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!
The stranger #300 of the project!!!
Location: Granville and Nelson, outside Adrenaline.
Wow, what a day, full of surprises until the very end. After spending the evening with a lovely dog named Diesel, I walked home and had the chance to talk to some strangers. First I approached a couple of guys who were chilling outside a coffee shop. They didn’t have any tattoos but we got talking for quite a bit. One of them even suggested that I asked every stranger, just out of curiosity, if they had gotten tattooed if we were living in the 80’s. Although this sounded wacky at first, he was referring to the way today’s society views tattoos, compared to 30 years ago. Probably a question I would be more comfortable asking my friends, than strangers; interesting nonetheless.
After said conversation I kept on walking and talked to a girl who was smoking outside Adrenaline. I could tell she had quite a few pieces, and was a bit shy in telling her about the project. She had awesome tattoos that ‘looked like tattoos’, if you know what I mean, so I put aside the shyness and approached her to tell her about the daily challenge. She was into it and picked this one to share. I almost jumped when I saw it had the East Van cross in it!
“I’m from Alberta. When I moved out here, I didn’t have any friends or knew many people, so I decided to look for a place on craigslist. I ended up moving in with this pretty cool girl, whom I still talk to ‘till this day, and we ended up moving into this place in East Van for about four months. The thing with the place was that it had cockroaches, it was infested with them. So after living here for about 3 years and still being friends, we decided to get the same tattoo to remember the time we spent in East Van dealing with that shitty cockroach situation. That’s probably one of the best stories I have from all of my tattoos…”
She was pretty cool, and this tattoo was pretty rad and unique as well, still looking very classic. She happened to finish her cigarette with her story, so I thanked her for sharing and then I continued on my way home.
To check out the daily strangers click here: astrangeraday.com