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 one of my favourite findings here on Vancouver Is Awesome. Join me in this Stranger a Day adventure and let me know what you think!
Location: Commercial Drive sidewalk, just outside Cafe Deux Soleils
Late night strolls with non-political intentions led me to this story (this was found during the election day). It was a bit late, and they were standing outside the Deux Soleils when I ran into them on my way home. I took the opportunity to tell them about the project, and out of the two, she had this one piece, and happily shared it for the project:
“So, the paper clip reminds me to keep my sh*t together,” she said.
“She is very constipated…” he whispered.
“Shut the f*** up!” she replied as we all laughed.
“No, I’m not constipated at all! I got this one when I was 18, in California. It was about my desire to put everything together in my life, and the people and places and experiences that would allow me to do that.
My best friend in the world, Elaine, who lives in Los Angeles has a paper clip tattooed on the back of her arm as well, we got them at the same time with the desire to remind each other to keep everything together. It is a measure of accomplishment after harsh experiences in high school, when we discovered what in our lives keep our lives full, and what we needed to carry that on. As well as to remind us of each other, of course.
You know, a very simple spiral can keep your life in order. The spiral, which is what a paper clip is, is the combination of the forward motion of a line and the cyclical motion of the circle. A reminder that the passage of time brings things and pulls things together. Plus, I like to write to-do lists on my arm. So this is what the tattoo is about…”
“Gosh, you are doing this just to amaze me, right?” Said he. It was pretty impressive, and I loved the simple yet complex meaning of the tattoo. I thanked them both for giving me some of their time to talk, shared the blog address and then we went our separate ways. Good times.
Thank you strangers!
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