A really nice story to start your day off right!
I don't think any story can really be classified as a "chassidic story" unless it involves a forest in The Old Country, a miraculous job offer, and someone who gets pregnant after at least a decade of barrenness. But this is a pretty good one. I like it.
Since tattoos in conversion and/or the mikvah is one of the biggest search engine draws to my website, it seems especially appropriate to post here!
Remember: your previous tattoos are ok. You are fine. I wouldn't rush out to get new ones though.
If that is the case, why the opposition in the story? Because sometimes, people are crazy. Either they don't know the halacha, don't seem to care about teshuvah, or they simply don't like you because you are different. However. Whether the other person is crazy, mistaken, or both...try your best to take the high road. Judge favorably and assume they have simply made a mistake.
Gotta love Breslov.
For the uninitiated, who are the Breslovers? They are a Chassidic dynasty founded by Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, who was the great-grandson of the founder of Chassidism, the Baal Shem Tov. I think it's very interesting that there has not been another "Rebbe" since Rebbe Nachman passed away. That's very unusual in the Chassidic world (perhaps unique?).
The Breslav emphasize joy in serving Hashem. They live life passionately. As Rabbi Nachman said, "It is a great mitzvah to always be happy." The Breslov also hand out booklets of Rebbe Nachman's teachings on streets and in kosher restaurants. I currently have four booklets (I was so excited to get them!) on topics such as "Don't Take It Personally" and "Forget About it!" Personally, I think of it as chassidic mussar. And I think it's no coincidence that "lover" is in the name!
Not everyone likes the Breslov as much as I do. Or more accurately, people tend to make fun of a subgroup of the Breslov, the NaNachs. Their name comes from their meditation mantra, "Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman." Rabbi Nachman advocated this form of meditation, but personally used a different mantra. The Na Nachs are most easily spotted by large white, knitted caps that say "Na Nach Nachma Nachman Meuman" on the bottom. It isn't complete without the pom pom on top. That's how you can spot them from at least a block away.
A lot of people think the Na Nachs are annoying hippies. (What? You thought I'd sugarcoat it for you?) They dance in the streets to chassidic techno music. (Never thought I'd ever say "chassidic techno.") And to some people's annoyance, they also graffiti their mantra all over Israel.