What is the Manchester bee?

In the wake of the Manchester terror attack, local tattoo artists are appealing to raise money for the victims and families affected by the actions of the suicide bombing which took place on Monday May 22.

Tattoos of a bee are being offered for £50, with all of the profits going to the good cause.

Although it was launched by tattoo artist Sam Barber, the initiative has spread throughout the UK and beyond, with tattoo studios in Bristol, Glasgow, and allegedly 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.

Here are some pictures to act as inspiration, should you decide to get a bee tattoo to support Manchester.

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