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Scottish tattoo parlours to offer free swastika inkings in bid to ‘reclaim’ symbol

By Tomas Jivanda

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Five tattoo parlours in Scotland will be offering free swastika tattoos on Wednesday as part of a global event to “reclaim” the symbol.

The worldwide initiative branded “Learn to Love the Swastika”, is being held on the first anniversary of the death of a Canadian artist and poet called ManWoman, who was covered in swastika tattoos.

ManWoman spent decades trying to restore the image of the swastika – an ancient image of peace in Hinduism and Buddhism – tainted by its use in Nazi Germany.

He claimed to have been prompted to start the campaign after a series of dreams and wrote a book on the subject titled “Gentle Swastika, Reclaiming the Innocence.”

Writing on Facebook, organisers said the event, which will see tattoo parlours across the world participating, was set up to “spread knowledge and appreciation of the gentle swastika”.

Audrie Cabena, who works at Yankee Tattoo Parlour in Dundee – one of the shops taking part – told the Evening Telegraph: “I met ManWoman once and he was covered in swastikas. I think it is important to recover that symbol and educate people really.

“It has been a peace symbol for thousands of years, but it is now seen as a symbol of hatred just because of a relatively short amount of time.

“I will talk to the people that come in on Wednesday and make sure they are doing it for the right reasons.

“I’m not saying it is safe to walk around with a swastika on you and you might get people making comments. But if I receive any backlash over this then I will have to deal with it when it happens.”

Anti-racism campaigners have condemned the event. A spokeswoman for Show Racism The Red Card in Scotland told the Daily Record: “I’m shocked – really shocked – by this. I’m appalled.

“I don’t think anyone today would see the swastika as a peace symbol, and I would advise against any legitimate tattooing business doing this.

“Much as the swastika may have started as meaning one thing, fascism is what it represents now.”

7 responses

  1. “I’m shocked – really shocked – by this. I’m appalled.”

    “Much as the swastika may have started as meaning one thing, fascism is what it represents now.”

    so… this kind of “open minded” people we are going to convice other people that racism is not good???? Good job champ… you are Killin’ it!!! (eeeh… NOT!!) you big ass douchebag….

    Cheers to Manwoman and his message

    November 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM

  2. “I don’t think anyone today would see the swastika as a peace symbol…Much as the swastika may have started as meaning one thing, fascism is what it represents now.”

    This anti-racism campaigner clearly doesn’t understand the ‘reclaiming’ aspect of this, and can only express a knee-jerk reaction to seeing a swastika.
    OF COURSE no one sees the swastika as a peace symbol now. That’s entirely the point, and this effort is an attempt to CHANGE that. If the meaning of something can be changed once, it can be changed again. In this age of social media, it could potentially change even faster than before.

    All that said, you won’t find any swastikas on me ever. I’m not brave/bold/daring/strong/foolhardy enough.

    November 29, 2013 at 1:54 PM

  3. I would NEVER,EVER want a swastika on any part of my body !!! and I’m GERMAN descent!!!

    November 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM

  4. The only problem with this is that the Buddhist and Christian symbol has blades that are counter clockwise. The swastika has its blades clockwise.

    December 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    • The blades are not in different directions, Hitler only tilted the symbol so not to be square but almost a diamond

      December 5, 2013 at 12:54 AM

      • Lok again. Buddhism (and Christianity) Have ALWAYS had the blades counter clockwise. There is ALSO the cross of St Andrew (Catholic not [all] Christianity) has them going counter like the swastika.

        December 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

  5. it’s snowing on your website ffs.

    December 1, 2013 at 6:52 PM

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