'Massive response' to city tattoo shop's bee offer

A Preston tattoo shop is helping to permanently spread the We Love Manchester message.

Friday, 2nd June 2017, 6:01 pm
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:15 pm
Studio 81 are doing bee tattoos for the Manchester appeal.  Pictured is manager Steve Heery and tattooist Stu Nellas.
Studio 81 are doing bee tattoos for the Manchester appeal. Pictured is manager Steve Heery and tattooist Stu Nellas.

Since last week, Studio 81 in Friargate has completed around 25 bee tattoos, with all proceeds - £1,400 so far - going to the Manchester Emergency Fund.

Shop owner Steve Heery said: “I’m from Manchester myself and when I came in after hearing about the bomb I was shocked, and so were my staff.

“I’ve seen a lot of tattoo shops in Manchester offering the bee tattoo, but none in Preston.

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Studio 81 are doing bee tattoos for the Manchester appeal. Pictured is Stu Nellas with Laura Beever Sutton.

“We thought why don’t we do it and try and spread it wider than Manchester? There have been victims and a lot of people affected from the whole of the North West area.”

Steve said he has has a “massive response” to the bee offer, with artists working hard to fit people in around other bookings.

Each tattoo has been to the same design - that of the worker bee that is used to symbolise Manchester’s hard-working past, during the Industrial Revolution.

Steve added: “Everyone in Preston has been so charitable and we’ve seen lots of people from all walks of life coming into the shop wanting the bee. It’s good because tattooing has often been frowned upon by some circles.

Studio 81 are doing bee tattoos for the Manchester appeal. Pictured is Stu Nellas.

“We’ve had mothers, daughters, fathers and son’s coming in.

“I think it’s shocked everyone - it could have been any one of us there that night.”

Studio 81 are doing bee tattoos for the Manchester appeal. Pictured is Stu Nellas with Laura Beever Sutton.
Studio 81 are doing bee tattoos for the Manchester appeal. Pictured is Stu Nellas.