An artist in a world of prevalent body art faces controversy by tattooing children as young as 6. This practice ignites debates while potentially bringing smiles to these young lives.
The initiation of tattooing children
Artist Benjamin Lloyd became an internet sensation when he shared a post about tattooing a child, amassing over 400,000 likes. Subsequently, his Facebook page featured videos and photos of him airbrushing tattoos onto kids, quickly going viral with hundreds of thousands of likes and shares.
Having already been to Auckland’s Starship Children’s Hospital and IHC, an advocate for the rights of developmentally delayed individuals, he’s using online fundraisers to further his mission of bringing smiles to those who require it.
Spreading joy through the power of art
He said he is doing this because “the kids are so amazed. As soon as they get the tattoo it boosts their confidence.”
Only safe and organic ink is utilized for the children.
Employing organic, non-toxic ink deemed safe for children, the artist wields an airbrush instead of a needle. The astonishing realism often deceives viewers into believing it’s permanent ink. His motivation isn’t seeking approval or attention; rather, he aims to bring joy to children in less fortunate circumstances.
Fostering self-assurance and delight through the medium of tattoo art.
With his impressive tattooing skills, he imparts art to these children. Notably, he completes a lifelike tattoo in just around 9 minutes, employing various stencils. As the ink is organic, it washes off during their showers. As he pointed out, “The only bad thing is that they don’t want to take a shower afterward.”
More than art, a tattoo embodies potent self-expression, offering a distinctive way to convey emotions and thoughts, baring our inner feelings to the world.