When Honey-Rae Phillips was born with a huge red birthmark that covered almost half of the right side of her body, her mom Tanya was heartbroken.
Although Tanya knew that the permanent marking isn’t dangerous, she was aware that it would have a huge impact on her daughter’s life, according to a report by Mirror UK.
Initially, Tanya and her husband Adam did everything to hide her daughter’s legs to protect her from the glances and comments of strangers.
However, when Tanya brought Honey-Rae along with her to go shopping last summer, she saw an old couple staring and whispering about her daughter’s legs. At that time, she dressed Honey-Rae in shorts and sandals. It was the first time she exposed Honey-Rae’s legs to the public and it devastated her.
She didn’t want her daughter to feel different from others.
“We had talked about having duplicate tattoos done for a little while but that day my mind was made up. We knew we had to do something to ensure Honey-Rae grew up knowing she was very much loved.”
So for her 40th birthday, Tanya underwent a painful four-hour procedure to get a red tattoo on her legs similar to her daughter’s birthmark. Earlier, Adam got a similar tattoo on Christmas.
Tanya believes that their decision to get a tattoo will make their daughter feel special.
“Some people will says it odd and think what we’ve done is quite extreme, but in our eyes all we have done is ensure Honey-Rae never feels different. Mummy and Daddy now have the same permanent markings as she does.”
How Tattoo Machine Works
Electrically powered tattoo machines have become a popular choice for people nowadays. Resembling and sounding like a dental drill, the tattoo machine works by moving a solid needle up and down to create a puncture on the skin. The needle punctures the skin between 50 to 3,000 times per minute, according to How Stuff Works.
The needle puts a drop of insoluble ink into the skin for every puncture that goes as deep as one millimiter.