You’ve heard of parents getting tattoos to honor their kids, but have you ever heard of a parent letting their child be the one to tattoo them? That’s what one dad did, and it’s pretty much the cutest thing ever.
Brad Bellomo is a tattoo artist and the owner of 3rd Eye Tattoo in Largo, Florida. Recently, he took to Facebook to share a super cute photo of his four-year-old daughter, Chloe, giving him a tattoo all by herself. He wrote that prior to the real tattooing, he’d let her practice using the machine without the needle to make sure she could handle the weight and motion and understood how to do it safely.
After all was said and done, he ended up with this adorable strawberry:
The post was liked over 100,000 times and shared almost as much, but that didn’t stop a few people from having negative opinions. Soon after the photo went up, Bellomo posted again letting his followers know the original post had been pulled down because someone reported it to Facebook as “graphic violence.” He shared the photo again with a caption that read:
A four-year-old wielding a tattoo gun may not be something you see every day, but that doesn’t mean it’s abusive or “violent.” Bellomo is clearly practicing extreme caution and guiding her through the process. Plus, he’s a professional and he more than made sure she was ready for the real thing before he let her try it.
Parents share their hobbies and interests with their kids all the time, and tattoos just so happen to play a major part in Bellomo’s life. We wouldn’t snark at any other kind of artist sharing their talents with their kids, so it doesn’t make sense to go after this dad for essentially doing the same thing. He shared a sweet bonding moment with his daughter and ended up with pretty much the awesomest tattoo ever. It’s hard to find fault with that.
As parents, we have to remember that even though we may not understand something or have experience with it, that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. We should applaud parents who share themselves with their kids and find unique ways to include them in their day-to-day lives. As long as a kid is safe, happy, and loved, the details shouldn’t matter.