File under "cool." For many people, getting a tattoo is a chance to make an indelible mark on your body with an image of something (hopefully) meaningful and intensely personal. In dad Keith Anderson's case, that means turning his skin into an ever-evolving canvas for his son.
It started in kindergarten, when the boy's daisy was recreated inside Anderson's bicep. Every year, a new doodle is added to a sleeve on the proud father's right arm. From seahorses to a Canadian maple leaf to stained glass.
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Now 10, the boy's artistry has extended to helping ink his own drawings on his father's arm. Personally I feel that might be one squeamish step too far.
Still, I love the idea of using original artwork in a meaningful way. It ticks all the boxes. What a savvy way to save and showcase your kid's drawings over the years. Since there's only so much room on the fridge, I framed and hung my son's best "works" over the years on one wall of his room. The effect is a bit gallery-like, yet I like to think he can look on what he's achieved with pride.
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Hats off to Anderson, whose sleeve is infinitely more original than the dime-a-dozen designs pulled from portfolios and parlour walls. Ripping off Chinese characters and Native American totems... Flowers and butterflies and dolphins are fun and cute, doubly so when they come straight from the pages of your child's imagination.
“We will keep going until he doesn’t want to do it anymore," said Anderson. "People ask me what will happen if I run out of space; I guess I’ll just get him to draw smaller pictures.”
Or switch arms.
Spill it: Do you have a highly meaningful or unique tattoo?