Three-year-old girl set to become world's youngest tattoo artist

Charlie - posted on 04/21/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-...

Most three-year-old girls are just getting to grips with felt pens, but Ruby Dickinson is taking her artistic tendencies a step further.

The toddler is set to become the world's youngest tattoo artist after learning the trade from her father, Blane, who runs a tattoo parlour in Wales.

Mr Dickinson, 36, is importing an ink gun from the U.S. that has been specially designed to be used by small hands.

Ruby will be getting the miniature tattoo kit for her fourth birthday in October.

Mr Dickinson told North Wales Pioneer: 'Ruby is well aware she is getting the kit, she cannot wait. She wants to be a tattoo artist when she grows up.

'The aim is to get her to tattoo my leg with a birthday message for my 40th birthday.'

The toddler currently takes tattoo lessons after nursery as well as practising with a toy kit at her father's shop.

Mr Dickinson hopes to beat Canadian Emilie Darrigade's record of tattooing part of a butterfly on to her father's arm when she was five.


According to her father, Ruby is nearly able to draw a complete version of her favourite design - a spider.

'I'm under no illusions that she'll do a Van Gogh, after all she's only three-and-a-half,' Mr Dickinson told The Sun.

'But I've got 70 per cent of my body covered in tattoos already and it'll only be the size of a 2p piece, so I'm not too worried she'll make a mess of it.'

Mr Dickinson, who runs Inkaholics Anonymous at his home in Penmaenmawr, Conwy, added: 'It'll be a proud and very special moment for me and for her.

'She really loves it and I'm pleased I can teach her the skills.'

However, despite hoping Ruby will take up tattooing as a career, the toddler's father is keen to let her make her own choices.

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Dana - posted on 04/25/2010

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Oh, joy....just the kind of guy I want to tattoo me. If he can't do the math correctly what are the odds he'd spell something correctly. /:)

Jocelyn - posted on 04/23/2010

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Lmao if I left my next tattoo up to my son I'd have Lightning McQueen ^_^ Although I have considered getting "Kachow" (or ever the hell it's spelled lol) on me somewhere...

Joanna - posted on 04/23/2010

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Has anyone done the math? The girl is almost 4, the dad is 36... he wants her to tattoo him for his 40th birthday, which is in 4 years, so like Karissa said she'll be 8. about 3 years too old to beat the record of the 5 year old tattoo artist.

Jessica - posted on 04/23/2010

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haha Krista! yes! ...I'm kind of a geek for Battlestar Galactica...the new ones..i have all the seasons..I'm a sucker for the tragic love and lust of Apollo and Starbuck! ...k, done being a geek now :)

Karissa - posted on 04/23/2010

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First off...I'm pretty sure the gun she's using in the pic is just a practice gun. It helps you learn how to control your movements while it is buzzing and moving. 2nd...when you are learning to tattoo you have to for years go through training. You practice on fruits and even pig skin. It is most like human's skin. He's hoping to have her tattoo him when he turns 40 which would be in 4 years so she would be around 7 or 8 years old.
I would say that if she trains and practices for 4 years and an adult does the same, then they should both be able to tattoo.

Jenny - posted on 04/23/2010

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Knowing my daughter she'd pick a little ladybug or potato bug. She's a science nut and bugs are her specialty.

Caitlin - posted on 04/23/2010

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I got a tattoo when I was 16.. without parental consent (I guess I looked older). You're supposed to be 18 here to get a tattoo.. It was one of those chineese symbols, and meant nothing to me at the time, but strangely it became meaningful later on in life.. I actually added a tattoo above it to merge the 2 together, which really represents my life so far.. I know i'm incredibly lucky though, because it could have been much worse..

Krista - posted on 04/23/2010

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I do definitely think that people should be made to wait until they're 19 for a tattoo. And even then, people are often VERY different at 19 than they are in later adulthood.



I got a little goldfish on my ankle at 19, for no other reason than my best friend and I were accompanying a bunch of guys in our dorm who were all going to get tattoos. The guys all chickened out, so Stephanie and I decided to show them up by getting tats. We got matching ones. In one way it's meaningful just because it commemorates that friendship and that time in my life. But in another way, I wish I'd waited, because the design itself really doesn't mean anything to me -- it's just cute.



When I'm done having kids, I might get something done to honour them, but I'm not sure what.



And Laci, when I was 6, I probably would have had a Battlestar Galactica tattoo...which, now that i think about it, would have been pretty freaking cool. Maybe I SHOULD have had one done then. It would have been a lot more meaningful than a goldfish! LOL!

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2010

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I was just turned 17 when i got my first tattoo. I went in with someone else's birth certificate. He didn't seem to think it was weird that the name on the birth certificate was Racheal but my friends kept calling me Sarah! LOL!

