A few months ago I concluded a project called A Stranger A Day made to overcome my shyness and talk to people. The challenge: talk to a stranger a day for a year of my life and try to convince them to let me take a picture and share a story. Since most tattoos have a story behind them, this was my conversation starter and a common thread that linked them all. Every week I have been sharing the story of the week here on Vancouver Is Awesome. With the year now over and 365+ strangers and their stories documented, I’ll continue to talk to a stranger every once in a while, and post a story weekly here on VIA.
Stranger #374 || Location: A friend’s house in Kits
Oh man, it took me a long time (a couple of weeks) to get my bum in front of the project blog and write about this tattoo, but before I keep going collecting stories, I have to start posting again! So here we go. This is how this one happened:
A house warming party. Y’know, I’m at that age (the inglorious 23) when couples start to move in together into a real house —as opposed to a room in a basement. To be honest, I don’t even think it is an age thing, but this has happened quite a bit lately. I’ve only lived my young-adulthood in Vancouver, so I don’t know if this only a local thing (with high rents and people from all over coming to study or work here adding to the equation). Anyways, I was warming a house for two of my dearest friends in their new little nest, when the project came up and I managed to collect a story from a stranger. Gatherings like this one are always good to find cool strangers. We stepped aside from the crowd (the 9 other people) and he proceeded to tell me the deal behind this piece:
“I love nature. I love animals. I love birds. This is my feather, my skin. The three little birds are my sibings. They are flying away, floating away because they know that I am now responsible for myself. So it’s about the four of us, me and my siblings.”
It was a pretty neat story and really neat tiny tiny birds. We talked some more about our tattoos and what not. Then we reintegrated ourselves back into the gathering as if the exchange hadn’t happened.
For all the 400+ stories, click here: astrangeraday.com