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: Blenz yaletown – Richards & Davie
Still around the downtown lands of Vancouver. I came around the shop solely for strangering purposes, it must have been around 10pm when I got there. After a couple of people that said no (one of them was “too high to share”), this guy agreed to take some time on his way out to share his tattoo story:
“I’ll tell you about this one, because it is the easiest to show. I used to do martial arts and I kicked with the left, so when I was younger I thought it was cool to have a dragon there to symbolize that every kick would be like a dragon tail-kick. It was the first one as well from when I was younger. But there is also a story behind the dragon itself:
You know how we have salmon in here, and how they go up the river to hatch and then they go back. Well, in China they have carps, and you know how while they are swimming against the current they can get trapped in whirlpools or caught by fishermen or animals. They believed that this journey mirrored the path of our human lives, sometimes we get trapped in emotional whirlpools and we can’t move on, sometimes we die in the way. So it is traditionally believed that when carps that are not meant to follow the normal path reach a waterfall, they try to swim to the top. Those that make it become a dragon. So that’s the story.”
WOW! I did not know this. It was a beautiful story.
He went on his way and I sat down to sip a decaf coffee and scribble this down. I’m always amazed by the cool things I find.
Thank you stranger!
To check out the daily strangers, click here: astrangeraday.com