When your child draws you a picture, it’s a heartfelt token of appreciation that’s more than memorable. While some parents are good at collecting them, most are lost from move to move, while the rest are simply tossed because you’ve run out of room to stick them on your fridge.
Then again, not all artwork from your kids carry equal value. Some come at the right time, others are unexpected, but some how some way, there are those certain pieces which we want to keep forever. So how did one father solve that problem? Well, this father (and tattoo collector) from Canada is setting the bar high when it comes to his son’s drawings ,and he’s found a permanent way to keep them on file. His solution? He tattoos them on his skin.
Yup. Don’t let your kids read this.
Keith Anderson, who lives in Peterborough, Ontario, has been getting his son Kai’s drawings tattooed on his arms since Kai was 4. Kai is now 11, and Anderson has one tattoo to show for each year — and he’s even taken his son to the tattoo parlor to let him do the work.
“People who are not into tattooing get it and seem to think it’s cute,” Anderson told The Huffington Post. “Others think I have just let my kid draw on me with markers. I tell them he sort of has drawn on me but that it won’t come off and they are pleasantly shocked. Tattooed friends, family and strangers love the idea. They love it even more when they find out he has tattooed me three times in small little sections.”
“My favorite part is deciding what piece of art we will tattoo,” he added. “I always wait until he can come with me to the shop to be present. And to have him do some of the tattooing is one of the best things we do together.”
So, what’s going to happen when Anderson runs out space? He told photographer Chance Faulkner that he has a simple solution to that one. “I guess I’ll just have to get him to draw me smaller pictures.”