On Monday, May 22, a suicide bomber stood outside of a venue in Manchester that was hosting an Ariana Grande concert that evening. This act of terrorism killed 22 victims and injured 59, many of those being young girls and teenagers, and tattoo artists around the world are banding together to show resilience in the face of the tragedy.
This is the place In the north-west of England. It’s ace, it’s the best And the songs that we sing from the stands, from our bands Set the whole planet shaking. Our inventions are legends. There’s nowt we can’t make, and so we make brilliant music We make brilliant bands We make goals that make souls leap from seats in the stands And we make things from steel And we make things from cotton And we make people laugh, take the mick summat rotten And we make you at home And we make you feel welcome and we make summat happen And we can’t seem to help it And if you’re looking from history, then yeah we’ve a wealth But the Manchester way is to make it yourself. And make us a record, a new number one And make us a brew while you’re up, love, go on And make us feel proud that you’re winning the league And make us sing louder and make us believe that this is the place that has helped shape the world And this is the place where a Manchester girl named Emmeline Pankhurst from the streets of Moss Side led a suffragette city with sisterhood pride And this is the place with appliance of science, we’re on it, atomic, we struck with defiance, and in the face of a challenge, we always stand tall, Mancunians, in union, delivered it all Such as housing and libraries and health, education and unions and co-ops and first railway stations So we’re sorry, bear with us, we invented commuters. But we hope you forgive us, we invented computers. And this is the place Henry Rice strolled with rolls, and we’ve rocked and we’ve rolled with our own northern soul And so this is the place to do business then dance, where go-getters and goal-setters know they’ve a chance And this is the place where we first played as kids. And me mum, lived and died here, she loved it, she did. And this is the place where our folks came to work, where they struggled in puddles, they hurt in the dirt and they built us a city, they built us these towns and they coughed on the cobbles to the deafening sound to the steaming machines and the screaming of slaves, they were scheming for greatness, they dreamed to their graves. And they left us a spirit. They left us a vibe. That Mancunian way to survive and to thrive
Artists are offering tattoos of the Manchester Bee (a worker bee that has come to be a symbol of the city's hardworking past and is part of its coat of arms) for £50 ($64.74) with all of the proceeds going toward a Crowdfunder for victims and families affected by the attack.
One from a while back that seems pretty fitting right now. Proud to be a tattooist and growing up in Manchester it's overwhelming to see the acts of kindness, and offers of help from everyone today. A little goes a long way. There are still studios with spaces on their fundraising events, look for Manchester Tattoo Appeal on Facebook. 💗🐝 #manchesterbee #Manchester #quick#Bury #manchestertattooappeal @quickdrawtattoo_bury
The effort was arranged by Stalybridge-based tattoo artist Sam Barber and has quickly spread through the U.K. and beyond, with reports of even some parlors in Australia joining in.
🐝🐝 Happy to see so many people getting Manchester Bee tattoos to raise money for the families affected by Monday's tragedy. I've had mine for 18 months and wear it with pride 🐝🐝. My tattoo artist and friend Beany who did this piece for me is raising money by tattooing Bees this Sunday... Please check out @secretsocietytattoo if you would like to get one 🐝🐝
"This is Manchester. We do things differently here." #manchestertattooappeal **hello hello urging anyone who wants to get involved to contact their nearest tattoo artist to see If they're willing to help out as I know a lot of places have high demand. The Manchester Workers Bee Tattoo in return for a £50 donation towards helping those affected by the tragedy this week. This can be sent through JustGiving.com. Big up to @inkslingerstattoonewcastle for being the best as always. One love Manchester 🐝**
Chorlton-based tattoo parlour Sacred Art will be opening its doors at 10 a.m. this Sunday, May 28, with workers planning to be there until at least 6 p.m. Tattoos available during the day will be limited, done on a first-come, first-served basis, with no appointments being taken that day. Those who want to donate but don't want a tattoo can contact their local artist as well.
"I think people just don't know what to do, and they want to do something," Sacred Art manager Vent Brewer told Manchester Evening News. "They want to give, but they don't know where to give, and they don't know who to give to. The bee and getting this tattoo will make people feel as though they're making a contribution towards a peaceful resolution."