Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Hundreds of people are getting the same tattoo in memory of the Manchester attack victims

Screen Shot 2017-05-30 at 09.47.43.png

If you’ve ever been to Manchester you may have noticed bee symbols all over the place – in mosaics, paintings, on clock faces and even on bins. The worker bee represents the city’s work ethic, typified by its huge growth during the Industrial Revolution.

And now many Manchester residents are using the symbol to both raise money for charity and express their solidarity with victims of the recent attack – by getting it tattooed.  



The £50 cost of the tattoos are being donated to charities helping those affected by the attack – and many tattoo artists reported raising thousands of pounds in a single day.

Sorry Mum tattoo shop in Prestwich said they managed to make £11,000, with many queueing for up to 12 hours to get the bee inked on their skin. 




One man who got the tattoo, 46-year-old Mark Casey, told BuzzFeed: "I had it done just for respect really. I don't know anyone who was in it. My cousin was there but she got out just before it went off.

"It's a brilliant idea – I think it's great how Manchester has all pulled together.

"I've got other tattoos but this one means the most, definitely – apart from my City tattoo."

It’s not just in Manchester where people are getting these bees tattooed. People across the country, including in Liverpool, Hull and Bath have all been showing solidarity by getting involved.

It’s one of many initiatives which have been set up to support victims of the Manchester attack. The Manchester Evening News has raised nearly £2million  to support families of those killed and injured in the Manchester Arena attack, and Tom Hardy launched a similar crowdfunding appeal. 



This thought-provoking letter on the Manchester bombing is going viral


Liam Gallagher's first solo gig will be in aid of Manchester victims


Muslim guy has great comeback after being told to take his hijab off


Tom Hardy is raising money for the victims of the Manchester attack


Crowds sing 'Don't Look Back in Anger' at end of minute's silence


How to contact the police when you're too scared to speak out loud


Sir Bruce Forsyth has died aged 89

The legendary presenter has died aged 89

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

The biggest stereotype about men and sex is actually a load of rubbish

We've been wrong this whole time

by Gary Ogden
18 Aug 2017

Discover the words that became cool in the year you were born

Were you born in the year of booty calls or cybersex?

by Emily Reynolds
18 Aug 2017

This German town came up with a genius way of humiliating neo-Nazis

Is this the best possible way to deal with them?

by Alex Finnis
18 Aug 2017

Donald Trump’s lawyer: possibly not racist, definitely not intelligent

Oldest trick in the book

by Tom Victor
17 Aug 2017

The 10 worst cities in the world to live in 2017

To put your first-world problems into perspective

17 Aug 2017

We have some very, very good news about cheese

Cheese lovers, it's our time to shine

by Emily Reynolds
17 Aug 2017

Jurors refuse to work on Martin Shkreli's trial for the best reasons

He is *not* a popular man

by Emily Reynolds
17 Aug 2017

Apparently millennials hate boobs now - but what do we like instead?

These god damn millennials, eh

by Gary Ogden
17 Aug 2017

All the times Donald Trump has failed to condemn far-right extremists

This has gone on for some time

by Tom Victor
16 Aug 2017