I’ve been inspired by a man named Wallace Hartley, most people have no idea why or who he is.
I’ve written about him in the past, but here’s a crash course:
-he was musician, he lead the group that played songs on the Titanic.
-he was also a leader over all, people turned to him for help with their spiritual problems also, he had a very strong faith in God.
-he had premonitions of being in a sinking ship, he told his closest friend about them.
-he made up his mind ahead of time to play “Nearer My God to Thee” as he went down with the ship, he knew it would likely be his final performance, and the last song many people might hear.
– “Nearer My God to Thee” was fitting for the situation, although it was not on the Titanics ‘playlist’
– When it became to difficult to play he tied his violin to his body, it was later recovered along with his body after the wreck.
– most people think that the musicians were ‘ordered’ to continue playing by the captain, but they were not. While they were hired to play on the Titanic they were not employees of the White Star company and were viewed and treated like passengers.
-the musicians chose to play instead of fighting over life boats
So, now that your caught up, I can’t tell you how much I’d love to see that violin in person, to know that the last song played on it was such a moving one.
On Saturday the tattoo artist I chose for this special project of mine started the tattoo, it’s my way of paying my respects to Hartley, and his brave sacrifice.
Also to everyone aboard the Titanic. It doesn’t look like much at the moment, but I’ll explain; their are two violins, one on my left side and one in my right.
Musical notes are bursting out of the violins, the music to “Nearer My God to Thee”, their are also huge waves bursting out of the violins, and where it meets on my back there is a worn out looking red flag with a white star on it, a flag that would’ve been flying on the Titanic.
Right now however it’s just the outline, in January we’ll start working on it again.
It’s a huge tattoo and pretty much everyone has said I’m crazy when they see it. (It got a lot of attention at the tattoo shop) but it seemed like they meant it in a respectful way, the owner even stopped me before I left because he wanted to shake my hand.
But I’m not crazy, it’s the most thought and consideration I’ve put into any tattoo, and I’m by far not a show off when it comes to this because I prefer to always be fully clothed in front of people.
R.I.P. Wallace Hartley