Sometimes the worst tattoos are the best tattoos. Properly designed ones can look clichéd or overly ornate, and something simpler can be more effective.
A child's doodles are wonderful in their minimalism, usually only showing the fundamentals of what is depicted and often capturing their spirit all the better in the process. Keith Anderson is a father from Peterbrough, Ontario who has been getting his son's inked on his arms for the past few years, which are now canvases for his son's creativity.
"Each one of these tattoos on my right arm my son has drawn over the years. The first tattoo is from when he was 4; he is now 11," Keith told photographer Chance Faulkner.
"We add once a year from his drawings. The drawing on the fridge is a sword that he gave me in my Christmas card; that one will probably be added this summer.
"The first one was the daisy - I had it tattooed when he was in kindergarten. Then we went back and did his name and the house from when he was four. When he was six we did the seahorse, and seven was the maple leaf with the C for Canada. Eight was the stained glass, which is one of my favourites; it was his own abstract idea. "
"I have had three different artists tattoo these drawings over the years. "
"Recently, my son was there with me and he did some of the tattooing himself. He loves it. No one I know has ever heard of tattooing original kid art before, and it’s a lot of fun. "
"We will keep going until he doesn’t want to do it anymore. At this pace he is still very excited about it, so we’ll keep going. People ask me what will happen if I run out of space; I guess I’ll just get him to draw smaller pictures."Reuse content