People are getting bee tattoos in support of Manchester terror attack victims

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

People are getting tattoos of bees on themselves to support the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

The worker bee is a symbol for Manchester – a nod to the city’s hardworking past during the Industrial Revolution, as well as texture mills in the 1800s that were described as ‘hives of activity’.

Because of the rich association between the city and the insect – that features on its coat of arms – tattoo artist Sam Barber, from Stalybridge, hit upon the idea of using it for some good.

People simply have to pay £50 to get a bee tattoo, with the money they being donated to the main Crowdfunder appeal for families of victims.


Vent Brewer, the manager of the Sacred Art tattoo parlour in Chorlton, Manchester, told the Manchester Evening News: “I think people just don’t know what to do, and they want to do something.

“The bee and getting this tattoo will make people feel as though they’re making a contribution towards a peaceful resolution.”

Some 1,700 people have registered their interest in the Facebook event page, although anyone turning up to get the inking will have to get there early as it is being operated on a first come, first served basis.

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Mr Brewer added: “The response has been overwhelming.”

The shop, on Barlow Moor Road, will be open from 10am to 6pm, with eight tattooists getting through as many people as they can.

Tattoo shops in Glasgow and Bristol are also said to be taking part in the appeal, which has reportedly spread as far as Australia.

Twenty-two people were killed in Monday’s terrorist attack, which saw Salman Abedi blow himself up after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.