Tattoo artist Brad Bellomo is either the world’s most supportive father or the craziest. It really is a fine line. You see, he just allowed his 4 year old daughter Chloe to tattoo his arm. I’ve heard about supporting your children’s interests but is this taking it a bit too far?
Brad told his followers on Facebook that he let Chloe tattoo a strawberry on his arm after she practiced a few times by tracing his existing tattoos with a needleless machine. Once he was confident that his daughter could handle the weight of the machine with a needle, he controlled the foot pedal that starts the machine up and let her go to town on his arm — he helped her hold the machine and made sure everything was both sanitary and safe.
The resulting tattoo is an adorable outline of a strawberry. Brad says the idea for the berry came from a little inside joke between father and daughter — in the song “Baa Baa Black Sheep,” Chloe sings the line, “Have you any wool?” as “Have you berry wu?”
The post has drawn mixed reactions from it’s 14,000 shares. Comments range from support to abuse towards Brad for being a bad parent. In a comment on his own post, Brad said, “Just got reported again for graphic violence for the same picture that’s already been reviewed by Facebook. . . . Sorry if I offended anyone with my daughter being so awesome!”
Brad’s supporters though are saying that he’s doing what any good parent would do- support an activity that his child has shown interest in. Chloe has grown up around tattoos all her life, with her father being an artist himself. She expressed an interest in trying and her father guided her along the way in a safe and supportive environment.
What do you think of Brad’s decision to let his daughter give him a tattoo. Was it supportive or negligent?
The photo below and caption were posted on Brad’s Facebook page: