A tattoo artist in Perth’s CBD has a tattoo that will stand out for years to come.
The iconic Opusa tattoo is part of a growing trend of tattooed icons around the world.
“We started out as a hobby and I’m a really passionate artist,” said artist Nicky Gwynne.
“I wanted to have a piece of art that was something to be recognised, something that was recognisable, so I decided to do it.”
Nicky says the tattoo is a symbol of the Opusa hospice care team.
“It’s just a little symbol that’s stuck to my body,” he said.
“When I go into my office, I can’t help but think of that little symbol and the people that have lost their lives.”
Every time I see it on someone’s body, it makes me think about them, I think of the love that they’ve lost, and I think it’s something that people look back on fondly.”‘
It’s a symbol that people think of fondly’Nicky Gwyne says his Opusa tattoos are a symbol for caring, empathy and the opus hospice team.
Nicky’s tattoo of a blue poppy represents the Opus hospices caring for the deceased.”
In a way, I’m just trying to make people feel as though they’re part of the community and part of something bigger,” he explained.”
If I was to put my hands up, and put my hand in a black handkerchief, I’d say that it’s an Opusa handkerand, you know, a sign of solidarity.
“Nick has worked with Opusa Hospice for the past three years and says he hopes to be one of the first to be immortalised in a tattoo.”
People want to have an icon that’s going to stay with them for a long time,” he joked.”
The Opusa team are very passionate about making sure that people can recognise the care that Opusa has provided and are proud to have the name of the hospice tattooed on their body.
“Nick says the Opuas logo on his tattoos is a representation of Opusa’s care of the deceased, with a small blue poppy.”
What we want to show is that this is something that is a part of Opus and they care about people and we’re proud to be associated with Opus,” he continued.”
For me, it’s a bit of a tribute to the people who have lost so much and it’s very much a symbolic gesture of Opuus care for them and Opus.”‘
You can tell it’s the spirit of Opessa’Opusa Tattoo is located in the Opessa Arts Centre, across from the Opiama Centre.
Nick says it’s important to get your Opusa on to your body when you are in the community.”
There’s no doubt in my mind that people will recognise you, people will associate you with Opuamas care, they will recognise that you’re an Opus member, you’re Opusa staff, and so on,” he added.”
But it’s also a reflection of Opia’s caring spirit and what Opus stands for.
“Nick hopes to eventually get his Opus on to his body in a public setting.”
Hopefully the community will recognise it and maybe that’s where it will go,” he concluded.
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