Doodles on dad: Father has tattoo sleeve of kid’s art / HLN
Do you proudly display your children’s artwork on the refrigerator, where it remains until the edges fray and it eventually gets covered by the latest math test or shopping list until it ultimately buckles under the weight of 17 magnets? Perhaps it eventually gets covered in a film of errant cooking spray before landing in a Rubbermaid bin or worse, a garbage bin.
One Canadian dad has a far more permanent and portable solution: Keith Anderson’s right arm is covered in tattoos of his son’s drawings.
Anderson drew inspiration from his brother, who’d had his leg tattooed with a drawing his daughter — Anderson’s niece — had done.
Keith Anderson’s right arm is inked with his son’s drawings from over the years.
By Katie McLaughlin
“I decided to jump on the idea,” Anderson told HLN, “and get my whole right sleeve done in Kai’s artwork by adding one piece a year for as long as he would like to continue the project.”
“We began tattooing his art work when he was 5 years old,” explained Anderson. “He was just starting kindergarten and had drawn the daisy. After that tattoo I went back and found a few from when he was 4 and added those ones sort of as a primer.”
Since then, Anderson has added one new drawing a year as Kai, now 11, creates something that both father and son agree upon — so long as it fits on Anderson’s arm. Other than being a stickler for remaining true to the size, color and texture of Kai’s drawings, there’s no pattern or theme.
“It’s just fun kid art,” said Anderson.
Anderson’s three most recent tattoos are even more personal because Kai sat with a tattoo artist who supervised as Kai inked his dad in some sections.
Anderson told HLN that Kai “just loves seeing the whole process of his art going from a drawing to a template to a finished tattoo.”
Photographer Chance Faulkner, a friend of Anderson’s, documented the ink during a casual session over coffee in their hometown of Peterborough, Ontario.
Faulkner’s passion for photography sprouted rather serendipitously. He tried to buy a video camera back in high school to film skateboarding when the camera shop salesperson upsold him a fancy still camera. As it turned out, he loved snapping photos. Faulkner took some fine art photography courses in Germany, where he connected with other photographers, further kindling his dedication to his art.
Faulkner told HLN that capturing Anderson’s ink is by far his favorite project.
“It’s great to have an idea in my head about the kind of images that I want and get exactly those images I was waiting for.”
You can follow Keith Anderson on Twitter, and check out Chance Faulkner’s work on Facebook and Instagram & Twitter.