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Do you have any unique Free Hugs stories?

Unread postby Phenom1TSmith » 02 Dec 2011 19:46

I have only been a part of the free hugs movement since this week when I received my Free Hugs shirt. I'm a freshman in college right now, and I'm a pretty shy/reserved guy. One of my classmates that I hardly talk to outside of class saw my shirt and she apparently loves Sick Puppies too! :surprised: Needless to say, I got a hug from her. It was quite the ice breaker. Lol. What are your stories? :crazy: :crazy: :crazy:


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Unread postby Brianna » 02 Dec 2011 20:12

That's awesome that she knew and loved the band. I wore a free hugs shirt and got probably 20 hugs and one guy actually said thank you and told me it made his day even though he was feeling down. Nothing too special but shows the power of the free hugs campaign.
I also showed someone the free hugs campaign video yesterday and he said, "You can't watch this without just smiling, ya know?"
Really does make a difference :smile:


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Unread postby Phenom1TSmith » 02 Dec 2011 20:16

Brianna wrote:That's awesome that she knew and loved the band. I wore a free hugs shirt and got probably 20 hugs and one guy actually said thank you and told me it made his day even though he was feeling down. Nothing too special but shows the power of the free hugs campaign.
I also showed someone the free hugs campaign video yesterday and he said, "You can't watch this without just smiling, ya know?"
Really does make a difference :smile:


That's awesome! I only got two hugs that day. Relatively unsuccessful. :cry: Lol. I'll definitely be wearing it many times in the future though. Hopefully I can get as much as 20 hugs. That would make MY day more than anyone else's, I'm sure. :D


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Unread postby Cody Lee » 14 Jan 2012 00:55

I wear my shirt at least once a week lol, it's kind of how I'm known at my new job now, the free hugs guy. Was pretty funny the other day in Walmart, girl came SPRINTING across the store and almost tackled me. Her boyfriend looked really confused then she just pointed and said "free hugs...had to" and walked away all casual.

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Unread postby angelbear425 » 14 Jan 2012 10:59

I was wearing a Free Hugs shirt at a "The band that shall not be named" concert and gave out a bunch of hugs. Another time when I was in NYC walking through Times Square this guy was holding a Free Hugs sign and I went up and hugged him. I have a picture somewhere of it, but I can't find it at the moment.


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Unread postby Phenom1TSmith » 14 Jan 2012 11:46

It's sad because my Free Hugs shirt does nothing for me. I must be too ugly :laugh:


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Unread postby hamjen » 14 Jan 2012 19:13

http://youtu.be/RgpagKvJdhY

We did a Free Hugs Campaign a couple summers ago!!! What an experience!!! We went for almost an hour with ppl just staring and pointing and then we started to get tacked :rock:


I was behind the camera most of the time. The redhead is my daughter and the other is my stepdaughter, you see a gimpse of me getting a hug or two though. Good times.


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Unread postby MrDeBisschop » 19 Jan 2012 08:25

Phenom1TSmith wrote:It's sad because my Free Hugs shirt does nothing for me. I must be too ugly :laugh:


Lol, keep trying!! (;


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Unread postby WonSickPuppy » 20 May 2014 08:31

My mom never understood my fascination with rock/metal music and tattoos but fortunately we have an outstanding relationship. She's a country gal and for the most part a traditional, simple, caring person.
I FINALLY got to go see her for Mother's Day (a week late, she lives an hour away) and we were talking about music and my love for Sick Puppies and the meaning behind all my SP tattoos. As many of you know, I have 'All The Same' tattooed on my chest and got to show her the Free Hugs video for the very first time...she was crying at the end and said 'I knew I raised a good son!' That was a very proud moment for me so we hugged it out for several minutes! Awesome!


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Unread postby Cora » 21 May 2014 11:54

WonSickPuppy wrote:My mom never understood my fascination with rock/metal music and tattoos but fortunately we have an outstanding relationship. She's a country gal and for the most part a traditional, simple, caring person.
I FINALLY got to go see her for Mother's Day (a week late, she lives an hour away) and we were talking about music and my love for Sick Puppies and the meaning behind all my SP tattoos. As many of you know, I have 'All The Same' tattooed on my chest and got to show her the Free Hugs video for the very first time...she was crying at the end and said 'I knew I raised a good son!' That was a very proud moment for me so we hugged it out for several minutes! Awesome!



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WonSickPuppy wrote:My mom never understood my fascination with rock/metal music and tattoos but fortunately we have an outstanding relationship. She's a country gal and for the most part a traditional, simple, caring person.
I FINALLY got to go see her for Mother's Day (a week late, she lives an hour away) and we were talking about music and my love for Sick Puppies and the meaning behind all my SP tattoos. As many of you know, I have 'All The Same' tattooed on my chest and got to show her the Free Hugs video for the very first time...she was crying at the end and said 'I knew I raised a good son!' That was a very proud moment for me so we hugged it out for several minutes! Awesome!


