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 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: Calvin Harris show @ Venue on Granville
Woah. I am not going to lie, all of this holiday (errr holy daze?) celebration is making the project a bit more challenging, but what’s life without challenges, right? Anyways, it was really late last night and we were checking our coats out, when I spotted this guy right next to me, he had some tattoos and I asked him right away what they meant. Then he showed me. It surprised me that one of them said VANCOUVER –yes! I know… He then lifted his shirt and showed me the Canada Team logo tattooed on his chest. “That’s what it means” —he said, pointing to the big maple leaf. “All of my tattoos mean this.”
I then explained the project. Mind you, we had been dancing for a good four hours (with all of its delightful consequences). I asked him if I could take a picture of one of his pieces. He said yes, and we went outside.
“See, if you are taking a picture of one of my tattoos, it has to be the back piece. It is not even finished yet, but it is about my family. I wanted to celebrate my Scottish heritage and got my family’s crest tattooed. I am 9th generation Canadian, that’s what all of my other tattoos are about, but this is about where we come from. Like I said, it is not finished. I didn’t want black lines on the shield, so that will be like a watermark. With the cross and the stars…”
I took the picture and thanked him. I kinda wish I had asked him to let me photograph the other tattoos, but I felt it wasn’t the right time. Then we went in our way.
Thank you stranger! Have a happy new year y’all!
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