5-Year-Old Comes Up With Coolest Tattoo Ever (PHOTO)


tattoo artistThomas Macaluso will be the first to admit his tattoo looks like a 5-year-old drew it. Because he did. Macaluso took a drawing of an Army man created by his 5-year-old son to his cousin's tattoo parlor and asked to have it transferred to his arm.

Little did he know he was part of a new parenting trend: turning your kid's artwork into the one tattoo no one else will ever have. I'll admit when I first heard the idea, I was thinking, "No way, no how." My husband -- who has two tats, one per shoulder blade -- agreed with me.

But then I talked to Michael Harvey, Macaluso's cousin and owner of Irish Ink, a chain of inking establishments in Indiana. He's seen everything parents can come up with to put on their bodies, and he admits it's hard to come up with something new. You see the baby's handprints, the baby's footprints, the baby's name, the baby's birthdate ... everywhere. And if you're Teen Mom star Amber Portwood, you go the ill-advised baby's face on your side route.

Harvey wasn't sure what to make of his cousin's idea ... not at first. "It's really bad," he said of the drawing with a laugh. But a dad himself, he kind of got it. And now Macaluso tells him that it doesn't matter what kind of crappy day he's having. All he has to do is look down at his wrist, and this is what gives him a big smile on his face:

Army Man Tattoo

Put it that way, and I get it too. It's unique. It's truly representative of YOUR kid, in a way that their birthdate or baby handprints aren't. My daughter is a year older than Macaluso's son, and she loves to draw. It's the rare age when it doesn't matter if you are talented -- you love to get your feelings out on the page. Some kids will retain that pleasure, most will grow out of it when they realize artistic talent doesn't flow through their veins. It's a pity; we should all have that kind of happy moment when what we think comes out through our crayons.

Ironically, crayons are the main point of my other favorite in the kiddie tat trend. Harvey suggests waiting to have your child's name inked on your body until they're old enough to print it in crayon. Swirly script is pretty, but your kid's crayoned name will always give you a grin.

Do you have any tattoos honoring your child? Would you follow this trend?


Images via Daniel Flower/Flickr; Thomas Macaluso

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cassi... cassie_kellison

I have a libra symbol I got for my son when he was only 9 months. I pretty much regret it now, because I'm not really even that into astrology. I wish I had waited and gotten something that was really my son. Now that he is 4, he would be a dinosaur haha. But Ya I would so do this.

zades... zadesmom1998

My boys 13 and 7 drew the last tat I got. Jack 7 drew the world and sun and Zade 13 drew the star and the moon. It's behind my left ear. They have designed my next one but i'm going to let an artist just take their idea and go with it.

navyw... navywife0204

@ zadesmom--I think we got it, no need to post it that many times!


jaxmadre jaxmadre

I love this idea!

medic... medicwife

My daughter drew a monster that I thought would make a great tattoo. Apparently, not a very original thought, lol!

nonmember avatar Nette

When my son was 3 his imaginary friend was R2D2, and to this day he still loves Star Wars. When he was 10 I got an R2 tattoo to remind me of when he was my baby boy. Its for my son, but its not the typical name/birthdate ink. The best part of people's ink is the story behind it so this sounds like a great idea.

nonmember avatar Shannon

Yes I do. I have my nieceses drawing on my leg. She was 5 and she drew me a picture so I could have her art work tattooed on me. I love it I think it's a great idea.

moxie... moxieroller

I think that this is one area where most people can agree. Not everyone may have the same taste when it comes to tattoos, but I don't know anyone who can say that a tattoo honoring your son or daughter is something you will ever want to get rid of.

Glowi... Glowing4Caleb

I am SO totally not into tatoos. BUT, if I were to get one, I would take in a copy of the first footprint from the hospital. I think that would be cool!

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