That's awesome, I keep trying to get my mother to check out the band. Maybe one of these days I'll have her watch the free hugs video and listen to Polar Opposite. I know I won't be able to start with the regular version of You're Going Down, but she may enjoy some of the acoustic stuff. :laugh:


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Unread postby WonSickPuppy » 07 Jun 2014 09:10

Cora wrote:
WonSickPuppy wrote:My mom never understood my fascination with rock/metal music and tattoos but fortunately we have an outstanding relationship. She's a country gal and for the most part a traditional, simple, caring person.
I FINALLY got to go see her for Mother's Day (a week late, she lives an hour away) and we were talking about music and my love for Sick Puppies and the meaning behind all my SP tattoos. As many of you know, I have 'All The Same' tattooed on my chest and got to show her the Free Hugs video for the very first time...she was crying at the end and said 'I knew I raised a good son!' That was a very proud moment for me so we hugged it out for several minutes! Awesome!



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Lol. I think she thought they were a screaming band or something. It was a proud moment for me.


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Unread postby David » 07 Jun 2014 09:42

I am a big fan of garden gnomes. I am also a fan of rock festivals. This year I went to Rockfest in Kansas City. It's the largest one day rock festival in the US, 55,000 people. It's an insane amount of people. It's also very welcoming to people who want to let their freak flags fly. I decided to where my gnome outfit.

I ran into two people with big Free Hugs signs and got a picture with one of them.

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Unread postby Myst » 08 Jun 2014 06:39

WonSickPuppy wrote:
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WonSickPuppy wrote:My mom never understood my fascination with rock/metal music and tattoos but fortunately we have an outstanding relationship. She's a country gal and for the most part a traditional, simple, caring person.
I FINALLY got to go see her for Mother's Day (a week late, she lives an hour away) and we were talking about music and my love for Sick Puppies and the meaning behind all my SP tattoos. As many of you know, I have 'All The Same' tattooed on my chest and got to show her the Free Hugs video for the very first time...she was crying at the end and said 'I knew I raised a good son!' That was a very proud moment for me so we hugged it out for several minutes! Awesome!



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Lol. I think she thought they were a screaming band or something. It was a proud moment for me.


Hehe, similar story for me too. My dad gave me SO much crap for SP being my favorite band just based on the name, he thought it was some crazy death metal band or something. One day he's riding in my car with me, and 'All The Same' comes up on the playlist. Maybe halfway through the song he asks me "Hey who is this? I really like this!" and I replied "It's that crazy metal band Sick Puppies!" lol. Now he doesn't think they're so bad :)

My mom on the other hand is why I've had to buy two of every SP album. She "borrows" them. Permanently :P


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Unread postby Snowmonkies » 08 Jun 2014 18:51

This one's kind of free hugs, but with slightly different wording
Me and three friends went to a convention that happened just this weekend, and my one friend Mia bought a giraffe zip-up pajama suit thing and wore it all weekend, and today she brought a sign with her that said "Hug the giraffe" and she was getting so many hugs from it
Normally this convention has a rule about signs and solicitation but even the volunteers were having a laugh about it. Except this one guy who followed us around the dealer's room to make her take it off, but outside of the convention center (the con spans the center, an attached hotel, and the grounds surrounding) nobody else bothered her about it.


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Snowmonkies wrote:This one's kind of free hugs, but with slightly different wording
Me and three friends went to a convention that happened just this weekend, and my one friend Mia bought a giraffe zip-up pajama suit thing and wore it all weekend, and today she brought a sign with her that said "Hug the giraffe" and she was getting so many hugs from it
Normally this convention has a rule about signs and solicitation but even the volunteers were having a laugh about it. Except this one guy who followed us around the dealer's room to make her take it off, but outside of the convention center (the con spans the center, an attached hotel, and the grounds surrounding) nobody else bothered her about it.


That sounds pretty cool, did you get any pictures or video of it? :biggrin:


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Unread postby Myst » 21 Jun 2014 16:59

I'm hoping to have some cool stories in a couple weeks, I'm going to a free hugs meetup with a bunch of other people. Going to stop by the craft store tomorrow to buy supplies to make my sign :)


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Unread postby tbritting » 23 Jun 2014 03:21

Myst wrote:I'm hoping to have some cool stories in a couple weeks, I'm going to a free hugs meetup with a bunch of other people. Going to stop by the craft store tomorrow to buy supplies to make my sign :)


That sounds like fun, can't wait to hear the story or possibly see some pictures from your free hugs meetup!


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Unread postby Myst » 06 Jul 2014 19:49

THAT WAS SO MUCH FUN!! So many hugs! Though it was funny... you'd get a string of wary people, and then one person would go for the hug, and then -everyone- else around also wanted a hug. Some of them even started hugging each other, hehe.

Oh and we were asked to leave the square by one of the restaurant owners who apparently didn't like that we could be seen by the patrons on the restaurant terrace. That was interesting... but he caved eventually. Meanwhile at another restaurant, some of the patrons were hanging over the terrace railing for hugs, haha.

I have over 200 photos on my camera, so I'm hoping to patch them together and make a recap video for Youtube with them. Going to take me awhile to process that many photos and make a video though. Even got a short clip of two people re-enacting the flying hug from the original free hugs video :)

If anyone has a live recording of All The Same that I can use for my video PLEASE let me know! I have one in my collection, but the audio isn't as clear as I'd like. You will of course be included on the credits!


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