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!
Location: sidewalk of Commercial and Venables-ish
It was during my wanderings around the city (which took up the entire day, well into way past midnight) when I found the tattoo tale of the day. She was with her dog, and while she was about to leave him by a bike rack —to get into a shop, I assume, I took the opportunity to go up to her and explain the project. She had a few bold great pieces, and shared this one for the project:
“Well, there isn’t really a story STORY to my tattoos, they represent more of the different times in my life when I got them. You can take a picture of this one. It is for my son, Oliver. I got it for him. The anchor and the water are there because he anchors me in life. It is funny because he is now four and it’s only him and me, so he often says that this tattoo on this arm is him and the one on my other arm is me. I guess it is because I am pretty lucky and gypsy ladies represent good luck. That’s pretty much what this one is all about, my son.” She showed me her other arm, which had a profile portrait of a lady. I could see the instant correlation in between mum and son, it was really lovely.
I thanked her for sharing and wished her a good day. I then continued on my errands around Vancouver. This story made me smile.
Thank you stranger!
To check out the daily strangers, click here: astrangeraday.com