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: Langara Library (study area)
Being extra early for class has its rewards. The library has been packed lately so I decided to look for some tattoo stories here. I went up to a group of people who were studying together and told them about the project. Immediately a couple of them said they had tattoos and came on board. This week’s story was one of them:
“I have a pretty good story…”, she said as she rolled her lip. I heard a bunch of WOWs, everyone on the table was surprised, they had no idea. “It was the last day of the Olympics, I was pretty intoxicated and I wanted to get a tattoo, so a friend told me “you’re a babe, so you should just get ‘babe’’. He told me to go get another drink and when I came back, he tattooed this on me. The next morning I woke up and I felt my lip a bit strange, and I saw it and I didn’t remember getting it, I thought it was a dream. But it’s ok, I quite like it now, plus I can’t see it, so it doesn’t bother me at all.”
There were a few other stories after this one. It is aways cool when the story is shared not only with me, but also with some the stranger’s friends hearing it for the first time. I’m always honoured to be able to hear and collect these little glimpses into people’s lives. It’s pretty pretty cool. :)
So thank you strangers! And have an awesome week start, y’all!
To check out the daily strangers, click here: astrangeraday.com