Doncaster tattooist waives cost of woman's Manchester bee tattoo as she pledges £50 cost to terror attack victims

A Doncaster tattoo artist has waived the costs of a female customer's Manchester bee tattoo after she told him she was travelling to the bomb hit city this weekend to donate the cash to victims.

Thursday, 25th May 2017, 2:33 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:39 pm
The customer had a bee tattoo inked on her wrist. (Photo: Jono Smith).
The customer had a bee tattoo inked on her wrist. (Photo: Jono Smith).

The unidentified customer walked into the Fade To Black tattoo studio in Rossington this morning and asked for tattoo artist Jono Smith to ink the city's bee logo onto her wrist.

He said: "She came through the door on the off chance I could tattoo a tribute Manchester Bee to pay her respects to the tragic lives lost in Manchester this week.

"I was so moved, I waived the cost of the tattoo."

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In the wake of Monday's suicide bomb attack on an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in which 22 people died, tattoo artists across the globe have been busy inking the bee - the city's logo - onto people wanting to pay tribute.

Many tattooists are offering bee tattoos for £50 with profits going to helping the families of the victims.

The idea was launched by tattoo artist Sam Barber and has spread throughout the UK and beyond, with tattoo studios in Bristol, Glasgow, and Australia taking part.

The worker bee is a symbol of Manchester’s hard-working history, during the Industrial Revolution, and is part of its coat of arms.

In the 1800s, Manchester was full of textile mills that were often called ‘hives of activity’.

The workers inside were compared to bees, with the term ‘busy bee’ still being associated with hard work to this day.

Added Jono: "She is travelling to Manchester on Sunday to donate £50 for the tattoo and her own donation to the fund for the families."