I started this 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 will be my conversation starter and a common thread that links them all. Every week I will be sharing the story of the week here on Vancouver Is Awesome. Join me in this Stranger a Day adventure and let me know what you think!
Stranger #331 || Location: Commercial Dr around 4th
Still walking around the drive after the first part of my school and work day. I can’t quite remember how this happened, but it wasn’t as usual. I think I stopped to look at a display on a store and then when I turned, this gentleman was passing by, skateboard in hand. I think we just acknowledged each other. He had said hi first, and I immeditely (although feeling a bit shy about it) asked if he happened to have a minute, and explained the project. We kept on walking. He immediately picked this one tat you see above:
“You gotta get the California baby! Since that was the first one you noticed, right? This one is about the time when I moved from San Diego to Sacramento. That’s what it is about.”
I then took the shot. I must admit that I can’t quite remember if it was from San Diego to Sacramento or the other way around, but what remained in my mind was about that transition between cities. He then told me he was just traveling around now, skating. He was a very chill guy. I thanked him, wished him good luck and then we went on our separate ways. I still love the simplicity of this tattoo. The first jaw tattoo of the project. So cool!