Parents get matching tattoos to support daughter.
To make sure their 18-month old daughter Honey-Rae doesn’t feel too much like an outsider due to large birthmarks, new parents Adam and Tanya Phillips recently got matching tattoos on their legs in solidarity with their toddler. The Grimsby, England couple’s new tats, which match the marks covering the right side of Honey-Rae’s body, were done so that the child could feel normal about her birthmark as she grows up. “Most people might think it’s very extreme,” Tanya told the Mirror.
“But to us, it was the natural thing to do to ensure our daughter never felt different or alone in the world.”
A trip to the store last summer cemented Tanya's desire to help her daughter, when she heard the whispers and saw the reaction of an older couple looking at Honey-Rae's exposed leg.
“I was distraught. It was first time I had taken her out without covering her up and it confirmed all my worries and fears. People are cruel without even realizing.” Any doubts Tanya had about the decision to make such a permanent gesture of support for her daughter was quickly forgotten after Honey-Rae's reaction to seeing the tattoo.
“When the swelling went down, I showed Honey-Rae, and she gently touched it and smiled as she said ‘Match,’ pointing to her own leg.”