About a year ago I started a project called A Stranger A Day 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 (and a beautiful show where a bunch of people came to check all of the stories in one place), I’ll continue to talk to a stranger every once in a while, and post a story weekly here. The people of Vancouver, and specially my community: East Van, have been amazingly supportive with this project, and I can’t thank you enough for that. I am deeply grateful and blessed.
Before I continue going around collecting tattoo stories, I wanted to look back and share with you where this all started. This is the first stranger story that was collected. Even the writing was different, a lot shorter than the latest posts and the quotes from the strangers hadn’t come into place yet.
Stranger #1 || Location: just outside Prado, on the Drive.
Tattoo in spanish that means “always keep learning.” She lived in Costa Rica for a while. “When you surf you not always have a good day, but like most of my friends would say, you have to always keep learning.”
She told me the tattoo was done in Vancouver; if she had it done in Costa Rica, she couldn’t go into the water, so it was worth the wait.
When I asked if I could take a picture she said she didn’t want to take her shirt off on the street. She took my phone, went to the washroom and came back with her pictures. This was my first encounter with strangerness.
To check out the entire project and for updates on future shows and releases, go to: astrangeraday.com Thank you all!