A father in Canada gets tattoo to match son's birthmark

WION Web Team
Edmonton, Canada Updated: Dec 16, 2020, 11:07 AM(IST)

The father and son duo Photograph:( Reuters )

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Edmonton-based Derek Prue Sr took the decision to get inked after noticing his son did not want to take off his shirt when he went swimming.

A man in Canada endured pain and got himself a tattoo -- in order to help his "self-conscious" son accept a birthmark on his torso.

Edmonton-based Derek Prue Sr took the decision to get inked after noticing his son did not want to take off his shirt when he went swimming.

"I knew he was self-conscious and that made me want just to show him that he wasn`t the only one, like, we both have the same mark," Prue said. The inking was much more intense than he anticipated, he told Reuters.

"It felt good to do it. It's a long process to do it. I thought it was going to be a few hours. It was, like, 30."

Prue unveiled the surprise to his son, also named Derek, as he played in a hotel pool earlier this month.

"He took off his shirt, and then there was a huge tattoo of my birthmark there," the 8-year-old boy recalled, adding he felt happy - and a little confused.

The man's red-wine coloured tattoo covers part of his chest and belly and extends under his left arm.

The dad is much larger than the son; so the tattoo had to be larger, too, to be in proportion.

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