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Friends get tattooed in memory of tragic Aidan
MORE THAN 170 people have been inked with the memory of a young Portland man.
Aidan Williams-Martin, aged 24, tragically died in a car crash on the island earlier this month.
The former Royal Manor pupil was described as a ‘genuine’ man with a ‘heart of gold.’ Before he died, Aidan was in the middle of having a tattoo of the infinite number pi created as a ‘sleeve’ on his arm.
Now his family and friends have carried on the task in a mammoth effort that could reach the record books.
They range from 18 to 81, with even his grandmother having her first tattoo in aid of Aidan.
Aidan’s sister, Polly, 22, paid tribute to her ‘lovely’ brother.
She said: “He was always doing something to make people smile. I think that’s half the reason he decided to get the pi tattoo.
“So many people have had it done, it’s been amazing.
“Aidan had so many friends, many of which I didn’t even know.
“Everyone’s so proud to carry on something he didn’t ever get to finish – although pi is an infinite number, so even Aidan wouldn’t have been able to ever finish it.”
All the people have about 10 digits each and the tattoo artists at the Emporium in St Thomas Street, Weymouth have made a chart so they can work out where people go in the order.
They spent about two days drawing up the numbers so they could be tattooed on to participants straight away. On the night of his funeral, 150 people queued through the door of the Emporium to make their mark.
Since then others have come forward and several friends and relatives are waiting to turn 18 so they can take part.
Halo Gilbert, owner of the Emporium, said: “The night of his funeral was a party atmosphere. We had Gabba on, which was his favourite music- nobody was down, which is what Aidan would have wanted. At the moment there are only two standing records- most people tattooed in eight hours and most people tattooed in 24 hours.
“On the night we didn’t have enough people to break the existing record, but we’re hoping to get biggest number of tattoos, most pi digits, most digits in eight hours.”
The tattoo artists can complete one of the tattoos in around two minutes.
Polly added: “It’s just really nice that everyone is remembering Aidan in this way.”
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