Large and obvious birthmarks can sometimes ostracize a child from their peers. Tanya and Adam Phillips’ 18-month-old daughter, Honey-Rae, refuse to let their child think she is somehow “different” than other children and people. The couple got huge tattoos stretching up their right legs to match the birthmark Honey-Rae has on her leg.
Tanya Phillips, who has three other children, covered Honey-Rae’s legs whenever they went out to avoid stares from strangers.
She dressed in her shorts for the first time last summer only to hear an old couple whispering to themselves nearby.
“And I knew if adults could be that insensitive, then kids at school would also be unintentionally mean,” she told The Mirror.
It was at this point when she and her husband, Adam, realized their daughter would be much happier if she wasn’t the only one who looked the way she did.
The couple decided to get duplicates of Honey-Rae’s birthmark inked on their bodies to remind her that she’ll always have her parents’ love.
It cost the equivalent of $124 and took about two-and-a-half hours.
“It was incredibly painful, especially as I had a flower to cover some old star tattoos, but it was worth every second of the pain.
When the swelling went down, I showed Honey-Rae, and she gently touched it and smiled as she said ‘Match,’ pointing to her own leg,” Tanya said.
Phillips says it’s well worth the price of her daughter never feeling different again.