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High school students take over Hubbard music shop

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If ukuleles grew on trees, Mark Tirabassi still wouldn't have enough to keep up with demand at Hubbard Music at the Eastwood Mall. 

"Ukulele for the last five years have not let me know. It seems to be growing and the trend seems to be popular," said Tirabassi.

However, a certain dozen of ukuleles at Hubbard Music are easy on the ears, and the eyes.

Each one is tattooed with a design unlike any other, similar to an art gallery. 

"Yeah, it's fun. If you're just tired on painting on canvas this may be a new change of pace," said Tirabassi.

The instruments all started out blank until they got into the hands of high school art students from Hubbard, Lakeview, and Liberty.

Taylor Begeot, Hannah Best, Zion Jones and Alissa Rogers got three ukuleles each to paint.

If you look at the designs, you'll see an astronaut battling a squid, brains, butterflies, stained glass and skeletons.

"We just let them do whatever they wanted, create whatever art they wanted on the ukuleles," said Tirabassi.

All of the ukuleles are for sale, but if you want to make your own art, you can take home a blank ukulele for yourself.

"It became a really unique way to make a  creative, unique gift for a loved one. Great for Mother's day, Father's day. You can decorate it the way you want. You can bring it back to us and we'll clear coat it and set it up," said Tirabassi.

Tirabassi said the project is a cool way to blend two different forms of art, one that people don't just want to see but want to take home.

One that people don't just want to see, but want to take home.

In fact, more than half of these ukuleles are already sold. 

While it's only temporary, the tiny gallery has a special tune to it, one with brains, beauty and the opportunity to make music. 

The painted ukuleles are $79.99, but even after they're sold, the high school art designs will be on display through the end of June.

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