Dad gets tattoo to match son’s birthmark after boy became self-conscious

A dad has won praise from his son – and respect from a tattooist – after getting a tattoo in the shape of a birthmark to match his young son.

Proud dad Derek Prue from Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, opted to get inked up after noticing his son, Derek Jr, had become self-conscious of a large birthmark that covered a large area of his torso.

Derek Sr grew concerned when he noticed his son would keep his shirt on while at the swimming pool, which he hadn’t done before.

Deciding to support his son in a unique way, Derek Sr underwent 30 hours of tattoo work to have a replica birthmark added to his own chest.

Derek Sr told Global News: "He was always proud of his birthmark and then I saw he started to kind of cover it up.

"I think he was maybe a little bit self-conscious about it. I wanted to get the same thing so he wouldn't be the only one."

The dad’s only complaint is that the slightly painful process of being tattooed went on much longer than he anticipated.

He explained: "I thought it was going to be a one session kind of thing. But three hours turned into about 30 hours. So it's been a bit of a process.

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"The first sitting, I think, was close to four hours. And I didn't really look to see what was going on. So I thought at the end of four hours it was done. So I said, 'Is it almost done?' and he said, 'I'm almost done with the outline'."

Son Derek Jr was impressed by the inking, telling his dad: “That’s cool!” after his dad showed him the finalised tattoo.

Meanwhile, Juicy Quill Tattoo shop tattoo artist Tony Gibert said he is proud to have helped the young lad feel more self-confident by inking his dad.

Tony said: "This is something that really affected his everyday life, giving him more confidence, letting him know he wasn't the only person with this big mark. Now it's forever.

"It's really cool to see him smile."

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