Yesterday marked two weeks since hordes of Ariana Grande concertgoers, many of them just teenagers, were attacked by a terrorist.
In the wake of this atrocity, which took the lives of 22 people and left 102 injured, Manchester, musicians and mourners have come together to start the healing process. We have witnessed heartwarming vigils, poems read aloud to thousands and, of course, musical messages of hope.
For many, the events have left a permanent mark in more ways than one, after Mancunians flocked to get permanent reminders of their city’s spirit, in the shape of the Manchester worker bee.
Now, Ariana Grande and her dancers have followed suit after orchestrating and performing at Sunday night’s One Love Manchester benefit concert, paying their respects by getting their own bee ink.
The beautifully symbolic campaign saw Manchester tattoo shops come together after local artist Sam Barber initiated the Manchester Tattoo Appeal.
The Manchester bee tattoos are a beautiful nod to the citywide adoption of the worker bee as a symbol of its industrious history and diligent, steadfast spirit.
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Explaining why the bee was an ‘obvious choice’, Barber told UNILAD:
You will find it printed all over the city, on bridges, pavements, lampposts, bins, buildings and even in our coat of arms, and it is now seen as a proud emblem for people of Manchester.
So it was the obvious choice for the tattoo and, of course, I will be wearing mine with pride!
This is just the latest gesture of strength the 23-year-old pop star has impressed the public with, after she visited the bereaved families of those who lost their lives on Monday 22 May, and the youngsters still recovering from their injuries in hospital.
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Grande then managed to orchestrate a benefit gig in a matter of days, inviting Liam Gallagher, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Pharrell, The Black Eyed Peas, Mac Miller to perform to a 50,000-strong crowd at Old Trafford cricket ground.
Ariana’s brother, Frankie Grande, who was in floods of tears during the gig, said:
She seems calm out there because that’s her in her element. That’s what she was born to do. She is strong, so much stronger than anyone thought. She’s strong for her fans.
On Saturday, the Problem singer also announced she is re-releasing her single One Last Time, with proceeds going towards the campaign.
One Love Manchester raised £2 million for the fund, which was set up to raise money for the victims and their families.
Visit here to donate to One Love Manchester.