LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Patriotic messages within the type of tattoos and billboards have grow to be fashionable in war-torn Ukraine.
The Ukrainian flag and different symbols are favored additions for patrons at a tattoo parlor in Lviv.
Olena Barlevych, 18, not too long ago bought a tattoo of the Ukrainian coat of arms with a navy plane, symbolizing the struggle to defend her nation.
“This tattoo means so much to us,” Barlevych mentioned. “It’s a essential section for our nation, which should go down in historical past, which should be handed on to future generations.”
Artist Natalia Tanchynets has seen shoppers are available from a number of components of Ukraine for comparable tattoos. She mentioned 70% of the proceeds from her patriotic tattoos are donated to the Ukrainian military.
Political Cartoons on World Leaders
At her store, the place a pink cease signal on a wall had the handwritten phrase “struggle” added to it, Tanchynets mentioned she’s had a gamut of feelings concerning the rush of patriotism.
Whereas the struggle has been good for her enterprise, “I’m so unhappy about this example in my nation.” Tanchynets mentioned one among her shoppers was killed on the entrance traces final week.
Lviv print store supervisor Yuri Kobryn mentioned he initially thought his enterprise that creates promoting billboards could be ineffective within the struggle. He since has discovered inventive methods to assist Ukrainian troops.
As an alternative of ads, Kobryn’s firm now prints motivational messages to his nation — particularly the Ukrainian military. Some are spiritual messages asking for cover of the troops.
“The blokes from the military have been pleasantly stunned and requested me if I might make smaller variations that they might give them to others,” Kobryn mentioned. “In order that we can assist them in our victory.”
Russia invaded its smaller neighbor to the southwest in February. 1000’s on either side have reportedly died, and there’s no rapid signal of a halt in hostilities regardless of quite a few rounds of diplomatic talks.
Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This materials might not be revealed, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.