August 14, 2014 - 6:53amUpdated: August 14, 2014 - 7:53am
Sir Paul McCartney signs autograph on stage for fan Chelsi Gobeil. Photo submitted
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It has been one year since Paul McCartney rocked Regina and one year since he left a permanent and very memorable mark on one Regina woman.
“Just being on stage and him talking to me, giving me a hug and everything, it was just—I replay it in my mind a lot,” said Chelsi Gobeil.
Gobeil already had a wrist tattoo that read: “Let it be.” The superstar autographed her wrist right beside it. Later that night, at 2 a.m., she had the autograph tattooed and unlike many who regret late night tattoos, Gobeil has no such misgivings.
“Nope, I never will. I’ve had people ask me that too, or say, like, ‘Didn’t that hurt?’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, I could care less if it would have hurt,” she said.
Aside from having a permanent reminder of her idol, Gobeil also treasures the various friends she’s made around the world because of her tattoo.
She wrote a blog about her experience and posted pictures on social media. Other women who had done the same thing as her got in touch. Gobeil says she’s befriended women from Australia, Japan, and the United States.
“One of the girls, her name is Jenna, and she had gotten the signature the week before me in San Francisco. And I don’t think anyone had gotten the signature on that tour up until that point,” said Gobeil. “We found each other on Instagram.”
In May, Gobeil was in California and her Instagram friend drove to Palm Springs to meet her.
“We were able to spend the day together and talk about our experiences and stuff so it was really, really cool.”
Gobeil made a collage of her new friends and their tattoos to enter an Instagram contest Paul McCartney had created to promote his new album.
The former Beatle re-posted the picture.
“We’ve all become friends because of him,” said Gobeil.
These days, about all Gobeil is doing at 2 a.m. is taking care of her newborn baby girl. But Gobeil is making sure her daughter is a fan.
“I’ve been playing her Beatles music in the womb and in real life now that she’s born. She’s got a bunch of Beatles shirts and some of the things in her nursery are a little bit Beatles-themed. So I think she doesn’t have a choice,” she laughed.