In the middle of an industrial estate in Estonia, in an unmarked office, a Russian speaking Tattooist drew me a Bee Tattoo.
Why a Bee Tattoo?
This Tattoo is about sticking together, and the Manchester Tattoo Appeal which was started by tattoo artist Sam Barber has already raised £296K.
Hundreds of people across Manchester and the UK found a way to symbolise solidarity: by getting a bee tattoo.
The Worker Bee is Manchester’s Symbol. Walk around the town and you will see it on the bins in a coat of arms. It’s graffitied on the wall, and in mosaic tiles in the Town Hall. They represent the city’s sense of community and industrial spirit. When I got my first tattoo in Manchester, it included a small bee to show my love for the city I lived in.
When I hear awful things on the news like I have the last few weeks about Manchester & London, I remind myself of the quote: ‘where focus goes, energy flows’
I think we can choose what we bring into our lives. Like many, my reaction was immediately to help and through Stag & Raven, we released a Charity Limited Edition Artwork with a quote from Tony Walsh. ‘Because this is the place where we stand strong together, with a smile on our face, Mancunians forever’. It sold out in 24 hours, showing that people will always ‘choose love’.
Fear of religion and culture is something we should actively resist. It’s up to all of us to encourage Happiness, Love and Peace.
The Terror attacks in London and Manchester have happened when people have been out expressing themselves. Having a good time with their friends. Rather then creating a culture of fear, these Tattoos represent people taking ownership of their bodies. Taking a positive action and not allowing self expression to be stopped.
Manchester is a place that took me in after I left my life in London. I was looking for friendship and happiness in a new city. After my Dad died and I went travelling, it was the city that I moved back to to rebuild my life. It allowed me to meet some of the most important people in my life there. I run a business in the city centre with one of my best friends.
The attacks in London and Manchester have shown me how many people are choosing love over hate. It’s up to all of us to encourage Happiness locally and internationally to create stability and peace in our lives.
choose life, choose art, choose kindness, choose adventure, choose love. ??
The Red Cross have created a solidarity fund for all Victims of London and Manchester, You can donate here.