People have been known to get tattoos for several reasons which includes showing affection for their loved ones. This Delhi man reveals that Mother India and the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the country defines live to him.
A 30-year-old man Abhishek Gautam takes patriotism to a whole new level. An interior designer by profession, Gautam got the names of 560 martyrs tattooed on his body so that he would remember their selfless sacrifice for the country’s independence every single day.
Be it Kargil War martyrs or the recent ones, he has all the names tattooed on his back. Apart from the martyrs he had tattoos of freedom fighters including Mahatma Gandhi, Bhagat Singh. It took eight days to complete this entire tattoo.
Gautam said that he has spent six hours daily to get the names inked on his back. “These days, getting inked for loved ones is the maximum thing that can be shown as a gesture of love. People often tattoo the names of their partner but for me, the love for the country is beyond anything. The Indian Army is always there for us and there are many soldiers who have died for the nation. So getting their names inked on my body is a tribute for them,” Abhisekh told Mail Today.
When asked about the inspiration behind the idea, Gautam told that, “Last year I visited Leh Ladak. The Indian Army saved one of my friends and throughout our journey we felt safe as the soldiers were always there. Since then I thought that I should do something to pay tribute to them. Then I decided to get inked.”
Gautam took an entire year to research the names of the martyrs that he wanted to get tattooed. He even visited some of the martyr’s families to extend his homage.