Devoted dad turns his children’s drawings into tattoos to illustrate his leg

James Dickinson, 37, wanted to show his love and appreciation for the kids in his family by getting tattoos done in their honour – and they were delighted by his inkings

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Dad gets tattooed with artwork drawn by children in his family

If you cast your mind back to being a small child, you may remember how important your drawings were to you.

When you get older, your scribbles as a child hold a lot of sentimentality – and one doting dad found the perfect way to preserve them.

James Dickinson, 37, decided to have the drawings inked onto his leg – in order to immortalise it forever.

He visited the tattoo studio Northside Tattooz, in Newcastle Upon Tyne armed with a carefully chosen selection of drawings – and artist Kara Chambers artfully brought it to life.

He chose a drawing of Ariel, from The Little Mermaid, drawn by niece Evelyn, seven, followed by a pic of The Incredible Hulk, done by Nephew Oliver, five, and Lord Voldermort, of Harry Potter fame, by his own son Ashlan, seven.

James wanted to show his love and appreciation for the kids in his family


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His family loved the unusual tribute


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Tattoo artist James, who runs Tattoos at Pins and Needles, Newcastle, said: “There were three children who did the drawings.

“The Little Mermaid one was done by my niece a few years ago which I’ve been saying all that time I wanted to get tattooed.

“My nephew did the Hulk one and my son did the Voldemort one this year because he wanted to put one of his drawings up in my tattoo booth amongst my drawings for the customers so they could see it.

“It just seemed a better idea than getting names they are s**t hot little drawings they’ve done, and I thought that they’d make for a badass tattoo.

“I felt really good at the sitting. Me and Kara are friends and I trusted her completely to put her artistic spin onto the drawings the kids have done.

“She is an insanely talented artist, and I gave her free rein to do what she wanted with the background.

“I couldn’t have got a better person to do it I knew she would smash out the park, but she went way beyond that.

“People’s reactions are between utter disbelief and can’t believe she translated it that well into a tattoo. Kara got the colours so bang on and made it look like the true kids’ drawings came to life on my leg.

“All the kids love it. They don’t fully understand that it’s permanent at their age. They just see it as I’ve got a drawing they’ve done on my leg.

“When they’re older they’ll fully grasp it, taking in the meaning behind it more I’m sure.”

Proud artist Kara, 30, from Newbiggan, who works at Northside Tattooz, added: “I was absolutely chuffed with the tattoo when it was finished.

“James sat amazingly well for the size we ended up going for, especially inside the knee area.

“I was of course tired and hungry and fancied a beer at the end, but was so privileged he picked me and trusted me so much with something so sentimental.

“I was dying of the pressure inside, but have to play it cool.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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