How Tattoo Artists are Helping Manchester Victims

May 23rd 2017

Kyle Jaeger

Tattoo parlors around the U.K. are coming together to support victims and families affected by the concert bombing that killed 22 people in Manchester, England, on Monday.

Several artists announced weekend events on social media, pledging to donate proceeds to victim funds for each person who comes in and gets a tattoo of a worker bee, the symbol of Manchester. If you don't want to get inked, the businesses will accept separate donations, according to a flyer posted on Facebook.

Twitter user Hayleigh Jade is tracking tattoo parlors that are participating in the event — a list that has continued to grow on Tuesday.

Donating tattoo proceeds is one of several examples of how people are showing solidarity in the wake of Monday's terror attack. Taxi drivers offered free rides near the arena where the bombing took place, residents started a hashtag for concert-goers in need of shelter, and people are sharing artwork in recognition of the tragedy.

What we know about the attack.

  • 22 people — including 12 children under the age of 16 — were killed and 59 people were injured after a bomb exploded at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena on Tuesday.
  • The first confirmed victim to be publicly named was 18-year-old Georgina Callander who met the singer two years ago. 
  • Though there are reports that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, U.S. intelligence officials have not yet verified the connection, the Associated Press reported.
  • U.K. police said an "improvised bomb" was used and they've arrested a 23-year-old man who is suspected of being involved in the plot.
  • Grande, who was not injured, wrote that she felt "broken" following the attack. She tweeted: "from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."
  • The terror attack is the deadliest in the U.K. since July 2005, when a series of bombs planted in buses and train stations killed 52 people in London.