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Dad gets body tattooed with original artwork drawn by all the kids in his family

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By Jamie Smith via SWNS

A devoted dad had his body tattooed with original artwork drawn by all the children in his family.

James Dickinson, 37, wanted to show his love and appreciation for the kids in his family by getting tattoos done in their honor.

But rather than just having their name’s tattooed - James decided he wanted the “s**thot” artwork the talented tikes had created immortalized on his body.

James Dickinson with son Ashlan. (James Dickinson via SWNS)

James armed himself with original artwork of Ariel, from "The Little Mermaid," drawn by niece Evelyn, seven, The Incredible Hulk, done by Nephew Oliver, five, and Lord Voldermort, of Harry Potter fame, by his own son Ashlan, seven.

He headed to Northside Tattooz, in Newcastle Upon Tyne, where artist Kara Chambers carefully traced the artwork before adding her own artistic flair into the background to tie them all together into one fantastic tattoo.

Tattoo artist James, from Newcastle, sat through the long session like a rock despite the painful positioning of the tattoo involving the inside of his knee.

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.

James Dickinson's new ink was designed by his son, niece and nephew. (SWNS)
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“People’s reactions are between utter disbelief and can’t believe she translated it that well into a tattoo. Kara got the colors 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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