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UK residents honor Manchester attack victims with bee tattoos

Residents in the UK have been honouring the victims of the Manchester attack by getting themselves tattoos of bees.

The Manchester Tattoo Appeal was started by tattoo artist Sam Barber, in order to both show solidarity with those affected by the attack as well as raise money for the victims and their families, with those getting tattooed being asked to donate 50 pounds, the equivalent of $64.

Barber said the bee was the “obvious choice as a symbol of strength” for “the city that has always stuck together,” with the bee having long been the symbol of Manchester, representing a “hive of activity” in an industrial city.


I’ve felt completely helpless this past few days. It took every bit of me not to get in my car Monday night and drive to help those affected by the tragedy that occurred at the arena. I want to pay my respects to all those who’ve lost their lives in every single terror attack that has sadly plagued our world, Manchester arena and The Bataclan being those closest to my heart for many personal reasons. This by no means brings anyone back, however all proceeds of this tattoo have been sent directly to those affected. I’m paying my respects to my beautiful hometown and the people who have lost their lives and families in these awful attacks. I’m proud to be Mancunian, the love and support shared by the city had been overwhelming. Be they White, black, Muslim or any other religion. People pulled together in a time need. I only hope those affected can find peace eventually, knowing just how many people are behind them. We are Manchester ❤️? #fuckterrorism

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The crowdfunding page started by Barber had raised almost 30,000 pounds by Saturday night, with many tattoo parlours raising their own funds to be added to the appeals and organisers describing the actions as an “overwhelming response” from studios around the world. The tattoo parlours struggled to keep up with demand, with some of them keeping their doors open until 2 a.m.

The idea also spread outside the UK, with tattoo parlours in Australia, US or Canada also inking the bee.

Lydia Peirce