Shiri spotted her first love outside of the bar where her and her friends had been enjoying a night out. She hadn't seem him in 4 years and she still had a bit of puppy love. They decided to leave together and she ran back into the bar to get her bag and say goodbye to her friends. Then, she heard what she thought was a firecracker. Maybe it was one of the bartender's birthdays and they were lighting off small fireworks to celebrate. It was not. A homicide bomber had tried to enter one of Israel's most popular bars. He was stopped at the door by the Security Guard and detonated his bomb belt. The bombing at Mike's Place was, still is, one of the most famous attacks inside Israel and was caught on tape where it became a documentary film. Mike's is located next to the American Embassy, it had, still has, a strict English only rule and plays blues and rock music all night. Shiri was thrown into the air and her hair was on fire. Her friend was lying dead across from her. Shiri was rushed to the hospital but couldn't figure out why. She felt nothing. She was numb and the doctors were tearing the clothes off her body. Turns out that she had been badly burnt and needed extensive medical care. She developed severe PTSD and retreated from society, living alone with her dog for 9 years. When her dog died, everything got worse. She knew she needed treatment or she would never survive. Shiri has found help both in treatment and in her art. Today, Shiri is studying and creating art related to PTSD to help others and is an avid climber. Climbing helps her trust people again and focuses her on her next step, drowing out fear and all the concerns of the world.
Shiri was tattooed on October 11th, 2017 by artist Russ Abbott at Mike's Place in Tel-Aviv.