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AUSTRALIA’S first tattoo is a giant swastika in the shape of a bird.
David Houlihan, 25, who is also known as «The Flying Pig», started the tattoo after a trip to a nearby church, where he met his new tattoo artist, who wanted to get the word out about his story.
«I came to the church and I saw a group of people who had been coming to the same church for a long time and they had this tattoo, and it was kind of a symbol that you could take to church,» Mr Houlivans mum said.
«They were just standing there and they were like ‘hey, can you get this tattooed on your body?'»‘
You see it everyday’It was something that David just wanted to see a tattoo on his body.
«Mr HouliHoulihans first tattoo was on his right arm.»
He wanted to make sure that he got a tattoo that he would be able to wear for himself, and that would help to make his community a better place,» his mother said.
Mr Houslihans father, who has autism, was not happy with the tattoo and wanted to change it.»
His father said ‘well I don’t know, why would you do something like this?’,» Ms Houlibone said.
He told his mother he didn’t want to change the tattoo.»
When he was looking at the tattoo, he saw that it was a swastika and he said ‘oh my god, what is that?’
«Ms Houlig said her son felt so strongly about the tattoo he did it himself.»
It’s been a lifelong dream for David,» Ms Boulihani said.’
It’s a way to show respect’Mr Houls mother and son are now tattooing the swastika on the back of their necks.»
That was a lot of pressure on him,» she said.
David said the swastikas on his neck and arm are symbolic of the hate he has received in Australia, and the people who have come to his support.»
You see him at church, you see him with people, you know that he’s got a lot going on, so I guess that’s what he feels he needs to have a symbol to go with it,» Ms Goulihni said.
Tattoo artist David HouliiHouli has been tattooing since the age of four.»
My father would say ‘oh, your mother’s a jew’, so he used to call me that,» he said.
For many years Mr Houls father would come home with a stack of money and a bottle of wine.»
But one day he got home and he was like ‘oh man, I need some money’ and he started collecting money for his son,» Ms Solli said.
Her husband, a teacher, also had a swastik as a symbol of the money he collected for his child.»
As he got older he started to use the swastiskas more and more,» she added.’
A sign of respect’He eventually started to get rid of them.»
One day he had a big stack of pennies and he decided to give them to me and I got a little tipsy and I was like, ‘that’s it, I’m going to take them’,» Ms Sollsi said.(ABC News: James O’Connor)Mr Hulski said he got an ink job in Melbourne, where a friend of his father’s tattoo artist gave him a new tattoo.
Mr Sollihani and Mr Housliihan both got tattoos from their first tattoo, which was on their right arm, in the summer of 2010.»
So he started doing it on the left side of his body, then he got the right side of it, and so I got my own tattoo on the right arm,» Ms Roulih said.»(It was) just a small swastika, just a little swastika tattoo on my right arm.»‘
It showed him that you can be a good person’Mr Sollsihani’s tattoo has been a success, with her getting a lot more followers.»
We have so many followers, so many people saying ‘oh thank you, this is so important to you, I appreciate your work’,» Ms Rollih said.»
«It showed me that you have the ability to be a strong person and I have seen people go from hating to loving.»
Mr Soulihi said the tattoos have also brought out a lot emotions in him.
«A lot of the people that have been doing it and are now going on to be successful have been inspired by my work,» he added.
A great way»
You can be that person and show them how to be that good person.»‘
A great way