Former forklift operator slowly tattoos his entire body blue

He’s feeling blue! Man who is slowly tattooing his entire body turquoise insists it’s helped him feel confident after years of being isolated

  • Donnie Snider, 26, from Ontario, Canada, is gradually tattooing his body blue 
  • Was first introduced body art when sister inked part of his leg and foot in 2017
  • Former forklift operator now lives in transit bus’ and makes living selling earrings

A former forklift operator has taken social media by storm after he decided to document his attempts to gradually tattoo his entire body blue. 

Donnie Snider, 26, from Scarborough, Ontario, who admits he’s ‘living life in strange-mode’, was first introduced to the world of body art when his sister inked a part of his leg and foot in turquoise in 2017. 

Despite a series of abortive early tattoo attempts, the ink on his leg soon ignited Donnie’s life’s work and the social media star, who lives in a ‘clapped-out transit bus’ and makes his living selling earrings, decided to use the hue to cover his body. 

Speaking about the comical questions he often receives from strangers Donnie  said: ‘Questions from strangers about my genitals have increased by 10,000 per cent.

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Donnie Snider (pictured), 26, from Scarborough, Ontario, has decided to slowly tattoo his entire body blue from head to toe 

The Canadian (left in 2015 before turning blue and right in 2020) was first introduced to the world of body art in 2017 before deciding to colour the entirety of his body 

‘To be honest, I just like the look of it. I thought it would be neat. It’s definitely striking, and I think it’s a beautiful colour.’ 

Donnie, who shares his progress with his 4,792 followers on the Instagram page @trism_driver, explained that he liked the plainness and simplicity of his design and chose to see through the unusual body art to keep things ‘interesting’.

He said: ‘I like the clean look – unladen by symbols. There’s a whimsical element. 

‘I thought I’d do my part to keep things interesting, maybe make someone smile.

‘You’ve only got one life – might as well have some fun, eh?’

Donnie documents his progress with his 4,792 followers on the Instagram page @trism_driver

The social media star said that he chose to pursue the unusual body art to keep things ‘interesting’

Donnie (left and right outside the transit bus he lives in) now makes his living selling earrings, said he liked the colour of his blue tattoo

While Donnie now chooses to embrace life and all its wonders, he admits to ‘isolating’ himself for several years because he lacked confidence before he found his love of body art. 

He continued: ‘Over several years I had been isolating myself, and making efforts to tone down my less-than-pragmatic impulses, out of fear and lack of confidence – and I was extremely miserable.

‘After going in circles for far too long, I decided to quit hiding, break myself out of stagnation and remake my life as I’d like it to be, and redirect it to the pursuit a life I’d actually be happy to live.’

The Instagram user said he had received an array of comments from users on social media, with some admiring his work of art and others clearly ‘not thrilled’ about his choice of tattoo. 

Donnie described previously ‘isolating’ himself for several years and lacking in confidence before he decided to embrace his love of tattoos

After finding his love of body art, Donnie has been documenting his slow transformation online

The Instagram user (left and right) decided to stop hiding and redirected his life to fulfill his passion

Donnie said: ‘I get all kinds of comments and reactions when I’m out. Some people love the tattoo, others are clearly not thrilled about it.

‘The questions are endless, and many people are very curious – I don’t blame them, of course.

‘I’ve had many bizarre interactions, as you can probably imagine – I get surprised looks, unblinking stares, snarky comments, interesting comments, compliments, light-hearted jokes, mean-spirited jokes, stupid questions, odd questions, invasive questions.

‘Whispers, smiles, double-takes, outright laughing, flirting, gasps, eye rolls, thumbs up, free beers, looks of disgust, strange propositions, chuckling, handshakes, people pulling at my clothes to peek underneath, high fives, looks of horror.

‘Hugs, honking, shouting from cars, people asking to take pictures with me, people taking videos without asking, fist bumps, and even a couple people licking their thumbs and trying to rub the tattoo off.

‘It’s like living life in strange-mode.’

The Canadian said he had received an array of positive and negative comments from users on social media

Donnie (left and right) said he was often met with a range of comments and reactions when he was out and he sometimes felt like he was ‘living life in strange-mode’

Though Donnie is insulted from time to time, he does not let any negativity get him down.

He said: ‘Most insults are unimaginative and predictable. In fact, most can be lumped together in the category of ‘unflattering comparisons to other things that are blue’.’

However he went on to add that he does get a little riled when people assume he does not work for a living – or that he claims taxpayer assistance.

He added: ‘I would sooner eat out of a dumpster.’

Donnie, who continues to document his progress online, said that he does not let any negativity get him down 

The Canadian recently shared a picture on Instagram of himself adding more blue to his hand (pictured)

Speaking about the reaction he has received from his friends, Donnie said they ‘did not really talk about it’ and that ‘they don’t notice it any more’ but his mother took longer to come around to her blue son.

He added that she was ‘definitely annoyed at first’, but ‘quickly accepted blue skin as at the new normal.’ 

‘I feel a renewed optimism about the feasibility of pursuing wild dreams,’ he continued.

‘I feel as if I’m slowly becoming re-energized after a protracted period of stagnation. I might become a trillionaire, or move to Mars. 

‘Or just carry on selling earrings and get my bus fixed up.’


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