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People attend a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, Tuesday May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on Monday night. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Manchester residents are getting bee tattoos to honor victims of the concert bombing


The resilient people of Manchester have come together to mourn and honor the 22 lives claimed in last week's suicide bombing following an Ariana Grande concert. 

As residents continue to mourn those lost, many have chosen to remember the victims by getting a bee tattoo. 

Now, for those who aren't familiar with Manchester, England, the bee has long symbolized the industrious nature of the city's "worker bees." 

According to The Guardian, the symbol evolved from the city's cotton mills, which were informally referred to as beehives.

The Manchester Tattoo Appeal was launched by tattoo artist Sam Barber in an attempt to raise money for those affected by the attack. Those who wished to show solidarity with those affected by getting a bee tattoo were asked to donate $64 to the cause, CNN reports.

Barber told CNN the bee was the "obvious choice as a symbol of strength." 

As of Sunday, Barber's crowdfunding page had already raised more than $57,000. 

Since launching the campaign, Barber said many tattoo parlors have struggled to keep up with the demand. 

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