LIFE

Survivors Battle Emotions Years After 9/11, Then Tattoo Artists Unite To Give Them Unique Art

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

Although people who survive tragedy are strong, I can only imagine how unpleasant their memories of the event can be.

For survivors of the 9/11 attacks, “the scars run deep.”

A group of famous tattoo artists are doing their best to help 9/11 survivors overcome those scars by covering them up with art. Together, the artists have formed a group called Artists 4 Israel. Their goal is to help survivors heal, while honoring the memories of what was lost.

Recently, the artists met a group of 11 survivors and first responders at New York’s Apollo Theater. There, they tattooed the survivors to help them recover and remember.

One of the survivors is named Thomas Canavan. Thomas was working for a bank on September 11, 2001. He was in the lobby with four colleagues when the buildings collapsed. Thomas was able to dig himself out of the rubble, but his colleagues were not.

Another is Brian Branco, who deals with the pain of survivor’s guilt every day. He told WPIX New York, “I often ask, ‘why did I survive?'”

For Thomas and Brian, these new tattoos are both personal and patriotic. For the artists who created them, they are just as much a service as they are a day on the job.

Watch the video below to hear from some survivors and meet the tattoo artists, and please SHARE this heartwarming story on Facebook.

Footage provided by WPIX New York

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