Why Thousands Of People Are Getting Bee Tattoos In Manchester

Gaby Wilson reports on the Manchester Tattoo Appeal and what the bee symbol means to the city of Manchester

After the horrific terrorist attack at Ariana Grande's May 22 concert in Manchester, people around the world banded together to raise money for the victims and families affected. Most notably, Grande herself returned to the city just two weeks after the attack for her One Love Manchester benefit concert on Sunday, June 4, enlisting the help of Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Pharrell, Coldplay and others. All proceeds from the show were donated to the British Red Cross Society's Manchester Emergency Fund. Another major fundraising effort has been the Manchester Tattoo Appeal, a crowdfunding campaign that's gone viral, inspiring thousands to line up at tattoo shops across the United Kingdom for a special tattoo.

Popular tattoo artist Sam Barber started the Manchester Tattoo Appeal with the modest goal of raising £10,000 (around $13,000) for the victims of the attack. The premise: People would elect to get inked with a bee, the symbol of Manchester, and donate the cost of the tattoo (at least £50) directly to the fund. By press time, the appeal has raised more than $500,000, completely shattering its original goal. In the video above, tattoo artist Dan Leicester breaks down what the bee tattoos symbolize for the city of Manchester.