By Maria Immaculate Owechi
Tattoo inking has recently become one of the ways couples express the bond they share with each other. When Bobi Wine and wife Barbie Itungu got married, Barbie got a tattoo of her husband’s face on her back.
In the same way, Bruno Neves, 33 used this trend while proposing to his girlfriend Patricia Calado, 34 with an inking which read, “Will you marry me?” complete with ‘yes/No tick boxes.
The delivery driver, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, convinced his now-fiancée to escort him to the Sailor’s Grave Tattoo Studio in the seaside town.
Patricia revealed to the Daily Mirror that Bruno, whose body already featured 20 inkings told her he was getting some cover-up ink on an existing tattoo.
“Sometimes I will go along with him and wait, so I thought it was all quite normal,” she added.
Patricia said she sat in the waiting room for around 45 minutes but had no idea that Bruno was actually getting the words, ‘Will you marry me?’ tattooed across his chest.
Patricia, a hotel cleaner further revealed that it was a complete surprise and she was stunned when she read the words on his chest.
“I was quite confused when he came out and revealed the tattoo to me. It took me a moment to realise what it was,” the hotel cleaner shared. “Then I just laughed and told him,” You are crazy.” But of course, I quickly grabbed a pen and ticked yes. I’m very happy.”
Patricia added it was “very strange” being proposed to in a public place during the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said, “I didn’t know how to react. We both had our masks on, so we didn’t kiss each other, just out of respect for the other people there.”
Patricia further added that Bruno is very romantic, and surprises her every month on the 11th to mark the anniversary of each month they have been together.
“Every month on the 11th he will take me travelling somewhere, or we will go out for a nice dinner,” she revealed.
Bruno, also single father to a four-year-old son, said that Patricia accepting his proposal was amazing and like a dream come true.
“If it hadn’t been for COVID 19, I would have done it sooner. I had been planning the tattoo for around five or six months,” he further revealed.
“We have been together for a year and a half but I am absolutely certain about Patricia. We have spent every day together for the past two years, and we have seen how our families connect together, so I had no fear of proposing to her,” he added.
Arron Adams, who did the tattoo for Bruno, said he has never done a tattoo proposal before-but he is ‘always up for a challenge.’
“It did feel a bit strange. I have actually never done anything like that one before,” he said. “I was a bit nervous myself-as tattoo artists, we advise people against having names tattooed on them or anything like that because obviously it is permanent. But Bruno told me he wanted to do something a bit crazy and I thought, yeah, let’s go for it.”
Bruno said that he would not have done it if he had not been absolutely sure because a tattoo is something you really have to think about.
According to Daily Mirror, Arron joked, “He is lucky she said yes-because I said to Bruno that even if she had said no, I would have tattooed that on him too.”
“He was really chuffed. I could see as he was walking out to reveal the tattoo that he was extremely nervous, the tattoo artist said. “She was really shocked and surprised when she saw it. It was a lovely moment.”
Arron revealed to the website that it was really nice for him to be part of that special moment for someone. He says it made me feel really good-like a little cupid.
The couple is now planning to tie the knot in August next year and Bruno says he has already started emailing priests to try and get a date booked in.