Derek Prue Sr, from Stony Plain, came up with the plan when he looked at his son getting conscious because of a brown birthmark on his torso. The 8-year-old started refusing to take his shirt off at the swimming pool.
An amazing dad from Alberta gained the attention of many after he spent 30 painful hours getting a tattoo so as to be able to match it with his son's birthmark. According to him, it would make his 8-year-old feel less self-conscious. Derek Prue Sr, from Stony Plain, came up with the plan when he looked at his son getting conscious because of a brown birthmark on his torso. The 8-year-old started refusing to take his shirt off at the swimming pool.
"He was always proud of his birthmark and then I saw he started to kind of cover it up. I think he was maybe a little bit self-conscious about it. I wanted to get the same thing so he wouldn't be the only one," Derek told Global News.
The father was surprised when he went to Juicy Quill Tattoo to get his tattoo. Little did he know that a one-session job would actually require 30 hours and nine sittings.
"I thought it was going to be a one session kind of thing. But three hours turned into about 30 hours. So it's been a bit of a process. The first sitting, I think, was close to four hours. And I didn't really look to see what was going on. So I thought at the end of four hours it was done. So I said, 'Is it almost done?' and he said, 'I'm almost done with the outline'," Derek added.
He further expressed that the pain was worth it when he got to show the work off to Derek Jr on a recent visit to the swimming pool.
"I just kind of took my shirt off. He was wearing his shirt. I showed him that I had the exact same mark as him," he said.
Derek Jr. got delighted by his dad's matching mark and said, "That's cool!"
The boy, after getting encouraged took off his shirt so as to compare his birthmark with his dad's tattoo.
When Juicy Quill's tattoo artist Tony Gibert saw his work alongside the real mark on Derek Jr., he said, "This is something that really affected his everyday life, giving him more confidence, letting him know he wasn't the only person with this big mark. Now it's forever. It's really cool to see him smile."