A vigil has been held for the Aidan Mann, the proficient tattoo artist who was murdered in Downpatrick on Monday morning.
spherical 60 automobiles gathered on the Seacat automotive meet up occasion in Belfast’s Company Road underpass – an occasion Mr Mann is claimed to have attended every Tuesday night.
Those that had been current in his reminiscence joined collectively to pay tribute to somebody they described as a “very effectively natured” and “right down to earth” individual.
Aaron McNeilly runs the weekly occasion in Belfast and stated he knew Aidan for some time having been launched by a lot of shut pals.
He described his reminiscences with the person from “tenting to doing issues in our vehicles”.
“He was an absolute gentleman, he has proven us a brand new aspect of life,” stated Mr McNeilly.
“A really, very effectively natured man and extremely right down to earth and we’re simply right here to indicate our respect to him, he beloved coming down right here on a Tuesday evening, he beloved the environment, beloved the enjoyable and it’s such a tragedy this has occurred.”
Niamh McConnell – a good friend of Mr Mann’s designed a picture of a rose on one of many pillars across the underpass, as a memorial to the artist and inspired others to make use of it as a spot to put their tributes.
“I labored alongside Aidan I used to be a good friend of his. He was simply nice craic to be about, all the time cracked jokes and simply nice enjoyable,” she stated.
“The tattoo neighborhood has misplaced a very proficient man and he will probably be missed by everybody he met or tattooed. He was simply such a proficient man and I’m so glad to have identified him.
“Considered one of my pals from the Seacat web page requested me to do some wall so individuals can put flowers down.
“It’s a rose Aidan had drawn up an excellent few years in the past. A easy conventional rose. It’ll by no means be nearly as good as his, it’s simply one thing particular the place individuals can put their flowers and tributes in opposition to.”
Additionally identified by the title Zen Black, Aidan was stabbed to demise on a busy Downpatrick avenue at 11am on Monday.
Eyewitnesses stated the sufferer was stabbed with two knives in Church Road within the city, earlier than 4 males wrestled the attacker to the bottom and disarmed him.
Paramedics labored in useless to avoid wasting the 28-year-old because the attacker was restrained on the bottom a matter of ft away.
Police have requested individuals to not share footage of the incident on social media as they stated a person in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of the homicide and stays in custody.
Mr Mann had labored in a lot of tattoo parlours since leaving college and was certainly one of Northern Eire’s most sought-after artists on the time of his demise, with purchasers travelling from throughout Eire to avail of his work.
He specialised in Irezumi, the artwork of Japanese hand tattooing, his enterprise Fb web page beneath the title Zen Black, shows dozens of intricate works of tattoo artwork carried out by Mr Mann.
He had been working at Sailors and Scoundrels Tattoo Parlour in Newtownards on the time of his demise.