Tattooist Jason Ward spends a few minutes of his time every Friday giving Suzie Barry a free tattoo. Well, free temporary tattoos. Suzie has Down syndrome and she stopped by Muscle and Ink Tattoo in Hamilton, New Zealand one Friday on her way to her vocational day facility. Inspired by the tattoos worn by one of her caregivers, she brought some temporary tattoos that she asked Ward to put on her arm. He treated her just like any other customer:
“In our industry you wear gloves so I put gloves on, it’s a matter of hygiene, and then I put the stick on tattoos on her. She didn’t say thank you or anything, she just got up and left, and that was that. And then she came back the following Friday. And it’s just carried on from there.”
How adorable is that?
Suzie returned for a repeat application the next Friday and has been getting temporary tattoos applied by Ward for almost four months. After the story received a flood of attention, many people contacted the studio to send them more temporary tattoos. Ward told the New Zealand Herald that anyone can help others:
“But there are people in the community that you can do this for. It’s great that people want to do something for Suzie, but they could look a little closer to home. If you just do one thing for one person everyday that makes them smile, then that’s your day. If everybody does that then everybody’s smiling.”