Don't think you could get away with that these days though! :)

Dana - posted on 04/22/2010

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That's true but, I bet this girl has tattoo's way before she's 18. It's illegal here to get them without parents consent before 18, I doubt her dad will stand in her way.

Rosie - posted on 04/22/2010

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definitely too young to get one. i think there was another thread about that one recently, and krista was soooooo right. she's have hannah montana or justin beiber all over herself. if it was me when i was 6, i'd have care bears and strawberry shortcake all over me!

Joanna - posted on 04/22/2010

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6 is too young to know what you want to have permanently on your body. Hell sometimes 18 is too young to know.

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I think 6 is too young to HAVE a tattoo (she should wait until the legal age wherever she is from).

Esther - posted on 04/22/2010

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Just curious - if this girl turns say 6 and by then is an accomplished tattoo artist ;) and she decides she wants to have one of her own - how would you all feel about that?

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I think it's an adorable father-daughter bonding thing. I would never let my children tattoo me unless they are older and trained, but that's just me...



I am, however, getting a tatto designed by each of my kids when they turn a certain age (I haven't decided what age yet though). I have told my oldest that I will get a small tattoo that she designs (anything but words) when she gets older (maybe 10 or 11 ish - she's 7 right now). I will also do that with my other two daughter as well. I think it's a great bonding experience (and yes, I will bring them with me when I get their design done) and it's showing them how important they (and their creativity) are to me. :)

Jessica - posted on 04/22/2010

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lol the first time I sat down and used a tattoo machine it was 3 in the morning and I was trying it out for the first time on myself and I was nervous! I think thats pretty cool that she will get to grow up with the proper training on how to do it all! I highly doubt she is going to be tattooing on a daily basis on anything more then a cantalope or pig skin. I was just wingin' it and lucky that I have some artistic ability, she will know it inside and out if its something she sticks with and loves!

Joanna - posted on 04/22/2010

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It's a cute idea, but "cute" and "reality" in this situation could be completely different things. Letting a 3 year old use machinery and technique that a person should train years for? probably not the best idea.

La - posted on 04/22/2010

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I like the idea, but I think I would worry that the child would hurt themselves with the needle by accident. If my daughter was capable and wanted to do something like this I would probably let her tattoo a small design on me though. I think that I would wait until the child was older though...at least 5 or 6yrs old this way they would have better hand control from practicing writing in school and such.

Esther - posted on 04/22/2010

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LMAO - No, I'm with you Dana. Tattoos & 3 year olds should not be mixed in my book. But then again, I'm not really a fan of tattoos to begin with.

Dana - posted on 04/22/2010

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Ha, I guess I'm the only one who thinks it's retarded to let your 3 yr old tattoo you or become the youngest tattoo artist.

Krista - posted on 04/22/2010

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That is seriously awesome. And like Caitlin said, how better to honour your kid than with a tattoo that she did herself?

Caitlin - posted on 04/22/2010

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Adorable.. I hear of so many moms and dads getting tattoos to honour their children and what better than a tattoo actually DONE by her. The dad isn't nuts, I don't think he expects anyone to come in his shop and request a tattoo done by a 3 year old, but it's mostly for him. I figure, why not?

Carolee - posted on 04/22/2010

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That's awesome! I wouldn't trust my son with a tattoo gun... he likes to REALLY get into making dots (stabbing the paper). I can't wait to see if she actually chooses that profession when she's older. Imagine how talented she could/would be!

Charlie - posted on 04/21/2010

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I think its sweet they have such a shared passion , i wouldn't let a 3 year old cooper tattoo me LOL i think his encouragement is done in the right way .

BTW its only marker pen on her arm :)

Kylie - posted on 04/21/2010

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If i were him I'd encourage her to design and draw with pen on paper and save some skin space for when she is older. It is sweet of him to want to document her development like that though but i don't see the point of rushing into the tattoo gun thing. She looks like she tattooed herself in the pics...

Lindsay - posted on 04/21/2010

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I have to say, this is pretty cool. No way in hell would my child be doing that to me, but I can imagine the bond it will bring the two of them.

Johnny - posted on 04/21/2010

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That's sweet. It sounds like he's taking all the appropriate precautions, and like Sharon said, he's going to give her a huge boost in self-confidence. And it will be a nice memento he can show her forever.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/21/2010

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awww that's cute ^_^ but no way would I trust my three year old with Jordan's tattoo machines lmao.

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I think it's sweet that he wants his daughter to tattoo him. I'll stick with drawings on paper from my daughter, but it's sweet nonetheless.

I wonder how old she will be when she gets her first?

Sharon - posted on 04/21/2010

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wow. This ought to be a huge confidence boost to her as she reflects back on this later!

Rosie - posted on 04/21/2010

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i think it's kind neat that someone that young can do something like that. i'm not artistic at all, and am always amazed when someone is, let alone when someone is 3.

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