utilize 1- 3 tickets each. Wristbands for unlimited rides cost $25.

Free parking is available in the garage at Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard and Barbara Moeller Way.

Sponsored by the Glen Burnie Improvement Association, the carnival began in 1908 as a means to raise money for sidewalks. These days, the carnival’s proceeds help maintain the Improvement Association’s building, and are used as charitable donations to other community organizations.

For details, visit http://www.gbia.org or https://www.facebook.com/pg/BigGlenBurnieCarnival.

Upward soccer

Registration is open for Upward Soccer at Faith Baptist Church, 7378 E. Furnace Branch Road, for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The first practice will be Aug. 27, and the first game will be Sept. 15. An awards ceremony will wrap up the season Nov. 4. Cost is $75 through Thursday, when it will increase to $85. Shorts are optional and cost $15.

Register at https://www.welcometo.faith/upward?ct=t(Weekly_Update_Oct_8_2017_COPY_01)&mc_cid=acc654be29&mc_eid=ebc626dbae.

For more information, visit https://www.welcometo.faith or call 410-761-5346.

Gopher alumni gathering

A reunion will be held for anyone attending Glen Burnie High School through 1980 will be held 7 to midnight Sept. 15 at Michael’s Eighth Ave., 7220 Grayburn Dr.

Tickets are $55. Make checks payable to GBHS Reunion Picnic and mail to Gloria Allen Carter at 6800 White Water Way, Apt. 102, Glen Burnie, MD 21060. Responses must be received by Sept. 1.

For more information, call Carter at 410-255-3412 or email 63gacarter@gmail.com.

Goalie awarded Golden Glove

Thirteen-year-old Arundel Soccer Association goalkeeper Christian Canales earned the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup Golden Glove Award for the 14-and-under boys’ age group at a tournament this month in Westfield, Indiana.

Canales is the starting keeper for the Real Barza 2004 boys’ team, which finished second nationally. The Golden Glove is awarded to the goalkeeper with the most Best XI votes for competitive impact.

At the library

Bring the little ones to the Glen Burnie Regional Library, 1010 Eastway, for Music and Movement at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Stop in for a surprise activity at 2 p.m. Monday with Madcap Mondays.

Also Monday, learn simple moves with Chair Yoga at 6:30 p.m.

Challenge Island Family will put your family’s STEM game to the test at 6:30 p.m. July 31. Register at http://challenge-island.com/greater-annapolis.

For details, visit https://www.aacpl.net/location/glenburnie or call 410-222-6270.

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